An Important FST Winter Season Update

Dear Friends and Patrons, I hope that you and yours are staying well. It has been four long months since the Pandemic of 2020 forced us to shutter our theatres. The date was March 15, 2020, when the lights were turned off on all five stages. The good news is that FST is surviving. We’ve been working diligently, making improvements to the theatre for a … Continue reading An Important FST Winter Season Update

What’s To Come: Advancements For Your Enjoyment

By Justin M. Jones At the peak of season, you can find FST’s Production team building sets, props, and costumes. Today, you will see them working as hard as ever to ensure that when we reopen, your theatre experience with FST rises to an all-new level. We checked in with some of our Production team members to find them installing and testing new sound equipment, … Continue reading What’s To Come: Advancements For Your Enjoyment

The Other Side of the Curtain

Art brings people together. The pandemic has the opposite effect. After coronavirus reached our country, it brought social distancing in its wake. Restrictions on human contact saved lives, but killed live performances. Concerts yielded to the sounds of silence. Theaters closed. The shows did not go on. Stages emptied and audiences stayed home. People hid from the world — and each other. That’s the bad … Continue reading The Other Side of the Curtain

An Important FST Announcement

As of May 11, we have come to the difficult conclusion that our Summer Season and Annual Sarasota Improv Festival cannot go on as originally planned. The health and safety of our audience, staff, and artists are paramount. Therefore, we must cancel the Summer Season and Festival. The good news is that we believe we will be able to do some exciting programming in FST’s … Continue reading An Important FST Announcement

FST Forges Connections Online

by Becca Jennings In a time of social distance, FST is fostering much-needed social connection. The FST School announced that it’s going virtual beginning the week of May 11. With over 20 classes to choose from, students ages four to 104 are finding exciting new ways to continue their artistic journey…online. Instructor Catherine Randazzo approached transitioning her classes to the digital world feeling ready and … Continue reading FST Forges Connections Online

Update: FST on COVID-19

Caring for our patrons, artists, staff, and their families continues to be our top priority here at Florida Studio Theatre. Therefore, heeding the recommendations of the CDC and WHO, FST has taken the following measures in response to COVID-19: BOX OFFICE For everyone’s safety, as of March 19, the FST Box Office will be open by phone and online only – no walk-ins. PERFORMANCES FST … Continue reading Update: FST on COVID-19

Important Message From FST

Dear Patrons and Friends, It is with great sadness that we are forced to close our theatres for the remainder of the Winter 2020 Season. We plan to reopen with the Summer Mainstage Season the first week of June. This decision comes following the CDC’s latest update, issued last night, which changed its size recommendation on large gatherings from a maximum of 250 persons (which … Continue reading Important Message From FST

FST Responds to COV-19

Dear Patrons,   The health and safety of our staff, artists, volunteers and audiences remains of utmost importance. As such, we have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 virus.   Although the threat of contracting the virus is low, as a precaution we are increasing the frequency of our cleaning, disinfecting high touch areas, and disinfecting seats in our theaters after every performance. We shall also … Continue reading FST Responds to COV-19

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

by Melanie Marcotte Every year, the staff at 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 FST’s core values and mission  and acts as a model for others through their natural leadership. This year, the … Continue reading FST Presents the Annual Daniel R. Mandelker and Marlene N. Harris Scholarship Award

The Spirit of Giving is Alive in Sarasota

By Camryn MacIver With the help of our generous donors and community partners, Florida Studio Theatre has begun a series of renovations to the back of house and backstage areas of the beautiful Goldstein Cabaret. This project was largely supported by Co-Producer Elaine Keating, who matched several individual donations dollar-for-dollar as well as thanks to a large grant from the William G. and Marie Selby … Continue reading The Spirit of Giving is Alive in Sarasota