FST Gives Back to the Community

By Lydia Baxter

FST is excited to announce that it is extending its scholarship program, providing full and partial scholarships to front line workers and their families. Now, as local schools reopen, we are adding teachers and their families to the list of those who qualify for these special scholarships.

We first announced this initiative in May 2020 as a way to give back to the community and serve those who are doing so much to serve us. Following a great response this past spring, we’ve decided to continue and expand the program as The FST School gears up for a new session of classes.

Summer camp students give a socially distant recital. Photo by Sarah Haley.

“It is important that we continue to offer scholarships to front line workers and their families,” said Josh Ford, FST’s Director of Education. “These are people who are making sacrifices and taking risks in a very real and concrete manner to better our community. Teaching theatre is teaching communication. These unprecedented times require that we each find our voice and the ability to truly hear one another. That is what theatre is about. We hope folks take advantage of these scholarships, join us for a class, and use the opportunity to discover their distinct voice.”

Jason Cannon gives notes to Pedro Leos.
Photo by Justin Jones.

Led by our team of Professional Resident Teaching Artists, in-person and online classes for students of all ages and experience levels are available in acting, dancing, singing, playwriting, improvisation and more. Since we launched virtual class offerings in May, The FST School has grown beyond state borders, welcoming students from as far as Mexico, California, and Connecticut.

If you or someone you know is interested in and eligible to participate in our new, expanded scholarship program, please call FST’s Education Office at 941-366-1350. For more information or to enroll, click here.