SCF Music Student Jumps Headlong into Professional Career

(Bradenton, Fla., July 5, 2018) — Jade Turner, a former music and theatre student at State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota, (SCF) had no plans to go to a small college to start her education. Her plan was to immediately go to a private university or a performing arts school. But her budget put her on the path to SCF.

“It was the best thing that could have happened to me,” Turner said from her dressing room at the Asolo Repertory Theatre where she was recently performing in “Ragtime.” She also performed as Roxy in the production of “Roe” in March and April at the Asolo. Turner is living in New York where she has an agent and is auditioning for shows on Broadway.

“If you would have told me I would graduate and have booked two shows at one of the best regional repertory theatres in the country, I would have laughed at you.”

But, she said her time at SCF gave her the confidence to perform and audition. An active student in the music program, she starred as Anita in SCF’s production of “West Side Story.” It also taught her that faculty were not just approachable; they want you to succeed. She said her vocal professor, Melodie Dickerson, is like a second mom to her. Dickerson stayed in her corner even after she graduated from SCF and transferred to the University of Tampa. And Dickerson is still in her corner today.

“They were building my self-esteem, and I didn’t realize it at the time,” Turner said. “If I went anywhere else, I wouldn’t have gotten the individual attention, which is why I am so successful.”

Her experience at SCF taught her to build relationships with her professors at the University of Tampa as well. She asked questions, took direction and tried new things. When she was assigned to audition for shows during her senior year, Turner had the confidence to sign up and complete her assignment. She was surprised when she got parts in two shows, a play and a musical. By the time she found out, she had already rented an apartment in New York.

“I was lucky to have an agent who really liked me and who lived in New York,” she said.

Coming back to the Asolo to perform in two professional productions helped her make huge strides in her career, getting her closer to earning membership in the Actors Equity Association and adding to her professional resume.

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Jade Turner at the Asolo Repertory Theatre

Jade Turner at the Asolo Repertory Theatre

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