Catching Hope with Sarah Bierstock

Sarah Bierstock has never been one to be boxed in. In addition to being an accomplished stage and screen actress – appearing on The Walking Dead, The Good Wife, and in Lincoln Center’s 2012 concert revival of the musical Chess – she is also a playwright and producer. Her debut play, Honor Killing, had its World Premiere production at FST in 2018, and has gone on to … Continue reading Catching Hope with Sarah Bierstock

Building Bridges with Jason Odell Williams

It’s not every day that the Los Angeles Times describes a playwright as “a post-modern Clifford Odets.” Meet Jason Odell Williams. His plays have been performed Off-Broadway at New World Stages and Westside Theatre as well as theatres across the country. He has received numerous accolades for his work, including an Emmy nomination for his television writing and producing. He is also a dedicated member … Continue reading Building Bridges with Jason Odell Williams

Forging New Paths with Thomas Gibbons

Playwright Thomas Gibbons is not afraid to tackle tough questions. His previous work includes two plays that Florida Studio Theatre produced in the mid-2000s: Bee-luther-hatchee (2004) and Permanent Collection (2007). Both plays dive headfirst into complex issues surrounding the narratives we inherit and the stories we leave behind. Today, Gibbons is continuing to use theatre as means to explore the complications and contradictions of the human condition, … Continue reading Forging New Paths with Thomas Gibbons

A Timeless Vision with Jacqueline Goldfinger

Most playwrights strive to write plays that speak to the present. Jacqueline Goldfinger, however, goes several steps beyond. She writes plays that speak to the past, the present, and the future. She has earned countless awards for her bold theatrical vision, including the Yale Drama Series Prize and the Smith Prize for Political Theatre. We sat down with Goldfinger to learn more about her work … Continue reading A Timeless Vision with Jacqueline Goldfinger

A New Addition With Rachel Lynett

First, we’re going to laugh. Then we’re going to talk. Even with 12 full-length plays under her belt, these ten words continue to shape Rachel Lynett‘s creative approach when writing for the stage. One of the newest additions to FST’s Playwright Collective, Lynett uses humor to bring the audience into a play’s world. Then she challenges them to reflect on topics like gender and race. … Continue reading A New Addition With Rachel Lynett

A Message from the Producing Artistic Director – FST Remains Strong

Dear Friends and Patrons, I hope that you and yours are staying well during this difficult time. It has been SIX MONTHS since the Pandemic of 2020 forced us to shutter our theatres.  The good news is that FST is strong and we are weathering this difficult moment in our collective history with a positive spirit. We are down to a skeletal crew of about 30 … Continue reading A Message from the Producing Artistic Director – FST Remains Strong

Sparking Inspiration with José Casas

FST has long believed that all children deserve an outlet to energize their creativity and inspire their imaginations. That’s why we are so excited that José Casas, an award-winning author and professor of playwriting at the University of Michigan, is now bringing his creative spark to FST’s Playwright Collective. We sat down with Casas to learn more about his love for Children’s Theatre and how … Continue reading Sparking Inspiration with José Casas

How well do you know Sarasota’s Contemporary Theatre?

With 47-years of history, FST’s five-theatre campus is chock-full of stories, little-known-facts, and hidden gems from the past. Whether you’ve been subscribing season after season for years, or are newer to FST’s community, we invite you to test your knowledge of Sarasota’s Contemporary Theatre! Keep reading for some fun facts that even our biggest fans may be surprised to learn… A PIECE OF HISTORY Did … Continue reading How well do you know Sarasota’s Contemporary Theatre?

Staging History with Deborah Breevort

An award-winning dramatist and theatrical writing professor at Columbia University and NYU, Deborah Brevoort has mentored numerous young artists and reached audiences around the world with her inspiring storytelling. Brevoort has 30 years of experience in bringing new plays, operas, and musicals to the stage. This past year, she found an “artistic home” at Florida Studio Theatre as a member of FST’s Playwright Collective, a … Continue reading Staging History with Deborah Breevort

Writing the Way Forward

By Benedict Burgess New plays are the lifeblood of FST.  As Sarasota’s contemporary theatre, FST remains committed not only to presenting the best new plays of today, but also to investing in the creation of the best new plays of tomorrow. Since 1983, FST’s New Play Development Program has helped shape and share some of the most modern plays in American theatre. FST’s award-winning arts-in-education … Continue reading Writing the Way Forward