Casting and Hiring
DOUBLEWIDE by Stephen Spotswood
Jim Starkey's version of the American Dream is a modest one: to build a home on his one-acre plot of land, replacing his doublewide trailer with something his daughter, Lorelai, can eventually inherit. When a highway expansion project threatens that plan, Jim finds himself reluctantly thrust into the public eye. Two accidents—one occurring during a teenage tryst, the other during a hunting trip—throw a dark shadow over the family’s future. Jim is left wondering what happened to his now-broken dream, while Lorelai is left to build her own future out of the pieces.
Big Jim – late 30s; works in a soda bottling plant and has since he was 18. He’s managed to buy an acre of land and a doublewide that he and his family have lived in for most of his marriage. He wants to build a house there someday.
Sharon – late 30s; on her feet all day working at Walmart. Went from night staff to stocking shelves to cashier to assistant manager, but she still spends a lot of her time working the register. She’s hit a ceiling. Now she’s training herself to deal at the casino. She’s got good, fast hands.
Lorelai – 17 (but seeking an actress in her 20’s); the daughter; a high school junior. Think punk, but not goth. More rough: denim, leather, redneck princess.
Coral – 60s; a widowed retiree living off Social Security and her husband’s pension. She spends a lot of her day at the casino paying slots. But she’s got a system.
Chuck – 17 (but seeking an actor in his 20’s); Lorelai’s tutor; a high school senior. Sincere and smart, but he’s a medium-‐sized academic fish in a tiny pond. He’ll get into college, but not a great one. He has never kissed a girl.
Director: Jason Cannon
Begins rehearsal – July 11, 2017
Preview – August 2 & 3, 2017
Opens – August 4, 2017
Closes – September 2, 2017
Florida Studio Theatre is continuously looking for enthusiastic, creative and dedicated people for backstage crew, wait staff, box office associates, teaching associates and many other hourly positions. To be considered for any position, please email your resume and completed application to James Ashford, Casting & Hiring Coordinator at [email protected]. Click here to download the application.
If you have any other questions, please contact James Ashford at (941) 366-9017 or via e-mail: [email protected]
DIRECTOR OF ARTISTIC OPERATIONS - Florida Studio Theatre, a LORT D regional theatre in Sarasota, FL is seeking a Director of Artistic Operations to provide management and oversight of the Casting, Literary and Production departments. The position will function as the right hand of the Producing Artistic Director and will serve as the “Chief of Staff” of the Artistic Office. Position will also execute staff recruitment and provide acting apprentice and intern oversight in specific areas as part of a collaborative team. A minimum of 5 years of professional experience is required. Strong communication, computer and management skills are a must. Email cover letter, resume with references and salary requirement to: Doris Iemolo at [email protected]. For more information, log onto our website at floridastudiotheatre.org. Florida Studio Theatre works under the LORT D, LORT D Experimental, USA, SDC and AGVA contracts.
MARKETING DIRECTOR - Florida Studio Theatre, a professional LORT D theatre in Sarasota, FL is currently seeking an experienced arts manager to serve as Director of Marketing. Florida Studio Theatre is committed to developing a work environment that is reflective of the diverse community that it serves. Applicants from any and all diverse background are encouraged to apply.
The Marketing Director is responsible for planning, executing and evaluating subscription and single ticket campaigns, developing and designing all printed materials such as playbills, promotional copy and flyers, and the continued development of FST's dynamic content including web development, video content, e-marketing, and social networking. The successful candidate will have a minimum of five years of art marketing experience and a demonstrated commitment to internal and external partnerships, staff management and mentoring, and financial detail and integrity. Excellent communication, e-commerce, Adobe Creative Suite and social media skills are required and experience with Tessitura or similar database desired. Must be very well organized, enjoy working on multiple projects, meet deadlines and work under pressure with a positive attitude. Email cover letter, resume with references and salary requirement to: Doris Iemolo at [email protected]. For more information, please check out our website at www.floridastudiotheatre.org.
DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE- Florida Studio Theatre, a professional LORT D theatre in Sarasota, FL is currently seeking an experienced Development Associate for a rapidly expanding development department. Florida Studio Theatre is committed to developing a work environment that is reflective of the diverse community that it serves. Applicants from any and all diverse background are encouraged to apply.
The Development Associate serves as FST’s Donor Concierge. Responsibilities include, but not limited to, being on-site during performances to greet and cultivate donors, research and identification of perspective donors, present prospects to development and executive staff, assist with overall donor advancement, participate in fundraising events, handle special ticketing needs for donors and assist in reaching fundraising goals. The ideal candidate has strong communication and customer service skills. The ability to organize and manage multiple projects/tasks simultaneously; to prioritize and take initiative; to work independently and collaboratively. Email cover letter, resume with references and salary requirement to: Doris Iemolo at [email protected]. For more information, please check out our website at www.floridastudiotheatre.org.
RESIDENT LIGHTING AND PROJECTION DESIGNER/MASTER ELECTRICIAN- Florida Studio Theatre, a LORT D regional theatre in Sarasota, FL is seeking a skilled Resident Lighting and Projection Designer/Master Electrician who has interest and experience in projections. Duties include: serve as ME for all shows, oversee electrics, maintain electrics, supervision of electrics department and electrics intern, selected stage lighting and projection design, lighting design for facilities and lighting maintenance for all commercial facilities inside and outside. Professional theatre ME and design experience is required. Email cover letter, resume with references and salary requirement to: Doris Iemolo at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, log onto our website at www.floridastudiotheatre.org.
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR - Florida Studio Theatre, a professional LORT D regional Theatre in Sarasota, FL is seeking a Technical Director. The ideal candidate will possess strong management skills and strong technical “how to” knowledge and be able to manage set construction, electrics, sound, props, people and the technical needs for a five theatre operation. A collaborative attitude is necessary. Strong people management, time management and project management skills are necessary as are excellent interpersonal communication skills. Professional TD experience is required. Salary, benefits and budgets are competitive. Specific responsibilities include:
Oversee build schedule
Oversee change overs
Supervise the Scene Shop Foreman, Props/Painting Supervisor, Sound Supervisor, Electrics Intern and Sound Intern
Budget oversight for scenic, Lighting and Sound
Determine over hire needs
Oversight of equipment maintenance
Please email cover letter, resume with references and salary requirement to Bruce Price, Production Manager, at [email protected]. For more information on the Theatre, please check out our website at www.floridastudiotheatre.org.
ASSOCIATE ARTIST – Florida Studio Theatre, a 5-theatre complex in Sarasota, FL operating under the LORT D, LORT D Experimental and AGVA contracts is seeking an Associate Artist. This position will provide leadership in adult acting and education programming, support training of apprentices and interns, dramaturg/direct in New Play Development, and have directing opportunities in all programs, musical and non-musical. Strong writing, computer, management and directing skills are a must. The right candidate will have at least 5 preferably 10 years of professional theatre experience The right applicant is authentic, emotionally resilient, passionate about theatre, responsible, a team player, flexible and confident. Please email resume with references and cover letter to: Doris Iemolo at [email protected].
COMPANY MANAGER - Florida Studio Theatre, a professional LORT D regional Theatre in Sarasota, FL is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Company Manager, experience preferred. Duties include: handling all guest relations (care of visiting artistic staff from the point of hiring through departure), and assisting the Facilities Manager with management of our 20+ residential facilities (including A/C, electrical, plumbing, utilities, safety, environmental, security, etc.) The Right candidate will have a high degree of responsibility, be focused, achievement oriented, able to communicate clearly, and organized. Email cover letter, resume with references and salary requirement to: Doris Iemolo at [email protected]. For more information, please check out our website at www.floridastudiotheatre.org.
ASSISTANT BOX OFFICE MANAGER – Florida Studio Theatre, a professional LORT D regional theatre in Sarasota, FL is seeking an Assistant Box Office Manager for its 5-theatre complex. The right candidate must have excellent communication skills, a positive, friendly, and outgoing personality and able to work in a fast-paced environment. Must be prompt, reliable, and detail oriented and have excellent computer skills. Must have open and flexible availability and be willing to work a flexible schedule. Must be available to work days, evening, and weekends. A minimum of two years of theatre ticketing and customer service experience required. Knowledge of Tessitura is preferred. Email cover letter, resume with references and salary requirement to Box Office Manager, Kelsey Wehde at [email protected]. For more information, please check out our website at www.floridastudiotheatre.org.
Florida’s leading theatres, operates five stages: the 237 seat Gompertz Theatre, the 173 seat Keating Theatre, the 110 seat Court Theatre, the 109 seat Goldstein Theatre and the 100 seat Bowne Lab Theatre.
Florida Studio Theatre is committed to developing a work environment that is reflective of the diverse community that it serves. Applicants from any and all diverse background are encouraged to apply.
Now Accepting Applications for the 2017-2018 Intern and Apprentice Company!
Priority Deadline March 15th, 2017
Florida Studio Theatre is seeking quality Interns and Apprentices for our 2017-2018 Season. Company members must be available to commit to a year long, fulltime contract, with start dates available in May or August of 2017.
FST’s Intern & Apprentice program is immersive and comprehensive way to bridge the gap between academic theatre and the professional world and to provide additional training and experience to those individuals who are serious about careers as theatre professionals. Applicants must have a strong passion for theatre, a desire to learn more about professional theatre and an interest in being a part of a community of artists. College degree preferred although not required.
Send completed application form, current photo, theatre and non-theatre resumes and 3 letters of recommendation to Jill Zakrzewski, General Manager, at [email protected]. Applicants for Acting Apprenticeships must also submit an audition via youtube link containing 2 contrasting contemporary monologues, 1 minute each. For actors who sing (not required) please also include 2 contrasting 32 bar cuts of musical theatre or pop/rock.
Florida Studio Theatre is an equal opportunity employer, all genders and ethnicities are encouraged to apply.
ACTING APPRENTICESHIP | Perform in TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences) shows, understudy Mainstage shows when applicable (can result in EMC credit), receive acting and improvisational training, participate in New Play Development, and work secondary duties in other departments as assigned (especially Front-of-House, Box Office, and Run Crew). AUDITION REQUIRED.
ARTISTIC ASSISTANT | Assist Casting & Hiring Coordinator and Artistic Director with casting/hiring prep, scheduling, production sound research, special projects, and general clerical support. Will also assist with Guest Relations and front of house as needed.
CARPENTRY | Work as a key member of the scenic build crew with opportunities to develop and expand scenic construction skills, work on the load-in crew for scenic and lights. Possible assignment to show run crew.
COMPANY MANAGEMENT | Assist the Company Manager in guest relations: communicating with performers, assisting with travel and housing. Assist with research and provide general clerical support for the department including creating and tracking of purchase orders. Applicant MUST have own car.
COSTUMING | Assist in all areas of costuming from working with designers to running wardrobe for a production. Includes construction, daily maintenance, shopping, and tracking inventory and purchases. Possible assistant design or design work. WORK SAMPLE REQUIRED.
DESIGN ASSISTANT | Work with professional scenic and/or costume designers and have the possibility for some assistant design or design work. Secondary duties in construction and show running. WORK SAMPLE REQUIRED.
DEVELOPMENT | Primary duties include phone solicitation and direct mail campaigns. Will also conduct telephone surveys, research prospects, provide support for donor cultivation and grant writing, data entry/donation processing, and assist with special events. Secondary duty in Front-of-House.
DIRECTING: Duties include directing apprentice/student projects and readings, assistant directing shows in FST’s Children’s Series, Assistant Stage Managing the rehearsals of FST’s Stage III series, dramaturgical research, tech/design support, and general support for Guest and Resident Directors and the Literary Department. Strong writing and research skills needed.
EDUCATION - SUMMER ONLY | Assist Master Teachers with acting classes and general summer camp support. Involves working with children and teens.
EDUCATION/OUTREACH | Serves both the Education and Outreach Departments (WRITE A PLAY). Tasks include making reminder calls to educators and parents, confirming schedules and logistics for touring productions and in house Children's Theatre performances. Support both FST after school classes and in school classroom workshops. Applicant MUST have own car.
LIGHTING | Maintain lighting inventory, hang and focus changeovers, maintenance on shows, and special projects as assigned. Possibility for some assistant and design work. WORK SAMPLE REQUIRED.
LITERARY | Gain hands on industry experience in Literary Office operations with a focus on contemporary plays and New Play Development. Correspond with literary agents and playwrights as well as community leaders for audience engagement. Excellent opportunity for individuals with the goal of being a literary manager or dramaturg. Multiple writing opportunities with marketing and development departments. Secondary duties in Front-of-House, box office, marketing, as assigned. WRITING SAMPLE REQUIRED.
MARKETING | Seeking a motivated and organized individual with a passion for learning more about marketing in the non-profit theatre world. Assist with updating and design of marketing materials to match brand guidelines using Adobe Creative Suite CC; Assist in the execution of direct mail and telephone campaigns; Create the social media calendar and update all social media platforms; Maintain and update all public displays; Write and edit articles for use in publicly distributed materials; Maintain press archives including tracking of all press coverage for arts organizations within Sarasota. Photography and videography of special events and productions as assigned. Knowledge of Adobe programs (InDesign, Photoshop, and Premiere Pro) preferred. Graphic Design majors are welcome and encouraged to apply. WRITING SAMPLE AND GRAPHIC PORTFOLIO REQUIRED.
PLAYWRIGHTING: Assist with development of scripts for FST’s Cabaret Series, work in the Literary Department, develop original work, provide dramaturgical support for Apprentice/Student projects and readings This a fully immersive experience in New Play Development. Secondary duties as assigned. WRITING SAMPLE REQUIRED.
PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT | Work closely with the Production Manager on all aspects of running a 5 theatre complex. Assist with research and provide general clerical support for the production department including scheduling and creating and tracking of purchase orders.
PROPS/PAINTING | Work as a key member of the props and painting crews with opportunities to source, build/create props as well as develop painting skills for both scenic and properties divisions. Possible assignment to show run crew.
SOUND | Learn and operate the Yamaha digital sound console. Program and operate the Q-Lab computerized sound playback system. Work with production team on locating and creating sound cues for production. Other support as assigned. WORK SAMPLE REQUIRED.
STAGE MANAGEMENT | Work under Equity Stage Manager's supervision taaking blocking in rehearsals, tracking costumes and props, managing run crew for performances. Running shows also includes doing laundry, ironing, steaming, and repairs. Stage Manage non-Equity shows, educational recitals, and special events. Secondary duty support as assigned.
"The Casting and Hiring Internship at FST is helping me see casting calls, acting, and professional theatre from the other side of the spectrum. As an aspiring actor, it's great to see what goes on behind the scenes of a casting as well as fill the shoes of an assistant casting director, just like the ones who I'll be auditioning for. The internship helps them appreciate the office aspect to professional theatre, and appreciation for every aspect of theatre can go a long way. As part of my responsibilities in the office I get to make personal contact with several Production Managers and Artistic Directors of regional theatre's across the nation. In the casting studio I get to read with the actors. No matter which side of theater one wants to be on in the future, there is a lot to benefit from a Casting and Hiring Internship." -Kent Livingston Casting/Hiring Internship
"Working here at FST has been such an eye-opener! I've had a lot of experience in college doing many different theatrical tasks, but FST has really shown me what working in a professional theatre setting is like. On top of learning to work and understand the business in an influential regional theatre, all the staff members here are friendly, helpful and constantly aware of our needs as interns and budding theatre professionals. My secondary duties are as demanding, educational and as important as my internship." -Ariel Trocino Literary/House Management Internship
"I can’t begin to tell you how much I have learned about myself and my acting training through working with the summer theatre camps. The theatre education internship at Florida Studio Theatre has opened a new door in my mind leading to another possible career in the theatre world. The internship has also given me the opportunity to experience other aspects of theatre production. Florida Studio Theatre wants their interns to succeed and will stop at nothing to see that this goal is met within the company and after the intern’s time with the company has come to an end." - Matthew Belopavlovich Education Internship
"FST was the perfect start to my career. It's here that I've learned how to be a theatre professional. When I came to this program, I had very vague goals, but having been in a program that really allows you--and wants you--to do everything, I have a much clearer picture of who I want to be, and how to get there. Working with the staff here who always demand the best has challenged me to be my best, to think quickly on my feet and to problem solve. I've gotten a huge amount of exposure to contemporary theatre, and made professional connections that will further my career. " -Rosa Schneider, Literary Internship
"Florida Studio Theatre has been the perfect place for me to figure out a lot of things: the difference between Educational theatre and a real working - professional theatre company, and also what it takes to get your foot in the door outside of a college setting. Working alongside professionals and being held up to their standards has made me re-commit to the quality of my work. I'm lucky that FST has been an enjoyable place for me to discover these things and that I've gotten to work with so many wonderful people." -Joshua James Lalonde Production Internship
"As a Marketing Intern at Florida Studio Theatre, I gained experience in a wide range of marketing, public relations and theatre operations areas. Managers were helpful in giving me both tasks that I was already capable at as well as assignments in areas where I wanted to gain more experience. After a couple months, I really felt like an important member of the team and was able to take ownership of various projects and duties. When I began interviewing for full-time positions, prospective employers were impressed by the extent of my responsibilities and the experience that I had gained. I also really enjoyed the opportunity to look "behind the curtain" at all the aspects involved in running a theatre. My secondary duties in front-of-house gave me a more holistic view of the organization, and I was able to interact with patrons and volunteers and hear how each production impacted them. To top it all off, I got to live near the beach for a year. It doesn't get better than that!" - Hayley Shanks, Marketing Internship
"Working at FST has been a re-discovery of theatre by emersion into the practical side of how a theatre really works. I’ve worked in several facets while here; from Development to Box Office, from Literary to House Management, and more. It’s been a full and well-rounded experience that proves that a career in the theatre is a possible, viable career choice." - Noah Scheibmeir, Development Internship & Literary Internship
Free furnished housing (Utilities, including cable and internet, provided.)
School credits may apply
Comp tickets to all FST productions
25% discount at FST's Green Room Cafe & Bar
Chance to meet theatre professionals from around the nation and worldwide
Hands-on experience in a professional theatre setting
Now Accepting Applications for the 2017-2018 Intern and Apprentice Company!
Priority Deadline March 15th, 2017
Florida Studio Theatre is seeking quality non-Equity Acting Apprentices for the upcoming season. Company members must be available to commit to a year long, fulltime contract, with start dates available in May or August of 2017.
FST’s Apprentice program is immersive and comprehensive way to bridge the gap between academic theatre and the professional world and to provide additional training and experience to those individuals who are serious about careers as theatre professionals. Applicants must have a strong passion for theatre, a desire to learn more about professional theatre and an interest in being a part of a community of artists. College degree preferred although not required.
Send completed application form, current headshot, theatre and non-theatre resumes and 3 letters of recommendation to Jill Zakrzewski, General Manager, at [email protected].
Please include with application a video audition via YouTube link. Please make sure this video can be viewed by anyone with the direct link, so that all casting representatives may watch your audition. Please prepare 2 contrasting contemporary monologues (from plays written in the last 20 years) with a total length of no more than 3 minutes. Actors who sing (not required) please prepare 2 contrast 16 bar cuts of musical theatre or pop/rock with accompaniment that show range. Ladies, if you have both a belt and a legit voice please showcase both in this portion of your audition.
The Florida Studio Theatre Acting Apprentice Program offers practical and educational training in a professional theatre environment. The weekly schedule varies, but will include classes, workshops, rehearsals and performances and each Apprentice will work in other areas of the Theatre as well. Apprentices may also serve on running crews and may earn EMC points by understudying appropriate Mainstage roles.
There is no cost for the program. Apprentices earn a weekly stipend, plus FST provides free furnished housing including utilities, cable and internet.
Florida Studio Theatre is an equal opportunity employer, all genders and ethnics are encouraged to apply.