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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 class, 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.

2016-17 Session Dates

Session II: 11/28/16-1/23/17 (off 12/26-1/1)
Session III: 1/30/17-3/20/17
Session IV:  4/3/17-5/22/17
Session V: 6/5/17-7/24/27


Pamela Smith  |  Education Administrator

(941) 366-1350 - Education Office

www.floridastudiotheatre.org • E-mail: [email protected]

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Available Adult Classes


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.

Fee: $149 for an 8 week session.*Students who bring an e-reader and do not need a hard copy of the script receive a discount to $99 for a 8 week session.

Enroll Online: Session V beginning June 7 on Wednesdays from 1:00 – 3:00pm


THEATRE CREATION

Playwriting Round Table

Deepen your playwriting art, hone your playwriting craft, and see your original work come to life!  Utilizing in-class exercises, table readings, drafting, editing, and rehearsal, students 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 foundational topics, such as formatting, character, plot, and dialogue, while also focusing on a specific playwriting “tool kit”, such as Writing in 3D, Humor and Comedy, the Aria, and Adaptation.

Fee: $199 for an 8 week session.

Enroll Online: Session V beginning June 5 on Mondays from 2:00 – 4:00pm


ACTING & PERFORMANCE

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, group 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 in the culminating Showcase.  Equal parts writing, editing, rehearsing, and performing, FLYING SOLO will enable you to express personal experiences in a compelling, humorous, heart-felt, and theatrical way.
Prerequisite:  None

Fee: $199 for an 8 week session.

Enroll Online: Session V beginning June 5 on Mondays from 7:00 – 9:00pm


No Fear Acting II: The Scene

Intensify your training by diving into scenework and exploring the truth with a scene partner.  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 in the culminating Session Showcase. Prerequisite:  No Fear Acting 1 or submit a resume for instructor approval.

Fee: $199 for an 8 week session.

Enroll Online: Session V beginning June 5 on Mondays from 7:00 – 9:00pm


No Fear Voice Over

Discover the Voice Over experience with professional voice over performer, producer, and coach John Burr. NO FEAR VOICE OVER will introduce students to another realm of acting that will deepen abilities in expressing truth while opening doors to opportunities such as radio, video games, animation, and audiobooks. NO FEAR VOICE OVER will spell out the fundamentals of voice over delivery, explain the evolution of the business, provide performance and playback of various material, and ultimately empower you to seek out voiceover work in your own home.

Fee: $199 for an 8 week session.

Enroll Online: Session V beginning June 7 on Wednesdays from 7:00-9:00pm


IMPROV & PERFORMANCE

Intro to Sketch Writing

An introduction to the basic processes and premises of sketch writing. 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. Students will turn bright ideas into a sketch that can be anywhere between 10 seconds to 5 minutes long.

Fee: $199 for an 8 week session.

Enroll Online: Session V beginning June 6 on Tuesdays from 7:00 – 9:00pm


Intro to Improvisation (Level 1)

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: Session V beginning June 6 on Tuesdays from 7:00 – 9:00pm


Intermediate Improvisation (Level 2)

Continue to build on the fundamentals of improvisation. Students are introduced to character creation, spacework, 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: Session V beginning June 5 on Mondays from 7:00 – 9:00pm


Advanced Improv (Level 3)

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 improv 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: Session V beginning June 7 on Wednesdays from 7:00 – 9:00pm


Musical Improvisation

Learn the basic concepts and tools to make up songs on the spot. In this highenergy class, 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 3 or permission of instructor.

Fee: $199 for an 8 week session.

Enroll Online: Session V beginning June 8 on Thursdays from 7:00 – 9:00pm


Improv for Performance (Level 4)

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: Session V beginning June 5 on Mondays from 7:00 – 9:00pm


Going Long (Level 5)

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. Level 5 uncovers long-form ideas with near-limitless applications through the exploration of formats including Armando, Living Room, The Drive, Time Dash Documentary, and Deconstruction. Students will perform in front of an audience during the Session Showcase. Prerequisite: Level 4 or equivalent experience.

Fee: $199 for an 8 week session.

Enroll Online: Session V beginning June 8 on Thursdays from 7:00 – 9:00pm


Forever Improv

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 into creating their own show featuring short and long-form improv, which they will then run and host themselves.

Fee: $199 for an 8 week session.

Enroll Online: Session V beginning on June 5 on Mondays from 2:00 – 4:00pm

Enroll Online: Session V beginning on June 8 on Thursdays from 7:00 – 9:00pm


Private Coaching

Schedule an intensive workshop time with FST Theatre Professionals. Get private coaching in: Acting, Improv, Audition Prep, New Play Development.

Fee: $70 per one hour session


To read about our instructors, click here. For more information, to enroll, or to be added to our mailing list, please contact:

Pamela Smith   |   Education Administrator

(941) 366-1350 -  [email protected]

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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]

THE FLORIDA STUDIO THEATRE IS A 501(C)(3) NOT-FOR-PROFIT CORPORATION AND ALL GIFTS MADE TO THE THEATRE ARE TAX-DEDUCTIBLE TO THE EXTENT PROVIDED BY LAW. 100% OF CONTRIBUTIONS RECEIVED ARE RETAINED BY THIS ORGANIZATION. FEDERAL TAX ID NUMBER IS 23-7362760.  A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. STATE REGISTRATION NUMBER CH-23631. 1-800-435-7352 https://csapp.800helpfla.com/cspublicapp/giftgiversquery/giftgiversquery...