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Patel Conservatory, located in Downtown Tampa as part of the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, provides the finest performing arts training in an inspirational setting by giving students the tools to: dream, reach, discover and create the performing arts; integrate them into everyday life; and contribute to the community.

The Straz Center is the sixth largest performing arts center in the nation and one of the only performing arts centers with an on-site, accredited, performing arts conservatory. Auditioned pre-professional training is offered throughout the summer and school year to students in grades 7-college in theater, music, and
dance. Dance students, please apply through Next Generation Ballet's Acceptd site


Patel Conservatory Theater productions provide focused production-based training in theater for accepted students. Acceptance is based on auditions, which are selective. Students experience a professionally produced production experience and gain understanding of best practices in the performing arts. 

Applicants must submit the following:
LIVE and VIDEO Auditions:
- Headshot
- Resume
- Completed digital application

- Prepare: For Musicals, Showstoppers, and Ovation!: 32 bars of a musical theatre song, For Plays: 1 minute monologue


2022-2023 School-Year PROGRAMS

Ovation! Performance Group
Ages 13-18
Classes Dates: September 1, 2022-May 11, 2023 (TH) 4:30-6pm
Tuition: $670

Auditioned students develop musical theater performance rep in this weekly advanced musical theater program. Ovation! members will have the opportunity to perform their rehearsed material throughout the year at various events, acting as performing arts ambassadors of the Straz Center, and during a culminating spring showcase for families.

2022-2023 School-Year PRODUCTIONSMiss Nelson Is Missing
Ages 7-12
Audition Date: Saturday, February 11, 12pm-2pm
Rehearsals Begin: March 6, 2023; (M,W,F) 6-8pm; 1 Saturday (April 8, 9am-4pm)
Performances: Thursday, April 13 - Saturday, April 15
Tuition: Patel Student- $360, Non-Patel Student- $795

Students ages 7-12 will enjoy playing spitball-throwing, uncontrollable children in this Theatre for Young Audiences edition, based on the quirky book. The students of Room 207 are in for a surprise when Miss Nelson turns up missing and is replaced by Viola Swamp, a scary substitute teacher. Focus is placed on character development and age-appropriate voice work.

Audition Dates: 
- Saturday, March 4, 12pm-3pm
- Saturday, April 1, 12pm-3pm
- Monday, May 8, 6pm-9pm

Ages 13-18
Rehearsals: June 5-23
Monday-Friday, and Saturday, June 17
9:00am - 4:00pm
Performances: June 22-25

The Little Mermaid
Ages 8-12
Rehearsals: July 10-21
Monday-Friday and Saturday, July 15
Performances: July 20-23

Showstoppers: Broadway Intensive
Ages 13-College
Rehearsals: July 24 - August 4
Monday-Friday and Saturday, July 29
Performances: August 4-5

More information or questions, contact:

The Patel Conservatory is accredited by the Southern Association of College and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS-CASI) under the division of AdvancED.

Patel Conservatory website

If you have any technical questions, please check out the Acceptd Applicant Support Help Desk