Casting and Hiring

Butler by Richard Strand

The Civil War, 1861. An escaped slave seeks sanctuary, but the laws of the land are unrelenting. With sharp wit and tongue-in- cheek humor, Butler takes us on a journey through legal loopholes that led to the freeing of 10,000 slaves.
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Major General Benjamin Butler- (45-55), A lawyer turned commanding officer; he is highly intelligent and self- assured, bordering on arrogant; he does not have the crisp neatness associated with military men and in fact appears quite frumpy.

Lieutenant Kelly- (30s), Serves as Butler's adjutant; he is a West Point graduate and career army man; Kelly is all military and has earned his stripes; he has found few reasons to like or respect his new commander.

Shepard Mallory- (25-35), An escaped slave. Mallory is a collection of contradictions; brash but wary, respectful and flippant, humble yet arrogant in a moment, simultaneously scared and over-confident; his education is a blessing and a curse to him, as is his impassioned demeanor; he argues relentlessly to save his life and the lives of his fellow fugitives; ultimately, his passion, intelligence and charm win out.

Major Cary- (45-55), Confederate Army officer, Southern accent necessary; former head of a military academy for boys; Major Cary is formal, dignified, and showy; relies on spit and polish, but has the ability to threaten; he comes to the fort under the orders of his commander to reclaim the fugitive slaves and detests being sent to negotiate with Butler.

Director: Jason Cannon

Begins rehearsal:  November 17, 2015
Show opens: December 11, 2015
Show closes: March 5, 2016













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 jashford@floridastudiotheatre.orgClick here to download the application.

If you have any other questions, please contact James Ashford at (941) 366-9017 or via e-mail:

Current Job Opportunities:



Equity Stage Manager - Florida Studio Theatre, a professional LORT D regional Theatre in Sarasota, FL, is seeking qualified applicants for an Equity Stage Manager.  The Right candidate will have a high degree of responsibility and will be organized, personable and mature, with 5-10 years of professional experience.  This is not an entry level position.  The job initially runs November 10, 2016-February 21, 2016 (with a possible extension) but further dates or other shows could be added. FST, one of Florida's leading professional 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.  For more information on the Theatre, check out our website at  Email cover letter and resume with references to: James Ashford, Casting & Hiring Coordinator, EMAIL –

Please download our internship application package here.

About Florida Studio Theatre Internships

The internship is a longstanding tradition in the theater world. Under the vision of the Artistic Director, Richard Hopkins, FST is proud to continue this tradition with a professional training ground for recent graduates to get hands-on experience in the professional, producing theater world. FST offers several internships year-round for the eager young theatre professional in Theatre Administration, Technical Theatre, and Arts Education.

Available Internships

ACTING APPRENTICESHIP  |  Perform in TYA shows, understudy Mainstage shows (can result in EMC credit), receive acting and improvisational training, assist in Education/Outreach, participate in New Play Development, assist in changeovers (load-ins/strikes), 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 AD with casting/hiring prep, scheduling, production sound research, special projects, and general clerical support. Other duties as assigned.

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, with possible assignment to show run crew.

COSTUMING  |  Running wardrobe, costume construction, some maintenance, and other support. 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.  WORK SAMPLE REQUIRED.

DESIGN ASSISTANT  |  Work with professional designers in their field and have the possibility for some assistant design or design work.  Secondary duties in scenic or costume construction and show running. WORK SAMPLE REQUIRED.

DEVELOPMENT  |  Primary duties include phone solicitation and direct mail campaigns. Will also conduct telephone surveys, research new prospects, provide support for donor cultivation and grant writing, data entry/donation processing, and assist with special events.  All general support duties of the Development Office as assigned. Must maintain a polished office appearance at all times and be prepared to conduct yourself respectfully and courteously with donors and all visitors to the Development Office. Secondary duty in Front-of-House.

EDUCATION  |  Assist and possibly lead outreach workshops. Assist instructors in FST/on-campus classes. Provide office and clerical support for booking, workshops, TYA performances, and other outreach events. Assist as needed on Young Playwrights Festival. Provide clerical, production, and backstage support for recitals. Assist summer camps and camp recitals. Secondary duties as assigned.

LIGHTING  |  Work as the Master Electrician on maintaining Lighting Inventory, hang and focus changeovers, maintenance on shows, and special projects as assigned. WORK SAMPLE REQUIRED.

LITERARY  |  Gain experience in Literary Office operations and New Play Development.  Writing opportunities.  Secondary duties in Front-of-House, box office, marketing, as assigned. WRITING SAMPLE REQUIRED.

MARKETING  | Assist with writing press releases, news articles, design of marketing materials, direct mail campaigns, filming, video editing, photography, and other support. Preferred software knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite including the following programs: InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and Illustrator. WRITING SAMPLE REQUIRED.

PRODUCTION/COMPANY MANAGEMENT  |   Assist the Company Manager and Production Manager in Guest Relations (communicating with performers, assisting with travel and housing), research for both Company Management and Production departments, and provide general clerical support for the 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; with 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 directly with TD and designers on set construction, strike and load-in of scenic and lighting, scenic painting, and show running and maintenance. WORK SAMPLE REQUIRED.

STAGE MANAGEMENT  |    Assist in rehearsal taking blocking on stage and backstage, tracking costumes and props. Running shows which includes doing laundry, ironing, steaming, and repairs under the Equity Stage Manager’s supervision.  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


Weekly Stipend

Housing provided

School credits may apply

Comp tickets to performances

Discount at FST's Cabaret & Green Room

Chance to meet theatre professionals from around the nation and worldwide

Hands-on experience in a professional theatre setting

How to Apply

Click Here to Download the application packet. Send in your cover letter, resume with references or recommendation letters and a completed application to James Ashford at

Florida Studio Theatre is an equal opportunity employer, all genders and ethnicities are encouraged to apply.

Please download our internship application package here.

Florida Studio Theatre is seeking quality non-Equity Acting Apprentices for the 2015-16 Season. The Apprentice season runs from September 3, 2015 to May 25, 2016. The Apprentice Company totals 9 members per season.

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. The purpose of the Acting Apprentice program is to help 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 professional actors.

There is no cost for the program. Apprentices earn a stipend of $75 per week plus FST provides free furnished housing.

Consideration for the Acting Apprentice Company requires an audition. Once you have been invited to apply, the audition requirement can be satisfied by submitting a video audition or by attending auditions in New York or Sarasota.

To apply, please email photo, theatre resume, work resume and application to:

James Ashford   |   Casting & Hiring Coordinator

Please download our apprentice application package here.

Florida Studio Theatre is an equal opportunity employer, all genders and ethnics are encouraged to apply.