FST Improv

Life's A Beach

FST Improv Presents: Life's A Beach
Playing Every Saturday  @ 7:30PM

Our go-to show for celebrating (and poking fun at) all things Sarasota! Drawing inspiration from audience suggestions, the cast of FST Improv weaves sketches, musical numbers, and classic improv games that pay special tribute to this beautiful spot in paradise we hold dear. From the epic annual snowbird migration and abundant roundabout confusion to dogs in strollers and seemingly never-ending construction, nothing is safe from a good spirited tease in this audience-favorite FST Improv show!

Tickets: $15 per person
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Comedy LotteryFST Improv Presents: Comedy Lottery
Playing Every Saturday Beginning August 7  @ 7:30PM

It’s the lottery where everyone wins! Twelve lucky audience members determine the fate of our team of highly-adaptable improvisers by selecting the night’s lineup from FST’s bucket of over 50 different improv games. Once the night’s games are chosen, our cast of funny people will be off to the races, spinning scenes, sketches, and songs to win your laughter. What will they come up with next? We have absolutely no idea. But one thing is for sure: every Saturday night, their destiny is in your hands.

Tickets: $15 per person
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Complete your theatre-going experience. Dine with us! 

FST's Bowne's Lab opens one hour before showtime for dining. Enjoy a full food and drink menu featuring such fan favorites lobster bisque, lemon grass chicken pot stickers, crab cakes, lasagna, FST’s Cobb salad, fish and chips, and more. Reservations are not required. 

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In compliance with CDC guidelines, masks are recommended, but not required to be worn by fully-vaccinated patrons while on-site at FST this summer. Patrons are more than welcome, and are encouraged, to continue to wear a mask while on-site at FST if it makes you feel more comfortable. We will continue to maintain rigorous cleaning practices, and will maintain our MERV-13 air filters campus-wide in perpetuity. Thank you, as always, for your cooperation and understanding. We look forward to seeing you for your upcoming performance at the theatre.


Sarah Durham is originally from Campbellsville, Kentucky, but has found a home at FST. She is the Head Writer for FST Sketch and is a member of FST Improv. 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 and most recently co-developed Three Pianos. She hopes to continue to write joy into people’s lives.

Kyle Van Frank originally from Memphis, TN, is currently in his second year of FST’s Professional Training Program, serving as the Directing and Education Fellow. Over the past two years, Kyle has performed, directed, and taught in various programs at FST, from Children’s Theatre to Improv to Sketch Comedy, and more. As a Director, Kyle has worked with FST’s virtual reading series and the WRITE A PLAY program. Outside of FST, Kyle has performed and directed across the country in plays, musicals, and other theatrical antics. Kyle is a graduate of The University of Alabama and a member of EMC.

Jim ProsserJim Prosser (Pianist) is the featured pianist with FST Improv. He has arranged and co-developed many shows including: That’s Amoré!, The Wonder Years, Guitar Girls, Unchained Melodies, Mack the Knife, Blue Suede Shoes, Dancing In The Street, By Gershwin, European Cabaret, That’s Life Again, British Invasion, Too Darn Hot, and Older Than Dirt. He has served as Composer/Music Director for the FST School, writing numerous scores for children’s shows such as Deck the Halls, Androcles and the Lion, RAP-Punzel, The Velveteen Rabbit, and WRITE A PLAY Elementary Tours.

Helena Rankin (Pianist) is originally from Ithaca, NY. Helena began her time at FST as a Stage Management Intern, working on shows such as Bright Star and Light My Fire. She is now the current Piano & Composition Fellow. She has played piano since she was a wee child of 5 years old, and her musical focus is in songwriting and composition. She is delighted to once again be playing for the hilarious Improv team! 

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. During the 2019-2020 Winter Season, she was the Lead Developer for That’s Amoré! and Light My Fire, and was 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.



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