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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.


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 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 I begins October 3rd

Session I, II, III, IV, Various Times


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.

Begins Wednesday October 26. Fee: $40 for an 3 week session. 

Enroll Online: Session I on Wednesdays from 1:00pm-3:00pm
Enroll Online: Session II on Wednesdays from 1:00pm-3:00pm
Enroll Online: Session III on Wednesdays from 1:00pm-3:00pm
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 students 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 at the Session Showcase.  Writing exercises and discussion will strengthen the student’s craft while weekly table reads and feedback will put theory into practice. 

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

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


Devise and Conquer

Create and perform original ensemble theatre!  Students will be guided in the creation and development of short plays, sketches, and stories based on prompts, group exercises, and improvisation, and then receive acting instruction to polish the presentation of these original works in the culminating Showcase.  Equal parts writing, editing, rehearsing, and performing, Devise and Conquer will enable the student to express personal experiences in a compelling, humorous, heart-felt, and theatrical way. Prerequisite: No Fear Acting II, or submit a theatre resume. 

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

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


Playwriting Workshop

Deepen your playwriting art and hone your playwriting craft via writing exercises and prompts, group critique, guided editing/drafting/rewriting, and exploration of topics.  These topics will be responsive to student interest, and may include wielding the power of reveals, creating and distinguishing character voices, utilizing language in both heightened and compressed settings, examining the mechanics of comedy, identifying and manipulating structure, and discussing pathways to production.

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

Enroll Online: Session I on Wednesdays from 7:00pm-9:00pm
Enroll Online: Session II on Mondays from 1:00pm-3:00pm
Enroll Online: Session III on Mondays from 1:00pm-3:00pm
Enroll Online: Session IV on Mondays from 1:00pm-3:00pm


Spoken Word

Explore the vibrant world of spoken word and slam poetry!  Students will learn to express their truest selves on stage in poetic form, prompted by exercises, improv, and discussion.  After devising original works, students will learn to infuse text with emotion and intention, and present their culminating pieces in a poetry slam at our Session Showcase.

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

Enroll Online: Session I on Mondays from 7:00pm-9:00pm


THEATRE PERFORMANCE CLASSES
No Fear Acting I: Setting the Stage

Unleash your inner actor and ‘set the stage’ for future acting work!  Start your training with a solid foundation, and learn the building blocks of mind, heart, body, and voice.  Script and character analysis will sharpen your mind; emotional intelligence exercises will deepen your heart; biomechanics and physical warm-ups will free your body; and breathing and vocal exercises will strengthen your voice.  Students will prepare and polish monologues for performance in the culminating Session Showcase.

Fee: $199 for an 8 week session.

Enroll Online: Session I on Tuesdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm *please call for more information
Enroll Online: Session III on Mondays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm


No Fear Acting II: Diving Deeper

Intensify your acting training by delving deeper into analysis and emotion!  Find even more flexibility in your body and dynamics in your voice, and dive in to scenework with fellow actors.  Skills learned in No Fear Acting I will be reinforced and built upon, while new exercises will empower the actor to truly have NO FEAR.  Students will prepare and polish multi-character scenes for performance in the culminating Session Showcase. Prerequisite: No Fear Acting I or submit a resume for instructor approval. 

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

Enroll Online: Session II on Tuesdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Enroll Online: Session IV on Mondays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm


No Fear Acting III: No Fear Shakespeare

Expand your acting by taking on The Bard!  Learn how to uncover all the clues in Shakespeare’s text and use your skills learned in No Fear I and II to unleash the emotional power of some of the greatest speeches ever written in the English language.  Students will prepare and polish Shakespearean monologues for performance in the culminating Session Showcase. Prerequisite: No Fear Acting II or submit a resume for instructor approval. 

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

Enroll Online: Session III on Tuesdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Enroll Online: Session IV on Mondays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm


No Fear IV: Advanced Shakespeare    

Continue to strengthen your mastery of verse!  Learn how to read and create sonnets, before tackling an entire Shakespearean play.  Students will prepare (and perform at the culminating Session Showcase) a “Greatest Hits” rendition of one of Shakespeare’s plays, presenting scenes and monologues while playing multiple roles as an ensemble. Prerequisite: No Fear Acting III or submit a resume for instructor approval. 

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

Enroll Online: Session I on Mondays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Enroll Online: Session IV on Tuesdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm


No Fear V: Auditioning

Take everything you’ve learned and prepare to go out and land a role!  Auditioning is a skill that can be learned like any other.  This course will empower the student to approach auditions with confidence.  Students will be guided through the component parts of a typical audition, and shown how to take control of the process in a constructive way.  Students will prepare and polish two short contrasting monologues for performance in the culminating Session Showcase. Prerequisite: No Fear Acting II or submit a resume for instructor approval. 

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

Enroll Online: Session II on Mondays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Enroll Online: Session IV on Tuesdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm


No Fear Forever: Scenework Intensive

Are you a No Fear fanatic?  Have you polished off the No Fear Acting track, but are still eager to strengthen your acting muscles?  Scenework Intensive is an open-ended class, focused on a rehearsal environment that will push you to analyze and rehearse scenes and short plays of various styles, from classical tragedy to modern comedy.  Polished performances of these scenes will be presented at the culminating Session Showcase. Prerequisite: No Fear Acting IV or submit a resume for instructor approval. 

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

Enroll Online: Session I on Mondays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm *please call for more information
Enroll Online: Session II on Mondays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Enroll Online: Session III on Mondays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Enroll Online: Session IV on Mondays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm


Musical Theatre Dance

Tell a story through dance! 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 from popular show tunes while dancing in an enthusiastic and lighthearted environment.

Fee: $15 per class (drop in’s welcome) OR Buy 4 classes for $55 OR Buy all 8 for $110

Enroll Online: Session I on Thursdays from 10:00am - 11:15am

 


 

Intermediate/Advanced Theatre Tap

Our Theatre Tap class for the more advanced student. This class is designed for students with 3 or more years of experience. Get your body moving through collaborative warm-ups, rhythm building exercises, and exciting theatrical routines.

Fee: $15 per class (drop in’s welcome) OR Buy 4 classes for $55 OR Buy all 8 for $110

Enroll Online: Session I on Tuesdays from 10:00am - 11:15am


Jazz Dance

Come get a great dance work out with Jazz Dance. Class will concentrate on warm up techniques, increase strength, flexibility, across the floor jazz progressions and a dance routine incorporating all dance moves learned in class. This class offers a multitude of movement styles and music that compliments dancers from beginner to advanced!

Fee: $15 per class (drop in’s welcome) OR Buy 4 classes for $55 OR Buy all 8 for $110

Enroll Online: Sessions I on Fridays from 10:00am - 11:15am


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 I on Thursdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Enroll Online: Session II on Mondays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Enroll Online: Session IV on Wednesdays 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 I on Tuesdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Enroll Online: Session II on Thursdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Enroll Online: Session III on Mondays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Enroll Online: Session IV 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 I on Wednesdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Enroll Online: Session II on Tuesdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Enroll Online: Session III on Thursdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
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 II on Wednesdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Enroll Online: Session III on Tuesdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
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 I on Mondays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Enroll Online: Session III on Wednesdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
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 I on Mondays from 2:00 - 4:00pm
Enroll Online: Session II on Mondays from 2:00 - 4:00pm
Enroll Online: Session III on Mondays from 2:00 - 4:00pm
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 I on Thursdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Enroll Online: Session II on Thursdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Enroll Online: Session III on Thursdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
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.

TUESDAYS
Enroll Online: Session I on Tuesdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Enroll Online: Session II on Tuesdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Enroll Online: Session III on Tuesdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Enroll Online: Session IV on Tuesdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Enroll Online: Session V on Tuesdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm

THURSDAYS
Enroll Online: Session I on Thursdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Enroll Online: Session II on Thursdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Enroll Online: Session III on Thursdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
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 I on Wednesdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Enroll Online: Session II on Wednesdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Enroll Online: Session III on Wednesdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
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 -  [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]