FST School: Youth (Ages 4-17)
The Florida Studio Theatre School offers youth classes in acting, music, dance, playwriting, and improvisation for children ages 4-17 year-round, including Summer and Spring Break Camps.
FST’s classes for youth are dedicated to nurturing individual creativity. We see children not just as individuals, but as creative individuals.
Led by FST’s teaching staff of trained theatre professionals, students gain an understanding of theatre, solid acting method, stage technique, literary skills, performance opportunities, and more.
Whether your interest is to explore personal creativity and confidence or serious theatrical training, you will find your child's artistic home in the Florida Studio Theatre School.
One third of children attending the FST School, Summer and Spring Camps, and children's performances are doing so on full or partial scholarship. Anyone can give a scholarship to a child in need by sponsoring one particular child or by contributing to the Children's Scholarship Fund including the Dana Helfrich Memorial Scholarship.
For information on contributing to the Children's Scholarship Fund contact Pamela Smith at (941) 366-1350.
Florida Studio Theatre's Education and WRITE A PLAY Programs are supported in part by the following businesses, foundations and government entities:
Blue Star Families
BMO Harris Bank
The Chautauqua Institution
The Cordelia Lee Beattie Foundation
Elno Family Foundation
Eluned and Edward Russell Charitable Trust
Embracing Our Differences
Manatee Community Foundation
The Patterson Foundation
Publix Super Markets Charities
Sarasota Sister Cities Association
The Community Foundation of Sarasota County
The Shubert Foundation
Theatre Communications Group
Wells Fargo Foundation
Thank you for your continued support
Interested in becoming a supporter of our WRITE A PLAY, Education, or Intern program? Contact Melody Mora-Shihadeh, Director of Individual Giving at 941-366-9017 x 326 or by email at [email protected]
Little Theatre | Ages 4-6
Enhance creativity, explore emotions through movement and song, and develop improvisational and storytelling skills. Kindergarten prerequisite, but children ages four years or older that have attended pre-k are welcome to register upon Education Staff approval.
Acting for Youth | Ages 7-12
From being comfortable in front of an audience to utilizing mind, voice, and body to communicate truthful emotion on stage, young actors will learn the building blocks of a professional acting technique. Rehearse and perform short pieces and monologues.
Theatre Combo | Ages 7-12
Acting, Dancing & Improvisation
Experience acting, movement, and improv all in one class! Through performance pieces and exercises, Theatre Combo students will learn how to collaborate, think empathetically, explore their creativity, develop improvisational skills, and become comfortable in front of an audience.
Musical Theatre Boot Camp | Ages 7-12
Open to Musical Theatre lovers of all levels, students will learn the fundamentals of performing a musical theatre piece and discover the basics of being a “triple threat”—an actor, singer, and dancer. Each student will work with professional Teaching Artists on musical theatre pieces while exploring staged movement and how to act a song.
Thursdays, 4:30 - 6PM
Fee: $199/8-week session
Musical Theatre | Ages 7-12
Rehearse and perform an original one-act musical. Strengthen performance technique, utilizing acting, dancing, and singing. Develop character and relationships with an ensemble. Build self-image and self-esteem, enhancing mind, voice, imagination, and body to communicate truthful emotion on stage. An intensive program for students with previous training. Culminates in a final performance.
Advanced Youth Acting: Perform A Play
Kid's Komedy Club | Ages 10-17
Write, rehearse and perform sketch comedy and improvisation games. KKC will perform in front of a live audience. Utilize acting and movement in developing characters and relationships in an ensemble. Students will enhance their imaginations and physicality through improvisation. An intensive program for students with previous training.
Teen Improvisation | Ages 13-17
Learn and reinforce improvisation skills in a lively and creative environment. Learn how to be present in the moment. This class encourages expression of individual creativity and authenticity through a variety of improvisation exercises.
Write and Perform | Ages 13-17
For students with a love of storytelling, explore characters and relationships while strengthening acting technique and improving writing skills. Students will develop, write, and perform scenes and short plays.
Acting for Teens | Ages 13-17
Learn the building blocks of a solid acting technique, utilizing mind, voice, and body to communicate emotion. Become comfortable in front of an audience and enhance imagination through improvisation.
Teen Ambassador Program | Ages 13-17
The Teen Ambassador Program serves as a volunteer program dedicated to young people who are looking to be involved in the operation and events revolving around a nationally recognized arts organization. These teens will be ambassadors/representatives of FST and receive volunteer hours. Teen Ambassadors will be invited to dress rehearsals of shows at Florida Studio Theatre, receive a minimum of 3 volunteer hours each month, and engage in master classes, backstage tours, conversations with guest speakers, and meet and greets with professionals in career tracks connected to the arts.
Teen Musical Theatre | Ages 13-17
Rehearse and perform an original one-act musical. Strengthen performance technique, utilizing acting, dancing and singing. Develop character and relationships with an ensemble. Build self-image and self-esteem, enhancing mind, voice, imagination and body to communicate truthful emotion on stage. An intensive program for students with previous training. Culminates in a final performance.
Advanced Teen Acting: Perform A Play | Ages 13-17
Investigate the depth and challenge of a complete play. Collaborate with FST teaching artists to develop, rehearse and perform an original one-act piece. Strengthen performance technique and acting skills by developing characters and relationships in an ensemble. An intensive program for students with previous training. Culminates in a final performance.
Schedule an intensive workshop with an FST Professional and focus on a specific skill including Acting, Improv, Audition Prep, New Play Development, Vocal Coaching, Monologue Coaching, and more!
Call Pamela Smith for more details at (941) 366-1350 or via email at [email protected].
Spring Break Camps
Enhance creativity, explore emotions through movement and song and develop improvisational and storytelling skills. Kindergarten prerequisite, but children ages four years or older that have attended pre-k are welcome to register upon Education Staff approval. Students must provide their own packed lunch and a snack.
March 16 - 20 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM | ENROLL
All The World's A Stage
FST's most popular camp experience for over 30 years. Through FST's signature acting method, students build acting, voice, improvisation, and dance skills in a spirited and supportive environment. The experience focuses on the individual expression of each child while developing truth on stage and skills to utilize in their everyday lives. Students must provide their own packed lunch and a snack.
March 16 - 20 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM | ENROLL
Youth Summer Camps | Ages 4-12
Little Theatre: Full Session (3 Weeks) | Ages 4-6
Session One: June 8 - 26 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM | ENROLL
Session Two: June 29 - July 17 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM | ENROLL
Session Three: July 20 - August 7 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM | ENROLL
Little Theatre: Intro to Theatre (1 Week) | Ages 4-6
A smaller commitment introduces your child to the FST School camp experience. Students will explore ensemble games, creative play, and confidence-building exercises. This class focuses on storytelling, acting and includes music and dance. Culminates in an Open Class for families and friends.
Bundle and save $30 - Enroll in both sessions for $250
Intro One: June 1 - 5 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM | ENROLL
Intro Two: June 8 - 12 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM | ENROLL
Children's Performing Arts Camp (3 Weeks) | Ages 7-12
Bundle and save $125 - Enroll in all three sessions for $1450
Session One: June 8 - 26 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM | ENROLL
Session Two: June 29 - July 17 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM | ENROLL
Session Three: July 20 - August 7 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM | ENROLL
Intro To Theatre: All The World's A Stage (1 Week) | Ages 7-12
Session One: June 1 - 5 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM | ENROLL
Teen Summer Camps | Ages 13-17
Teen Performing Arts Camp (3 Weeks) | Ages 13-17
Bundle and save $50 - Enroll in both sessions for $950
Session One: June 8 - 26 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM | ENROLL
Session Two: July 20 - August 7 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM | ENROLL
Young Performers Company (3 Weeks) | Ages 13-17
Session One: June 29 - July 17 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM | ENROLL
Young Performers Company WRITES (1 Week) | Ages 13-17
Session One: June 29 - July 3 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM | ENROLL
Teen Improvisation (1 Week) | Ages 13-17
Session One: June 1 - 5 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM | ENROLL
Hannah Bagnall is the WRITE A PLAY coordinator and Education and Outreach Associate at Florida Studio Theatre. Originally from Rolla, Missouri she grew up performing at Ozark Actor’s Theatre, and eventually became the secretary of the Board of Directors, as well as performing and choreographing for the productions. She graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre Performance from the Conservatory of Theatre and Dance at Southeast Missouri State University in 2011, then toured around the West with Missoula Children’s Theatre as a Tour Actor/Director. Prior to moving to Sarasota, Hannah taught classes in dance, auditioning, and musical theatre at andFLEW School for the Arts. She has sung with the 399th Army Band, and studied with cabaret greats such as Marilyn Maye and Billy Stritch at the St. Louis Cabaret Conference, as well as written and sung in two of her own cabarets.
Denee Lortz, a Sarasota native, started acting classes at age 5 with the FST School. After years of FST training, she continued her theatre studies earning a BFA in Acting from Florida State University. While studying in London, she had the honor of portraying Lady Anne in Richard III at the historic Globe Theatre. Professionally, Denee has performed in Virginia, Massachusetts, Georgia, Colorado and New York. Denee is thrilled to return to Florida Studio Theatre - her artistic home.
Will Luera is the Director of Improvisation at Florida Studio Theatre, Director of Big Bang Improv, and serves as the Artistic Director Emeritus of ImprovBoston, Artistic Associate of the Chicago Improv Festival, Artistic Advisor to the Women in Comedy Festival and Faculty of ACE at Suncoast Technical College. Will is a globally renowned improv and theater actor, director, and instructor who performs and teaches regularly all across North America, South America, Europe and Asia.
Sam Mossler took his first acting class at FST when he was nine years old, shortly after the Punic Wars. Since then he has lived, studied, and performed in London, New York, and Los Angeles. He has performed in regional theatres across the country but his heart has always been kept in cold storage, right here at FST. As a writer, his plays have been produced at the Abingdon Theatre (NYC), The New York International Fringe Festival, The ChekhovNow Festival, and The PushPush Theatre (Atlanta). His screenplay "Og's Utopia" was a recent semi-finalist at the Austin Film Festival.
Adam Ratner has been associated with Florida Studio Theatre for over 30 years. He began as a performer and writer for the young sketch comedy troupe, Kids Komedy Club here at FST. Adam is also the Lead Teaching Artist, the Young Playwrights Festival Coordinator, director of the current troupe of Kids Komedy Club and can be seen on stage as a member of FST Improv! Mr. Ratner teaches over 300 WRITE A PLAY workshops each year to both elementary and secondary students across the state of Florida. He is also the lead teaching artist for FST’s Outreach Program, instructing and encouraging creative and practical writing skills to students in Title One Schools. He was the co-author of the WRITE A PLAY Program’s productions of Rumplestiltskin, Pinocchio, Jack and the Enchanted Beanstalk, The Frog Prince, and RAP-Punzel.
A $75.00 NON-REFUNDABLE deposit is required in order to register. The balance will be due 1 month prior to the start of the session. If your balance in not received by the due date, your registration will default. At that time, we will notify you and open the spot to other interested students. If you have to withdraw after classes have begun, NO REFUND will be given. You may enroll online by paying in full (the first $75 is NON-REFUNDABLE). To register with your $75 deposit, send an email to Pamela Smith. You will be contacted directly.
Please Note: If you are registering for multiple sessions online, please complete a separate transaction for each session. During the ticketing session, your class may be referred to as a performance. This is normal - please continue. If you do not receive a confirmation email or phone call within 48 hours, contact us directly at (941) 366-1350 to verify your enrollment.
If you have any problems registering, don't hesitate to contact our Education Administrator Pamela Smith directly at (941) 366-1350.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
The programs at Florida Studio Theatre are available to everyone. Scholarships and financial aid are available based upon financial need. For a scholarship application please contact:
Pamela Smith | Education Administrator