Roger DeLaurier - Conservatory Director/Associate Artistic Director
Through over thirty years of teaching the art and craft of acting, I remain in respectful awe of the power of theatre training to transform and empower the student as an artist and human being. The student’s decision to train is a conscious choice to embrace change and growth. It is a choice to explore and expose the self, a choice to define a personal and theatrical aesthetic in context to the society at large. To guide young artists in this process is a rare privilege and a great responsibility.
I am a true believer in the conservatory model as the best way to train actors to the actual standards and demands of their chosen profession. The intensive immersion in the art form, the atmosphere of training with equally talented and passionate young artists and the exposure to professional practitioners in the master/apprentice model accelerates learning and mastery. It also instills in the student the professional standards, discipline and ethic necessary for them to be successful in a highly competitive field. I feel a moral obligation to send students into the world equipped with every possible resource in support of their artistry.