Casting and Hiring

Florida Studio Theatre, Richard Hopkins Producing Artistic Director, will be holding local auditions by appointment (preferred) at the Theatre in Sarasota, FL for the following show in the 2018-19 season:


Music and Lyrics by Robert L. Freedman, Music and Lyrics by Steven Lutvak

The uproarious story of Monty Navarro, an heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by—you guessed it—eliminating the eight pesky relatives who stand in his way. Gentleman’s Guide will have you dying with laughter.

Montague “Monty” Navarro – Mid 20s – 30s. Handsome and effortlessly charming, clever and charismatic, vulnerable and endearing, with a highly developed appreciation for life’s ironies.  High baritone with a strong top; solid low A to high A.

Miss Shingle – 30s – 50s. Plays MISS SHINGLE, a Cockney housekeeper/governess who has served a wealthy, titled family for 30 years. She informs Monty that he is indeed a D’Ysquith.  Storytelling is paramount for her role.  Seeking a character woman. Mezzo soprano, G to high A.

Sibella Hallward – 20s – mid 30s. Sexy, flirtatious, narcissistic, willful, calculating, and irresistible. A social climber, yes, but also truly loves Monty, and in the end would do anything to protect him. Tremendous wit and high style.  Strong mover. Character mezzo, low F# to high A, belting not required.

Phoebe D’Ysquith – Early 20s – early 30s. Beautiful, virtuous, forthright, romantic, comically earnest, with a backbone of steel. She is not your typical ingénue, though. Actress must have a sense of irony and humor, in addition to a youthful innocence behind her sophistication. Coloratura soprano up to a high sustained C# with an optional high Eb. Very flexible and agile, B below middle C on the bottom. 

The D’Ysquith Family – played by one actor.  30s – mid 50s. Must be an experienced, skilled, and transformational comedic actor who has a superb grasp on British farce. Physical comedy and stamina is a necessity. Does not necessarily need to be a phenomenal singer, but must be able to carry a musical comedy without an ounce of hesitation. Plays a full range of characters from the same family, ranging from an off-kilter priest to a closeted bee enthusiast to a lowly custodian (each of them intrinsic “English types”).
Asquith D’Ysquith, Jr. – a dandy. 
Lord Adlabert D’Ysquith – Eighth Earl of Highhurst
Reverend Lord Ezekiel D’Ysquith – a clergyman
Lord Adlabert D’Ysquith, Sr. – an elderly banker
Henry D’Ysquith – a country squire
Major Lord Bartholomew D’Ysquith – a bodybuilder
Lady Hyacinth D’Ysquith – a benefactress
Lady Salome D’Ysquith Pumphrey – an actress
Chauncey D’Ysquith -  a janitor

Ensemblethree men and three women who each play a number of characters

Woman #1 -  30s – 50s. Plays TOUR GUIDE, as well as PUB OWNER’S WIFE, MRS. PEBWORTH, 3RD NEWSBOY. Seeking a character woman. Mezzo soprano, G to high A.
Woman #2 -  30s – late 40s. Plays LADY EUGENIA, an unhappily married countess. Overbearing and mean spirited at times, but comically so. Must be highly adept at the biting quip and the withering glare. Also plays MISS HETHERINGTON, and 4TH NEWSBOY. Low F# to high A.
Woman #3 -  Mid 20s – mid 30s. Plays MISS BARLEY, an alluring artist model. Also plays SIBELLA’S MAID, HYACINTH COLLEAGUE, PHOEBE’S MAID, HILDA. G to high C.

Man #1 -  20s – mid 30s. Appealing and attractive. Plays TOM COPLEY (aka FARMER), as well as 2ND CLERK, HYACINTH COLLEAGUE, 2ND NEWSBOY, ACTOR, ANCESTRAL BUST, DR. PETTIBONE, and GUARD. High baritone with a strong top; solid low A to high A.
Man #2 -  Early 30s – 40s. A versatile and appealing character man. Plays DETECTIVE PINCKEY, who has a featured number. Also plays 1ST CLERK, PUB OWNER, MR. CROSS, 1ST NEWSBOY, 1ST ACTOR, PHYSICIAN, and 2ND ANCESTRAL BUST. Bass, low C to high G#.
Man #3 -  Mid 20s – 40s. A character man. Plays THE MAGISTRATE, as well as MR. GOODSALL, ACTOR, and MR. GORBY. THE MAGISTRATE has a featured number with DETECTIVE PINCKEY. True tenor. B flat to high B flat.


PLEASE NOTE – all roles can be of any ethnicity and we are striving for wide diversity in this cast


Begins rehearsal – October 15, 2018

Opens – November 9, 2018

Closes – January 20, 2019

Director – Jason Cannon


The auditions will be held on July 16 (10am-1pm and 2-6pm) at Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N. Palm Ave., in Sarasota. All should bring an updated photo & resume to the audition. 

James Ashford, Casting & Hiring Coordinator will conduct these auditions

Florida Studio Theatre an established LORT D, Equity regional theatre in Sarasota, FL. Great artistic environment, Equity Contract with competitive, negotiable salaries.

Florida Studio Theatre recognizes and appreciates the benefits of diversity in the work place.  People who share this belief or reflect a diverse background are encouraged to audition.



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.  Seeking a director with at least 10 years of professional regional theatre experience, in 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.).  Please email resume with references and cover letter to: James Ashford, Casting & Hiring Coordinator. EMAIL – [email protected].


Florida Studio Theatre, a professional LORT D regional Theatre in Sarasota, FL is seeking Part Time Box Office Assistants to provide excellent customer service to theatre patrons. Candidtaes must have good communication skills with a positive, friendly, and outgoing personality. 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, evening, and weekends. The amount of hours available will change depending on the week.
  • Sell new and renewing subscriptions and single tickets.
  • 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.
  • Apply on line or in person at Florida Studio Theatre Box Office, 1265 First Street, Sarasota, FL 34236.

Please email  resume with references to Ryan Simpson, Box Office Manager.   EMAIL –

LEAD CARPENTER - Florida Studio Theatre, a professional LORT D regional Theatre in Sarasota, FL is seeking a Lead Carpenter. The ideal candidate will have strong management skills; have a strong understanding of standard scenic construction and rigging; a solid knowledge of standard theatre terms and operations; strong oral communication and listening skills; ability to multi-task and maintain flexibility; must be able to lift 75-100 lbs; prefer experience working with intern staff of varied skill levels.   A collaborative attitude is necessary.  Salary and benefits are competitive. The position starts September of 2018. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Ability to work from AutoCad Drawings
  • Build and Install the majority of scenic elements for each theatrical production
  • Work with TD to manage build schedules
  • Manage working elements of the scene shop including, but not limited to, tool maintenance, consumables inventory, and general organizational of work and storage spaces
  • Additional responsibilities a may become necessary

Please email cover letter, resume with references and salary requirement to Bruce Price, Production Manager.   EMAIL – [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.  Email cover letter, resume with references and salary requirement to:  Doris Iemolo. EMAIL – [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.

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 now seeking Interns & Apprentices
for the 2018-2019 Season.
Priority Deadline: March 5th, 2018

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 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