In The Schools

Florida Studio Theatre offers a variety of programs both during and after school. All programming is founded in FST’s proven theatre education methodology and integrates Florida Standards into innovative arts education.

This season’s programs include the 26th year of WRITE A PLAY, In-Class and After School Workshops, and ongoing classes at our downtown campus, individual schools, and community organizations.


We are proud to present the 26th year of the WRITE A PLAY program. WRITE A PLAY is a year-round comprehensive arts integration program with a unique blend of professional plays, exciting theatre experiences, and in-class workshops. Through participatory learning with a special emphasis on literacy, this program has developed an impressive record of success, reaching over 50,000 students annually.

This season’s subscription series includes:

The Velveteen Rabbit
by Kevin DelAguila, based on the book by Margery Williams
Begins September 27, 2016


Ready, Set, WRITE!!!
begins October 25, 2016



The Dragon vs. the Hiccups & other winning plays
by young playwrights
begins March 28, 2017


Productions are performed at our theatre in Downtown Sarasota, and also available to tour to your school. To read the touring brochure, click here.

For detailed descriptions and pricing please click here or contact Patrick A. Jackson, WRITE A PLAY Coordinator at 941-366-9797 or [email protected].


In addition to our WRITE A PLAY program, FST offers workshops taught by our professional Teaching Artists to integrate arts education into your classroom. Workshops are offered for students in grades Pre K-12 in a variety of disciplines. For more information on these workshops, please click here.

Workshops are available as one-day, three-day, and week-long residencies.

For detailed workshop descriptions contact Patrick A. Jackson, Education Artistic Associate, at 941-366-9797 or [email protected].

Let FST direct your next school musical!

As we all know, putting on a school play or musical can be a daunting task. Let FST direct or offer production assistance as you present your next school play or musical! A Florida Studio Theatre teaching artist will come to your school and lead or assist your students through the entire production process, from auditions to performance. This will include preliminary production meetings, technical support with lighting, sound, set design, sound design and costume design, access to countless resources for your production, and actor training from a professional theatre school. 

Want to save costs on getting the rights? FST can conceptualize, write, compose (if applicable), rehearse, and perform an original play or musical with your drama students! In this approach, the students will be involved in writing an original musical just for their drama club.

Most productions—whether they be a play or musical—rehearse for 8-10 weeks and meet 2-4 times a week. A pre-production planning meeting and subsequent production meetings between the teaching artist/director and a school representative is required. Part of Florida Studio Theatre’s Mission is to make theatre accessible and affordable for its surrounding community.

We are able to work within your school’s budget—whatever it may be. For more information please call Christine Hopkins, Director of Education, at 366-9017 ext. 311 or email [email protected].

Benefits of Arts Education


Read about the benefits of theatre for the young

This NY Times blog post asks children how the arts has changed their lives

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