Dennis & Graci McGillicuddy | Board President | Season Underwriters
We would describe FST as a non-profit professional theater who has a mission we deeply believe in, a management team that excels in every aspect of what the mission calls for and a culture that treasures our artists, our audience and ultimately, our humanity. We think of professionalism, financial responsibility and dedication to making the world a better place through theater.
Although our memories are filled with so many great moments where the magic of theater transformed us and taught us so much about ourselves and humanity, probably our most poignant story came from the Write-A-Play Program. A play was written by a little girl whose Dad was in prison; she didn't know where he was….just that he was far away. They had a ritual that every night at a certain time they would look at the moon and "talk" to each other…there isn't an evening when we see the moon, that we don't think of that deep connection that little girl had with her Dad.
FST is important to us because we believe so strongly in the transformative power of the arts. For close to 30 years now, we have been so fortunate to experience first-hand how that transformative power works its magic in the hands of an organization that is not only experienced and dedicated but so highly skilled in their craft. The values of the theater and its leadership, as reflected in its mission, and as manifested in its work, whether it be on the main stage, in the cabaret, and in its education and community outreach programs, are values that we so strongly believe in. As a consequence, it is a privilege for us to be a part of, and supportive of this great theater.
Gulf Coast Community Foundation | Season Underwriters
Together with its donors, Gulf Coast creatively invests in unique cultural assets like Florida Studio Theatre. Gulf Coast is the philanthropic home of more than 550 families who have established charitable funds there and together they have invested over $178 million in grants in the areas of arts and culture, health and human services, civic and economic development, education, and the environment. Learn more about their bold and proactive philanthropy at GulfCoastCF.org.
Carol G. Rickard, Gluck Family Foundation | Co-Producer
In 1986, my mother moved to Sarasota from New York and immediately supported FST as co-producer. A lifelong theater-lover, she knew FST was special, and I soon learned she was right. Since 1996, I have watched the theater grow in size, scope, and offerings for all audiences. I enjoy FST’s cutting-edge plays, theatre that make one think and addresses society’s compelling issues. Additionally, I am involved with FST’s play development program. I follow in my mother’s footsteps as co-producer to support a unique theater.
Bob & Bonny Israeloff | Winter Mainstage Underwriters
Our favorite FST story happened while attending a performance for the first time, many years ago and saying, "This is theater! Do they have a season subscription?!" FST is thought provoking, Broadway worthy theater. We believe FST is important because it enriches our community; helps make Sarasota what it is. This is why we have proudly contributed to past expansions; especially the new Gompertz Theatre complex, to aid FST’s mission in being ever more accessible to the public.
Georgia Court | Board Trustee | Season Underwriter
I love great theater and FST delivers that. FST is among the best theater companies I have seen, but it is more than a theater company. It is an organization that recognizes it is part of the greater community--and it reaches out to that community in positive, productive ways. Having FST so accessible adds to the joy of living in the fabulous arts community that is Sarasota.