FST Improv

Future Shows to be Announced.

FST Improv is serving up the laughter! Drawing inspiration from audience suggestions, FST Improvisers spin scenes, games, and songs…completely on the spot. With all-new rules, FST’s team of three socially-distanced funny people are back to bring you an all-new show with all-new laughs. So you be sure to stay six feet from your neighbor, and we’ll be sure to deliver the laughs to help us connect through comedy.

Tickets: $15 per person

Doors open at 6PM for pre-show dining. FST's Bowne's Lab features a full food and drink menu with such favorites as Lobster Bisque, sandwiches made fresh with Boars Head Deli meats, Margherita Flatbread, Carolina Gold Salmon, and more. 

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Please Note: Masks are required upon entering Florida Studio Theatre and should be worn throughout the theatre whenever diners are not in their seats. Masks may be removed when seated at your table. Thank you for helping us keep all FST diners safe.

Here at Florida Studio Theatre, serving our patrons is our top priority. That's why when you attend FST, you know your theare-going experience has been carefully prepared for by restaurant and event planning professionals who take your health to heart. Click here for a list of actions we're taking to make sure your theatre experience is both safe and enjoyable.


Jason Cannon is an Associate Artist at FST, which means he directs plays and musicals, collaborates with playwrights, teaches acting and playwriting classes, and tries to give more good advice than bad to Acting Apprentices. Mostly, though, he trims his beard, gets walked by his dogs, and makes the best key lime pie this side of the Myakka. 


Sarah Durham is originally from Campbellsville, Kentucky. She is the Head Writer for FST Sketch and is a member of FST Improv. Her writing has been either published or produced in five states. Sarah studied improv and comedy writing at The Second City in Chicago. At FST, Sarah has co-written Deck the Halls: Home for the Holidays and Deck the Halls: A Holly Jolly Holiday for FST’s Children’s Theatre Series. She has also helped develop The Wonder Years, Outlaws and Angels, and Light My Fire for FST’s Cabaret Series. She hopes to continue to write joy into people’s lives.

Kyle Van Frank is originally from Memphis, TN and was a member of FST’s 19-20 Acting Apprenticeship Program. He currently serves as FST’s Directing and Education Fellow where he performs, directs, and teaches in various programs. Past FST credits include Deck the Halls: A Holly Jolly Holiday (Jolly) and Write it Out: 2019 Playmakers Tour. Other professional credits include Richard III and You Can’t Take It With You at the 61st Season of the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Newsies (Crutchie), and Smoke on the Mountain (Rev. Oglethorpe). Kyle is a graduate of The University of Alabama and is a proud member of the Second Phase of the Actors Equity Association’s Membership Candidacy Program. 

Helena Rankin (Pianist) is originally from Ithaca, NY. She has most recently worked as part of the production team for FST’s productions of Light My Fire, Bright Star, and Tomás and the Library Lady.  She has played piano since she was 5-years-old, and is very excited to be a part of FST Improv! 


Will Luera (Director) is the Director of Improvisation at Florida Studio Theatre, Director of Big Bang Improv, and serves as the Artistic Director Emeritus of ImprovBoston. Will is Co-Creator of Healing Moments for Alzheimer’s, a nonprofit organization that provides education advocacy and ministry for persons with dementia and their caregivers. Will tours globally as an improv and theater actor, director, and instructor, performing and teaching regularly all across North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.

Rebecca Hopkins (Host/Founder/Producer) is the founder and producer of FST Improv and the Sarasota Improv Festival. She has also been actively involved in development of FST’s Cabaret productions since her arrival in 1998. In addition to being Lead Developer for That’s Amoré! and Light My Fire, this season she was also part of the development team for Outlaws & Angels. Previously she was the Lead Developer on  The Wonder Years: The Music of the Baby Boomers; Unchained Melodies; Blue Suede Shoes; Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves; Yesterday; American Pie; and Poems, Prayers, and Promises. She has been the head writer on all five Laughing Matters shows. Some of her favorite shows she helped develop include: Mack the Knife; The Prima Donnettes; That’s Life; The Wanderers; My One and Only Gershwin; Hot and Cole; The British Invasion; The Flip Side; and Outlaws and Angels. Mrs. Hopkins serves as Managing Director for Florida Studio Theatre, and as such, is the Chief Operations Officer. Mrs. Hopkins is responsible for oversight of FST’s Administration, including the Business Office, Development, Marketing, Box Office, Front of House, Restaurant, Budgeting, and maintaining the overall quality of FST’s internal management. Mrs. Hopkins serves on the Board of Directors for the League of Resident Theatres and for the Theatre Communications Group. She is the former President of the National New Play Network. In 2012, the Arts & Cultural Alliance awarded Mrs. Hopkins the Cultural Champion Award in recognition of her many years of accomplishment and growth with Florida Studio Theatre. In 2016, Mrs. Hopkins was awarded the Luminaire Award, honoring excellence in creativity, philanthropy, advocacy, and all elements that are keys to future growth of the arts in Sarasota.

Your Safety is Our Top Priority.

Here is a list of the actions we’re taking to make sure your theatre experience is both safe and enjoyable.

• All staff members are required to wear masks and gloves for patron safety. Gloves are changed frequently. All patrons are asked to wear masks when not in their seats.

• All entertainment is ticket-less

• We have placed markers on hallway floors to help guide patrons in maintaining 6 feet of distance. We have also provided hand sanitizing stations throughout the theatre.

• All dining tables are socially distanced, with at least 6 feet between all patrons. Tables & chairs are sanitized between diners. All dishware is disinfected in our industrial dishwasher

• Reusable menus have been replaced with disposable menus. Salt and pepper shakers have been removed from tables to avoid sharing between patrons. Salt and pepper shakers are available upon request and sanitized after each use.

• Air conditioning filters in FST’s Green Room Café and Bar, Lobby, Restrooms, and Kitchen have minimum MERV 13 ratings and are rated to filter virus carriers. Fresh air intakes on all A/C units have been increased to circulate more outside air into building.

• Our nightly cleaning crew is using EPA disinfectant on all hard surfaces and touch points rated to kill human coronavirus, SARS associated coronavirus, and various influenza strains. Staff members are performing frequent disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces: door knobs, railings, elevator buttons, etc.

• We are conducting daily health checks for our staff including temperature & symptom screening. Anyone showing any symptoms of illness is kept home.


June 24, 2020  I  American Theatre Magazine  I  A Few Theatres Reopen for Business, If Not Business as Usual

June 24, 2020  I  The Observer  I  Florida Studio Theatre rolls out distance-conscious improv show

June 15, 2020  I  Sarasota Herald-Tribune  I  FST Improv in Sarasota returns for socially distant show

June 13, 2020  I  SRQ Daily FST Improv is Back With An All-New, Full Length Show

June 12, 2020  I  Sarasota SCENE Magazine  I  FST Improv is Back With An All-New Show

June 7, 2020  I  Sarasota Herald-Tribune  I  Live theaters will take time and precautions before reopening

June 4, 2020  I  Suncoast View  I  Florida Studio Theatre Reopens its Stage

May 22, 2020  I  Sarasota Herald-Tribune  I  FST Improv innovates with radio call-in show on Instagram