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Emilia Sargent is reading three copies of ‘King Lear’

The actor and Tampa Rep co-artistic director is also returning to Paulo Coelho’s ‘The Alchemist.’

Emilia Sargent recently was appointed co-artistic director of Tampa Repertory Theatre. She will work alongside C. David Frankel, who has served as artistic director since the pair, along with Connie LaMarca-Frankel and Ned Averill-Snell, started Tampa Rep in 2011. Sargent, who owns Emilia Sargent Studio, studied electrical engineering and vocal performance at Auburn University, and she is known for her work as a director, actor and theater educator throughout Tampa Bay. Currently, Tampa Rep is in preproduction for King Lear (May 29-June 14).

What’s on your nightstand?

It sounds funny, but I have three copies of King Lear along with Free to Focus by Michael Hyatt. And then the other day, I had been talking about a quote by Paulo Coelho, and so now I have The Alchemist with me.

How were you thinking about Coelho?

I work with kids, and specifically this time of year it has to do with auditions. It is that idea of people recognizing what they are capable of and following their dreams, but it’s even beyond that. I was also thinking of his quote, “The world is changed by example and not by your opinion.” So, his writing applies to what we are doing with the theater company and the work of bringing innovative theater to the Tampa market. It’s about listening to your heart.