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 COVID-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 COVID-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

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