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Florida Studio Theatre

The WRITE A PLAY Program at Florida Studio Theatre is an in-school arts initiative, designed to inspire your students to be creative and to write plays. Hilarious and heartfelt, these poignant tales are a compilation of award-winning plays by young writers, just like your students, performed by a cast of professional actors. Past winners include everything from comedies like "Chomp!" to dramas like "Tears by the Lake." These authentic stories contain lessons of life and purpose for us all.

Last year, over 55,000 youth participated in this dynamic award-winning program. This year FST received plays from over 4,000 young playwrights in the state of Florida and around the world for the Young Playwrights Festival, which takes place each spring culminating the program.

Florida Studio Theatre's WRITE A PLAY Program is currently celebrating 23 years of inspiring children from Kindergarten up through 12th Grade. The program offers students a three show subscription series for elementary schools in Sarasota and Manatee counties. It includes the Playmaker's Tour (in-class), RAP-Punzel at FST and UNDER SIX (selected plays by students) at FST. We also offer a three show tour subscription and secondary WRITE A PLAY in-class workshops throughout Florida and the Southeastern United States.

Florida Studio Theatre also works in partnership with TCG, Blue Star Families and the MetLife Foundation to bring the WRITE A PLAY program to military bases. For more information click here

“An outstanding job of providing REAL integration of the arts with the classroom. Thank you for being my partner in education!”
- Sue Rowe, Phillipi Shores Elementary School


The Winning playwrights of the 2015 Young Playwrights Festival

Congratulations to the more than 3,000 playwrights who explored their imagination and wrote a play. We are all inspired by your creativity and your bravery.

Elementary (Sarasota & Manatee Counties Grades K-6)    

Elementary (Outside Sarasota & Manatee Counties Grades K-6)    

Secondary (Grades 7 - 12) Playwriting Tour Workshops 

Teacher Resources and Submission Guidelines

We proudly participate in EdExploreSRQ, a Sarasota County School District website to connect classrooms to community arts, science, and culture organizations.


Contact: For more information on booking, contact Patrick A. Jackson, WRITE A PLAY Coordinator at 941-366-9797 or

Click here to watch the PBS Documentary about WAP



Our box office is located at the corner of North Palm Avenue and Cocoanut in downtown Sarasota, Florida.





Box Office Hours:

Mon. - 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Tues. - Wed. - 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Thurs. - 12 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Fri. - Sat. - 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sun. - 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.


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Florida Studio Theatre 1241 North Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236 Box Office (941) 366-9000

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