The Asolo Repertory Theatre celebrated the first phase of its Koski Center expansion on Tallevast Road with a special ceremony recently that included remarks from producing artistic director Michael Donald Edwards and managing director Linda DiGabriele.
The Asolo Rep’s Staging Our Future Capital Endowment Campaign expansion includes new spaces vital to the organization’s strategic plan for advancing artistic excellence, expanding educational and community enrichment programs, and evolving Asolo Rep revenue streams. The new facility features a rehearsal hall, lobby, and conference room.
Board president Carole Crosby, campaign co-chairs Ann Charters and Margaret Wise, and production and operations director Vic Meyrich also participated in the opening. Broadway performer Ann Morrison christened the Coville Rehearsal Hall with musical entertainment.
Fundraising is underway for the final phase of the expansion project, which will include additional rehearsal space, classrooms, studios, physical therapy facilities, offices, and a dedicated on-site suite for costume fitting, construction and storage. For information, visit bit.ly/3OE1YTW.
Major gifts recognized in the new building include the Margot and Warren Coville Rehearsal Hall; Green Building and Sustainability Initiatives made possible by the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation; Lee and Bob Peterson Family Lobby; Sharon and Herman Frankel Grand Hallway; Debbie and Larry Haspel Conference Room; Pat and Bob Baer Flexible Voice Studio; lobby and trellis furnishings made possible by Tom and Ann Charters; Dr. Randell Johnson and Bobby Jensen Education Hallway; Carolyn Keystone and Jim Meekison Catering Kitchen;
The Asolo Repertory Theatre, which just completed its 63rd season, is one of the premier professional theaters in America and one of the largest in the Southeast, presenting up to 10 productions each season, including contemporary and classic works and provocative musical theatre experiences. Visit asolorep.org to learn more.
Submitted by Tara McNamara
This article originally appeared on Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Asolo Rep salutes phase 1 of Koski Center expansion