From the moment he stepped onto the stage in high school, Cameron Thorp knew that theater was his calling. As a proud 2013 graduate of SVSU's Theater department, Cameron not only discovered his passion for acting but also his desire to experience every facet of stage production. From the remote landscapes of Alaska to the sunny shores of Florida, Cameron's theatrical journey has taken him across the country. Now thriving as the Company Manager at Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota Florida, he cherishes every incredible minute spent in this captivating profession!
Life at SVSU
From the moment Cameron set foot on SVSU's campus, he was drawn to the welcoming atmosphere of the theater department. Throughout his four years at SVSU, Cameron enthusiastically participated in every theater department production. It was during the creation of a prop for the November 2012 production of Sam Shepard’s Buried Child that he had an epiphany about his career goals. As he worked crafting a realistic dead baby for the play's emotional climax, Cameron dedicated an entire semester to perfecting the prop. Watching his creation come to life on stage filled him with immense pride, ultimately inspiring him to become involved in all facets of theater production, not just acting. Remarkably, Cameron became the first SVSU student to win the prestigious Irene Ryan Prop of the Year Award from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for his work on the dead baby prop in Buried Child.
Apart from his notable involvement in the theater department, Cameron embraced his role as Coop, SVSU's beloved mascot all four years. Throughout his college years, he donned the Coop costume at sporting events, often collaborating with his father, Ken Thorp – SVSU’s Public Adress Announcer (Voice of the Cardinals) – to develop crowd engagement. His connection to Coop was so deep that he even served on the committee responsible for naming this iconic character and creating the training program for future Coops. Coop became an integral part of Cameron's graduation, as he was bestowed with his diploma by none other than Coop himself!
Life Beyond SVSU
Upon graduating from SVSU, Cameron embarked on a theatrical journey across the country. His adventure began with a year-long internship as the Production Intern at Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska. From there, he transitioned to O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut, where an SVSU alum Brett Elliott, graciously mentored him. This experience inspired him to give back to others at SVSU, grateful for the kindness and support shown by his fellow alum.
Cameron continued his journey to Houston Texas, where he became the Production Assistant for the Houston Ballet calling the student programs and assisting on the main stage productions. He then moved to Indiana to take on the role of AEA Assistant Stage Manager at Actors Theatre of Indiana in Carmel Indiana where he joined the Actors Equity Association Union. A remarkable opportunity led him back to Perseverance Theatre as the AEA Stage Manager for the world premiere of William Inc by Alaskan Native playwright Lucas Rowley. He soon embraced the role of Company Manager for Perseverance Theatre taking care of the traveling artists and finally found his professional home in theatre. After some time in Juneau, Cameron was ready to take the next step up in the Theatre world and maybe for a bit more sunshine and warmth.
Since 2019, Cameron has been mastering his profession in Company Management at Asolo Repertory Theatre in sunny Sarasota, Florida, starting as the Assistant Company Manager and working his way up to Company Manager. The rollercoaster of the COVID-19 pandemic hasn't dampened his passion for theater as he was able to work alongside the Asolo Production team and Broadway elites during their innovative outdoor Terrace Season. As a Company Manager, Cameron relishes working with rising talent and cherishes being the first person the guest artists meet and helping them create world class theatre. Now that the Asolo Rep is back to the main stage, Cameron has been a part of so many ground breaking productions. He is most proud of Asolo Rep’s World Premier Knoxville, Book by Frank Galati, Music by Stephen Flaherty, and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens which had a cast album released in October 2022.
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