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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


Behind the Scenes

This popular class pulls back the curtain and gives you a first-hand look at play creation!  You’ll experience the energy and excitement of the first read-through, dive deep into script analysis and design concepts, and track the detailed artistry of the actors and production team through tech rehearsal into fully realized performance. Step-by-step the FST staff and professional guest artists will share their passion and process. Seven class meetings include: Concept and Context of the Play, Observing the First Read-Through, Script Analysis, Observing a Studio Run-Through, Technical Rehearsal, Dress Rehearsal, and Panel Discussion. Days and times vary slightly based on rehearsal schedules. Space is strictly limited to the first 32 applicants.

Fee: $99 for 8 classes (Space is strictly limited to the first 32 applicants).

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Session IV: begins March 8, following Winter Mainstage #4


Reader's Circle

Read and discuss plays, similar to a book club. Students and FST staff and apprentices will read plays aloud 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. $50 discount per session will be given to students who elect to receive scripts via email and read from a tablet or laptop.

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Session III: Wednesdays from 1:00pm - 3:00pm beginning January 27
Session IV: Wednesdays from 1:00pm - 3:00pm beginning March 23


Devise and Conquer

Create and perform original ensemble theatre. Students will be guided in the creation and development of short plays and sketches based on prompts, group exercises, and improvisation. Acting instruction will be given to polish the presentation of these original works for the Session Showcase. Prerequisite: NO FEAR ACTING or submit a theatre resume for instructor permission.

Fee: $199 for an 8 week session.


Flying Solo: Writing for Performance

Create and perform original solo theatre. Under the guidance of professional teaching artists, students will create and develop solo plays and monologues based on prompts, exercises, and improvisation. Additionally, students will receive acting coaching with the goal of presenting original work in our Session Showcase. Prerequisite: NO FEAR ACTING or submit a theatre resume for instructor permission.

Fee: $199 for an 8 week session.


Found in Translation

Create and perform a theatrical adaptation. Using self-chosen pieces of written and/or visual art (novels, poems, songs, paintings, illustrations, sculpture, etc) as inspiration, students will adapt stories into a theatrical expression. Students will then receive acting instruction to polish the presentation of these original works for the Session Showcase. Prerequisite: NO FEAR ACTING or submit a theatre resume for instructor permission.

Fee: $199 for an 8 week session.

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Session IV: Mondays from 7:00 - 9:00pm beginning March 21


Playwriting Intensive

Write a 10-minute play and see it performed on the Lab stage. This special 12-week class will guide students through the drafting, rewriting, editing, and rehearsal process, resulting in every student completing a 10-minute play that will be rehearsed and performed by the FST Acting Apprentices at the Session Showcase.

Fee: $298 for a 12 week session.


No Fear Acting 1

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.


No Fear Acting 2

Intensify your 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 1 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 performing in the culminating Session Showcase. Prerequisite: NO FEAR ACTING 1.

Fee: $199 for an 8 week session.

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Session IV: Tuesdays from 7:00 - 9:00pm beginning March 22


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 1 and 2 to unleash the emotional power of some of the greatest speeches ever written in the English language. Students will prepare and polish Shakespearean scenes 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.

Session III: Tuesdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm beginning January 26


No Fear Acting for Seniors 1

Want to take a class with people your age? Try this class, tailored to our older generation. Still an in-depth Acting Class, this session will teach the same skill sets of No Fear Acting and will help you learn the building blocks of mind, heart, body, and voice.

Fee: $199 for an 8 week session.
 


No Fear Acting for Seniors 2

An in-depth Acting Class, this session will build on the skills learned in No Fear Acting for Seniors level 1 and will help you go deeper into the building blocks of mind, heart, body, and voice.

Fee: $199 for an 8 week session.

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Session IV: Tuesdays from 10:00 - 12:00pm beginning March 22


No Fear Film Acting

Learn to love the camera. Class work will be recorded and played back, and instruction will focus on techniques for on-camera acting, including auditions, commercial copy, improvisation, and scripted scenework. Final polished work will be shown in the culminating Session Showcase. Prerequisite: NO FEAR ACTING or submit a theatre resume for permission of instructor.

Fee: $199 for an 8 week session.

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Session III: Thursdays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm beginning January 28


No Fear Dance and Movement

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! 

Fee: $199 for an 8 week session.

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Session IV: Thursdays from 7:00 - 9:00pm beginning March 24


Spoken Word

Explore the vibrant world of spoken word and slam poetry. Students will explore expressing their truest selves on stage through the poetic form through prompts, exercises, improv and discussion. After devising original works, students will work on bridging text with emotion and intention, culminating in a poetry slam at our Session Showcase for all to enjoy.

Fee: $199 for an 8 week session.

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Session IV: Wednesdays from 7:00 - 9:00pm beginning March 23


Musical Theatre Workshop

Delve into the voice, the lyrics, and the melody to bring a song to life. Students will learn which songs best suit them and how to convey emotion within each 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 culminates in a performance at the Session Showcase. Prerequisite: Submit a theatre resume for instructor permission. Students are responsible for providing sheet music.

Fee: $199 for an 8 week session.

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Session IV: Thursdays from 7:00 - 9:00pm beginning March 24


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


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.

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Session IV: Wednesdays from 7:00 - 9:00pm beginning March 23


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.

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Session III: Mondays from 7:00 - 9:00pm beginning January 25
 


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.

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Session III: Tuesdays from 7:00 - 9:00pm beginning January 26
Session IV: Mondays from 7:00 - 9:00pm beginning March 21


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.

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Session III: Tuesdays from 7:00 - 9:00pm beginning January 26
Session IV: Tuesdays from 7:00 - 9:00pm beginning March 22


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.


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.

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Session III: Mondays from 2:00 - 4:00pm beginning January 25
Session III: Thursdays from 7:00 - 9:00pm beginning January 28
Session IV: Mondays from 2:00 - 4:00pm beginning March 21
Session IV: Thursdays from 7:00 - 9:00pm beginning March 24


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.


Intro to Sketch Writing

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.


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