Adult Education

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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

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.

Pamela Smith  |  Education Administrator

(941) 366-1350 - Education Office • E-mail:

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Available Adult Classes

Behind the Scenes at FST

This popular series takes you on a behind-the-scenes tour of the play creation process! Follow the professional visiting artists and FST staff from initial concept to final performance. You'll be right beside the professionals for:

Script Analysis  |  Design Concept Meeting  |  First Read-Through (with the actors & designers)  |  Play Panel Discussion  |  Process Class

First Run-Through (first-time actors run through show)  |  Tech Rehearsal

Dress Rehearsal

Space is limited to the first 32 applicants.

Fee: $99/session (each session is 8 classes)

Reader's Circle | Wednesdays 1:00-3:00pm

Similar to a book club except we focus on plays! Anyone interested in theatre and how plays get from the playwright to the stage will enjoy these weekly meetings to read and analyze scripts with an eye towards full production. The plays will be selected from FST's own Literary Department, and each class will be a lively mix of discovery and discussion. Maximum enrollment is limited to 15 participants per class.

Fee: $99/session (each session is 8 weeks)

Enroll Online: Session IV : Begins March 25

Broadway Dancercize | Saturdays from 9:15 am - 10:30 am

Dancing to keep fit, a fun way to achieve your fitness goals. Unlike many exercise classes which work on specific parts of the body, dancing is an excellent way to achieve all-around fitness because it strengthens, tones, improves posture and flexibility, and is a great cardiovascular workout in one bargain. Join instructor Natalia Mock, as she teaches you routines to popular Broadway show tunes. Before you know it, you'll be able to "Climb Every Mountain!"

Fee: $125/session (each session is 8 weeks)

Enroll Online: Session IV : Begins March 28

Introduction to Improvisation | Tuesdays 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Discover the freedom of spontaneity! Introduction to Improvisation is the launching ground for developing one's skills as an Improv performer. Students are given the opportunity to explore creativity, hone presentation skills and build self confidence. This class focuses on playing together, energy, teamwork, making others look good, and the basic tenet of "Yes, and..."

Fee: $199/session (each session is 8 weeks)

Enroll Online: Session IV: Begins March 30

Improvisation | Mondays or Thursdays 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Students are placed into an ensemble and learn to build on the fundamentals of Improvisation. The class introduces narrative storytelling and scenework. The focus is on building scenes with beginning, middle, and end as well as the importance of relationship. As sessions continue, the class focuses on working with scene partners to create characters with a purpose and stories of substance. Introduction class or previous improv experience required to join this class.

Fee: $199/session (each session is 8 weeks)

Enroll Online for Mondays: Session IV: Begins March 30

Enroll Online for Thursdays: Session IV : Begins April 2

Scenic Improv | Tuesdays 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Become a better improviser by concentrating on strong scenic work. This class focuses on building fully realized scenes by learning to play emotionally with your partner. Learn how to know your character, how character evolves with relationship, and how to make honest choices that advance your scene.

Fee: $199/session (each session is 8 weeks)

Enroll Online: Session IV: Begins March 31

Improv for Performance | Tuesdays 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Let's put it all together! An in-depth class designed to develop and refine the individual's ability to work in an ensemble. Structured around performance, students perform regularly in FST's Bowne's Lab. Special attention is paid to the individual performer's ability to create believable, emotionally based characters that have the ability to drive a scene forward though character modification and change. Admission to this class is by instructor recommendation only.

Fee: $199/session (each session is 8 weeks)

Enroll Online: Session IV: Begins March 31

Going Long: An Introduction to Creating the Narrative | Thursdays 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

All the world is a stage and it takes practice to avoid the pit. Through games, exercises and training formats, you'll learn the basic elements of improvising a thirty-minute story: who is the story about, what kind of story is it, and how does your character fit into it. This workshop series offers the keys on how to begin with nothing, go on a journey, and actually find the end.

Fee: $199/session (each session is 8 weeks)

Enroll Online: Session IV : Begins April 2

Forever Improv | Thursdays 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Taken all of our Improv classes and still can't get enough? This class if for the advanced improv student that has been through all FST classes or has similiar experience.

Fee: $199/session (each session is 8 weeks)

Enroll Online: Session IV : Begins April 2

For more information, to enroll, or to be added to our mailing list, please contact:

Pamela Smith   |   Education Administrator

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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 • E-mail: