Producing Artistic Director, CEO   |   Richard Hopkins
47 years professional theatre experience   |   37 years at Florida Studio Theatre
Acted in over one hundred plays   |   Directed over one hundred plays

Mr. Hopkins is the Producing Artistic Director of Florida Studio Theatre. Mr. Hopkins has fostered the development of FST’s Mainstage and Cabaret productions. His many directing Mainstage credits include:The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Honor Killing, Inspired Lunacy, The Best of Enemies, Next to Normal, Race, Ruined, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Boleros for the Disenchanted, Permanent Collection, and Metamorphoses, among numerous other plays. Mr. Hopkins led the development of FST’s Cabaret productions of Guitar Girls, Mack the Knife: The Bobby Darin Songbook, Older Than Dirt, Piano Men, and The Prima Donnettes. Mr. Hopkins also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Florida Studio Theatre. This includes overseeing the creation and implementation of all FST programming, including Mainstage, Cabaret, Stage III, New Play Development, Education, and Touring. Since his arrival at FST in 1980, Mr. Hopkins has guided the theatre from a small touring company to a nationally recognized regional theatre which impacts over 215,000 adults and children annually. He created the New Play Development Program, The Cabaret Series, FST’s award winning WRITE A PLAY Program, and he has directed the design and renovation of all FST’s theatres. Mr. Hopkins is the recipient of numerous awards including the Arts Leadership Award from the Sarasota Arts Council, the Richard G. Fallon Award for Artistic Excellence from the Florida Professional Theatres Association, and the 2012 Cultural Champion Award from the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County. In 2016, Mr. Hopkins was awarded the Luminaire Award honoring excellence in creativity, philanthropy, advocacy, and all elements that are keys to future growth of the Arts in Sarasota. In 2017, Mr. Hopkins was awarded the Florida Theatre Conference Lifetime Achievement Award for contributing to the rich cultural fabric of the Sarasota community and the state of Florida, and his dedication to developing future artists, educators, and advocates.

Managing Director   |   Rebecca Hopkins
26 years professional theatre experience |   21 years at Florida Studio Theatre

Mrs. Hopkins serves as Managing Director for Florida Studio Theatre, and as such, is the Chief Operations Officer. Mrs. Hopkins is responsible for oversight of FST’s Administration, including the Business Office, Development, Marketing, Box Office, Front of House, Restaurant, Budgeting, and maintaining the overall quality of FST’s internal management. Mrs. Hopkins serves on the Board of Directors for the League of Resident Theatres and for the Theatre Communications Group. She is the former President of the National New Play Network. Mrs. Hopkins has been actively involved in development of FST’s Cabaret productions since her arrival in 1998. This season she was the Lead Developer on The Wonder Years: The Music of the Baby Boomers and Unchained Melodies. She was also part of the development team for Guitar Girls. Previously, she was the Lead Developer on Blue Suede Shoes; Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves; Yesterday; American Pie; and Poems, Prayers, and Promises. She has been the head writer on all five Laughing Matters shows. Some of her favorite shows she helped develop include: Mack the Knife: The Bobby Darin Songbook; The Prima Donnettes; That’s Life; The Wanderers; My One and Only Gershwin; Hot and Cole; The British Invasion; The Flip Side; and Outlaws and Angels. In addition, she is the founder and producer of FST Improv and the Sarasota Improv Festival. In 2012, the Arts & Cultural Alliance awarded Mrs. Hopkins the Cultural Champion Award in recognition of her many years of accomplishment and growth with Florida Studio Theatre. In 2016, Mrs. Hopkins was awarded the Luminaire Award, honoring excellence in creativity, philanthropy, advocacy, and all elements that are keys to future growth of the arts in Sarasota.


Production Manager   |   Bruce Price

Production Manager   |   Lizzi Nehls

Assistant Production Manager   |   Louis Vetter

Mainstage Stage Manager   |   Roy Johns

Technical Director | Jim Foster

Costume Shop Manager | Adrienne Webber

Sound Supervisor  |  Thom Korp

Lighting Supervisor  |  Michael Cummings

Props & Paint Supervisor   |   Kristine Kreutzer

Lead Carpenter |   Marco Acosta


Associate Director At-Large | Kate Alexander

Casting/Hiring Coordinator   |  Alexa Doggett

Casting Associate / Assistant to the Artistic Director   |   James Ashford

Associate Artist   |   Jason Cannon

Associate Artist   |   Catherine Randazzo

Literary Associate   |   Meg Gilbert

Assistant to the Producing Artistic Director   |   Doris Iemolo

Resident Pianist   |   Jim Prosser

Director of Improvisation   |   Will Luera


General Manager  |  Jill Zakrzewski

Director of IT   |   Clarke Weigle

Business Manager   |   Carmen Gonzalez

Associate Business Manager   |   Orville Cordero

Business Office Associate   |  David Wallace

Business Office Associate  |  Reanna Bourque

Asst. to the Managing Director   |   Phyllis Silverman

Facilities Manager   |   Joseph Goepfrich

Facilities Technician   |   Mark Quackenbush

Director of Marketing |  Becca Jennings 

Public Relations Associate   |   Lydia Baxter

Marketing Assistant |  Sarah Haley

Marketing Assistant |  Justin M. Jones

Events Coordinator |   Matt Quick

Director of Individual Giving  |  Melody Mora-Shihadeh

Development Associate   |   Samus Haddad

Development Associate   |   Melanie Slusar

Company Manager   |   Luke Johnson

Patron Services Manager   |   Kelsey Wehde Wilson

Restaurant Manager   |   Tom Curry

Restaurant Manager   |   Karen Kraster

Asst. Restaurant Manager   |   Kristy Plum

Asst. Box Office Manager   |   Gigi Eckert-Delpero

Asst. Box Office Manager   |   Noah Scheibmeir

Receptionist/Volunteer Coordinator   |   Joan O' Dowd


Director of Children's Theatre  |  Caroline Kaiser

Director of Education  |  Christine Hopkins

Education Administrator   |   Pamela Smith

Teaching Artist/YPF Coordinator   |   Adam Ratner

Teaching Artist  |  Denee Lortz

Education Group Sales Associate  |  Hannah Bagnall