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All people need a forum for self-expression, a vibrant place to grow and learn. Whether exploring spontaneity in an Improvisation class or portraying truth on stage in an Acting workshops, we come together, in the richness of the theatrical environment to explore the process of art, the movement of life. FST's professional teaching artists teach the Stanislavski method of acting, which embodies the belief that every person is a deep canvas where life experience, emotion and empathy paint the characters of life, thus bringing truth on stage. 

Florida Studio Theatre is dedicated to nurturing the individual growth of each student.  We encourage you to get to know our theatre and its mission, to view our production and classroom spaces and make a visit to our facilities to ensure your comfort.To schedule a visit, contact Pamela Smith, Education Administrator, at (941) 366-1350 or via e-mail at [email protected]

The staff is comprised of core theatre professionals trained to teach free of personal dictates.  Our methodology helps each person find his or her own "door" to creative achievement. To read more about our instructors, click here.

2017-2018 Session Dates

Session I: September 25 - November 18
Session II: November 27 - January 27
Session III: January 29 - March 24
Session IV: April 2 - May 26
Session V: June 4 - July 28


Pamela Smith  |  Education Administrator
(941) 366-1350 - Education Office
www.floridastudiotheatre.org
E-mail: [email protected]

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2017-2018 Adult Education 

Session I: September 25, 2017 through November 18, 2017
Session II: November 27, 2017 through January 27, 2018
Session III: January 29, 2018 through March 24, 2018
Session IV: April 2, 2018 through May 26, 2018
Session V: June 4, 2018 through July 28, 2018

Theatre Creation

PLAYWRITING ROUND TABLE

Do you have a script buried in your drawer, or have an idea for an incredible story or character that you want to see on stage? Then join the PLAYWRITING ROUND TABLE and bring them to life! Utilizing in-class exercises, table readings, drafting, editing, and rehearsal, you will refine scenes and short plays for a public showcase presentation on FST’s Bowne’s Lab Stage.  Each 8-week session will provide on-going reinforcement of playwriting basics, such as formatting, character, plot, and dialogue, while also focusing on a specific playwriting “tool kit” topics, such as Writing in 3D, Humor and Comedy, the Aria, Adaptation, and Writing for Performers.

Prerequisite:  none.

Space is limited to 8 students.

Fee: $199 for an 8 week session

Enroll Online for Session I beginning September 25, Mondays from 2:00 – 4:00pm


Theatre Appreciation

READER’S CIRCLE

Similar to a book club, except we focus on plays! Students read plays aloud, guided by FST Literary Management, and analyze the newest scripts, selected from FST’s Literary Department. A lively mix of discovery and discussion, READER’S CIRCLE gives students a peek at the new play development process.

$149 for an 8 week session. $50 discount per session will be given to students who elect to receive scripts via email and read from a tablet or laptop.

Enroll Online for Session I beginning September 27, Wednesdays from 1:00 – 3:00pm

BEHIND THE SCENES

This popular class pulls back the curtain and gives you a first-hand look at play creation! You will have direct access to the artists involved, from the director and actors to the designers and stage managers. You will experience the energy and excitement of the first read-through, dive deep into script analysis and design concepts, and track the detailed work of the artistic and production teams through rehearsals into fully realized performance. Step-by-step the FST staff and professional guest artists will share their passion and process. Seven class meetings include:  Context/Concept/Casting, Script Analysis and Production Design, Observing the First Read-Through, Observing and Discussing Rehearsal, Observing a Studio Run-Through, Attending Dress Rehearsal, and Panel Discussion/Backstage Tour.  Days and times vary based on rehearsal schedules. 

$149 for each Mainstage production. 

Space is strictly limited to the first 32 applicants.

Enroll Online for Session I beginning October 3, various days 


Theatre Performance

MUSICAL THEATRE TAP

Musical Theatre Tap offers the opportunity for adults to dance in a stress-free and fun environment while learning moves to well-known musical theatre tunes. Through rhythm building exercises, this class is sure to get your bodies and feet moving.

Fee: 
8 wk Session $110
4 classes  $55 
OR $15 per class

Enroll Online for Session I beginning September 26, Tuesdays from 10:00am – 11:15am

Enroll Online for Session I beginning September 28, Thursdays from 10:00am – 11:15am

FLYING SOLO

Create and perform an original one-person show! You will be guided in the creation and development of sketches and stories based on prompts, writing exercises, and improvisation.  You will then create a draft of a 5-minute scene of a one-person show built out of those sketches and stories, and also receive acting instruction to polish your presentation at the culminating Showcase.  Equal parts writing, editing, rehearsing, and performing, FLYING SOLO will enable you to tell the truth of your personal experiences in a compelling, humorous, heart-felt, and theatrical way.

Prerequisite:  none.

Space is limited to 12 students.

Fee: $199 for an 8 week session

Enroll Online for Session I beginning September 26, Tuesdays from 7:00pm – 9:00pm

NO FEAR ACTING 1:  The Monologue

Telling the truth is the central tenant of FST’s acting philosophy, and requires overcoming fear: of your voice, your body, and most especially your emotions. As you start your NO FEAR journey, you will explore the cooperative expression of mind, heart, body, and voice. NO FEAR ACTING 1 will empower your on-stage truth-telling (and by extension your off-stage truth-telling) by teaching script and character analysis, exploring emotional intelligence, and practicing physical and vocal exercises. These techniques will enable you to act in spite of your fear, which is the very definition of courage. Each student will prepare and polish a monologue for performance at the culminating Session Showcase. 

Prerequisite:  none.

Space is limited to 12 students.

Fee: $199 for an 8 week session

Enroll Online for Session I beginning September 27, Wednesdays from 7:00pm – 9:00pm

MUSICAL THEATRE JAZZ

Learn steps to popular musical theatre hits and build your acting skills as you take on characters in this Broadway style dance class. Open to dancers of all levels, Musical Theatre Dance participants will learn ensemble formations and techniques while dancing in an enthusiastic and lighthearted environment.

Fee: 
8 wk Session $110
4 classes  $55 
OR $15 per class

Enroll Online for Session I beginning September 29, Fridays from 10:00am – 11:15am


Improv Classes
IMPROV 101: INTRO TO IMPROVISATION

Discover the freedom of spontaneity! The launching ground for developing Improv performance skills, Intro to Improv allows students to explore creativity, hone presentation skills, and build self-confidence. Focus is on playing together, making others look good, confidence, support, truth in comedy, and the basic tenets of “Yes, and…” Under the guidance of our experienced Teaching Artists, every student learns they already have what it takes to improvise successfully both onstage and off.

Fee: $199 for an 8 week session

Enroll Online for Session I beginning September 27, Wednesdays from 7:00 – 9:00pm

IMPROV 201: FINDING THE FUNNY

Continue to build on the fundamentals of improvisation. Students are introduced to character creation, space work, and finding the game of the scene. With purpose-driven “short-form” games and finely tuned exercises, FST Teaching Artists foster success through helping to create rich characters, heighten relationships, and explore environments. Prerequisite: Level 1 or equivalent experience.

Fee: $199 for an 8 week session

Enroll Online for Session I beginning September 26, Tuesdays from 7:00 – 9:00pm

IMPROV 301: THE GAME OF THE SCENE

Move beyond short-form games and learn how to create strong open scene work. This class focuses on building fully realized scenes by enabling students to play emotionally with their partner. Students will learn how to know their character, evolve a relationship, and how to make honest choices that advance the scene. Open scene work fosters exploration, group mind, and the beginning elements of long-form mprove as students create multiple scenes from a single point of inspiration. Prerequisite: Level 2 or equivalent experience.

Fee: $199 for an 8 week session

Enroll Online for Session I beginning September 25, Mondays from 7:00 – 9:00pm

IMPROV 401: INTRO TO LONG-FORM

Let’s put it all together! Develop and refine your ability to work in an ensemble. The FST Teaching Artist will help students put together a show that will be a culmination of the skills learned in the first three levels. In addition, students will build off game-driven scene work explored in Level 3 to further explore long-form improv. This class will help students focus on strengthening scene work and building ensemble. Prerequisite: Level 3 or equivalent experience.

Fee: $199 for an 8 week session

Enroll Online for Session I beginning September 27, Wednesdays from 7:00 – 9:00pm

IMPROV 601: FREE-FORM

Ready to take your Improv to the next level? Now that you have the tools of Short-form and long-form, let’s put them all together. Free-form is built on the concept of “follow the funny” and proposes that every single moment, beat, line and movement in a show can be deconstructed and used to lead you to the next scene. During this exploration and deconstruction, a language and pattern are established that help define form where previously there was no form. We’ll review the tools that will enable performers to create a unique free-form performing experience every time you hit the stage.

Fee: $199 for an 8 week session

Enroll Online for Session I beginning September 28, Thursdays from 7:00 – 9:00pm

FOREVER IMPROV

Do you enjoy the games played on “Whose Line is it Anyway?” or at our Saturday night FST Improv shows? Then this class is for you. Forever Improv focuses on playing and perfecting the high energy Improv games that you love to watch and play. Every session will focus on different games so no two sessions will ever be the same. That Prerequisite: Level 2 or equivalent experience.

Fee: $199 for an 8 week session

Enroll Online for Session I beginning September 25, Mondays from 2:00 – 4:00pm

Enroll Online for Session I beginning September 25, Mondays from 7:00 - 9:00pm

SKETCH WRITING

Our 3-level sketch writing program, modeled after the Second City style of Sketch Comedy writing, will help our students develop their funny idea into a fully produced sketch. Students will be introduced to exercises and workflows to help with brainstorming on a topic, pitching ideas, writing a first draft, working with a collaborator, and delivering a final draft. In the 3rd level, students will actually get to write and perform their sketches in front of a live audience!

Fee: $199 for an 8 week session

Enroll Online for Session I beginning September 26, Tuesdays from 7:00 – 9:00pm

IMPROV ACADEMY

Taken all of our Improv classes and still can’t get enough? This class is for the advanced Improv student that has been through all FST classes or has similar experience. Students will be led through advanced exercises and techniques designed to refine their skills as they step towards becoming professional Improv performers.

Prerequisite: Level 5 or equivalent experience.

Fee: $199 for an 8 week session

Enroll Online for Session I beginning September 28, Thursdays from 7:00 – 9:00pm

ACTING FOR IMPROVISERS

An acting class built specifically for improvisers! Enhance your improv with acting exercises designed to get you out of your head and connected to the audience, your scene partners, and the reality of the improvised worlds you are creating. Your improv will be even more effective once you deepen your responsiveness, sharpen your emotional intelligence, heighten your spontaneity, and gain a grasp of basic stage geography and acting vocabulary.

Pre-requisite:  Improv 101

Fee: $199 for an 8 week session

Enroll Online for Session I beginning September 29, Thursdays from 7:00 – 9:00pm

MUSICAL IMPROVISATION

Learn the basic concepts and tools to make up songs on the spot. In this 3-level program, students will participate in exercises that encourage you to think on your feet and in verse, as well as understand the mechanics of creating songs. Students will sing solos, duets, and full blown ensemble numbers confident in their own voice. No singing experience necessary. Classes will be accompanied by a musician. Prerequisite: Level 2 or permission of instructor.

Fee: $199 for an 8 week session

Enroll Online for Session I beginning September 29, Thursdays from 7:00 – 9:00pm

 

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2017-2018 Upcoming Workshops:

Session I: September 25, 2017 through November 18, 2017
Session II: November 27, 2017 through January 27, 2018
Session III: January 29, 2018 through March 24, 2018
Session IV: April 2, 2018 through May 26, 2018
Session V: June 4, 2018 through July 28, 2018


THEATRE APPRECIATION
Behind the Scenes at FST

This popular workshop pulls back the curtain and gives you a first-hand look at play creation! You will have direct access to the artists involved, from the director and actors to the designers and stage managers. You will experience the energy and excitement of the first read-through, dive deep into script analysis and design concepts, and track the detailed work of the artistic and production teams through rehearsals into fully realized performance. Step-by-step, the FST staff and professional guest artists will share their passion and process.

This workshop will include script analysis, context/concept/casting, production design, observing the first read through, observing and discussing selected rehearsals, observing a ‘studio run-through,’ and attending a dress rehearsal, panel discussions, and a backstage tour.

Fee: $149/ session 

 

Reader’s Circle

Similar to a book club, except we focus on plays! Students read plays aloud, guided by FST Literary Management, and analyze the newest scripts, selected from FST’s Literary Department. A lively mix of discovery and discussion, Reader’s Circle gives students a peek at the new play development process.

Fee: $149/8 week session* $50 discount per session will be given to students who elect to receive scripts via email and read from a tablet or laptop. 


THEATRE CREATION
Playwrighting Round Table

Do you have a script buried in your drawer, or have an idea for an incredible story or character that you want to see on stage? Then join the Playwriting Roundtable, and bring them to life! Utilizing writing exercises, table readings, drafting, editing, and rehearsal, you will refine scenes and short plays for a public showcase presentation on FST’s Bowne’s Lab Stage. Each 8-week session will also provide on-going reinforcement of playwriting basics, such as formatting, character, plot, and dialogue, while also focusing on specific playwriting “tool kit” topics, such as Writing in 3D, Humor and Comedy, the Aria, Adaptation, and Writing for Performers.

Fee:$199/ 8 week session

 

Page To Stage


Dive in to New Play Development! Page To Stage will include both playwriting students AND acting students who have gone through the No Fear Acting classes. Playwrights will bring in projects they are working on, and actors will be led in workshop readings, enabling the writers to do week-by-week edits and rewrites. The result will be a performance of brand new works by student playwrights and starring student actors on FST Bowne’s Lab stage!

Prerequisite: for playwrights, at least one session of Playwriting Round Table or equivalent experience, and for actors No Fear Acting 2 or equivalent experience.

Fee:$199/ 8 week session 


THEATRE PERFORMANCE 
No Fear Acting 1: The Monologue


As you start your No Fear journey, you will explore the cooperative expression of mind, heart, body, and voice. No Fear Acting 1 will empower your on-stage truth-telling (and by extension your off-stage truth-telling) by teaching script and character analysis, exploring emotional intelligence, and practicing physical and vocal exercises. Each student will prepare and polish a monologue for performance at the culminating Session Showcase.

 

No Fear Acting 2: The Scene


Intensify your truth-telling training by diving into scenework! Skills learned in No Fear Acting 1 will be reinforced and built upon, so that you find even more emotional accessibility, physical flexibility, and vocal expressiveness. Students will prepare and polish multi-character scenes for performance at the culminating Session Showcase.

Prerequisite: No Fear Acting 1 or equivalent experience.

 

No Fear Shakespeare


Shakespeare’s characters and speeches are some of the juiciest and most fun to perform in all of dramatic literature! You will learn to access the power of Shakespeare’s verse, and experience the joy of discovering the deep levels of emotional truth in Shakespeare’s language that can permeate every aspect of your life. Students will prepare monologues and scenes for performance at the culminating Student Showcase.

Prerequisite: No Fear Acting 2 or equivalent experience.

 

Flying Solo


Create and perform original solo theatre! Utilizing a wide variety of exercises pulled from autobiographical prompts, spoken word rhythms, stand-up comedy tricks, and storytelling structure, you will be guided in the creation and development of a 5-minute solo performance. You will then receive acting instruction to polish your presentation in the culminating Showcase. FLYING SOLO will introduce you to the thrill of one-person performance!

 

Expressive Speaking


The way you speak has a big impact on how others perceive you, both on stage and in your everyday life. Expressive speech boosts your credibility, enhances the impression of intelligence, and clarifies your emotions. In Expressive Speaking we will explore a series of vocal exercises designed to free your natural, authentic voice and to overcome some common voice issues like nasality, monotone, and speaking too softly. Each student will prepare and polish a piece of text to be performed at the culminating Session Showcase.

 

Acting for Improvisers


An acting class built specifically for improvisers! Enhance your improv with acting exercises designed to get you out of your head and connected with the audience, your scene partners, and the reality of the improvised worlds you are creating. Your improv will be even more effective once you deepen your responsiveness, sharpen your emotional intelligence, heighten your spontaneity, and gain a grasp of basic stage geography and acting vocabulary.

Prerequisite: Improv 101

 

Musical Theatre Tap


Musical Theatre Tap offers the opportunity for adults to dance in a stress-free and fun environment while learning moves to well-known musical theatre tunes. Through rhythm building exercises, this class is sure to get your bodies and feet moving.

 

Musical Theatre Jazz


Learn steps to popular musical theatre hits and build your acting skills as you take on characters in this Broadway-style dance class. Open to dancers of all levels, Musical Theatre Dance participants will learn ensemble formations and techniques while dancing in an enthusiastic and lighthearted environment.


IMPROVISATION 
Improv 101: Intro to Improvisation

Discover the freedom of spontaneity! Focus is on playing together, making others look good, confidence, support, truth in comedy, and the basic tenets of “Yes, and…”. Under the guidance of our experienced Teaching Artists, every student learns they already have what it takes to improvise successfully both onstage and off

 

Improv 201: Finding the Funny


Continue to build on the fundamentals of improvisation. Students are introduced to characters creation, space work, and finding the game of the scene.

Prerequisite: Level 1 or equivalent experience.

 

Improv 301: The Game of the Scene

Move beyond short-form games and learn how to create strong open scene work. This workshop focuses on building fully-realized scenes by enabling students to play emotionally with their partner. Students will learn how to create characters, evolved relationships, and make honest choices that advance the scene.

Prerequisite: Level 2 or equivalent experience.

 

Improv 401: Intro to Long-Form

Develop and refine your ability to work in an ensemble. The FST Teaching Artist will help students put together a show that will be a culmination of the skills learned in the first three levels. This workshop will help students focus on strengthening scene work and building ensemble.

Prerequisite: Level 3 or equivalent experience.

 

Improv 501: Advanced Long-Form

Explore techniques of Long-Form Improv. Building off of Level 4, students explore a handful of core forms that highlight the impressive variety of approaches and structures available to advanced improvisers.

Prerequisite: Level 4 or equivalent experience.

 

Improv 601: Free-Form

Ready to take your improv to the next level? Now that you have the tools of Short-Form and Long-Form, let’s put them all together. Free-form is built on the concept of “follow the funny” and proposes that every single moment, beat, line and movement in a show can be deconstructed and used to lead you to the next scene.

 

Sketch Comedy

Students will be introduced to exercises and workflows to help with brainstorming on a topic, pitching ideas, writing a first draft, working with a collaborator, and delivering a final draft. In each level, students will actually get to write and perform their sketches in front of a live audience!

 

Musical Improvisation

Learn the basic concepts and tools to make up songs on the spot. Students will sing solos, duets, and full-blown ensemble numbers confident in their own voice. No singing experience necessary. Workshops will be accompanied by a musician.

Prerequisite: Level 2 or permission of instructor.

 

Forever Improv

Do you enjoy the games played on Whose Line is it Anyway? or at our Saturday night FST Improv shows? Then this workshop is for you. Forever Improv focuses on playing and perfecting the high energy improv games that you love to watch and play. 

Prerequisite: Level 2 or equivalent experience.

 

Improv Academy

Have you taken all of our Improv workshops and still can’t get enough? Improv Academy is for the advanced improv student that has been through all FST workshops, or has similar experience. Be led through advanced exercises and techniques designed to refine your skills as you step towards becoming a professional improv performer. 

Prerequisite: Level 5 or equivalent experience. 

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Payment Policy

A $75.00 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit is required in order to register. The balance will be due 1 month prior to the start of the session.  If your balance in not received by the due date, your registration will default. At that time, we will notify you and open the spot to other interested students.

If you have to withdraw after classes have begun, NO REFUND will be given.

You may enroll online by paying in full (the first $75 is NON-REFUNDABLE). To register with your $75 deposit, send an email to Pamela Smith. You will be contacted directly.

Please Note: If you are registering for multiple sessions online, please complete a separate transaction for each session. During the ticketing session, your class may be referred to as a performance. This is normal - please continue. If you do not receive a confirmation email or phone call within 48 hours, contact us directly at (941) 366-1350 to verify your enrollment.

If you have any problems registering, don't hesitate to contact our Education Administrator Pamela Smith directly at (941) 366-1350.


Scholarships and Financial Aid

The programs at Florida Studio Theatre are available to everyone. Scholarships and financial aid are available based upon financial need. For a scholarship application please contact:

Pamela Smith   |   Education Administrator
(941) 366-1350 - Education Office
www.floridastudiotheatre.org
E-mail: [email protected]