"The most amazing, life-altering, eye-opening, practice-evolving, friendliest
and generous of gifts"
- Margaret Stewart, Photographer

Every symphony you hear, every play you see, every dance you experience every painting and sculpture you see, and every book you read, begins its life with a person in a room with an idea and a passion. The Hermitage provides the room for accomplished creators in a spectacular, inspiring environment. Our artists bring their brilliant ideas. Together, with nature, we feed the passion, and we share it all with our community. This is the work of the Hermitage.

Written and performed by Hermitage Fellow Nisha Coleman
Part of the Sarasolo Festival
7 PM Sunday January 28, 2018
Crocker Memorial Church, 1260 12th Street

Winner of Best of the Fringe Award, 2016 Montreal

Tickets: www.sarasolo.org
Admission: $15.00

"Nisha Coleman is a chameleon. In one hour, she is so thoroughly a hippie mother, a nine-year-old girl, an unsure teenager, a violin virtuoso, that you can hardly believe she's only one person. Creating images sparkling with detail in our minds, Nisha purposefully strides down a twisting path."

"Nisha is a fantastic storyteller, a captivating performer, and an all-around interesting person. She speaks important truths, lives fascinating lives, and most importantly, resonates with authenticity.”

Born on a swamp to hippie parents Nisha Coleman had an unusual upbringing. Her solo show, Self-Exile, transports the audience through key life events, from trauma to triumph, from a swamp to the streets of Paris. “Don’t be yourself,” Coleman’s troubled father tells her when she is five years old, triggering a conscious separation from the self. She becomes a shape-shifter: a teacher’s pet, a troublemaker, a clown, a recluse. Geographic isolation and social anxiety lead to a period of selective mutism, but through the violin, Coleman reconnects with humans and ultimately to herself. Ending in the streets of Paris, Self-Exile is a celebration of our complicated selves and what it really means to “be yourself.” Read More

An Afternoon with Pulitzer Prize Winner, Donald Margulies
Monday, January 29 @ 4 PM
Asolo Repertory Theatre – Cook Theatre
5555 N Tamiami Trl Sarasota 34243
RSVP: Asolo Box Office: 941.351.8000

Film Screning and Discussion
Friday, February 2 @ 4PM
Hermitage Palm House
6630 Manasota Key Road, Englewood
RSVP: Reservations@HermitageArtistRetreat or 941.475.2098 ext 8

DONALD MARGULIES won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Dinner with Friends and was a finalist twice before for Sight Unseen and Collected Stories.  His many other plays, which include The Country House, Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, Brooklyn Boy, the Tony Award-nominated Time Stands Still and the Obie Award-winning The Model Apartment, have been produced on and off-Broadway and in theaters across the United States and around the world. His new play, Long Lost, will be produced in 2018. Read More


We are proud to share our talented people with those in the region through our community programs. Check our calendar and blog for up-to-date information on Hermitage news and events. Interested in volunteering? Our Friends of the Hermitage organization offers many excellent opportunities.