Development Events

Florida Studio Theatre hosts an array of special events throughout the year in celebration of the season and to honor those that make our art and education possible.

Annual FST Shindig

Monday, February 6, 2023

Our largest fundraiser celebration of the season! Our evening will feature signature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, the presentation of the Spelman Award along with performances featuring favorite FST artists. Our evening concludes with an elegant three-course dinner catered by Michael’s On East. Thank you to our Lead Sponsor: Gulf Coast Community Foundation. 

Full and half table sponsorships are available.



Fireside Chats with Richard Hopkins

Intimate discussions with Producing Artistic Director, Richard Hopkins and other special guests on behind-the-scenes aspects of Florida Studio Theatre’s philosophies and programming.

Keating Theatre | Free

FST Forums Discussions

Panel discussions led by Associate Director At-Large, Kate Alexander and Steering Committee Chair, Honorable Charles E. Williams. The Forums Project is a city-wide diversity initiative designed to engage Sarasota in critical discussions about race and discrimination. Discussions are based on the diverse topics of our shows.

Bowne’s Lab Theatre | Free


Show your support for FST’s in-the-schools Write A Play program.  Help us read short plays from over 3,000 of our young playwrights. The annual READ-A-THON event will take place in our historical Keating Theatre. We need your help to decide the winning plays for the Young Playwrights Festival in May.  Refreshments and light lunch served.


Spring Ovation Luncheon

A grand reception, lunch, and special performances in honor of our Season Underwriters and Co-Producers who continue to make the art and education possible on FST’s five stages. 

John C. Court Cabaret | Free

Young Playwrights Festival

Celebrating the playwrights of our WRITE A PLAY Program and all of its outcomes.

This event features short plays by young playwrights in The Star That Could Not Twinkle & Other Winning Plays, followed by an awards ceremony honoring the winners.

Keating Theatre & Gompertz Theatre | Free


Highlights from last year's Denim & Diamonds Shindig

Check out The Observer's Photo Gallery 

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune also got some great shots

Click here for Sarasota Magazine's slideshow

FST Annual Shindig 

“The performances kept the crowd laughing and applauding throughout the evening.” -The Observer

“Crowd was lively” -The Observer

Spring Ovation Lunch

“An event of true gratitude and grace” –Broadway World, 

The Young Playwrights Festival

“Things that you have thought up and poured your time in so it can be onstage for others to enjoy is amazing to watch happen in front of you and seeing the reaction of a theater full of people” – Seth Stahlmann, Student playwright (15-16 Season) from The Observer

“Write a Play is all about looking for a spark of imagination; we celebrate that. Very often the kid who write a winning play has a world inside his mind and can blossom. It’s a flight of fancy and it give me chills to think about what we have here in this theatre.” – Beth Duda, former Head of Education at FST…from Sarasota Day