Inside the Playwrights Project – Kenneth Jones

The Worlds That Jones Made Playwright Kenneth Jones is many things — a playwright, lyricist, and librettist, to name a few. An overnight sensation he’s not. Before writing his own plays, he spent 15 years as a theater critic. Then Jones took a leap of faith — and changed his job description to playwright. His early work made a splash. But Alabama Story was his first … Continue reading Inside the Playwrights Project – Kenneth Jones

Great Summer Reads for Theatre Kids – Ages 13-17

Does your teen know every word to the Hamilton soundtrack? And all the original choreography to Mean Girls? Or do they just dream of seeing a Broadway show one day? You might have a theatre nerd on your hands – time to celebrate! These reads will give them more Broadway trivia to amaze you with. Seth’s Broadway Diary – Volume 1 by Seth Rudetsky Seth Rudetsky … Continue reading Great Summer Reads for Theatre Kids – Ages 13-17

Great Summer Reads for Theatre Kids – Ages 8 to 12

There’s nothing better than diving into an incredible story while you’re waiting a bit post-lunch to get back into the pool or outside to play with your friends! These books will be hard for your young reader to put down…but maybe they’ll loan them to you when they’re finished? Let their imagination run wild with these exciting and interactive reads ideal for ages 8-12. Jack … Continue reading Great Summer Reads for Theatre Kids – Ages 8 to 12

Florida Studio Theatre Statement

“America never was America to me, And yet I swear this oath- America will be!” -Langston Hughes Dear Friends and Patrons, We stand with our Brothers and Sisters. We stand with the Fallen. Say their names. Out loud. George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Tamir Rice. Emmett Till. Say them over and over. They are like prayers beckoning us. Their last breaths plead with us. … Continue reading Florida Studio Theatre Statement

Great Summer Reads for Theatre Kids – Ages 3 to 7

Do you have a little one who always wants to be in the spotlight, behind the scenes, or watching from the audience? Check out these picture books that are perfect for ages 3-7. Full of beautiful illustrations and imaginative stories, these books may even catch the eye of the grownup in the room. Introduce the exciting world of theatre with a few of our favorites … Continue reading Great Summer Reads for Theatre Kids – Ages 3 to 7

What’s Streaming? – Theatre Picks for Your Family

The Internet has always been a source of untold wealth for entertainment. But now that we’re spending more time at home, it has become a way to bring the arts right to your doorstep. We’ve been able to visit museums from our couch and view livestreams of incredible performances from all over the world. Here are a few of our top picks of theatrical streaming … Continue reading What’s Streaming? – Theatre Picks for Your Family

Inside the Playwrights Project – Rachel Lynett

  The Stages of Change Playwright Rachel Lynett doesn’t want to complain about society. She wants to change it. That passion fires her current works in progress as part of FST’s Playwrights Project. Her latest plays include As You Are, a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, and Carry Me, which explores the confluence of the abolitionist and suffragist movements. Both plays draw from the past. But … Continue reading Inside the Playwrights Project – Rachel Lynett

Inside the Playwrights Project – José Casas

It’s Alive! Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is the grandfather of modern science fiction. Her tale of the creation of artificial life and consciousness spawned a long line of descendants. That family tree includes James Whale’s iconic adaptation of Shelley’s novel, Metropolis, 2001, Blade Runner, and HBO’s Westworld series. When playwright José Casas joined The Playwrights Project at Florida Studio Theatre, he decided to adapt Shelley’s classic as a … Continue reading Inside the Playwrights Project – José Casas

Inside The Playwrights Project – Sandy Rustin

Theater Reinvented Like all Florida Studio Theatre productions, The Playwrights Project began with a huddle. In this case, a virtual huddle on Zoom, thanks to social distancing. Richard Hopkins, FST’s Producing Artistic Director, challenged the participating theatre artists to follow Shakespeare’s example. Think epic. Think big. Reinvent what theater means. Create a new kind of theater that’s relevant for today. Quite a challenge. It captured … Continue reading Inside The Playwrights Project – Sandy Rustin

Playing by Heart: A Young Man’s Journey in Playwriting

by Becca Jennings Twelve-year-old Matrick Thorpe loves playwriting. He also loves music. And here at FST, Matrick has found a way to combine both of those passions through FST’s award-winning WRITE A PLAY arts-in-education program. When he’s not in Mrs. Steel’s 7th grade class, Matrick can be found playing cello in one of four orchestras. He’s worked both weddings and funerals. You might also catch … Continue reading Playing by Heart: A Young Man’s Journey in Playwriting