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Arts Journalism 2015

The 2016 program application is available for download here.

A 2016 program flyer is available for download here.

Please contact or 941-351-9010 ext 3307 with any questions. 

The application deadline is December 15, 2015.

Arts Journalists gain behind the scenes access into the work of professional theatre and arts reporting with Sarasota Herald-Tribune theatre critic Jay Handelman and artists and staff from Asolo Repertory Theatre.

No prior experience is required. We seek students who will bring curiosity and an appetite for analysis; in return we provide a rigorous immersion into the artistry at Asolo Rep. Arts Journalists:

  • Attend productions
  • Interview artists
  • Tour backstage
  • Write articles and reviews
  • Receive feedback from staff
  • Receive a FREE Youth Play Pass good for additional shows in the Asolo Rep season!



Meet the 2015 Journalists

Riley Grey Board is a freshman at Pine View School in Osprey, Florida. Aside from writing and theater, of course, her other interests include reading, sewing, and cooking, as well as a particular affinity for Mythology, Classical History, and Egyptology. Riley loves to travel, although she doesn't get the opportunity to do so as much as she would like, and hopes—dreams, and fantasizes—to one day travel to and journal about every country in the world. She’s a circus performer, specifically a unicyclist, and an avid procrastinator. Riley has studied at Harvard Law School for three years, and has donated over one million dollars and 500,000 pounds of food to orphans in underdeveloped countries—or at least, that’s what she would say if she was old enough to have any noteworthy accomplishments. 



Ashlyn Downey-Hayes is a 9th grader in the International Baccalaureate Program at Riverview High School. She plays the clarinet in the Kiltie Marching Band and has also studied piano since the age of eight. Ashlyn has always had a love of music and takes great pleasure in listening to musicians in “the pit” beneath the stage who add to the power of theatre productions. In addition to the arts of music and drama, some of her passions include reading and writing. Her favorite novel she has read is Hurt Go Happy, and at a young age, she created her own small novel series. Ashlyn is involved in activism for animal rights and the environment as well. Lastly, she enjoys exploring the great outdoors, climbing trees, and practicing synchronized swimming for her fifth year as part of the local team.



A member of the International Baccalaureate program, a recipient of numerous speaking awards and an aspiring journalist, Caleb Francois is a Southeast High School Junior with a passion for writing. He currently has a 4.67 GPA and aspires to attend the University of Florida. Caleb has demonstrated leadership as the District President of F.B.L.A. (Future Business Leaders of America) and other clubs. He has had several appearances in the local newspaper as the winner of the Palmetto Youth Center sponsored Martin Luther King Essay and Speech contest. He is also a recipient of the Americanism speech and essay scholarship. An avid member of Take Stock in Children, a People to People alumni, Caleb demonstrates a passion for education. With an enthusiasm for learning and anticipation for the future, Caleb enters the Asolo Rep Student Journalism program eager to learn and acquire memorable experiences.



Haley Hines is elated to have the opportunity to learn with established members of the theatre and journalism community. As a sophomore at Manatee High School, she is often found lingering in the theatre classroom listening to showtunes and secluding herself from her peers. Haley is a Harry Potter enthusiast and enjoys long walks to the fridge. She recently played Spencer in The Island Players production of Regrets Only, as well as several other school shows. This March, she will be competing at the Florida State Thespian Festival. While she does intend to study theatre after high school, she would like a career off-stage; and this program has conveniently incorporated her love of theatre and her writing talent. 




Margaret Ilicheva, though she prefers Maggie, is a senior at Southeast High School and hoped to study merchandising product development at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angles. She comes from Brooklyn, New York, but has been living in Sarasota for almost 5 years. Living in Florida caused Maggie to explore her new surroundings and developed a new love for the arts, especially anything relating to film, museums and theater. In school, she loves doing community service in clubs such as Key Club and Art Club. Maggie also loves to play tennis and swim. Lastly, she loves photography and writing. 




Mia Martin is an IB senior at Southeast High School. She has a lifelong passion for music and is skilled in several instruments including piano, flute, piccolo, and trumpet. Mia relishes reading any time the opportunity presents itself and enjoys writing about anything that comes to mind. She has a hunger for learning new information and takes on every challenge that is thrown at her with a welcoming smile. When not immersed in music, reading, or writing, Mia can often be found with a camera in hand capturing the sights and sounds of her world. In the future, Ms. Martin plans to pursue film. 




Miranda Olsen is sixteen years old, and a junior at Venice High School. She spends most of her time at home, hunched over a computer, spilling a story onto its pages. When she's not writing, Miranda is practicing her flag twirling routines for the Venice High School Marching Band. She also likes to spend time with friends and shop at her local bookstores. Most of the time, you can find her with her nose stuck in a book. She loves to read, and her favorite novel is “The Great Gatsby.” She enjoys going to plays, ones written by Shakespeare, especially. Miranda’s loves English class, and she wants to become an English teacher after college. 




Shreya Patel is a junior at Saint Stephen's Episcopal School. She is captain of her cross country team and editor of her school's yearbook. In love with writing and running, Shreya finds as many opportunities as she can to do what she loves. Her part in Asolo Journalism Program is one example of her doing so.