FST School For Youth

Welcome to the Florida Studio Theatre School. With classes in Acting, Dancing, Singing, Playwriting, and Improvisation, as well as Spring Break and Summer Theatre Camps, the FST School offers a wide range of opportunities year-round.

The FST School is now enrolling Fall Session One, beginning the week of August 31. For more information and to enroll, click the "Enroll" tab above.

FST’s classes for youth and teens are dedicated to nurturing individual creativity. We see young people not just as individuals, but as creative individuals.

Led by FST’s teaching staff of professional resident artists, students gain an understanding of theatre, acting method, stage technique, and literary skills. Students will also have access to performance opportunities throughout the year.

Whether your interest is to encourage personal creativity and confidence or serious theatrical training, we invite you to discover your child’s artistic home in 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 August 31, 2020
SESSION TWO: Begins October 26, 2020
SESSION THREE: Begins January 4, 2021
SESSION FOUR: Begins March 22, 2021

SPRING BREAK CAMP: March 15 - 19, 2021 

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


The FST School is now enrolling for Fall Session One, beginning the week of August 31. See below for a full list of in-person and online classes.

Fall Session Two

Beginning the week of October 26

Ages 7-12

Theatre Combo *In-Person at FST, Mondays, 4:30-6PM, $199/8-week session  |  MORE INFO/ENROLL
Theatre Combo *In-Person at FST, Saturdays, 10-11:30AM, $199/8-week session  |  MORE INFO/ENROLL
Musical Theatre Boot Camp *In-Person at FST, Tuesdays, 4:30-6PM, $199/8-week session  |  MORE INFO/ENROLL
Acting For Youth *Online, Tuesdays, 5-6PM, $149/8-week session  |  MORE INFO/ENROLL
Advanced Acting *In-Person at FST, Saturdays, 12-1:30PM, $149/8-week session  |  MORE INFO/ENROLL
Dance and Movement *Online, Mondays, 5-6PM, $149/8-week session  |  MORE INFO/ENROLL
Acting For Youth *In-Person at FST, Wednesdays, 4:30-6PM, $199/8-week session  |  MORE INFO/ENROLL

Ages 13-17

Teen Improv *In-Person at FST, Wednesdays, 6:30-8PM, $199/8-week session  |  MORE INFO/ENROLL
Acting For Teens *In-Person at FST, Tuesdays, 6:30-8PM, $199/8-week session  |  MORE INFO/ENROLL
Acting For Teens *In-Person at FST
, Thursdays 6:30-8PM, $199/8-week session  |  MORE INFO/ENROLL
Auditioning For Teens *Online, Wednesdays, 5-6PM, $149/8-week session  |  MORE INFO/ENROLL

All Ages

Private Coaching
Schedule an intensive one-on-one coaching experience with an FST Professional Resident Artist focusing on your area of choice. FST offers Private Coaching in such areas as: Acting, Improv, Audition Prep, New Play Development, Vocal Coaching, Monologue Coaching, and more.

Dates and Times Vary 

$70/one-hour session

To request an audition, request more information, or to enroll, contact Director of Education Josh Ford at [email protected] or call 941.366.1350.



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.

AGES 4-6

Little Theatre
Little Theatre Dance

AGES 7-12

Theatre Combo: Acting, Singing, Dancing, Improvisation
Musical Theatre Boot Camp
Acting For Youth
Advanced Acting
Dance and Movement
Kids Classics
Musical Theatre Classics

AGES 13-17

Teen Improvisation
Acting For Teens
Auditioning For Teens
Teen Classics

AGES 7-17

Kids Komedy Club


Private Coaching

Meet Your Instructors

For 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.


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.

Florida Studio Theatre would like to thank the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation along with our Individual Donors who have greatly contributed to the FST School Scholarship fund. Thanks to your support, deserving youth, who wouldn’t otherwise be able to join us at the FST School, now have access to a creative outlet where they can explore and unlock their artistic potential through live 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 for any in-person classes:

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.