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.


SCHOLARSHIPS

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.


SUPPORTERS

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]

 
2019-2020 FST School: Youth Schedule

SESSION TWO: November 4, 2019 - January 18, 2020
   (No Classes Nov. 25 - 30 and Dec. 23 - Jan. 4)
SESSION THREE: January 20, 2020 -  March 14, 2020
  (No Classes March 16 - 21)
SESSION FOUR: March 23, 2019 - May 16, 2019


AGES 4-6

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. 

Wednesdays 4:30 - 6PM or Saturdays 9 - 10:30AM
Fee: $199/8-week session

​SESSION TWO
Wednesdays, Beginning November 6  |  Enroll
Saturdays, Beginning November 9  |  Enroll

​SESSION THREE
Wednesdays, Beginning January 22  |  Enroll
Saturdays, Beginning January 25  |  Enroll

SESSION FOUR
Wednesdays, Beginning March 25  |  Enroll
Saturdays, Beginning March 28  |  Enroll


AGES 7-12

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.

Mondays or Tuesdays 4:30 - 6PM
Fee: $199/8-week session

SESSION TWO
Mondays, Beginning November 4  |  Enroll
Tuesdays, Beginning November 5  |  Enroll

SESSION THREE
Mondays, Beginning January 20  |  Enroll
Tuesdays, Beginning January 21  |  Enroll

SESSION FOUR
Mondays, Beginning March 23  |  Enroll
Tuesdays, Beginning March 24  |  Enroll


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.


Tuesdays or Thursdays 4:30 - 6PM or Saturdays 11AM - 12:30PM
Fee: $199/8-week session

SESSION TWO
Tuesdays, Beginning November 5   |  Enroll
Thursdays, Beginning November 7  |  Enroll
Saturdays, Beginning November 9  |  Enroll

SESSION THREE
Tuesdays, Beginning January 21  |  Enroll
Thursdays, Beginning January 23  |  Enroll
Saturdays, Beginning January 25  |  Enroll

SESSION FOUR
Tuesdays, Beginning March 24   |  Enroll
Thursdays, Beginning March 26   |  Enroll
Saturdays, Beginning March 28  |  Enroll


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

​SESSION TWO
Thursdays, Beginning November 7  |  Enroll

​SESSION THREE
Thursdays, Beginning January 23  |  Enroll

SESSION FOUR
Thursdays, Beginning March 26  |  Enroll


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.

Wednesdays, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Fee: $597 for 24 classes


Advanced Youth Acting: Perform A Play
Ages 7-12
Investigate the depth and challenge of developing a complete play. Collaborate with FST teaching artists to create, rehearse and perform an original one-act piece. An intensive program for students with previous training. Culminates in a final performance.

Tuesdays, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Fee: $597 for 24 classes


AGES 10-17
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.

Thursdays, 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Fee: $597 for 24 classes


AGES 13-17
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.

Wednesdays, 5 - 6:30PM
Fee: $199/8-week session

SESSION TWO
Wednesdays, Beginning November 6  |  Enroll

SESSION THREE
Wednesdays, Beginning January 22  |  Enroll

SESSION FOUR
Wednesdays, Beginning March 25  |  Enroll


 
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. 

Mondays 5 - 6:30PM
Fee: $399/16-week session

SESSION THREE
Mondays, Beginning January 20  |  Enroll


 
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.

Mondays or Tuesdays 5 - 6:30PM
Fee: $199/8-week session

SESSION TWO
Mondays, Beginning November 4  |  Enroll
Tuesdays, Beginning November 5  |  Enroll

SESSION THREE
Mondays, Beginning January 20  |  Enroll
Tuesdays, Beginning January 21  |  Enroll

SESSION FOUR
Mondays, Beginning March 23  |  Enroll
Tuesdays, Beginning March 24  |  Enroll


 
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.  

Dates and Times Vary
Fee: $250 Membership Fee   |  Enroll


 

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.

Wednesdays, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Fee: $597 for 24 classes


 

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.

Tuesdays, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Fee: $597 for 24 classes


 
Private Coaching

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].

 

 

Youth Summer Camps | Ages 4-12
Little Theatre: Full Session (3 Weeks) | Ages 4-6
Encourage your little one to get creative this summer! A camp experience dedicated to the exploration of storytelling, songs, and creative play for our youngest artists. This class emphasizes acting and includes music and dance. Culminates in a final performance for families and friends. Pre-K prerequisite.
 
Fee: $330/session 
 

SESSION I
June 3 - 21: 9AM- 1PM |  ENROLL 

SESSION II
July 1 - 19: 9AM- 1PM |  ENROLL 

SESSION III
July 22 - August 9: 9AM- 1PM |  ENROLL 
 

Little Theatre: The Plays The Thing Introduction Week (1 Week) | Ages 4-6
A taste of Little Theatre for families seeking a shorter commitment. A camp experience dedicated to the exploration of ensemble games, creative play, and confidence-building activities for our youngest artists. This class emphasizes acting and includes music and dance. Culminates in an open class for families and friends. Pre-K prerequisite.


Fee: $125/session 

SESSION I
May 28 - 31: 9AM- 1:15PM |  ENROLL  *Session I is 4 days

SESSION II
June 24 - 28: 9AM- 1PM |  ENROLL 
 

Children's Performing Arts Camp (3 Weeks) | Ages 7-12
FST’s original and most popular camp experience for over 30 years! Through FST’s signature acting method, students will 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. This class culminates in a final performance. Students enrolled in Sessions I, II, or III can participate in a complimentary Special Music class, focusing on learning vocal pieces, at 9AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

 

Fee: $475/session 

SESSION I
June 3 - 21: 10AM- 3PM |  ENROLL 

SESSION II
July 1 - 19: 10AM- 3PM |  ENROLL 

SESSION III
July 22 - August 8: 10AM- 3PM |  ENROLL 
 

Intro To Theatre: All The World's A Stage (1 Week) | Ages 7-12
A taste of FST’s summer program for families seeking a shorter commitment! This one-week camp offers an introduction to FST programming through ensemble and improvisation games, playful exercises, and movement activities. The session includes acting, improvisation, and dance with a final open class for families and friends.


Fee: $150/session 

SESSION I
May 28 - 31: 9AM- 2:15PM |  ENROLL  *Session I is 4 days.

SESSION II
June 24 - 28: 9AM- 2PM |  ENROLL 

SESSION III
July 22 - 26: 9AM- 2PM |  ENROLL 

Teen Summer Camps | Ages 13-17
Summer camps are also available for teen students ages 13-17.
Teen Performing Arts Camp (3 Weeks) | Ages 13-17
Theatre for the young adult with a concentration in acting, improvisation, voice, and movement. The class focuses on exploration of characters, developing truth onstage, and building the individual expression of every participant. Culminates in a final performance on the last day of class for families and friends.


Fee: $475/session 

SESSION I
May 28 - June 13: 10:15AM-3:15PM |  ENROLL  
*Class is Monday – Friday, with the exception of no camp on Monday, May 27th - Final performance on Thursday, June 13

SESSION II
July 22 - August 8: 10:15AM-3:15PM |  ENROLL 
*Class is Monday - Friday - Final performance on Thursday, August 8
 

Young Performers Company (3 Weeks) | Ages 13-17
A special program that works in conjunction with our VIP Camp. Over the course of this three week session, students will devise and perform a sketch comedy show. They will be encouraged to develop memorable characters and collaborate with their fellow actors. Students from FST’s VIP Camp for individuals with mental and physical disabilities will participate in the final production. YPC students will meet for one week before being joined by the VIP students in the afternoons.


Fee: $475/session 

SESSION I
July 1 - July 19: 10AM-4PM |  ENROLL 
*Performances take place on July 19 & 20 
 

Young Performers Company WRITES (1 Week) | Ages 13-17
Students will learn how to write various types of comedy sketches, develop memorable characters, collaborate with other writers, and be inspired and encouraged to produce writing that is unique and funny. Basic improvisation exercises will be utilized by the students as a creative tool to develop sketch ideas. No previous writing experience required.


Fee: $150/session 

SESSION I
June 24 - 28: 10AM-2PM |  ENROLL 

Teen Improvisation (1 Week) | Ages 13-17
Have your teen join the fun and spontaneous world of improv! The Teen Improvisation workshop builds and challenges improvisational skills in a supportive and spirited environment. Students will perform an open class revue of original improvised scenes on FST’s Cabaret stage.


Fee: $150/session 

SESSION I
June 17 - 20: 10AM-2:15PM |  ENROLL *Session I is 4 days: Monday - Thursday

Teen Broadway Camp: From "Hamilton" to Shakespeare (4 Days) | Ages 13-17
Open to Broadway lovers of all levels, students will learn the fundamentals of performance and discover skills necessary to be a “Triple Threat.” Teaching Artists with professional performance backgrounds will lead teens through Master Classes. Culminates with an open class for families and friends.


Fee: $150/session 

SESSION I
June 17 - 20: 2:30-5:30PM |  ENROLL  *Session I is 4 days: Monday - Thursday

 

 

HannahHannah 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.

Christine Hopkins serves as the Director of Education at Florida Studio Theatre. A New York native, she holds her B.S. in Elementary Education from SUNY Oneonta and her M.A. in Educational Theatre in Colleges and Communities from New York University. She is a certified teacher and has worked in the education departments of Goodspeed Musicals, Hartford Stage, and Camp Broadway. Christine has lead and designed professional development seminars for teachers throughout the Northeast and has taught for such venues as Fordham University, New York University, and the Globe Theatre in London. Also having a background in technical theatre, Christine has worked as an Electrician/Lighting Designer for The Juilliard School and the Drama Desk Awards. Additionally, Christine has directed over 20 productions, written and published over 15 educational guides for the theatre, and, as a performer, has appeared in many venues including Madison Square Garden and Hartford Stage. Christine is a member of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education and the Educational Theatre Association and has focused her career on theatre for young audiences, applied theatre, and arts integration. Outside of her passion for educational theatre, Christine has served on the Executive Board of the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association and participates heavily in promoting ALS awareness around the globe.

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 MosslerSam 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 RumplestiltskinPinocchioJack and the Enchanted BeanstalkThe Frog Prince, and RAP-Punzel.

Payment Policy

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
[email protected]
(941) 366-1350