Improv Returns!

If laughter is indeed the best medicine, then FST’s resident Improv team is fully stocked. FST Improv returns this spring with Triple Play, a special improv showcase specifically designed to entertain from a distance.  Beginning March 20, three improvisers, an emcee, and an improvisational musician to provide comedic accompaniment, will each return to the FST stage. Like our year-round Improv shows, these improvisers will draw … Continue reading Improv Returns!

Taking “Yes, And…” to a Whole New Level

By Lydia Baxter No one adapts like an improviser. From being able to turn on a dime in response to an audience suggestion to re-working an entire scene after a teammate throws in an unexpected plot twist, improvisers are the kings and queens of thinking on their feet.  So, it is no surprise that when a worldwide pandemic makes performing for live audiences impossible, improvisers … Continue reading Taking “Yes, And…” to a Whole New Level

Breaking into Improv

FST Improv is now in its 19th year and has more than 20 members! To help you get to know the improvisers better, we’re going to be sitting down with cast members and picking their brains about improv, taking risks, and their lives offstage. Next up on the chopping block is former FST Acting Apprentice Patrick Jackson. FST Improv performs every Saturday and select Fridays in … Continue reading Breaking into Improv

Panek! At the (Bowne’s) Lab

Joey Panek entertains on stages and small screens throughout the Gulf Coast. He toured as a professional actor for 14 years, and has produced and starred in many web series. By day, he’s the Senior Producer of Suncoast View at WWSB ABC7 in Sarasota. By night, he’s the proud father of a long-haired chihuahua named Lulu. We sat down with Panek to discuss how improvisation … Continue reading Panek! At the (Bowne’s) Lab

Up Close and Personal : Natasha Samreny

FST Improv is now in its 19th year and has more than 20 members! To help you get to know the improvisers better, we’re going to be sitting down with cast members and picking their brains about improv, taking risks, and their lives offstage. Our first victim was Natasha Samreny. FST Improv performs every Saturday and select Fridays in FST’s Bowne’s Lab Theatre. To see … Continue reading Up Close and Personal : Natasha Samreny

How Improv Changed My Life

By Madison McAllister and Becca Jennings The benefits of laughter are not breaking news. Laughter has been scientifically proven to reduce stress, reduce blood pressure, and stimulate the mind. So then is it any surprise that Improv, which provides abundant laughs, could actually be life changing? From the Hospital to the Courtroom to the Newsroom and beyond, these five improvisers all claim one major, seemingly … Continue reading How Improv Changed My Life

Eminent Entertainment

By Benedict Burgess FST Improv returns, reviving old favorites and expanding into new forms. The season kicks off with audience favorite Out of Bounds, a competitive improv show where teams face off in a gut-busting battle. “We’re doing things a little differently this year,” says Will Luera, FST’s Director of Improv. “We’re forming a total of eight distinct teams. Every Saturday night, the audience decides … Continue reading Eminent Entertainment