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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 psmith@floridastudiotheatre.org.

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: psmith@floridastudiotheatre.org

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Available Adult Classes


THEATRE APPRECIATION CLASSES
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. 

Fee: $149 for each Mainstage production. Space is strictly limited to the first 32 applicants

Enroll Online: Session IV begins February 27


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 IV on Wednesdays from 1:00pm-3:00pm


THEATRE CREATION CLASSES
10-Minute Play Project

Write a 10-minute play and see it performed on the Lab Stage!  This class will guide you through the drafting, rewriting, editing, and rehearsal process, resulting in each student completing a 10-minute play that will be performed by FST Acting Apprentices and NO FEAR Actors at the Session Showcase.  Writing exercises and discussion will strengthen your craft while weekly table reads and feedback will put theory into practice. 

$249 for an 8 week session.  Space is limited to 8 students

Enroll Online: Session V Mondays from 1:00pm-4:00pm


Playwriting Workshop

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 presentation on FST’s Bowne Lab Stage.  Each 8-week session will focus on a specific aspect of playwriting, such as character, plot, structure, or language.

$199 for an 8 week session.  Space is limited to 8 students.

Enroll Online: Session IV on Mondays from 2:00pm-4:00pm


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

$199 for an 8 week session.  Space is limited to 12 students.

Session IV on Wednesdays from 7:00pm-9:00pm


THEATRE PERFORMANCE CLASSES
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 have an opportunity to speak a piece of text of their choosing to be performed at the culminating Session Showcase. Prerequisite:  none 

$199 for an 8 week session.  Space is limited to 12 students.

Session IV: on Tuesdays from 7:00 - 9:00pm


No Fear Acting I: The Monologue

Identifying the truth requires cooperative expression of mind, heart, body, and voice.  Your first class will include script and character analysis, emotional intelligence exploration, and breathing and vocal exercises.  Each student will prepare and polish a monologue for performance in the culminating Session Showcase. Prerequisite:  None

$199 for an 8 week session.  Space is limited to 12 students.

Enroll Online for Session IV: 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. 

$199 for an 8 week session.  Space is limited to 12 students.

Session V on Mondays from 7:00pm-9:00pm


No Fear Acting III: The Play

In NO FEAR Acting 3, all of your technique and emotional availability will be harnessed to rehearse, memorize, and perform an original short play, written by students in FST’s Playwriting Workshop class.  These world premieres will be performed on FST’s Bowne Lab stage, a culmination of your journey to telling the truth.

Prerequisite:  No Fear Acting II or submit a resume for instructor approval. 

$199 for an 8 week session.  Space is limited to 12 students.

Session IV on Tuesdays from 7:00pm-9:00pm


No Fear Shakespeare    

Shakespeare may appear intimidating, but in fact his characters and speeches are some of the juiciest, most accessible, and most fun to perform in all of dramatic literature.  You will learn to enjoy the power of Shakespeare’s language, and experience another level of emotional truth that will permeate every aspect of your life.  NO FEAR Shakespeare will culminate with students performing a Shakespearean monologue on FST's Bowne Lab stage!

Prerequisite:  none. 

$199 for an 8 week session.  Space is limited to 12 students.

Session V on Mondays from 7:00pm-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 IV on Mondays from 7:00pm - 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 on Wednesdays from 7:00pm - 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 IV on Mondays from 7:00pm - 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.

Enroll Online: Session IV on Thursdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Enroll Online: Session V on Mondays from 7:00pm - 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 IV on Tuesdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Enroll Online: Session V on Thursdays from 7:00pm - 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.

MONDAYS
Enroll Online: Session IV on Mondays from 2:00 - 4:00pm
Enroll Online: Session V on Mondays from 2:00 - 4:00pm

THURSDAYS
Enroll Online: Session IV on Thursdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Enroll Online: Session V on Thursdays from 7:00pm - 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.

MONDAYS
Enroll Online: Session IV on Mondays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Enroll Online: Session V on Mondays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm

THURSDAYS
Enroll Online: Session IV on Thursdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Enroll Onli
ne: Session V on Thursdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Sketch Comedy

What is a “sketch” exactly, and how the heck do you write one? Students will work with classmates and FST Teaching Artists to develop a comic premise and write a variety of short scenes. Through interactive class exercises, readings, scene deconstructions, and take-home assignments (plan for at least 60 minutes each week), students will discover the fundamental principles of sketch writing and the joy of creating truly funny material.

Fee: $199 for an 8 week session.

Enroll Online: Session IV on Wednesdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Enroll Online: Session V on Wednesdays from 7:00pm - 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 -  psmith@floridastudiotheatre.org

 

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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: psmith@floridastudiotheatre.org