Casting and Hiring

Florida Studio Theatre, Richard Hopkins Producing Artistic Director, is seeking submissions of musical performers (male and female, any and all ethnicities, 20’s-40’s) who play musical instruments (guitar, banjo, violin/fiddle, piano, etc.) for a new musical revue.


GUITAR GIRLS, by Richard Hopkins and Rebecca Hopkins with arrangements by Jim Prosser.

From the early 20th century to today, artists like June Carter-Cash, Joni Mitchell, Janis Joplin, Dolly Parton, and Carly Simon have proven that a girl with a guitar can make an undeniable impact. Guitar Girls is a celebration of female singer-songwriters across genres who have used music to give themselves a voice in contemporary America. Featuring songs: “You’re So Vain,” “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “Big Yellow Taxi,” and “Jolene.”



Rehearsals begin – November 6, 2018

Previews – November 28 & 29, 2018

Show opens – November 30, 2018

Show closes – April 21, 2019


Director: Catherine Randazzo

Music Director: Darren Server
















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].

Florida Studio Theatre is committed to developing a work environment that is reflective of the diverse community that it serves. Applicants from all populations and underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Consideration for employment will be given to all applicants without regard to race/ethnicity, gender identity/sexual orientation, age or ability.

Employment Opportunities

ASSOCIATE ARTIST - Florida Studio Theatre, a 5-theatre complex in Sarasota, FL operating under the LORT D, AEA Experimental, AGVA, SDC and USA contracts is seeking an Associate Artist with at least 10 years of professional regional theatre experience directing both  musicals and plays.  This position will also develop musical revues and cabaret acts.  Significant dramaturgical experience is necessary to work with a wide variety of writers, including playwrights and sketch writers. Comedy and/or sketch writing is a plus.  Teaching experience in musical theatre and cabaret is required. The Associate Artist will direct both plays and musicals, aid in the creation of musical revues for our Cabaret Stages, work in new play development for non-musical and musical forms and teach 3-4 classes per week in a variety of skills (teach acting to professionals and semi-pros in the region, teach theatre appreciation to non-professionals, teach playwriting, etc.).  Deadline to apply is August 20th.   Please email cover letter, resume with references to James Ashford, Casting & Hiring Coordinator at [email protected].

RESIDENT SKETCH WRITER - Florida studio theatre is seeking an experienced Sketch Writer to work in residence.  The individual should have a strong improv background and at least 5 years of sketch comedy experience.  The individual will be responsible for writing sketch material to be performed weekly in FST’s Comedy Theatre, Bowne’s Lab.  In addition, the Sketch Writer will work in FST’s New Play Development and writing bridge material for FST Cabaret musical revues. FST develops a minimum of 3 new revues each season for its Winter Cabaret Season. The Cabaret Theatre is an anchor program at FST and plays to 50,000 attendees with over 500 performances annually.  The Sketch Writer will write one musical sketch comedy piece every two years in concert with FST Improv Producer and Staff.  A strong background in improv, theatre, and experience teaching both improv and sketch writing is desired.

Florida Studio Theatre is a five theatre complex, producing 19 productions each year, plus an active improv theatre troupe. 

Please email cover letter, resume with references and salary requirement to Doris Iemolo at [email protected].

BOOKKEEPING ASSISTANT– Florida Studio Theatre, a LORT D regional theatre in Sarasota, FL is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Bookkeeping Assistant.  The Bookkeeping Assistant works with the Business Manager and Business Office staff in support of the theatre’s financial processes.  Processes include Accounts Payable and Receivable, Payroll, Contracts for Actors and Independent Contractors, Royalty reports, Union payments and assistance with monthly reporting and submissions.  Applicants must have MS Excel and MS Word proficiency, knowledge of accounting, and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and assist the Office in meeting various deadlines.  Candidate must have excellent communication and organizations skills.  Please email cover letter, resume with references and salary requirement to Doris Iemolo at [email protected].

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.

Duties include, but are not limited to: ticket sales; communication and enforcement of ticketing policies; daily analysis of ticket sales; constant communication with other departments; opening and closing the box office; creating and managing holds; reconciling box office receipts; hiring, training, scheduling and supervision of box office staff.

The right candidate must have excellent communication skills, a positive and outgoing personality and be able to work in a fast-paced environment. Must be prompt, reliable, and detail oriented and have excellent computer skills. Must be available to work days, evening, and/or weekends. Three to five years Box Office experience required. Minimum of two years management experience strongly preferred. Knowledge of the Tessitura system is preferred. Must be able to work well independently and to manage, train, and motivate others.

Expected start date is October 1.  Please email cover letter, resume with references and salary requirementto  Box Office Manager, Ryan Simpson at [email protected].

FINANCE DIRECTOR -  Reporting to the Managing Director and working closely with Producing Artistic Director the Director of Finance will serve on the senior leadership team for FST.  We are seeking a leader with significant not-for-profit financial experience who brings a can-do, entrepreneurial, and enthusiastic disposition to the job and who can inspire others to do their best work.

What You Will be Doing:

  • Serve as a member of FST’s leadership team, setting organizational strategy, and providing financial oversight.
  • Recognize and anticipate opportunities and challenges as they relate to financial systems and operations; generating ideas, strategies, and solutions to drive impact.
  • Provide strategic recommendations to the Managing Director based on financial analysis and projections, cost identification and allocation, and revenue/expense analysis.
  • Oversight of FST’s Business Office, supporting growth in their roles and cross training, across accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll and purchasing functions,; and ensure accuracy of financial data entry.
  • Manage human resources to staff in regards to compensation and benefit packages.
  • Partner with department heads to ensure the team has access to all information and reporting necessary to meet its goals
  • Oversee (develop, monitor, and revise) short- and long-term budgetary planning and cash flow management to ensure alignment with FST’s strategic priorities; work closely with all Department Heads to monitor and develop the organization’s budget.
  • Manage investment strategies, budgeting, audit, tax, accounting, grants administration, real estate, and risk management activities.
  • Ensure organizational compliance with all regulatory tax filings and audit requirements; coordinate annual audit activities.
  • Design and implement fiscal policies and procedures (internal controls) and ensure that staff maintains financial record systems in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles.
  • Generate and distribute accurate monthly, quarterly and annual financial reports for the Producing Artistic Director, Managing Director, Department Head Management Staff, Board of Directors and other audiences as required.
  • Other duties as assigned.

What You Need for this Role:

  • At least 5 years of broad financial leadership experience, including success serving as a team leader, experience planning and managing budgets for a not-for-profit organization, and overseeing annual audit processes.
  • Robust understanding of financial accounting, with demonstrated success creating financial models, managing reporting, ensuring proper control and audit processes within a not-for-profit setting, including endowments.
  • Collaborative approach to executive leadership, and the ability to work effectively with cross functional teams to meet goals and improve organizational performance
  • Demonstrated success improving financial and operational policies, processes, and procedures.
  • Demonstrated excellence in managing human resources, finance, accounting, and budgeting.
  • CPA, MBA, and/or MFA degree or equivalent preferred, but not required.

Please email cover letter, resume with references and salary requirement to:  Doris Iemolo at [email protected].






FST’s Intern & Apprentice program is an 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.

  • Carpentry
  • Costumes
  • Lighting
Compensation package includes:
• Free, furnished shared housing, including utiilities, cable, and internet.
• $120 weekly stipend.
• 25% discount at The Green Room Café & Bar.
• Two comp tickets to each FST production.
• Professional development, networking opportunities, and admission to FST classes & workshops.

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:
• Be at least 21 years old.
• Be able to commit to a year-long program. (Starting in May or September)
• Have appropriate academic and/or professional experience.
• Be able to relocate to Sarasota for the length of the internship.

To Apply Submit the following via email ([email protected]) with the subject FST 18-19 Intern Application:
• Completed application.
• Headshot or current jpg picture.
• Theatre Resume.
• Non-Theatre/Professional Resume.
• 3 Letters of Recommendation from professors or professional colleagues, on official letterhead, with their contact information.
• Writing Sample
     -For Marketing, please focus on theatre in a journalistic style.
     -For Literary, please focus on summary/analysis of a play.
     -For Playwriting, please submit a sample of your playwriting in any form.
• Work Sample – Required for the following: Sound, Lighting & Costumes. Submit up to 5 jpg photos or a link to your website/online portfolio

AUDITION (Acting Apprentice ONLY)
Please include a video audition via YouTube link. Make sure this video can be viewed by anyone with the direct link, so that all casting representatives may watch your audition. 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) may prepare 2 contrasting 32 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.

Florida Studio Theatre is committed to developing a work environment that is reflective of the diverse community that it serves. Applicants from all populations and underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Consideration for employment will be given to all applicants without regard to race/ethnicity, gender identity/sexual orientation, age or ability.

 Please download our internship application package here.



Available Positions for the 2018-2019 Season

ACTING APPRENTICESHIP | Perform in TYA (Theatre for Young Audiences) shows, understudy when applicable, receive acting and improvisational training, participate in New Play Development, and work secondary duties in other departments as assigned. AUDITION REQUIRED.

ARTISTIC ASSISTANT | Assist Artistic department with casting/hiring prep, scheduling, production research, special projects, and general clerical support. Will also assist with Guest Relations and front of house as needed. Applicant MUST have own car.

AUDIENCE SERVICES | Gain well-rounded front of house experience through regular shifts in the box office, house management, usher management and phone campaigns. Support donor relations and special events as needed.

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT | Serve as a vital role in the daily operations of the administrative offices by assisting with processing of payments, receiving and reconciling daily deposits, tracking expenses, ordering and distribution of office supplies, and other tasks. Also support box office as needed. Accounting/Finance knowledge a plus.

CARPENTRY | Work as a key member of the scenic build crew with opportunities to develop and expand scenic construction skills, and work on the load-in crew for scenic and lights. Possible assignment to show run crew.

COMPANY MANAGEMENT | Assist the Company Manager in all aspects of guest relations: communicating with performers, assisting with travel and housing, and preparing and maintaining artist residences and vehicles. Secondary duties in other departments as assigned. 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.

DEVELOPMENT | Learn more about theatre administration and fundraising. Develop skills in Tessitura and Wealth Engine Management programs through processing, donations,researching prospects and maintaining records.Assist in execution of direct mail and phone campaigns. Write, edit and proof materials for use in fundraising and publicity efforts. Maintain Development archives. Secondary duty in Frontof-House.

DIRECTING | Work closely with FST’s Resident directors while observing/assisting in rehearsals, Direct apprentice/student projects, dramaturgical research, and general support for the literary Department. Strong writing and research skills needed. Also serves as Assistant Stage Manager for the Stage III series.

EDUCATION - SUMMER ONLY | Assist Master Teachers with acting, movement, improvisation and voice workshops offered to ages 3 through 17. Provide general camp support while interacting with all staff and students. Secondary duties in other departments. All Education Interns are required to pass a background check.

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 performances. Support both FST after school classes and in school classroom workshops. Applicant MUST have own car and is required to pass a background check.

LIGHTING | Maintain lighting inventory, hang and focus changeovers, maintenance on shows,and special projects as assigned. Possibility for some assistant design or 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 agents, playwrights, and community leaders for audience engagement. Multiple writing opportunities with marketing and development departments. Secondary duties in Front-of-House, box office, and marketing as assigned. WRITING SAMPLE REQUIRED.

MARKETING | Serve as a vital role in FST’s marketing department writing and editing articles for use in publicly distributed materials, maintaining press archives, and assisting in creating/updating all social media platforms. Execution of direct mail and phone campaigns.Photography, videography and graphic design opportunities as assigned. Secondary duties in front-of-house. WRITING SAMPLE REQUIRED. Design Portfolio a plus.

PLAYWRITING | Grounded in FST’s Literary Department, work on development of scripts for FST’s Cabaret & Children’s Theatre Series, develop original work, and provide dramaturgical support for Apprentice/Student projects. 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 five theatre complex. Assist with research and provide general clerical support for the production department including 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 | SM opportunities available in all 5 of FST’s spaces: Serve as ASM for AEA Productions, SM for non-union productions.Take blocking in rehearsals, track costumes and props, manage run crew for performances. Running shows also includes wardrobe maintenance: laundry, ironing, steaming, and basic repairs. Also provide SM support for educational recitals and special events. Secondary duty support as assigned.



"My internship at FST helped me see casting calls, acting, and professional theatre from the other side of the spectrum. As an aspiring actor, it was great to see what goes on behind the scenes of a casting as well as fill the shoes of an assistant casting director. The internship helped me appreciate the office aspect to professional theatre, and appreciation for every aspect of theatre can go a long way." -Kent Livingston, Artistic Intern

"I can’t begin to tell you how much I learned about myself and my acting training through working with the FST summer camps. The education internship at Florida Studio Theatre opened a new door in my mind leading to another possible career in the theatre world. FST 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 Intern

"FST was the perfect start to my career. It's there that I learned how to be a theatre professional. 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 at FST, who always demanded the best, challenged me to be my best, to think quickly on my feet and to problem solve."  -Rosa Schneider, Literary Intern

"Florida Studio Theatre was 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 made me re-commit to the quality of my work." -Joshua James Lalonde, Production Intern

"As a Marketing Intern at Florida Studio Theatre, I gained experience in a wide range of marketing, public relations and theatre operations areas. I was given both tasks that I was already capable of as well as assignments in areas where I wanted to gain more experience. I really felt like an important member of the team and was able to take ownership of various projects and duties. 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." - Hayley Shanks, Marketing Intern

"Working at FST was a re-discovery of theatre by emersion into the practical side of how a theatre really works. I worked in several facets while there; from Development to Box Office, from Literary to House Management, and more. It was a full and well-rounded experience that proves that a career in the theatre is a possible, viable career choice." - Noah Scheibmeir, Development Intern & Literary Intern