Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Students Turn to Teaching

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Students Turn to Teaching

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Four students in the FSU/Asolo Conservatory Class of 2015 aren't quite ready to leave the classroom.

Even though their final year in the graduate acting program will be filled with rehearsals and performances at Asolo Repertory Theatre, they have signed on to teach Introduction to Theater courses at the University of South Florida/Sarasota-Manatee.

It's part of a new relationship between USF and the conservatory to help the four-year school broaden arts offerings in its general education curriculum.

"I really believe that those who can do, should teach," said Matthew R. Olson, most recently seen in "How I Learned to Drive" and "Antigone." "I feel that the teaching I've done in the past really solidifies the work that I do, having to articulate how and why I do what I do and why I care about it."

Olson is joined by Paul Herbig, Allie Henkel and Andrea Adnoff, who each will be assigned one section of Introduction to Theater courses beginning in the fall. There will be two sections offered each semester.

USF is paying the conservatory for the services provided, and students have to apply for the opportunity, said Jane Rose, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

"For many professional actors, as with creative writers or artists, they often find a professional home in academe, and as such it is an advantage for them to have that college teaching experience," she said.

The students said the experience will be invaluable as they start building careers.

"I know for a while I won't be only acting, and having a backup job in the field that interests me and will help me learn more about my own acting, will just be strengthening my own interests," Herbig said.

A couple of the students have had some sort of teaching experience in the past. Adnoff said she started an afterschool program in Azusa, Calif., where she went to college.

"I miss it and I miss the kids, and it was important to me to be a part of the community in which I lived," she said. …

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