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 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.


Pamela Smith  |  Education Administrator

(941) 366-1350 - Education Office

www.floridastudiotheatre.org • E-mail: psmith@floridastudiotheatre.org

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Available Adult Classes


Intro to Sketch Writing | Wednesdays, 5:30 - 7:30pm

What is a “sketch,” exactly, and how the heck do you write one? Over the course of eight weeks, you’ll learn to develop a comic premise and write a variety of 3-5 minute comedic scenes for the stage. Working with classmates and an FST Faculty Member, you will begin to develop your portfolio of sketches. Through interactive class exercises, readings, scene deconstructions, and take-home assignments (plan for at least 60 minutes each week), you will discover the fundamental principles of sketch writing and the joy of creating truly funny material.

Fee: $199/session 

Dates: June 10 - July 29


Spoken Memoir | Mondays, 7:00 - 9:00pm

Create and perform your own original work! This course will guide students through various prompts written, musical, kinesthetic—to generate theatrical material based on their own lives. Equal parts writing, editing, rehearsing, and performing, SPOKEN MEMOIR will enable the student to express personal experiences in a compelling, humorous, heart-felt, and theatrical way.

Fee: $199/session

Dates: June 8 - July 27


No Fear Movement | Mondays, 7:00 - 9:00pm

Combining elements of dance, yoga, athletic stretching, and good ol’ Broadway choreography, students will be encouraged to express themselves with liberating physicality, while also sneaking in a good cardio workout! Each student will also develop a short, original piece that will be performed at the Summer Adult Education Showcase.

Fee: $199/session

Dates: June 8 - July 27


Intro to Improv 101 | Mondays, 2:00 - 4:00pm

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 tenets of “Yes, and...”

Fee: $199/session

Dates: June 8 - July 27


Intermediate Improv | Tuesdays, 7:00 - 9:00pm

Students continue to build on the fundamentals of Improvisation taught in 101. In this level the students are introduced to character creation, spacework and finding the game of the scene. With purpose-driven “short-form” games and finely tuned exercises, our faculty fosters success through creating rich characters, heightening relationships and exploring environment. The focus is on building scenes with beginning, middle, and end as well as the importance of a strong character relationship. Intro to Improv or previous improv experience required to join this class.

Fee: $199/session

Dates: June 9 - July 28


Improv for Performance | Mondays or Thursdays, 7:00 - 9:00pm

Let’s put it all together! An in-depth class structured around performance designed to develop and refine the individual’s ability to work in an ensemble. The instructor will help the 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-from.

Fee: $199/session

Dates for Mondays: June 8 - July 27

Dates for Thursdays: June 11 - July 30


Forever Improv | Tuesdays or Thursdays, 7:00 - 9:00pm

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 similar experience. Students will be led into creating their own show featuring short-form and long-form which they will then run and host themselves. Prerequisite of Going Long or equivalent experience.

Fee: $199/session 

Dates for Tuesdays: June 9 - July 28

Dates for Thursdays: June 11 - July 30


No Fear Auditioning | Wednesdays, 7:00 - 9:00pm

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 also develop two monologues that will be edited and polished by the end of the course.

Fee: $199/session

Dates: June 10 - July 29


Acting for the Camera | Thursdays, 6:00 - 9:00pm

This course is designed for students with some previous acting experience either in the classroom or on stage. Find your film acting process in this practical acting for the camera class! Explore film acting techniques, learn about the shooting process, and then apply your discoveries in rehearsed and filmed scenes that can be used for your acting reel. Students must have taken No Fear Acting or submit an acting resume.

Fee: $199/session + $99 Lab Fee

Dates: June 11 - July 30


Page to Stage | Tuesdays, 7:00 - 9:00pm

This course is actually an intensive rehearsal process that culminates in the students performing a fully staged reading! Designed for students with previous acting experience either in the classroom or on stage, PAGE TO STAGE will start with script and character analysis directly aimed at building an ensemble performance. Subsequent class meetings will focus on staging and rehearsing the play, guided by a professional director. Students must have taken No Fear Acting or submit an acting resume.

Fee: $199/session

Dates: June 9 - July 28


Vocal Workshop | Tuesdays, 7:00 - 9:00pm

Musical theatre performers will delve into the voice, the lyrics, the melody, and all of the parts of a musical theatre piece to bring a song to life. Students will learn what song best suits them and how to convey the emotion within the piece through proper technique and analysis. This class is a deep investigation into the music and the process of preparing a song by discovering the meaning of the lyrics while acknowledging the relationship between the acting and the singing. The class will culminate in a Summer Adult Education Showcase. Students are required to submit a resume reflecting vocal training/experience. Students will be required to obtain their own sheet music for rehearsal and performance.

Fee: $199/session

Dates: June 9 - July 28


Playwriting | Thursdays, 7:00 - 9:00pm

This course will guide the student-playwright through a specific writing project resulting in a ten-minute play that will be performed by FST Acting Apprentices at the Summer Adult Education Showcase. The course will cover the basics of dramaturgy, plot, character development, suspense, and dialogue, and include constant scene exploration and re-writes with Apprentice Actors. The student playwright will see their ten-minute play come to life in real time. For seasoned writers looking for an intense practicum, or for brand new writers looking for a safe environment to try out their pens!

Fee: $199/session

Dates: June 11 - July 30


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