Casting and Hiring

Thank you for your interest in Florida Studio Theatre. No projects are being cast at this time.

Florida Studio Theatre operates on a LORT D contract and works with members of AEA, USA, and the SSDC. Select non-union contracts may be available throughout the season, though we predominately hire Equity actors.

For future opportunities, please continually check this page, Playbill and the AEA website. FST also releases calls on Breakdown Services. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our Casting and Hiring Coordinator, Alexa Doggett at [email protected].

Designers: We are always accepting resumes, demos and portfolios from talented and qualified artists. Please reach out with your materials at any time.

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 Alexa Doggett, Casting & Hiring Coordinator at [email protected].  Click here to download the application. If you have any other questions, please contact Alexa Doggett.

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 strongly 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

DIRECTOR OF IMPROVISATION - Florida Studio Theatre is seeking a highly motivated and experienced Improvisation Director to direct FST Improv. This seasoned theatre professional will play a leadership role in the strategic growth and direction of FST Improv, now in its 18th season.

Responsibilities include: oversight and direction of the professional Improv performance series, a training program and student performance series, corporate training, a touring program, and the nationally renowned Sarasota Improv Festival.   Directing, show development, performance, and strong teaching skills are required. This position reports directly to Rebecca Hopkins, FST’s Managing Director (and FST Improv’s Founding Director) and works closely with FST’s Executive Leadership.

Email cover letter, resume with references and salary requirement to: Alexa Doggett, Casting and Hiring Coordinator at [email protected].


DIRECTOR OF FINANCE- 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 [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. Having a functioning car and driver's license is a requirement for this position.

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


FST, one of 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's Lab Theatre.

2020-2021 Professional Training Program

Now accepting applications

Priority Deadline: March 1st, 2020

FST’s Professional Training 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 (at least 18 years old for Summer Interns).
• Have appropriate academic and/or professional experience.
• Be able to relocate to Sarasota for the length of the program.

To Apply Click Here (You will be able to save your progress on the application and come back to it at a later time.)

Florida Studio Theatre attends SETC every spring to hire for all available positions.

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.

Available Positions for the 2020-2021 Season

ARTISTIC

Marc Johnson and Brooke Emmerich in Pinocchio. Photo by Matthew Holler 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. VIDEO AUDITION REQUIRED. Applicants are 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.

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.

PIANIST 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 background is encouraged. Will do secondary work in another area of the theatre.

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.

ADMINISTRATIVE

ARTISTIC Assist Artistic department with casting - including scheduling, communicating with agents, and running auditions. Assist with recruitment for full-time staff positions, while handling special projects and providing general administrative 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.

Jenna Tonsor. Photo by Alyssa Parrish

DEVELOPMENT Learn more about theatre business, administration and fundraising. Develop skills in Tessitura and Wealth Engine programs, processing donations and ticket orders, research, analyzing data and maintaining donor records. Assist in execution of special events, direct mail and phone campaigns. Assist with drafting proposals and grants, compiling expenses and tracking budgets. 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.

PRODUCTION

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.

Marco Acosta  and Josh Williams. Photo by Alyssa Parrish.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.

2019 Summer Professional Training Company. Photo by Sarah Haley.

Testimonials

"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