The HVSF Conservatory Company

A 20-week performance based training program for committed early career actors who have a passion for Shakespeare, and want to develop the skills necessary to create innovative collaborative theater in extraordinary spaces.

The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival Conservatory Company, the foremost summer Shakespeare training program in New York, is an artistic home to practice and take risks. Working alongside our nationally recognized acting company on and off stage, the 6 to 8 actors we invite into the program each season are offered an unmatched opportunity to transition from students to professionals. Our specialty is practical experience that provides our alumnae with a competitive edge in the real world.

Program Description

Beginning mid-April in New York City, this 5-month immersive program combines rehearsal with deep physical, vocal and imaginative exploration of Shakespeare’s text, before moving to Garrison in June, where Conservatory Company members understudy and perform supporting roles on the main stage at Boscobel. Conservatory Company members will then rehearse their own production in July, debut it under the tent in August, and finish out the season with a tour throughout the region during the first few weeks of September, and a final industry showcase performance in New York City.

HVSF is passionate about training, and believes it should be affordable, so we aim to subsidize the cost of our program with the hard work, energy, and talent of our Conservatory Company members. There is no tuition cost associated with the program. In fact, we house every company member while in residence and provide a small stipend to help defray living costs.

Participants are selected through auditions and are eligible to become Equity Membership Candidates.

2015 HVSF Season

We will accept submissions for our 2015 program from October 1, 2014 – March 1, 2015.

Please note: There is a $40 processing fee required for each submission. You may pay by check or download the credit card authorization form to pay by credit card. You must include payment with your materials. All checks should be made payable to Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.

There will be dedicated audition dates scheduled in New York City and Cold Spring, NY between January - March 2015. Dates to be announced soon.

Auditions are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Once we have received your materials with payment, HVSF will contact you with the location, date and time of your audition. Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we cannot accommodate any specific requests or changes in schedule. (If you reside in the Hudson Valley, we will accommodate a request to be booked on the Cold Spring audition date as long as our schedule allows.)

All interested candidates should mail TWO copies of the following: headshot, resume, and cover letter indicating intent along with the processing fee to:

Conservatory Company
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
140 Main Street
Cold Spring, NY 10516

For more detailed information, please download our Conservatory Company FAQ.

If you wish to pay the processing fee by credit card, please download our Credit Card Authorization Form

For more information on any of our Education programs, please email Nora Rosoff, Education and Outreach Manager, at (845) 809-5750 x13 or nora@hvshakespeare.org