Sparking Inspiration with José Casas

FST has long believed that all children deserve an outlet to energize their creativity and inspire their imaginations. That’s why we are so excited that José Casas, an award-winning author and professor of playwriting at the University of Michigan, is now bringing his creative spark to FST’s Playwright Collective. We sat down with Casas to learn more about his love for Children’s Theatre and how … Continue reading Sparking Inspiration with José Casas

How well do you know Sarasota’s Contemporary Theatre?

With 47-years of history, FST’s five-theatre campus is chock-full of stories, little-known-facts, and hidden gems from the past. Whether you’ve been subscribing season after season for years, or are newer to FST’s community, we invite you to test your knowledge of Sarasota’s Contemporary Theatre! Keep reading for some fun facts that even our biggest fans may be surprised to learn… A PIECE OF HISTORY Did … Continue reading How well do you know Sarasota’s Contemporary Theatre?

Staging History with Deborah Breevort

An award-winning dramatist and theatrical writing professor at Columbia University and NYU, Deborah Brevoort has mentored numerous young artists and reached audiences around the world with her inspiring storytelling. Brevoort has 30 years of experience in bringing new plays, operas, and musicals to the stage. This past year, she found an “artistic home” at Florida Studio Theatre as a member of FST’s Playwright Collective, a … Continue reading Staging History with Deborah Breevort

Writing the Way Forward

By Benedict Burgess New plays are the lifeblood of FST.  As Sarasota’s contemporary theatre, FST remains committed not only to presenting the best new plays of today, but also to investing in the creation of the best new plays of tomorrow. Since 1983, FST’s New Play Development Program has helped shape and share some of the most modern plays in American theatre. FST’s award-winning arts-in-education … Continue reading Writing the Way Forward

Could Now be the Perfect Time to Reinvigorate Your Creative Side?

Over the past few months, many students have been finding The FST School to be just the right outlet to keep them connecting and creating – and they’ve found the experience to be just as, if not more, valuable than before. “I almost didn’t sign up, as I feared my creativity had been buried under the weight of the present day,” said FST School student … Continue reading Could Now be the Perfect Time to Reinvigorate Your Creative Side?

FST Gives Back to the Community

By Lydia Baxter FST is excited to announce that it is extending its scholarship program, providing full and partial scholarships to front line workers and their families. Now, as local schools reopen, we are adding teachers and their families to the list of those who qualify for these special scholarships. We first announced this initiative in May 2020 as a way to give back to … Continue reading FST Gives Back to the Community

Suffragist Project Centennial Celebration Remarks

Given by Charlayne Hunter-Gault on August 20, 2020 Today, you have heard wonderful, inspiring words as we mark the 100th Anniversary of the Suffragists – women of history who insisted, against all odds, to be recognized in their fullness. So it is that, as I give the benediction on today’s celebration, I am reminded of another woman in my history – my Grandmother. Shall we say a few … Continue reading Suffragist Project Centennial Celebration Remarks

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

Investing in Theatre’s Future

By Lydia Baxter At one point in time, no audience had ever seen A Midsummer Night’s Dream. A Streetcar Named Desire wasn’t always a household name. A Raisin in the Sun was once just an idea in Lorraine Hansberry’s head. As FST’s Producing Artistic Director Richard Hopkins likes to say, “Without new plays, we wouldn’t have old plays.” At Florida Studio Theatre, a group of … Continue reading Investing in Theatre’s Future

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