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 FIVE: Begins June 14, 2021
SESSION ONE: Beginning Monday, Sept. 27, 2021
SESSION TWO: Beginning Monday, November 29, 2021
SESSION THREE: Beginning Monday, February 3, 2022
SESSION FOUR: Beginning Monday, April 11, 2022
SESSION FIVE: Beginning Monday, June 13, 2022

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



Four-Day Sessions

August 23-26

Intro to Improvisation *In-Person  |  2-5PM, $149 |  ENROLL
Finding the Funny *In-Person  |  6-9PM, $149 |  ENROLL 

August 30-September 2

The Game of the Scene *In-Person  |  2-5PM, $149  | ENROLL
Intro to Long-Form *In-Person  |  6-9PM, $149  |  ENROLL

September 7-10

Narrative Long-Form *In-Person  |  2-5PM, $149  |  ENROLL
Free-Form *In-Person   |  6-9PM, $149  |  ENROLL

September 13-16

Comedic Storytelling *In-Person  |  2-5PM, $149  |  ENROLL

September 19-22

Sketch Comedy Writing *In-Person  |  6-9PM, $149 |  ENROLL



Mastering Story Structure *Online  |  2-4PM, $149/5-week session  |  ENROLL
Fight Call: Intro to Stage Combat *In-Person  |  7-9PM, $149/5-week session  |  ENROLL


Reader's Circle *In-Person  |  12:30-3PM, $79/5-week session  |  ENROLL
Freeing Your Natural Voice *In-Person  |  7-9PM, $149/5-week session  |  ENROLL


No Fear Shakespeare *In-Person  |  7-9PM, $149/5-week session  |  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


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
Masterclass Series


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 [email protected] or call 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.


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.

These are our current safety guidelines. They will be updated in accordance with changes in recommendations by the CDC.​

Masks - The CDC has lifted mask requirements both indoors and outdoors for those who are fully vaccinated. Therefore, we are no longer requiring that masks be worn while on campus at FST. Those who may still be unvaccinated or who would feel more comfortable wearing a mask are welcome and are encouraged to do so. 

Air Filters - We have installed MERV13 filters on all of our campus A/C units. These are rated to trap virus carriers and are the standard for all public facilities. 

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

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