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The Suffragist Project


The Suffragist Project


Florida Studio Theatre is proud to present The Suffragist Project, an artistic celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment (August 20, 2020), the woman’s right to vote.

Bringing together over 60 organizations, this bi-county artistic commemoration featured plays, dance performances, art exhibits, lectures, panel discussions, and in-school educational offerings, all in recognition of this monumental milestone. 

Florida Studio Theatre is also proud to have commissioned four playwrights to create four brand new plays inspired by the fight for the woman’s right to vote as part of this project. These playwrights came together at Florida Studio Theatre for residencies in October 2019, December 2019, and May 2020.

On August 20, 2020, over 500 attendees joined us for an online centennial commemoration event featuring inspiring speeches by Project Director Kate Alexander, Mayor Ahearn-Koch, and Award-winning journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault, a sneak peek of the new documentary following FST's Suffragist Project, and a commemorative candle lighting ceremony.

Project Team & Partners

PROJECT CHAIR: Judge Charles E. Williams
PROJECT COMMITTEE: Kelley Lavin and Sarasota Magazine
OUTREACH: Gaele Barthold, Michele Redwine, Charlie Ann Syprett, Dr. Queen Mecca Zabriskie
INTERN: Alex Drinnen

ARTISTIC TEAM: Research and Performance
Ariel Blue
Kim Crow
Susan Greenhill
Carolyn Michel
Rachel Moulton
J Paul Nicholas
Zoe Speas
Katherine Tanner
Alicia Taylor Tomasko

American Association of University Women
Art Ovation Hotel
Art Center of Manatee
Art Center Sarasota
Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County
Artist Concert Series of Sarasota
Bank of America
Barbara Banks Photography
Belle Canto
Booker High School Law Academy
Boxser Diversity Initiative
Brandeis National Committee
BTN Films
Canned Ham Vintage
Charlayne Hunter-Gault
Choral Artists of Sarasota
Dancing in The Moment
Democratic Women's Club of Sarasota
Eileen Fisher
Embracing Our Differences
Florida Association for Women Lawyers
Florida Bar Association
Florida Maritime Museum
Friends of the East Manatee Library at Lakewood Ranch
Gritty Girl
Historic Spanish Point
Karen Sullivan: Faculty, Ringling College of Art and Design
League of Women Voters Manatee
League of Women Voters Sarasota
Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas
Manatee County Democratic Black Caucus
Manatee Village Historical Park
Maryland Women’s Heritage Center
National Women’s History Project
New College of Florida
Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida
Republican Women's Club of Sarasota
Ringling College of Art and Design
Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company
Sarasota County Bar Association
Sarasota County Centennial 2021 Committee
Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources
Sarasota County School System
Sarasota Film Festival
Sarasota Ministerial Association
Sarasota Orchestra
The Friends of the Central Library
The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee
The Links, Incorporated
The Ringling
The Hermitage Artist Retreat
Tom Tryon
United States National Convention of UN Women
USF Center for PAInT (Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching)
Venice Area Historical Society
Women Journalists of Sarasota/Manatee
Women on 20s

Sarasota Magazine - Official Magazine Sponsor
West Coast Woman

Susan Fromm Shimelman - Lead Underwriter
Sy and Shelley Goldblatt - Underwriter
Jane Plitt and Jim Bruen - Co-Producer
Ina Schnell – Forums Co-Producer
The Jennifer Michell Charitable Gift Fund
The Boxser Diversity Initiative

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