Casting and Hiring

This smashing off-Broadway hit sends us to the 1958 Springfield High prom, where we meet The Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts. Including classic hits from the ‘50s and ‘60s like “It’s My Party,” “Goodnight Sweetheart,” “You Don’t Own Me,” and “Mr. Sandman.”  Act two is 10 years after Act one, at a reunion.

Betty Jean – female, African-American, 20’s-30’s, the self-anointed clown of the group, always vying for attention from her best friend Cindy Lou; Cindy Lou steals Betty Jean’s boyfriend away, causing a lot of the friction at the prom, holds this grudge against Cindy Lou until they make up at the 10 year reunion.  Alto with a strong low range.

Cindy Lou – female, Caucasian, 20’s-30’s, the “bad girl of the group, seems that things always go her way, making Betty Jean crazy, makes the biggest change between Acts One and Two, having learned the lessons of true love and loss.  Mezzo soprano with a belt.

Missy – female, Latina, 20’s-30’s, always the over-achiever of the group, the one to cover for mistakes and is always ready to jump in ans save the day, head of the prom decorations committee, and is absolutely smitten with her music teacher, has b een best friends with Suzy since elementary school.  Soprano with a wide range with the ability to belt/mix.

Suzy – female, any ethnicity, 20’s-30’s, gum-chewing Suzy is happy-go-lucky, a little giddy and a little silly, finds great pleasure in everything she does ; the sillier it is the more fun she finds it, her best friend is Missy.  Mezzo alto with sweet, soulful sounds and big belts.

THE COTTAGE by Sandy Rustin
The Cottage is a rollicking farce inspired by the works of Noel Coward. Set in the English countryside in 1923, this tale of secrets, betrayal and, oh yes, love, unfolds when Sylvia Van Kipness decides to expose her love affair to her husband and her lover’s wife. The true meanings of fate, identity, and marriage are called into question as a surprising web of intrigue unravels in this ridiculous – potentially murderous–romantic comedy.

Sylvia – female, 30’s-40, a lovely and rash romantic; feminine yet strong-willed, her attempts at true love leave her frustrated and ever hopeful for a shocking turn of events.

Beau – male, 30’s-mid 40’s, perhaps the best looking man in Britain; logical to the point of pessimism; the type of fellow quite happy with the status quo, no matter what the status quo may be.

Marjorie – female, 30’s, 8 months pregnant, pragmatic and a tad spicy; unflappable in every sense of the word – unless of course, she’s in labor.

Clarke- male, 30’s-40’s, a distinguished gent with a lover’s spirit; always aiming to please.  Clarke’s kind-heartedness may lead others to take him for a fool.

Diedre – female, 20’s-30, an awfully pretty nincompoop; gullible is her middle name; awfully sweet though, if you like that sort of thing; surprisingly capable of unexpected clarity and insight.

Richard – male, mid to late 30’s, a murderous, yet gentle soul; born to be part of a soul-mated duo, hell bent on finding and keeping his true love no matter what.

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

Casting and Hiring Coordinator - Florida Studio Theatre, a professional LORT D regional Theatre in Sarasota, FL is seeking a Casting and Hiring Coordinator.

The Casting and Hiring Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the casting, contracting, and hiring of all artists, creative team and administrative staff for nineteen productions per season plus selected workshop productions and readings.  The individual works closely with the Producing Artistic Director on all shows, the New York Casting Director for selected Mainstage shows, and act as a liaison between Florida Studio Theatre, the actors and their agents. The ideal candidate must have an extensive knowledge of actors and their suitability for a particular role; an in depth and up to date knowledge of new and existing acting talent and understanding of their abilities, as well as a thorough appreciation of changing talent trends within the industry. 

Strong communication, computer and management skills are a must.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Advertising for artistic roles and administration job openings.
  • Coordination with New York Casting Director on select shows
  • Scheduling auditions
  • Scheduling and conducting preliminary administrative hiring interviews
  • Negotiating actors fees and contracts 
  • Performing reference checks 
  • Maintaining agent and actor relations

Key Requirements:

  • Proven experience as casting director
  • Current knowledge of available acting talent
  • Ability to maintain knowledge of industry trends
  • Instinct to recognize talent
  • Excellent organizational and leadership skills
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal ability
  • Great negotiation skills
  • A team player
  • Precise attention to details

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

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 oversee the Casting and Hiring Coordinator, and oversee New Play Development, distinct from New Musical Development.  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.  The Associate Artist will direct both plays and musicals, aid in the creation of work in new play development for non-musical and musical forms, and teach 2-3 classes per week in a variety of skills.  Please email cover letter, resume with references and salary requirement to Doris Iemolo 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 writing samples, cover letter, resume with references and salary requirement to Doris Iemolo at [email protected].

DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE - Florida Studio Theatre, is seeking an experienced Development Associate for a rapidly expanding development department.  

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. Fundraising experience a plus.  Must be flexible and available on nights and weekends.

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

PRODUCTION MANAGER - Florida Studio Theatre is seeking a Production Manager. The ideal candidate will have strong management and organizational skills.  

 The Production Manager oversees the following departments: 

  • Lighting Department
  • Sound Department
  • Scene shop
  • Costume Stop
  • Mainstage Stage Management
  • Cabaret Stage Management
  • Stage III Stage Management

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Ensure quality of all production aspects
  • Oversight and scheduling of designers, production staff, over hire and production interns and contracting of the above
  • Maintaining production schedules
  • Budget management
  • Oversee coordinate change-overs
  • Schedule and chair production meetings
  • Facilitate the flow of information between production, tech, admin and artistic staffs
  • Provide information (budgets, schedules, etc.) to production  personnel
  • Manage and oversee production inventories.
  • Maintain all worksites in a safe and orderly condition.
  • Scheduling of production personnel 

Please email cover letter, resume with references and salary requirement to Bruce Price, Production Manager @ [email protected]. For more information on Florida Studio Theatre, please check our website at


RESIDENT LIGHTING DESIGNER/ LIGHTING DEPARTMENT SUPERVISOR  - Florida Studio Theatre is seeking a Lighting Designer/Lighting Department Supervisor.  Florida Studio Theatre produces 21+ productions a year.  The ideal candidate will have strong management skills; strong design skills and strong knowledge/skills on current lighting equipment.  Specific responsibilities include:

  • Design 12+ shows from our Mainstage, Stage III, Cabaret and Children’s Theatre programs per season as assigned
  • Supervise the lighting intern who will work as Master Electrician and design smaller shows
  • Work with other staff designers as well as guest designers
  • Responsible for the maintenance of all lighting equipment
  • Responsible for the tracking of all lighting inventory
  • Responsible to maintain a clean, organized and safe work environment
  • Supervise all strikes and load-ins; crews consist of interns, volunteers and over-hire

Please email work sample, cover letter, resume with references and salary requirement to Bruce Price, Production Manager, at [email protected].  




ASSISTANT COSTUME STUDIO MANAGER - Florida Studio Theatre is seeking an assistant costume studio manager for its five-theatre operation. FST produces seven mainstage shows, three cabaret shows, a Stage III Series, five children’s shows and many new play workshops annually.  The ideal candidate must have strong organizational skills and a positive, upbeat attitude.

Responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing wardrobe and maintenance
  • Stitching, and costume construction.
  • Assist with tracking purchases
  • Work with designer on shopping and buying for the season. 

Design opportunities are possible.

Please email cover letter, resume with references and salary requirement to Bruce Price, Production Manager @ [email protected]. For more information on Florida Studio Theatre, please check our website at

SEASONAL PART-TIME BOX OFFICE ASSISTANTS - Florida Studio Theatre is seeking Seasonal Part Time Box Office Assistants to provide excellent customer service to theatre patrons during our resubscription season. This is a fast-paced, high-volume Box Office that services all five of our theatre spaces. We perform shows in all five theatres at least, six days a week.  Candidates must have good communication skills with a positive, friendly, and outgoing personality. Must be willing and able to spend a majority of the time on the phones. Must be prompt, reliable, and detail oriented. Must have open and flexible availability and be willing to work a flexible schedule. Must be available to work days, evenings, and weekends. The amount of hours available will change depending on the week. Responsibilities include:


  • Sell new subscriptions and single tickets for all FST performances, events, and some rentals as well as renew existing subscriptions - over the phone, in person, and via mail.
  • Provide helpful information for performances, pricing options, parking, directions, and seating information.
  • Assist with patron relations and resolve complex patron inquiries and complaints.
  • Maintain familiarity with subscription and single ticket marketing initiatives, donor benefits, and Florida Studio Theatre events and website.
  • Guide patrons though their online interactions when needed.
  • Keep up a professional appearance in dress and attitude, and have a general appreciation for and understanding of live theatre.
  • Assist with the maintenance of patron records; including but not limited to filing, and updating patron records.

Apply on line or in person at Florida Studio Theatre Box Office, 1241 N.Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236 or email resume with references to General Manager, Jill Zakrzewski at [email protected].

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.


Now Accepting Applications for the 2019-2020 Intern & Apprentice Program!

Priority Deadline: March 5th, 2019

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.

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

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:
• Be at least 21 years old. (exception for Summer Education interns)
• 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 to [email protected] with the subject "FST 19-20 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 2019-2020 Season


ACTING 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. Applicant is also required to pass a background check.

DIRECTING Work closely with FST’s Literary Manager, Associate Artists, and Resident Directors throughout the rehearsal process for all programs. Help devise and direct apprentice/student projects, dramaturgical research, and continuous 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.

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.

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.

PIANIST/COMPOSER The intern pianist will play for FST’s acting apprentice company, education and improv programs as well as possible work in the Cabaret and Mainstage Theatres as rehearsal pianist. Must be a skilled pianist, musical directing experience a plus. Composition opportunities may arise, composing backgound is encouraged. Will do secondary work in another area of the theatre.


ARTISTIC 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.

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.

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 Front-of-House.

MARKETING Gain valuable transferable skills and solid arts administration experience working as a key member of FST’s fast-paced marketing team. Stretch your own creativity by helping to develop promotional content – videos, photography, blog posts, and show graphics. Support the digital team by contributing ideas for social media and developing eblasts. Get a taste of public relations by drafting press releases, archiving coverage, and copyediting. Gain an understanding of direct mail, working in FST’s in house mailroom.


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.

COSTUMES 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.

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.

PRODUCTION Serve on run crew for a minimum of 2 productions. In addition, work in Stage Management for small productions and events; assist on lighting and sound calls; work in the scene shop and costume shops depending on skill level. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to increase their skill level in multiple areas of theatre production.

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.


"Applying for an internship at Florida Studio Theatre was one of the best decisions I could have made. FST is a phenomenal place to gain a well-rounded experience in the art of theatre while being continuously pushed to work at the best of your abilities. It is the perfect bridge between academia and the real world of live theatre. My internship at FST truly jump-started my career in theatre and working for non-profit organizations." - Melanie Slusar, Literary Intern 2017-2018

"The structure of FST's program provided me with committed mentors, a welcoming space to develop characters and try new things, and opportunities to explore other aspects of the theatre that interest me. I came out of my Acting Apprenticeship with FST noticeably bolder, more flexible and secure in my career goals." - Carey Blackburn, Acting Apprentice 2017-2018

"I came to Florida Studio Theatre to further my education in stage management and my understanding of non-profit theatre operations. The stage management internship allowed me to interact with every department in the organization. Secondary duties in the box office helped me expand my interactions to the patron base. these experiences helped me gain an appreciation for everyone involved in making theatre possible on stage, back stage and in the audience." - Rebecca Li Grady, Stage Management Intern 2016-2017

"Interning at FST was an extremely challenging but rewarding experience. I was trained to wear many hats and become a jack of all trades, which prepared me for multiple career paths. I had the opportunity to solicit the advice and mentorship of many theatre professionals as I began to develop a career. Overall, the experience proved to be a very valuable one." - Kate Boggs, Literary Intern 2014-2015

"FST helped to afford me the time and resources to foster connections with theatres and artists in the area, which led to many jobs and opportunities once my time at FST concluded.There are so many artists that came through FST that helped me learn the business side of this industry, not to mention having the ability to read and see so many plays for free. I say that I learned my craft while getting my BFA, and I learned how to use my craft to make a living during my apprenticeship at FST." - Brooke Benson, Acting Apprentice 2017-2018

"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 2014-2015, Literary Intern 2015-2016