Honoring the Dangerous Ladies

By Camryn MacIver Florida Studio Theatre is proud to present The Suffragist Project, an artistic and community-wide celebration of the upcoming 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. With FST at the helm, the Project has brought together over 50 community partners that will each host their own programming in honor of the monumental milestone. Partners … Continue reading Honoring the Dangerous Ladies

Cookie Boudreaux: WRITE A PLAY Partner of the Year

This May, Florida Studio Theatre recognized Mrs. Cookie Boudreaux as the WRITE A PLAY Partner of the Year for her dedicated support of children in Sarasota and Manatee counties. A Sarasota-based business consultant and senior partner with Mark Kamin & Associates, Mrs. Boudreaux has been an Underwriter of FST’s award-winning arts-in-education program, WRITE A PLAY (WAP), for over five years. Mrs. Boudreaux was honored at … Continue reading Cookie Boudreaux: WRITE A PLAY Partner of the Year

A Meaningful Gift Strengthens FST’s Future

By Melody Mora-Shihadeh When Dr. Morris E. Katz retired in 1987, he and his wife Frieda Hillson Katz moved to Sarasota. Sadly, Frieda passed in 1994. Dr. Katz remained a very active member of the Glenridge on Palmer Ranch community. He served as a medical volunteer for the Senior Friendship Center and attended Florida Studio Theatre with life companion Gertrude Gordon. After Ms. Gordon passed … Continue reading A Meaningful Gift Strengthens FST’s Future

FST Presents 29th Annual Spelman Award

Named in honor of FST founding Artistic Director, Jon Spelman, the Spelman Award is presented to an individual or institutional sponsor who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership through philanthropic support, stewardship, or service. Last month, we were proud to present the annual Spelman Award to program underwriters Wendy and Bob Grady at FST’s Denim and Diamonds Shindig fundraiser in recognition of their generous enthusiasm and financial … Continue reading FST Presents 29th Annual Spelman Award

Old Friends and New Voices: The Sarasota Festival of New Plays

By Meg Gilbert As Sarasota’s Contemporary Theatre, New Play Development is at the core of FST’s programming. FST’s annual Sarasota Festival of New Plays is dedicated to presenting fresh theatre by some of the top living playwrights of our time. The Richard and Betty Burdick Play Reading Series presented as part of the Festival provides a platform for works in progress to be heard, discussed, … Continue reading Old Friends and New Voices: The Sarasota Festival of New Plays

FST Presents the Annual Daniel R. Mandelker and Marlene N. Harris Scholarship Award

By Melanie Slusar Every year, FST presents one outstanding intern with the annual Daniel R. Mandelker and Marlene N. Harris Scholarship Award. The scholarship honor is given in recognition of the intern’s talent, drive, and achievement. The person is chosen because they embody the core values and mission of FST, and act as a model for others through their natural leadership. This year, the award … Continue reading FST Presents the Annual Daniel R. Mandelker and Marlene N. Harris Scholarship Award

Planned Giving Matters

by Jordan Faddis On December 3, Florida Studio Theatre will hold a celebration honoring those who have made lifetime commitments to FST through planned giving. The event will include dedication ceremonies for both FST’s recently renovated artistic producing offices and its new costume studio. Florida Studio Theatre received a generous Legacy gift from the Muriel O’Neil Fund for Performing Arts of Community Foundation of Sarasota … Continue reading Planned Giving Matters

FST Presents 28th Annual Spelman Award

Named in honor of FST Founding Artistic Director, John Spelman, the Spelman Award is an annual award presented to an individual or corporate sponsor who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership by providing FST with spiritual, financial, and/or in-kind support. On February 26, 2018 at Shakespeare’s Shindig, FST was proud to present the 28th Annual Spelman Award to Mr. Arnold Simonsen in recognition of his generous $1 … Continue reading FST Presents 28th Annual Spelman Award

The Richard and Betty Burdick Reading Series

by Alex Hill Every year, FST presents The Richard and Betty Burdick New Play Reading Series, an endowed workshopping experience in which three new plays receive readings every May. Since its beginning in 1996, the series has gone on to help numerous shows reach the stage, including this season’s How to Use a Knife and Honor Killing. During the series, actors, playwrights, and audience members … Continue reading The Richard and Betty Burdick Reading Series

Planned Giving Matters

by Amanda Moths and Melody Mora-Shihadeh Muriel O’Neil was not just an avid fan of Florida Studio Theatre productions. She was also a great friend of the theatre. In addition to many years of attending shows at FST, her dedication and selfless hours of volunteer work further demonstrated her passion and appreciation for the art of theatre. Muriel sadly passed away in 2013. But thanks … Continue reading Planned Giving Matters