Meet Your Instructors

Jason Cannon is an Associate Artist at FST. Besides teaching, he directs plays and musicals for the Mainstage, Stage III, and Children’s Theatre. He also works with the Acting Apprentices and New Play Development, occasionally performs with FST Improv, and motors Mixed Nuts.


Sarah Durham is originally from Campbellsville, Kentucky. Her writing has been published or produced in five states. Sarah studied improv and comedy writing at Chicago’s Second City, and hopes to continue to write joy into people’s lives. At FST, Sarah has co-written for the Children’s Theatre series and helped develop numerous cabarets. Sarah is the Head-Writer for FST Sketch and is a member of the FST Improv team.

Catherine Randazzo is an Associate Artist for FST. She serves as Literary Manager, in-residence director, teaching artist, and professional actor. She leads new play development, collaborates on Cabaret development, teaches adult education classes, and leads audience outreach programs. She recently directed That’s Amoré!; Outlaws and Angels; Light My Fire; and Unchained Melodies for the Cabaret and Buyer & Cellar for Stage III. She attended Otterbein University where she received her BFA in performance.

Adam Ratner has been a part of Florida Studio Theatre for over 30 years. He teaches over 300 WRITE A PLAY workshops each year to both elementary and secondary and is the Lead Teaching Artist. As the Young Playwrights Festival Coordinator, Adam oversees the submission of plays from more than 7,000 students annually. Mr. Ratner teaches an array of acting, theatre arts, and improvisation classes from newcomers to advanced actors with students varying in age.

J. Paul Nicholas - Paul recently joined FST as an Associate Artist. On stage he was in the National Tour of Broadway’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and in over 30 other productions at theaters all over the country. He is also an accomplished director and Fight Choreographer, working on over 25 productions. On TV, Paul plays NYPD Detective Mike Adams on CBS’s FBI, and was in HBO’s Mare of Easttown opposite Kate Winslet, and in 6 other TV series, including 8 seasons as the attorney Linden Delroy on Law & Order: SVU. Paul has an MFA from the Academy for Classical Acting at GWU.

Rachel Moulton (Associate Artist) - Currently in her 3rd Season as an Associate Artist and Development Associate. Rachel has been working with FST as an actor since 2012 and has performed in 10 productions, including 4 world premieres. Select FST credits: George Brant’s one-woman show Grounded (2017 Handy Award-Best Actress), The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Heisenberg, Honor Killing, and Alabama Story. Other Regional: Pioneer Theatre Company, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Virginia Stage, Syracuse Stage, and Florida Rep. Off-Broadway: This Side of Paradise (St. Clements), Sex Tips… (Theatre 777), and Philip Goes Forth (The Mint). Proud graduate of Syracuse University, B.F.A. and Interlochen Arts Academy. Member of Actors’ Equity Association for 16 years. Currently, she teaches Acting in FST School for Adults. Previously at FST, she has taught voice verse, audition techniques for acting apprentices, and is an instructor in FST’s Masterclass Series.

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. He is the co-creator of Healing Moments for Alzheimer’s, a non-profit organization that provides education, advocacy, and ministry for persons with dementia and their caregivers. He is a conflict mediator with a focus on EDIA issues in the workplace. He sits on the board of CreArte Latino, a Latino-centric cultural community center in the Sarasota area. Will tours globally as an improv comedy actor, instructor, director and performs and teaches regularly all across North America, South America, Europe and Asia. 

Kate Walsh - As a past FST student and education intern, Kate has been a part of Florida Studio Theatre for over six years. She is a graduate of Flagler College’s Theatre Arts program, where she acted in and directed several productions. She is a past education intern at the Tony award-winning Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. Her main goals as a teaching artist are to instill self-worth, creative independence, and curiosity. She is grateful for the FST teaching artists who encouraged her to embrace vulnerability and find her voice. She is overjoyed to be back with the FST team!