Meet the Improviser: Spotlight on Kyle Van Frank

Kyle Van Frank has been making audiences smile since he arrived to the Suncoast in 2019. As a cast member of FST Improv, he brings manic energy and effervescent musical numbers to shows such as Out of Bounds, Triple Play, and FST Improv’s summer hit, Life’s A Beach. We sat down with Kyle to learn more about his history with improv comedy, as well as … Continue reading Meet the Improviser: Spotlight on Kyle Van Frank

Meet the Improviser: Spotlight on Kevin Allen

Kevin Allen has been coming to Sarasota, FL, since he was in utero, going on to spend countless holidays and breaks from school with his family at Siesta Key. Today he calls this spot in paradise home as a regular cast member of FST Improv. We sat down with Kevin to learn more about his Sarasota roots and what makes Life’s A Beach such a … Continue reading Meet the Improviser: Spotlight on Kevin Allen

Meet the Improviser: Spotlight on Sarah D.

Sarah Durham may be relative newcomer to the Gulf Coast, but she has quickly proven herself a comedic force to be reckoned with. Since her arrival in 2018, Durham has become a featured performer with FST Improv, even becoming one of the champions of the troupe’s annual Out of Bounds comedy tournament. We sat down with Durham to hear more about what excites her the … Continue reading Meet the Improviser: Spotlight on Sarah D.

Life’s a “Beach!”…Why Not Laugh About It?

FST Improv heads into summer with the return of its most popular show, Life’s a Beach, our go-to show for celebrating (and poking fun at) all things “Sarasota.” Drawing inspiration from audience suggestions, the cast of FST Improv weaves sketches, musical numbers, and classic improv games that pay special tribute to this beautiful spot in paradise we hold so dear. From the epic annual snowbird … Continue reading Life’s a “Beach!”…Why Not Laugh About It?

Poking Fun at the Place You Call Home with Will Luera

Will Luera has been a fixture of Sarasota’s blossoming improv scene since 2014, when he joined Florida Studio Theatre as its Director of Improv. Since then, Will and his family have made this little slice of paradise – with its countless roundabouts and annual New Years Eve pineapple drop – their home. We sat down with Luera to learn more about FST Improv’s summer show, … Continue reading Poking Fun at the Place You Call Home with Will Luera

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