Playwright Thomas Gibbons has never been afraid to tackle the tough the questions. His previous work presented at Florida Studio Theatre includes Bee-luther-hatchee (2004) and Permanent Collection (2007), uncompromising plays that dive headfirst into issues of artistic appropriation and racial representation. We sat down with Gibbons to learn more about his work with FST’s Playwright Collective and how he pulls apart his plays to get … Continue reading “Whose Story Is It Anyway?” with Thomas Gibbons
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
Over the past few months, many students have been finding The FST School to be just the right outlet to keep them connecting and creating – and they’ve found the experience to be just as, if not more, valuable than before. “I almost didn’t sign up, as I feared my creativity had been buried under the weight of the present day,” said FST School student … Continue reading Could Now be the Perfect Time to Reinvigorate Your Creative Side?
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 … Continue reading FST Gives Back to the Community