2022-23 FST Forums Series

Florida Studio Theatre presents the Forums Series for its 2022-2023 Season. This year's forum series focuses on three productions: What the Constitution Means to Me, Network, and Visit Joe Whitefeather (and bring the family!). FST Forums are free to attend, though reservations are required. Please click the links below or call the FST Box Office at 941.366.9000 to make your reservations. 


The US Constitution and America Today: Is it Flourishing or Floundering?
Inspired by themes presented in What the Constitution Means to Me
WHEN Thursday, February 9 @ 5PM
WHERE FST's Keating Theatre

52% of US adults say they are not satisfied with the way democracy is working in America. Additionally, 85% of Americans say that the U.S. political system either needs major changes or needs to be completely reformed. Our Constitution, the fundamental basis of our government, is over 200 years old. Is it outdated, or is it simply being manipulated and interpreted in a way that was not anticipated when it was written? Is it being used as intended? This forum will explore these issues and more, in hopes of fostering discussion on how we should look at this document in today’s world.

Trevor Harvey, President of the Sarasota NAACP
The Honorable Larry Eger, Head of the Manatee County division of the Public Defender's Office; Vice-Chair of the Jewish Children and Family Services; and Co-Founder and past President of the Sarasota School of Arts and Science
Matt Walsh, CEO, The Observer Media Group 

The Honorable Charles E. Williams, 12th Circuit Judge

Walter Cronkite, Where Are You?
Inspired by themes presented in Network
WHEN Thursday, March 9 @ 5PM
WHERE FST's Keating Theatre

Elon Musk buys Twitter. Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post. If you have $100, you can run your own news program! 52% of Americans today get their news from digital platforms. As polarized as our country is today, many believe news outlets—whether print, electronic, or digital—are more polarizing than ever before. How the news is presented is increasingly dependent on the political persuasion of the network’s audience. This forum will explore this crisis in news information, why it has persisted, what can be done to address it, and why it can be destructive to this country and our democracy if it is not fixed.

Mercedes Soler-Martinez, Co-Owner and President of Solmart Media
Richard M. Lobo, Co-Vice Chair for the Center for Public Integrity; Director of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting during Clinton administration; Director of the International Broadcasting Bureau during Obama administration; Former President and CEO of WEDU (PBS) Tampa/St. Petersburg/Sarasota; and Chairman of the Florida Public Broadcasting Service.

Renee James Gilmore, Executive Producer/ABC7 WWSB/Empowering Voices
Tom Tryon, Former Opinion Editor for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune

"I Didn't Mean to Offend!" - The Politics of Cultural Appropriation
Inspired by themes presented in Visit Joe Whitefeather (and bring the family!)
WHEN Thursday, April 20 @ 5PM
WHERE FST's Keating Theatre

The Washington Redskins. The Cleveland Indians. The Danville Braves. What’s wrong with these names? Cultural appropriation is the inappropriate or unacknowledged adoption of an element or elements of one culture or identity by members of another culture or identity. This forum will discuss this phenomenon in the context of the play Visit Joe Whitefeather (and bring the family!) and also explore the broader often unintended consequences of cultural appropriation in today’s society. This panel will also take a look at the occurrence of gentrification in our rapidly changing Sarasota Community.


The Honorable Charles E. Williams, 12th Circuit Judge