FST School for Adults

Welcome to the Florida Studio Theatre School. With offerings in Theatre Performance, Theatre Writing, Improvisation, and Theatre Appreciation, FST School classes include a wide range of opportunities year-round for adult students of all backgrounds and experience levels.

For more information about our current offerings and to enroll, click the "Enroll" tab above.

Whether you are just starting out on your theatrical adventure or are a seasoned performer looking to polish your skills, our teaching staff of professional resident artists will help guide you on your journey as you make new discoveries, develop new work, and meet your personal creative goals. Guest artists from FST Mainstage, Cabaret, or Stage III, may drop in to work with our classes.

Class sizes are intimate, ensuring personalized feedback. Performance opportunities provide an outlet for students to showcase their work and gain experience in front of a live audience.

We invite you to discover your artistic home with the Florida Studio Theatre School.


Unless otherwise noted, all classes run in 8-week sessions, meeting once each week for a total of 8 class meetings.

SESSION ONE: Begins September 28, 2020
SESSION TWO: Begins November 30, 2020
SESSION THREE: Begins February 8, 2021
SESSION FOUR: Begins April 12, 2021
SESSION FIVE: Begins June 14, 2021

Josh FordFor more information or to enroll, contact Josh Ford at 941.366.1350, [email protected] or click the "Enroll" tab above.



Session Three is now enrolling and begins the week of Feburary 8. We are also now enrolling for a Masterclass led by actress and award-winning playwright, Sandy Rustin: Writing Comedy for the Stage. See below for a full list of in-person and online classes.


Writing Comedy for the Stage with Sandy Rustin, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2-4PM, $25 MORE INFO/ENROLL

Session Three
Beginning the week of February 8


Playwriting 101: The Toolbox *Online, 12-2PM, $199/8-week session  |  MORE INFO/ENROLL
Playwriting 301: Roundtable *Online, 2-4PM, $199/8-week session  |  MORE INFO/ENROLL
Acting 201: The Monologue  *In Person at FST, 7-9PM, $199/8-week session  |  MORE INFO/ENROLL
Musical Improv 301 *In Person at FST, 7-9PM, $199/8-week session  |  MORE INFO/ENROLL
Improv 101: Intro to Improvisation*Online, 7-9PM, $199/8-week session  |  MORE INFO/ENROLL


Playwriting 201: Writing in 3D *Online, 1-3PM, $199/8-week session  |  MORE INFO/ENROLL
Acting 101: Telling the Truth *In Person at FST, 7-9PM, $199/8-week session  |  MORE INFO/ENROLL
Improv 301: The Game of the Scene *Online, 7-9PM, $199/8-week session  |  MORE INFO/ENROLL
Comedy Academy *Online, 7-9PM, $199/8-week session  |  MORE INFO/ENROLL


Reader's Circle *Online, 12:30-3PM, $149/8-week session  |  MORE INFO/ENROLL
Acting 301: The Scene *In Person at FST, 7-9PM, $199/8-week session  |  MORE INFO/ENROLL
Improv 201: Finding the Funny *In Person at FST, 7-9PM, $199/8-week session  |  MORE INFO/ENROLL
Page to Stage *Online, 12-2PM, $199/8-week session  |  MORE INFO/ENROLL  NEW CLASS!
Behind The Scenes *Online, 3-4:30PM, $149/8-week session  |  MORE INFO/ENROLL
Comedic Storytelling 101 *Online, 7-9PM, $199/8-week session  |  MORE INFO/ENROLL  


Flying Solo *Online, 4-6PM, $199/8-week session  |  MORE INFO/ENROLL
Sketch Comedy Writing 101 *Online, 7-9PM, $199/8-week session  |  MORE INFO/ENROLL
Improv 501: Narrative Long-Form​ *Online, 7-9PM, $199/8-week session  |  MORE INFO/ENROLL


Improv Drop-In *Online at FST, 3-5PM, $15 per class |  MORE INFO/ENROLL

Josh FordFor more information or to enroll, contact Josh Ford at 941. 366.1350, [email protected], or click the links above.



Below is a complete catalogue of all FST School year-round offerings. For a schedule of classes currently running, click the ENROLL tab above. Please note: Not all classes are offered every session.


Acting 101-401
Acting for Improvisers
Flying Solo
Cabaret Performance
Musical Theatre Dance
Reader's Theatre


Comedic Storytelling 101-201
Playwriting 101-301
Sketch Comedy Writing 101-301


Improv 101-601
Improv Drop-In
Musical Improv 101-501
Forever Improv
Improv for Everyone
Improv for Life
Comedy Academy
Directing Improv


Behind the Scenes
Reader’s Circle


Singing For The Cabaret
Movement & Dance Drop-In

Meet Your Instructors

Josh FordFor more information or to enroll, contact Josh Ford at 941.366.1350, [email protected], or click the "Enroll" tab above.



The Florida Studio Theatre School awards full and partial scholarships based on merit and financial need. FST’s mission includes a strong commitment to making theatre affordable and accessible to as many people as possible. In keeping with that mission, FST’s scholarship programs covers enrollment costs for 15% of students every year. Individual scholarships vary and can cover a single class or a full year of classes to ensure that all students interested in learning the art of theatre are able to do so.


Click here to complete your Scholarship Application online.

To apply by mail, download your Scholarship Application here and return it to us it to the address below:

Attn: FST School
Florida Studio Theatre
1241 North Palm Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34236

For more information about scholarships and eligibility, contact Director of Education Josh Ford at [email protected] or by calling 941.366.1350.

NEW! Scholarship Fund for Front Line Workers

The Florida Studio Theatre School is giving back to the community by offering full scholarships to front line workers (hospital doctors and nurses, teachers, police, firefighters, and EMTs) and their families. Interested and qualified individuals and families are invited to call FST’s Education Department at 941.366.1350 for more information or click the links above to submit an application.

Support the FST Scholarships Fund

Click here to learn more about how you can make a contribution to the FST School Scholarship fund and help increase access to the art of theatre.


For Your Safety

Safety First! Amazing theatrical experience, a very close second.

These are the times that we need theatre the most; when we are examining our experiences collectively, listening to each other, and sharing our humanity through laughter and art.  But before we begin to dig in, these are the steps we’re taking to stay safe:

Masks -  Students and staff will arrive in masks and wear masks until they are settled into the studio or theatre. They will also wear masks any time that they are transitioning from space to space

Distance - Social distancing will be observed and monitored at all times

Small Groups - We’re limiting the size of our camps in order to allow for maximum distance (with the added benefit of a high teacher to student ratio). Groups will not share rooms or teachers

Staggered Lunches and Movement – We’re making sure that our small groups stay together and separate from other groups

Rigorous Disinfecting and Sanitizing – We’re scheduling disinfecting and sanitizing into our class schedule and making it part of our messaging as well

Monitoring – There will be temperature checks upon arrival, regular monitoring, and when someone doesn’t feel well they will be asked to stay home.