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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


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).

ENROLL ONLINE
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.

ENROLL ONLINE
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.

 


 

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.

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


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.

 


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.

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

 


 

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 IV: Thursdays beginning March 24 from 7:15pm - 8:15pm


Theatre Tap

Come move your feet to the rhythm! Whether you are looking to get in shape, learn a new skill, or fine tune your tapping skills, Theatre Tap is the class for you! Open to all levels, Theatre Tap offers the opportunity for adults to dance in a stress-free, welcoming, and fun environment while learning moves to well-known musical theatre tunes. Through collaborative warm-ups, rhythm building exercises, and exciting routines, Theatre Tap is sure to get your bodies and feet moving.

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

Enroll Online
Session IV: Tuesdays beginning March 22 from 10:00am - 11:00am


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.

ENROLL ONLINE
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.

ENROLL ONLINE
Session IV: Wednesdays from 7:00 - 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 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.


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.

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


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.

ENROLL ONLINE
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.


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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Summer Improv Intensive Week 1: Musical Improvisation - NEW!

16 hours of music improv . 1 unforgettable experience.
Join fellow music improv geeks in an epic celebration of this uniquely addictive artform. Mike Descoteaux (founder of the Second City Music Program, Artistic Director of ImprovBoston and co-creator of the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway production Blank! The Musical) leads participants through a creative boot camp sure to challenge and inspire every improviser.
Four days August 22 - August 25 from 1:00 - 5:00pm
Fee: $250 OR $400 for both Musical and Free Form Intensives

ENROLL TODAY by contacting Will Luera at (941) 366-9017 x 355 or [email protected]


Summer Improv Intensive Week 2: Free Form Improvisation - NEW!

For the first time ever, Will Luera will be teaching a full course on Free-Form Improvisation. The style of improv that is the cornerstone of ImprovBoston, Big Bang Improv, FST Improv and many other groups around the world. Free-form improvisation focuses on a style of play that unites the theories and philosophies of short-form and long-form to create an entirely unique show for every performance.
Four days August 29 - September 1 from 1:00 - 5:00pm
Fee: $250 OR $400 for both Musical and Free Form Intensives

ENROLL TODAY by contacting Will Luera at (941) 366-9017 x 355 or [email protected]


Summer Improv Intensive Evening Review Sessions - NEW!

Students are also invited to take one-off classes during the evenings of the intensive from 6-9pm. The classes will focus on the 5-level FST Improv Courses, The Harold, Sketch Writing and Storytelling.
Monday - Thursday, August 22 - September 1 | 6:00 - 9:00pm
Fee: $30/night OR $100/one week OR $200/both weeks

ENROLL TODAY by contacting Will Luera at (941) 366-9017 x 355 or [email protected]


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.

Enroll Online: Session V: Wednesdays from 1:00pm - 3:00pm beginning June 8


The 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

Enroll Online: Session V: Fridays from 12:00pm - 3:00pm beginning June 10


 

No Fear Film: From Improv to Script

If you've ever thought, "That would make a great movie!", this class is for you! Starting with concepts and exercises from improv performance, students will transform a foggy idea into a fully-formed story that is perfect for the silver screen. Students will discover the secret, simple game plan for creating the best story, some great techniques to overcome writers' block, and the essentials of script formatting.
Fee: $199 for an 8 week session

Enroll Online: Session V: Thursdays from 7:00 - 9:00pm beginning June 9


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.

Enroll Online: Session V: Mondays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm beginning June 6


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 V: Tuesdays from 7:00 - 9:00pm beginning June 7


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: Wednesdays from 7:00 - 9:00pm beginning June 8


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 V: Wednesdays from 7:00 - 9:00pm beginning June 8


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.

Enroll Online: Session V: Thursdays from 7:00 - 9:00pm beginning June 9


Advanced Musical Improv

Learn the Musical Improv Form, When X Meets Y! Taught by original cast member Ali Reed and FST Improv pianist Hunter Brown, students will learn to improvise songs and communicate with each other using solid song structures, while also keeping up a practice of grounded, patient scene work. We will also explore different styles of music and musical theatre to inform our choices to create our own improvised musical.
Fee: $150/session

Enroll Online: Tuesdays from 7:00 - 9:00pm beginning June 14


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.

Enroll Online: Session V: Mondays from 7:00pm - 9:00pm beginning June 6


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.

Enroll Online: Session V: Mondays from 2:00 - 4:00pm beginning June 6

Enroll Online: Session V: Thursdays from 7:00 - 9:00pm beginning June 9

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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]