Actors' Lab

 

 

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. 
Meet The Instructors

2018-2019 Actors' Lab Workshop Schedule

Session I: Sept. 24 - Nov. 17
Session II: Nov. 26 - Feb. 2 (No Classes Dec. 24 - Jan. 5)
Session III: Feb. 11 - Apr. 6 (No Classes March 18 - 23)
Session IV: Apr. 15 - Jun. 8
Session V: Jun. 17 - Aug. 10


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

 

 

2018-2019 Actors' Lab Workshop Schedule

Session I: Sept. 24 - Nov. 17
Session II: Nov. 26 - Feb. 2 
Session III: Feb. 11 -  Apr. 6 
Session IV: Apr. 15 - Jun. 8
Session V: Jun. 17 - Aug. 10

Meet The Instructors

THEATRE APPRECIATION

Behind The Scenes at FST 

This popular workshop is for the deeply curious theatre lover who wants a first-hand look at play creation! You will have direct access to the artists invovled, 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. Days and times vary based on rehearsal schedules.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.

Various Dates and Times
Fee: $149/session

SESSION II
Beginning November 13  |  ENROLL 

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.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. 

Wednesdays, 1PM - 3PM
Fee: $149/session *$50 discount per session will be given to students who elect to receive scripts via email and read from a tablet or laptop. 

SESSION II
Wednesdays, Beginning November 28  |  ENROLL 


THEATRE CREATION

Playwriting 101: The Toolbox

Designed as an intro for the new playwright or as a brush-up for seasoned dramatists, Playwriting 101 focuses on the fundamental tools necessary to transform sparks of inspiration into architecturally sound theatrical stories. In-class exercises and on-your-own homework prompts will keep writer’s block at bay as you engage in drafting, supportive table reads, editing, and revising. Other foundational skills such as formatting, new play submission, and development will also be covered.

Mondays, 2PM - 4PM
Fee: $199/session *

SESSION II
Beginning November 26  |  ENROLL 

Playwriting 201: Writing in 3D

Designed as an intro for the new playwright or as a brush-up for seasoned dramatists, Playwriting 101 focuses on the fundamental tools necessary to transform sparks of inspiration into architecturally sound theatrical stories. In-class exercises and on-your-own homework prompts will keep writer’s block at bay as you engage in drafting, supportive table reads, editing, and revising. Other foundational skills such as formatting, new play submission, and development will also be covered.

Wednesdays, 2PM - 4PM
Fee: $199/session *

SESSION II
Wednesdays, Beginning November 28  |  ENROLL 


Playwriting 301: Round Table 

This on-going workshop is designed for serious, experienced playwrights. Students will work independently, bringing in pages from original work each week. We will collectively read and discuss these pages, and push the boundaries of each student's dramatic imagination while simultaneously reinforcing foundational tools. Students will be encouraged to submit their work for performance in Mixed Nuts.

Mondays, 2pm-4pm
Fee: $199/session 

SESSION II
Mondays, Beginning November 26  |  ENROLL 
 

Comedic Storytelling

Do you have a true story to tell? This workshop will focus on how to take that story and develop it into a performing piece by focusing on techniques that will enhance the emotional impact, stretch the narrative arc and sprinkle in the humor to make it memorable. Students are encouraged to bring true stories they're ready to share or, through workshop techniques, we will find new stories waiting to be told.

Fee: $199/ 8 week session
Thursdays, 7pm- 9pm

SESSION II
Thursdays, Beginning November 29  |  ENROLL 
 

Flying Solo

Experience the thrill of solo performance! Various exercises and prompts- including autobiographical tales, spoken word rhymes, stand-up comedy tricks, and storytelling structure-will inspire you to create a 5-10 minute one-person show. You will also receive acting instruction to polish your presentation for Mixed Nuts, a student showcase. Prerequisite: Acting 101 or equivalent experience.

Fee: $199/ 8 week session
Tuesdays, 7pm- 9pm

SESSION II
Tuesdays, Beginning November 27  |  ENROLL
 

Spoken Memoir

Experience the thrill of solo performance! Various exercises and prompts- including autobiographical tales, spoken word rhymes, stand-up comedy tricks, and storytelling structure-will inspire you to create a 5-10 minute one-person show. You will also receive acting instruction to polish your presentation for Mixed Nuts, a student showcase. Prerequisite: Acting 101 or equivalent experience.

Fee: $199/ 8 week session
Wednesdays, 11am- 1pm

SESSION II
Wednesdays, Beginning November 28  |  ENROLL

 


THEATRE PERFORMANCE

Acting 101: Telling the Truth

Telling the truth requires cooperative expression of mind, heart, body, and voice. Whether you are an aspiring actor or simply wish to revitalize your creativity, this class will give you the building blocks necessary to create your own acting technique, all in service of the truth of the moment. spurred on by emotional intelligence exploration, physical warmups, and breathing and vocal exercises, each student will create, prepare, and polish an original story for performance in Mixed Nuts.  

Fee: $199/ 8 week session
Mondays, 7pm-9pm 

SESSION II
Mondays, Beginning November 26  |  ENROLL 


Acting 201: The Monologue

Deepen your truth-telling technique by investing in process. Skills learned in Acting 101 will be built upon, so that you find even more emotional awareness, physical flexibility, and vocal expressiveness. Script and character analysis will also be introduced to help you prepare a monologue for presentation in Mixed Nuts, a student showcase. Prerequisite: Acting 101, or equivalent experience. 

Fee: $199/ 8 week session
Tuesdays, 7pm-9pm

SESSION II
Tuesdays, Beginning November 27  |  ENROLL 
 

CABARET: Performance

Learn the art of Cabaret performance! Choose your songs and build an act that emphasizes presence, song interpretation, and banter that is funny, specific, honest, and in your own voice. All designed to build that personal communication with an intimate audience in the spirit of the rough and tumble roots of cabaret. This challenging class prepares you for a performance in Mixed Nuts, a student showcase. Prerequisite: Performance experience and resume submission required. Please submit resume to Pamela Smith at [email protected]. 

Fee: $199/ 8 week session
Thursdays, 2pm- 4pm

SESSION II
Thursdays, Beginning November 29  |  ENROLL
 

Movement For Seniors

Let’s get moving! Students will engage in gentle choreography and dance to express themselves in this fun, low-impact class. Participating by standing or by using a chair, this movement class is suitable for every fitness level. Students will utilize their bodies to improve balance, muscular strength, and posture while meeting new people, building an ensemble, and having fun.

Fee: $125
Mondays, 10:00am- 11:30am

SESSION II
Mondays, Beginning November 26  |  ENROLL 


IMPROVISATION

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/ 8 week session
Wednesdays 7pm-9pm  or Saturdays 10am-12pm

SESSION II
Wednesdays, Beginning November 28  |  ENROLL 
Saturdays, Beginning December 1  |  ENROLL 


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. 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/ 8 week session
Thursdays, 7pm-9pm or Saturdays 1pm-3pm

SESSION II
Thurdays, Beginning November 29  |  ENROLL 
Saturdays, Beginning December 1  |  ENROLL 


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 create characters, evolved relationships, and make honest choices that advance the scene. Open scene work fosters exploration, group mind, and the beginning elements of long-form improv as students create multiple scenes from a single point of inspiration.

Prerequisite: Level 201 or equivalent experience.
Fee: $199/ 8 week session
Mondays, 7pm-9pm

SESSION II
Mondays, Beginning November 26  |  ENROLL 
 

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 additon, students will build off game-driven scene work explored in level 301 to further explore long-form improv. This workshop will help students focus on strengthening scene work and building ensemble. 

Prerequisite: Level 301 or equivalent experience.
Fee: $199/ 8 week session
Wednesdays, 7pm-9pm

SESSION II
Wednesdays, Beginning November 28  |  ENROLL 
 

Improv 501: Narrative Long-Form

Building off of Level 401, students will evolve from game-based play to narrative play. They will explore a handful of core forms that help develop the single world of nature of Narrative Long-Form. Students will learn how to create a world, develop characters, and perform stories over a series of scenes.

Prerequisite: Level 401 or equivalent experience.
Fee: $199/ 8 week session
Tuesdays, 7pm-9pm

SESSION II
Tuesdays, Beginning November 27  |  ENROLL 


Brain Games: Improv For Memory

Boost brain power and enhance memory while exploring the spontaneity of improv! Students will explore creativity, build self-confidence, and collaborate with others all while playing popular improv games. Led by professional FST Teaching Artists, students will engage in a variety of exercises and games that are sure to get bodies and minds moving.​

Fee: $199/ 8 week session
Tuesdays, 11am-1pm

SESSION II
Tuesdays, Beginning November 27  |  ENROLL 


Musical Improvisation 201

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.
Fee: $199/ 8 week session
Mondays, 7pm-9pm

SESSION II
Mondays, Beginning November 26  |  ENROLL 


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. Every session will focus on different games so no two sessions will ever be the same. 

Prerequisite: Level 201 or equivalent experience.
Fee: $199/ 8 week session
Tuesdays, 7pm-9pm

SESSION II
Tuesdays, Beginning November 27  |  ENROLL 


Improv For Everyone

Discover the freedom of spontaneity and prepare to laugh! Improv for Everyone will teach students to think quickly on their feet, explore creativity, hone their comedic voice, and build self-confidence. Over the eight-week course, students will focus on the tenets of improvisation by learning how to play together, make others look good, be confident, support each other, and have fun, all while learning some of the classic improv games made famous by shows like “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” By the end of the session, every student will learn they already have what it takes to improvise successfully both onstage and off. 

Fee: $199/ 8 week session
Mondays, 2pm-4pm or Wednesdays, 2pm-4pm

SESSION II
Mondays, Beginning November 26  |  ENROLL 
Wednesdays, Beginning November 28  |  ENROLL 


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 601 or equivalent experience.
Fee: $199/ 8 week session
Thursdays, 7pm-9pm

SESSION II
Thursdays, Beginning November 29  |  ENROLL 


Sketch Comedy 101

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 sketch. In the 3rd level, students will actually get to write and perform their sketches in front of a live audience!

Fee: $199/ 8 week session
Tuesdays, 7pm-9pm

SESSION II
Tuesdays, Beginning November 27  |  ENROLL 


Private Coaching

Schedule an intensive workshop with an FST Professional and focus on a specific skill including Acting, Improv, Audition Prep, New Play Development, Vocal Coaching, Monologue Coaching, and more!


Call Pamela Smith for more details at (941) 366-1350 or via email at [email protected].

 
 
 
2018-2019 Actors' Lab Workshop Schedule

Session I: Sept. 10 - Nov. 3
Session II: Nov. 5 - Jan. 19 (No Classes Nov. 19 - 24 and Dec. 24 - Jan. 5)
Session III: Jan. 21 -  March 16 (No Classes March 18 - 23)
Session IV: March 25 - May 18


THEATRE APPRECIATION
Behind the Scenes at FST

This popular class is for the deeply curious theatre lover who wants a first-hand look at play creation! 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.
Space is strictly limited to the first 32 applicants.

Fee: $149/ session  
 

Reader’s Circle

Similar to a book club, except we focus on plays! Guided by FST Literary Management, students will read aloud and analyze new scripts that are under consideration for production. A lively mix of discovery and discussion, Reader’s Circle gives students a peek into process of new play development process.

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


THEATRE CREATION
Playwrighting 101: The Toolbox

Designed as an intro for the new playwright or as a brush-up for seasoned dramatists, Playwriting 101 focuses on the fundamental tools necessary to transform sparks of inspiration into architecturally sound theatrical stories. In-class exercises and homework prompts will keep the writer's block at bay as you engage in drafting, supportive table readings, editing, and revising. Space is limited to 8 students.

Fee:$199/ 8 week session
 

Playwrighting 201: Writing in 3D

Theatre is the original 3D! Playwriting 201 will expand your toolbox by exploring stage directions, embodied cognition, visual and aural cues, intrusions, props, and paneling. Weekly prompts and homework will generate raw material for first drafts that can be submitted for performance in Mixed Nuts, a student showcase. Space is limited to 8 students.

Fee:$199/ 8 week session
 

Playwrighting 301: Roundtable

This on-going workshop is designed for serious, experienced playwrights. Students will work independently, bringing in pages from original work each week. We will collectively read and discuss these pages, and push the boundaries of each student's dramatic interpretation. Students will be encouraged to submit their work for performance in Mixed Nuts, a student showcase. Space is limited to 8 students.

Fee:$199/ 8 week session
 

Flying Solo

Experience the thrill of solo performance! Various exercises and prompts - including autobiographical tales, spoken word rhythms, stand-up comedy tricks, and storytelling structure - will inspire you to create a 5-10 minute one-person show. You will also recieve acting instruction to polish your presentation for Mixed Nuts, a student showcase. Prerequisite: Acting 101 or equivalent experience.

Fee:$199/ 8 week session 


THEATRE PERFORMANCE 
Acting 101: Telling The Truth

Whether you are an aspiring actor or simply wish to revitalize your creativty, this class will give you the building blocks necessary to create your own acting technique. Emotional intelligence exploration, physical warm-ups, and breathing and vocal exercises will empower each student to create an original story for performance in Mixed Nuts, a student showcase. 

 Fee:$199/ 8 week session

Acting 201: The Monologue

Deepen your truth-telling technique by investing in process. Skills learned in Acting 101 will be built upon, so you find even more emotional awareness, physical flexibility, and vocal expressiveness. Script and character analysis will also be introduced to help you prepare a monologue for presentation in Mixed Nuts, a student showcase. Prerequisite: Acting 101 or equivalent experience.

Fee:$199/ 8 week session

Acting 301: The Scene

In Acting 301, all of your technique and process will be called upon to enter into collaboration. You and a scene partner will continue to drill skills from 101 and 201 while also rehearsing a scene. Subtext, motivation, and behavior will all be added to your toolkit as you prepare for a duo performance in Mixed Nuts, a student showcase. Prerequisite: Acting 201 or equivalent experience.

Fee:$199/ 8 week session

Acting 401: The Ensemble

In Acting 401, the instructor will also become your director, as you and all your fellow students rehearse 10-minute or one-act plays, in deeply supportive theatrical collaboration. These plays will be presented in Mixed Nuts as fully realized performances. Prerequisite: Acting 301 or equivalent experience.

Fee:$199/ 8 week session

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

Fee:$199/ 8 week session

CABARET: No Fear Singing

Life's a cabaret, so let's sing! Learn the basics of Cabaret singing from breathing to vocal production to legit, pop, and Broadway belt techniques. Students will learn to find their "key" and discover and refine their unique vocal style, while learning to use a microphone in the intimate Cabaret setting. This challenging class prepares you for a performance in Mixed Nuts, a student showcase.

Fee:$199/ 8 week session

CABARET: Performance

Learn the art of Cabaret performance! Choose your songs and build an act that emphasizes presence, song interpretation, and banter that is funny, specific, honest, and in your own voice. All designed to build that personal communication with an intimate audience in the spirit of the rough and tumble roots of cabaret. This challenging class prepares you for a performance in Mixed Nuts, a student showcase. Prerequisite: Performance experience and resume submission required. Please submit resume to Pamela Smith at [email protected]

Fee:$199/ 8 week session


IMPROVISATION 
Improv 101: Intro to Improvisation

Discover the freedom of spontaneity! The launching ground for developing Improv performance skills, Improv 101 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 tenants 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/ 8 week session

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. 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 101 or equivalent experience.

Fee:$199/ 8 week session

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 create characters, evolved relationships, and make honest choices that advance the scene. Open scene work fosters exploration, group mind, and the beginning elements of long-form improv as students create multiple scenes from a single point of inspiration. Prerequisite: Level 201 or equivalent experience.

Fee:$199/ 8 week session

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 additon, students will build off game-driven scene work explored in level 301 to further explore long-form improv. This workshop will help students focus on strengthening scene work and building ensemble. Prerequisite: Level 301 or equivalent experience.

Fee:$199/ 8 week session

Improv 501: Narrative Long-Form

Building off of Level 401, students will evolve from game-based play to narrative play. They will explore a handful of core forms that help develop the single world nature of Narrative Long-Form. Students will learn how to create a world, develop characters, and perform stories over a series of scenes. Prerequisite: Level 401 or equivalent experience.

Fee:$199/ 8 week session 

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 Fre-Form performing experience every time you hit the stage. Prerequisite: Level 501 or equivalent experience.

Fee:$199/ 8 week session

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 sketch. In the 3rd level, students will actually get to write and perform their sketches in front of a live audience!

Fee:$199/ 8 week session

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. Workshops will be accompanied by a musician. Prerequisite: Level 201 or equivalent experience.

Fee:$199/ 8 week session

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.Prerequisite: Level 201 or equivalent experience.

Fee:$199/ 8 week session

Improv For Everyone

Discover the freedom of spontaneity and prepare to laugh! Students will learn to think quickly on their feet, explore creativity, hone their comedic voice, and build self-confidence. The class will focus on the tenents of improvisation by learning how to play together, make others look good, be confident, support each other, and have fun, all while learning some of the classic Improv games from out Saturday night show.Prerequisite: Level 5 or equivalent experience.
 
Fee:$199/ 8 week session

 
 
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]