The Boy Who Liked Pulling Hair



Wise, heartfelt, and often hilarious, this anthology of award-winning short plays highlights the most creative and imaginative writing from Elementary school students. Performed by a cast of professional actors, these authentic stories from the minds of children contain laughter, lessons, and learning for us all.

The Boy Who Liked Pulling Hair will play EVERY SATURDAY beginning April 14, 2018. Single tickets are on sale and can be purchased by clicking here or by calling (941) 366-9000.

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Director  |  Jason Cannon
Assistant Director  |  Meg Gilbert
Stage Manager  |  Kelsey Peavyhouse 
Costume Designer  |  Shaye Hurst
Lighting Designer  |  Bryce Benson
Sound Designer  |  Jon Baker


Brooke Tyler Benson
Carey Blackburn
Jon DeVries
Michael Fraser
Ryan Friedman
Kihresha Redmond
J Vance

BROOKE TYLER BENSON is a recent graduate of East Carolina University’s Honors College with a BFA in Theatre Arts, concentrating in Professional Acting. She has spent her recent summers as a Theatre Teaching Assistant at the North Carolina Governor’s School in Winston-Salem. In previous years, she has also served as the Theatre Department Head at Circle F Dude Ranch Summer Camp in Lake Wales, Florida.


CAREY BLACKBURN is from Greensboro, NC and received her BFA in Musical Theatre from East Carolina University in May 2017. Trained in both Meisner and Musical Theatre techniques at ECU, she enjoys everything from Eugene O’Neill to Pasek and Paul. Some of her favorite roles performed include Young Woman in Machinal, Sally in Reefer Madness, and Alice in Closer. Her upcoming passion project is a health and fitness blog for performers called Triple Threat Fitness!


JON DEVRIES is a proud member of the Florida Studio Theatre Acting Apprentice Company. His recent credits include The Glimmerglass Festival’s Oklahoma! and La bohème. Additionally, he has appeared onstage at the Howmet Playhouse, Actors’ Theatre Grand Rapids, Calvin Theatre Company, and more. Jon has held administrative positions with the Goodman Theatre and The Glimmerglass Festival. He holds a BA in Theatre and Business from Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 


MICHAEL FRASER is from Columbus, Ohio and an Acting Apprentice at Florida Studio Theatre. After first discovering his love for acting in a High School theater class, and promptly joining Orange High’s Drama Club where he played Lysander in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Nick Fender in the improvised Awesome 80’s Prom, he was accepted into Ohio University’s Theater Performance BFA program. There he acted in student films, worked on new play development with Ohio MFA playwrights, and concluded his tenure with a performance as John Williamson, in Ohio University’s production of Glengarry Glen Ross


RYAN FRIEDMAN is a Puerto Rican-born actor and singer, who is currently an Acting Apprentice at FST. He is a recent graduate from Florida State University’s School of Theatre and Department of Psychology, ranging in experiences from classical to experimental theatre. His recent projects at FST have included Deck the Halls and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe


KIHRESHA REDMOND is excited to be performing in her seventh children’s show here at FST. She is truly inspired by all of the talented playwrights this year. The plays are here and we can’t wait to share them all with you.



J VANCE is an Indiana native who recently graduated from Ball State University with his BFA in Acting. Some of his recent collegiate credits include Gov. Jack Slaton in Parade, as well as Ben Weeks in The Normal Heart. Feeling extremely fortunate to be here, J is a proud member of the Acting Apprentice Company for Florida Studio Theatre.


JASON CANNON (Director) is an Associate Artist at FST, where his responsibilities include directing, teaching, New Play Development, and the Acting Apprentice Program. Shows directed at FST include: Constellations; How to Use a Knife; Once; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Robin Hood; Doublewide; Burt & Me; The Dragon vs. the Hiccups; Gidion’s Knot; Stalking the Bogeyman; Million Dollar Quartet; The Velveteen Rabbit; Relativity; My Name is Asher Lev; and Butler (which earned Best Director nominations from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and Creative Loafing). His performance as Ever Montgomery in Dancing Lessons garnered “Best Actor of 2015” awards from both Sarasota Magazine and the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He is a seven-time Kevin Kline Award nominee (and one time winner for Outstanding Leading Actor). He appears regularly with FST Improv. Proud member SDC, AEA, SAG-AFTRA.

MEG GILBERT (Assistant Director) is a Brooklyn based director, creator, and performer, who most recently directed her new show Definitions One Through Five at the Davenport Theater (New York, NY), as well as directing and performing in her show The Funny Thing About Blood at The Jewel Box (New York, NY). Favorite credits include Boogaloo (Standard Toykraft, Brooklyn), The Bed Show (Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Annandale NY), The Dark Sonnets of the Lady (Olin, Annandale NY) and ART (Shawnee Playhouse, Shawnee PA). Meg holds a B.A. in Theater and Performance from Bard College.

KELSEY PEAVYHOUSE (Stage Manager) holds a B.A. in Theatre from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI. She served as a temporary apprentice/house manager of Tipping Point Theatre’s production of Kalamazoo. Her experiences with FST have included Older Than Dirt, Just For Laughs, Robin Hood, Deck The Halls, Native Gardens (ASM), and an assortment of shows with FST Improv. Previous SM credits include: Reckless, Nickel+Dimed, The Addams Family, and Calendar Girls.

SHAYE HURST (Costume Designer) is a native of Arkansas. She graduated from Armstrong Atlantic University in Savannah, Georgia. She is excited to be working with FST in their intern program. She is the costume intern for the theatre. Costume design credits include: Deck the Halls, 2017-2018 WRITE A PLAY, (Florida Studio Theatre); Julius Caesar, A Piece of My Heart (Armstrong).

BRYCE BENSON (Lighting Designer) hails from Buford, Georgia, and is ecstatic to be a part of the FST intern program. He works as the lighting intern and master electrician for the theatre. He is a recent grad from the University of Georgia, where he studied lighting and directing. Previous lighting credits include The Things They Carried, How to Use a Knife, The Blue Eyed Bettys, Robin Hood, Deck the Halls (Florida Studio Theatre), and The Skin of Our Teeth (University of Georgia).

JON BAKER (Sound Designer) is very happy to be designing another show for Florida Studio Theatre. He hails from Florence, Alabama where he graduated from the University of North Alabama. Among his design credits are: Stalking the Bogeyman; Doublewide; Constellations; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; and The Things They Carried. His Front of House engineering credits include: Million Dollar Quartet, Burt & Me, and Once.



The Keating Theatre is located on the corner of Cocoanut and Palm Avenues. For GPS purposes use the address of 1241 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236. To see a list of our buildings and shows, please see below. For more information please call the FST Box Office at (941) 366-9000.

Do you need a ride to the theatre? Click here to find out more about our partnership with iTN Suncoast.

For those who require additional assistance or handicap parking/drop off, please see the map below. Handicap parking is reserved for patrons with a handicap tag and is in the lot across from the Hegner Theatre Wing. The area for drop off of handicap passengers/patrons for the Keating Theatre is along Cocoanut Avenue. If handicap parking is not available and you are dropping off a passenger, our lobby concierge would be happy to wait with them until you return. For any questions regarding handicap parking please call the box office at (941) 366-9000.