Kaci Beeler – Up Close and Personal

This year’s 11th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival will bring over 20 troupes from around the world to Sarasota for a whirlwind weekend of laughter. One person you will see sprinting from one performance to another is Kaci Beeler. Kaci is a member of  not one, but TWO Austin-based improv groups, Available Cupholders and Parallelogramophonograph (Pgraph, for short). Keep reading to get to know how Kaci juggles being … Continue reading Kaci Beeler – Up Close and Personal

A Guaranteed Fun Time

Love karaoke? Love improv? Musical improv troupe Happy Karaoke Fun Time blends the two to create a completely original, never before seen musical on the spot. Instead of a piano, they use karaoke tracks and improvise entirely new lyrics to some of today’s most popular songs. We sat down with Philip Markle, Creator of Happy Karaoke Fun Time, to get to know the group better before … Continue reading A Guaranteed Fun Time

Welcome to the StaceJam

On July 12 and 13, over 20 of the top improv troupes from across the country and as far as Canada and the UK will travel to Sarasota for a whirlwind weekend of laughter. Featured at the Sarasota Improv Festival for the first time, StaceJam is a one-woman musical improv show performed by comedy veteran Stacey Smith, who you’ve also seen perform with ImprovBoston and the all-female … Continue reading Welcome to the StaceJam

Improv Fest Spotlight: Available Cupholders

At this year’s 11th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival, over 20 of the top improv troupes from across the nation and as far as Canada and the UK will travel to Florida’s Gulf Coast for a whirlwind weekend of laughter. One of those groups is Available Cupholders of Austin, TX, who – in true improv fashion – say they came up with their odd troupe name by pulling the two … Continue reading Improv Fest Spotlight: Available Cupholders

Improv Fest Spotlight: Dad’s Garage

At this year’s 11th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival, over 20 of the top improv troupes from across the nation and as far as Canada and the UK will travel to Florida’s Gulf Coast for a whirlwind weekend of laughter. One of those groups is Dad’s Garage, of Atlanta, GA, who have performed their signature brand of off-the-cuff improvised comedy that has delighted around the world. We sat down … Continue reading Improv Fest Spotlight: Dad’s Garage

11th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival

By Sarah Durham The start of summer at Florida Studio Theatre means the Sarasota Improv Festival is right around the corner! Director of Improv Will Luera is gearing up for an exciting Festival featuring teams from across the country and as far as the United Kingdom and Canada. This year marks the 11th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival, and with it, new teams, new workshops, and … Continue reading 11th Annual Sarasota Improv Festival

Winter Improv Brings Love and Laughter

By Meg Gilbert The New Year brings new cast members, new shows, and old favorites every Saturday night when FST Improv takes to the Bowne’s Lab stage. Back by popular demand, FST Improv Presents: When X Meets Y returns with more shows than ever before. “The improv comedy show debuted in 2015, and has been such a hit with FST audiences that we decided to … Continue reading Winter Improv Brings Love and Laughter

Fall Improv Raises the Stakes

by Sarah Durham With three groups, seven in-house teams, workshops around the globe, and weekly shows, not to mention the annual Sarasota Improv Festival, FST’s Improv program might be the most ambitious in all of Florida. This fall, we’re kicking off an all new Improv season with the audience favorite, Out of Bounds, where two teams of improvisers go head-to-head to compete for the most … Continue reading Fall Improv Raises the Stakes

The Sarasota Improv Festival: 10 Years. No Joke!

by Lydia Baxter Fans of comedy, spontaneity, and quick wit will flock to FST’s campus this July for the 10th Anniversary Sarasota Improv Festival. Founded in 2009, the first Sarasota Improv Festival was actually meant to be a one-time-only event. It took place in just one venue—FST’s Goldstein Cabaret—and featured 39 performers over the course of 2 days. There were only 12 groups that year, … Continue reading The Sarasota Improv Festival: 10 Years. No Joke!

Laughter Knows No Boundaries

by Nicole Clayton You may have heard the expression, “laughter knows no boundaries.” Florida Studio Theatre’s Improv Program proves it. From London to Latvia to Los Angeles, Florida Studio Theatre’s Improvisation programming reaches across many borders–geographic, linguistic, and cultural. Director of Improvisation Will Luera has traveled all around the globe teaching and performing the art of improv. His 2016 passport stamps included London, Saudi Arabia, … Continue reading Laughter Knows No Boundaries