The Suffragist Project

Florida Studio Theatre is proud to present The Suffragist Project, an artistic celebration of the upcoming 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment (August 20, 2020), the woman’s right to vote. Bringing together over 55 organizations, this bi-county artistic commemoration will feature plays, dance performances, art exhibits, lectures, panel discussions, and in-school educational offerings, all in recognition of this monumental milestone. 

FST's Suffragist Project Programming:

Anchoring The Suffragist Project under the direction of Kate Alexander, FST will engage a diverse group of some of its own most-accomplished artists to gather speeches from throughout history on women’s suffrage, female empowerment, and social change. The Suffragist Project will culminate in the summer of 2020 with public performance Dangerous Ladies, an original docudrama by FST featuring real life moments from throughout history. An adaptation of this presentation will then tour middle and high schools in Sarasota and Manatee counties as part of FST’s Historically Speaking program, inspiring local students to write their own plays about women’s suffrage and the fight for equal rights. The Sarasota Bar Association will partner in this endeavor by going into schools and leading dialogues with students on voting rights.

Florida Studio Theatre is also proud to commission four playwrights to create four brand new plays inspired by the fight for the woman’s right to vote. These playwrights will come together at Florida Studio Theatre for residencies in October 2019, December 2019, and May 2020, culminating in readings for the public in August of 2020.

From the classroom to the spotlight, Florida Studio Theatre is proud to lead the charge in celebration of this centennial anniversary that changed America.

Become Involved!:

To learn how you or your organization can join The Suffragist Project, contact Assistant Director Meg Gilbert at [email protected].

 

ANOTHER WAY TO SUPPORT THE SUFFRAGIST PROJECT!

Want to learn more about Women’s Suffrage? Visit the Suffragist Book Fair site (powered by Bookstore1Sarasota) to order books on the subject. 20% of each sale goes directly to support The Suffragist Project.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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December, 2019

 

December 7 - Walk with the Suffragists
Sponsored by: Florida Studio Theatre, Bank of America, and Eileen Fisher
What: Walk with The Suffragist Project in the 2019 Sarasota Holiday Parade while wearing white to celebrate the coming of the New Year and the women who fought for equality.
When and Where: Meet at Florida Studio Theatre at 5PM
Admission: Free, but reservations are required. Please sign up with Gaele Barthold.

December 11 & 12, 2019 – Carrie Chapman Catt: Life and Times of a Suffragist
Sponsored by: Classroom on Wheels for Life Long Learning
What: 2020 is the 100th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment which gave women the right to vote. This is the perfect year to hear the story of the fight for women’s rights as told by one of the leaders of the movement. As the president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, it was Carrie’s work which got the last state to vote to pass the Amendment. Hear the story of her life and times before and after women had the right to vote.
When and Where: Crocker Church, 12th Street, Sarasota FL at 9:30AM
For more information, click here.


JANUARY, 2020

January to March 2020 - Historically Speaking: Voices of the Suffragists
Coming to the Schools this January

Sponsored by: Boxser Diversity Initiative, Sarasota County Bar Association, Sarasota County School Systems and Florida Studio Theatre
What: From Abigail Adams to Sojourner Truth and Susan B. Anthony, the fight for women’s suffrage began with whispers in the mid-18th century. Those whispers grew into a chorus of protests, marches, and speeches, culminating with the ratification of the 19th Amendment on August 20th, 1920. This performance brings together some of the greatest speeches of suffragists to remind us of where we have been and how far we have yet to go. Following each performance, students will participate in a Q & A with a member of the Sarasota County Bar Association to learn more about voting rights and history.
For more information contact Caroline Kaiser.

January to March, 2020 – Connecting History with Today
Sponsored by: Booker High School Law Academy, Florida Studio Theatre, and Sarasota County Bar Association
What: In tandem with Historically Speaking, the Honorable Judge Charles E. Williams and Florida Bar Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chair Charlie Ann Syprett will create a curriculum focusing on the suffrage movement and voting rights today.
For more information, click here.

January 2020 – One Book One Community Program: 2020 Selection
Sponsored by: Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources
What: Join our community in reading Sarasota County Library’s One Book 2020 selection, The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore. A New York Times bestseller, this book tells the tale of some of our country’s unsung heroes: inspiring young women who were exposed to radium, and went on to save hundreds of thousands of lives.
For more information, click here.

January 2020 – Release of Suffragist Reading List
Sponsored by: Bookstore1 Sarasota
What: The staff of Bookstore1 has put together a recommended reading list of the Top 10 books about suffrage, for adults and young readers alike! Until August 20, 2020, 20% of the profits from of these books will be donated to The Suffragist Project.
For more information, click here.

January 7, 2020 – The Rights of All: LGBTQ+ and Women’s Suffrage
Sponsored by: Boxser Diversity Initiative and Florida Studio Theatre
What: Moderated by The Honorable Judge Charles E. Williams, this discussion focuses on the intersectionality of women’s suffrage, the LGBTQ+ and feminist movement. Featuring Dr. Timothy McCarthy of Harvard University, noted and award-winning author and lecturer.
Where and When: FST’s Bowne’s Lab Theatre at 1265 1st Street, Sarasota, FL at 5PM
Admission: Admission is free, but reservations are required. To reserve your ticket, click here.

January 15, 2020 – Tea with Bertha
Sponsored by: Historic Spanish Point
What: Put on your Sunday finest and travel back in time to an old-fashioned tea party! Mrs. Bertha Palmer (as portrayed by Kathryn Chesley) will be in attendance sharing stories about her life here in Sarasota and back in Chicago. Afternoon tea and light refreshments will be served promptly at 2PM in the historic Osprey schoolhouse.
Where and When: Historic Spanish Point at 2PM
For more information, click here.

January 17, 2020 - Behind the Curtain: Open Rehearsal with Adele Myers & SCD Dancers
Sponsored by: Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company (SCD)
What: With the 100 year anniversary of women’s right to vote as her point of reference and departure, Adele Myers will highlight the formidable nature of a female collective body through her signature choreographic blend of robust athleticism and personal theatricality.
Where and When: SCD Home Studio, 1400 Blvd of the Arts, STE 300, Sarasota FL at 12PM
For more information, click here or call 941.260.8485.

January 17, 2020 - In-Studio Showcase with Adele Myers & SCD Dancers
Sponsored by: Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company (SCD)
What: Adele Myers and dancers will present repertory recently commissioned and presented by the Miami Light Project and Miami Dade College Live Arts. The Miami based all-female ensemble has toured nationally for over a decade and is hailed for their physical virtuosity, audience-friendly interactions, and unpredictable sense of humor.
Where and When: SCD Home Studio, 1400 Blvd of the Arts, STE 300, Sarasota FL at 7PM
For more information, click here or call 941.260.8485.

January 18 to April 5, 2020 – Embracing Our Differences Art Exhibit
Sponsored by: Embracing Our Differences
What: Since 2004, Embracing Our Differences has used the power of art and prose to promote diversity. One way we accomplish this is through our annual international art exhibition in Sarasota’s Bayfront Park. The juried exhibit consists of 50 billboard-sized works of art, each accompanied by an inspirational quote. The organization will provide transportation for youth to attend FST Suffragist Project events.
For more information, click here.

January 21, 2020 - Florida and Women’s Suffrage
Sponsored by: Venice Area Historical Society/ Betty Intagliata Lecture Series
What: Doris Weatherford is a well-known author on women and women's issues and resides in Florida. She is the author of two books on the Suffrage Movement, and will speak on the intersection of Florida and women's suffrage.
Where and When: Unitarian Universalist Church, 1971 Pinebrook Road, Venice, FL at 7PM
Admission: Free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information, click here.

January 26, 2020 – Community Conversation on Gender Equality
Sponsored by: UN Women USA Gulf Coast Chapter
What: A community conversation about activism and cultivating gender equality. The suffragists fought for the right to vote, but what are the modern issues we must address to bring equal opportunities to women and girls?
Where and When: Bookstore1 Sarasota at 2PM
Admission: Free. Registration will be available here.

January 27, 2020 – Black Suffragists Remembered: Community Dialogue
Sponsored by: New College of Florida and Florida Studio Theatre
What: This opening dialogue will focus on the importance of commemorating Black Suffragists and the significance of their legacy in the contemporary moment.
Where and When: Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL at 6:30pm
Details are forthcoming, for more information contact Meg Gilbert.

January 31, 2020 - Author Kate Moore Discusses The Radium Girls
Sponsored by: Sarasota County Libraries & Historical Resources
What: The 2020 One Book Sarasota County selection, The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore, shares the true story of a group of women whose workplace experience was filled with triumph tragically destroyed. It is a story of unsafe and deadly workplace conditions fueled by sexism, deception, and a shocking lack of corporate conscience.
Where and When: Suncoast Technical College, 4445 Career Lane, North Port at 10:30AM and Selby Public Library, 1331 1st Street, Sarasota, FL, at 7PM
Admission: Free. Registration opens after December 1.
For more information, click here.


February, 2020

February 2020 – Ringling College of Art and Design Celebrates Suffrage
Sponsored by: Ringling College of Art and Design
Where and When: Ringling College of Art and Design
Details are forthcoming, for more information contact Meg Gilbert.

February 4, 2020 – Voices of the Suffragists: Luncheon
Sponsored by: Democratic Women’s Club of Sarasota County and Florida Studio Theatre
What: Members of FST’s The Suffragist Project artistic team bring to life some of the most stirring speeches from throughout history on women’s suffrage, female empowerment, and social change. Lunch is provided.
Where and When: Marina Jack (Upstairs), 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL at 11:30AM
For more information, click here.

February 11, 2020 – The Suffragist Project: Supporting Women’s Voices in Playwriting
Sponsored by: The Hermitage Artist Retreat and Florida Studio Theatre
What: A panel with Julia Jordan, the Executive Director and Co-Founder of The Lilly Awards Foundation, which was established to recognize the achievement of women in the theatre.
Where and When: Bookstore1Sarasota at 5PM
For more information, click here.

February 18, 2020 - NINETEEN
Sponsored by: Venice Area Historical Society/Betty Intagliata Lecture Series
What: Katharine Michelle Tanner of Tree Fort Productions, Sarasota, shall present a two -person play entitled NINETEEN. The play is about the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Where and When: Unitarian Universalist Church, 1971 Pinebrook Road, Venice, FL at 7PM
Admission: Free of charge
For more information, click here.

February 20, 2020 – Speaking Truth to Power: Stories of Women Journalists
Sponsored by: Bookstore1, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Sarasota Magazine, and Florida Studio Theatre
What: Women journalists, including Charlayne Hunter-Gault, Carrie Seidman (Sarasota Herald-Tribune), and Vickie Oldham, will share their own stories about the changing face of journalism, and more. Suffragist Project Director Kate Alexander and Sarasota Magazine Editor in Chief Susan Burns will moderate this event.
Where and When: Bookstore1Sarasota from 5-6:15PM
For more information, contact Meg Gilbert.

February 27, 2020 – Public Lecture by Dr. Gloria Browne-Marshall "From Suffragists to Voters: Black Women Creating a Powerful Path"
Sponsored by: New College of Florida and Florida Studio Theatre
What: Gloria J. Browne-Marshall is a Professor of Constitutional Law at John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY). She teaches classes in Constitutional Law, Race and the Law, Evidence, and Gender and Justice. She taught in the Africana Studies Program at Vassar College prior to John Jay. She is a civil rights attorney who litigated cases for Southern Poverty Law Center in Alabama, Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Inc. She addresses audiences nationally and internationally. Gloria J. Browne-Marshall has spoken on issues of law and justice in Ghana, Rwanda, England, Wales, Canada, South Africa and before the United Nations in Geneva.
Where and When: New College of Florida
Details are forthcoming, for more information contact Meg Gilbert.


March, 2020

March to June 2020 – Petticoat Painters
Sponsored by: The Art Ovation Hotel
What: The Art Ovation Hotel will install an art exhibit featuring works by the Petticoat Painters, an all-female art collective that is one of the oldest continuously exhibiting women’s arts groups in the United States.
Where and When: The Crescendo Gallery of the Art Ovation Hotel, 1255 North Palm Ave.
Admission: Free of charge.
For more information, click here.

March 3, 2020 - Carrie Chapman Catt: Life and Times of a Suffragist
Sponsored by: Democratic Women’s Club of Sarasota
What: 2020 is the 100th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment which gave women the right to vote. This is the perfect year to hear the story of the fight for women’s rights as told by one of the leaders of the movement. As the president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, it was Carrie’s work which got the last state to vote to pass the Amendment. Hear the story of her life and times before and after women had the right to vote.
When and Where: IMG Academy Golf Club at 11AM
For more information, click here.

March 6- 8, 2020 - Through Women’s Eyes International Film Festival
Sponsored by: UN Women USA Gulf Coast Chapter
What: The Through Women's Eyes International Film Festival (TWE) has a 20-year history of cultivating women's voices and advocacy through film. The weekend of films—and filmmakers we champion—encourages brave movement toward positive change, educational opportunities, and economic and political strength.  On International Women's Day (IWD), we celebrate women around the globe. This year, the TWE Film Festival is tied to IWD, where the Gulf Coast Chapter will share stories of activism and courage as women fight for gender equality—much like the suffragists fought for women’s right to vote.
Where: Burns Court Cinema
For more information, click here.

March 6, 2020 – Mobilizing Women from Suffrage to Today
Sponsored by: Brandeis National Committee, Sarasota Chapter
What: Jane Plitt, an author, former business leader, and Executive Director for the National Organization of Women, will discuss the history of women’s successes and failures to motivate and effect change. Join us for an engaging and motivating presentation and discussion.
Where and When: Jewish Federation Campus, 580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota, FL, at 10:30AM
Admission: Free and General Admission
For more information, click here.

March 9, 2020 – HERStory: A Women’s Suffrage Centennial
Sponsored by: Pine View School for the Gifted
What: Join the members of Pine View School’s History Club as we travel back to a time in America where women struggled bravely for the right to vote. An open invitation to the entire school and community, this interactive event will bring to life the personal, social, political, and legislative setbacks & gains the amazing suffragettes endured. There will be foods to sample, topical presentations, costumed historical characters, other time-period attractions—and even an election in which everyone can vote!
When and Where: Pine View School for the Gifted, 1 Python Path, Osprey, FL at 9:30AM
Admission: Free of charge. No registration required.
For more information, click here.

March 11, 2020 – Tea with Bertha
Sponsored by: Historic Spanish Point
What: Put on your Sunday finest and travel back in time to an old-fashioned tea party! Mrs. Bertha Palmer (as portrayed by Kathryn Chesley) will be in attendance sharing stories about her life here in Sarasota and back in Chicago. Afternoon tea and light refreshments will be served promptly at 2PM in the historic Osprey Schoolhouse.
When and Where: Historic Spanish Point, at 2PM
For more information, click here.

March 11, 2020 – Gallery Walk and Talk: Strong Women in the Ringling Collection
Sponsored by: The Ringling
What: Women have been making history since the beginning of time. On this tour, you'll meet some of the fearless females from the Ringling's collection and hear their stories.
Where and When: The Ringling, Main Lobby at 10:30 AM
Admission: Tickets are free with Museum Admission and are available for pick-up on the day of the program. Please note: tickets are limited.
For more information, click here.

March 17, 2020 – Carrie Chapman Catt: Life and Times as a Suffragist
Sponsored by: Venice Historical Society
What: 2020 is the 100th Anniversary of the passage of the 19th amendment which gave women the right to vote. This is the perfect year to hear the story of the fight for women’s rights as told by one of the leaders of the movement. As the president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, it was Carrie’s work which got the last state to vote to pass the Amendment. Hear the story of her life and times before and after women had the right to vote.
Where and When: Unitarian Universalist Church, 1971 Pinebrook Road, Venice, FL at 7PM
For more information, call the Venice Historical Society at 941.412.0151.

March 18, 2020 – The Florida Women Behind the Everglades
Sponsored by: Florida Maritime Museum
What: Florida women led the way when it came to protecting the Everglades in the early 1900s. At a time when women fought for the vote, women’s clubs and garden clubs led a movement to save the “river of grass.” This lecture, presented by the Florida Maritime Museum’s Curator Casey Wooster, will cover the intertwined history of Florida’s conservation and suffragist movements. Join us to hear about the leading ladies who started the drive to save the Everglades.
Where and When: Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th Street West, Cortez, FL at 6PM
Admission: Free of charge, but reservations can be made through Eventbrite.
For more information, click here.

March 26, 2020 – Women's Passover Celebration in Honor of Women's Right to Vote
Sponsored by: The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee
What: Join us in celebrating historical moments of liberation and accomplishment through song, dance, interactive technology, traditional texts and, of course, food. From slavery in Egypt to having our own voice at the ballot box, women have come a long way and there is much to celebrate. Women, ages 13 to 113, will share a unique Jewish American experience with lots of meaningful and inspirational take-aways for their own family Seders.
Where and When: Michael’s on East at 5PM
Admission: Registration for this event is required and opens February 10. To register, call 941.706.0034.

March 27, 2020 – Luncheon with Author and Journalist Mary Walton
Sponsored by: Friends of the East Manatee Library at Lakewood Ranch, Inc.
What: It's not only history, it's herstory! Journalist and author Mary Walton tells the story of equal rights activist Alice Paul, a key leader of the suffrage movement, who led the final drive to pass the 19th Amendment. Join us for lunch, which will benefit the Friends of East Manatee Library at Lakewood Ranch, and learn about the courageous women who risked their lives for social justice and equality. Attendees will be able to purchase Mary's book, A Woman's Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot, and have it autographed.
Where and When: Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club at 11:30AM
Admission: Tickets go on sale January 2020.
For more information, click here.

March 27, 2020 – Public Lecture By Dr. Janaka Bowman Lewis: Freedom Narratives of African American Women
Sponsored by: New College of Florida and Florida Studio Theatre
What: Dr. Janaka Bowman Lewis is an Associate Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the Director of the Women and Gender Studies Program. She has published on Elizabeth Keckley and other African American women writers of the nineteenth century.
Where and When: Music Room, College Hall – New College of Florida at 6:30PM
Details are forthcoming, for more information contact Meg Gilbert.

March 29, 2020 – Sarasota Young Voices on our “Phenomenal Women” Concert
Sponsored by: Belle Canto: Sarasota’s Premiere Women’s Choir
What: An exciting event including a community campaign to nominate phenomenal women in our area to be honored during the performance.
Where and When: Church of the Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota, FL at 4PM
For more information, click here.


April, 2020

April 3, 2020 – Delve into Suffragist History
Sponsored by: Republican Women’s Club of Sarasota and Florida Studio Theatre
What: Members of The Suffragist Project artistic team bring to life some of the most stirring speeches from throughout history on women’s suffrage, female empowerment, and social change. Then, there will be a trivia contest about suffragist history—prizes will be awarded to the participant(s) with the most correct answers. Lunch is provided.
Where and When: Michael’s on East at 11:30AM
For more information, click here.

April 20, 2020 – We Still Have Time
Sponsored by: Dancing in the Moment
What: Inspired by the suffragists and women’s struggle for equality, Dancing In the Moment, a multigenerational improvisational dance group, will perform dance works honoring women and celebrating the human spirit.
Where and When: FST’s Bowne’s Lab Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL at 7PM
Admission: Tickets will be available in early 2020.
For more information, contact Meg Gilbert.

April 23, 2020 – 20th Century Women Who Shaped Arts & Culture
Sponsored by: Historic Spanish Point
What: Baila Miller will present the captivating story of Mrs. Bertha Palmer and the World Colombian Exposition in Chicago, IL, and her role in shaping arts and culture throughout the United States and the world.
Where and When: Historic Spanish Point at 1PM
For more information, click here.

April 27, 2020 - The Changing Face of Men
Sponsored by: Tom Tryon and Florida Studio Theatre
What: Led by Tom Tryon (Former Opinion Editor of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune), this panel will discuss the changing role of men in today’s world and how we can all be better allies.
Where and When: FST’s Bowne Theatre Lab, 1265 1st Street, Sarasota, FL at 5PM
For more information, contact Meg Gilbert.

April 30, 2020 - Gallery Walk and Talk: Special Exhibition of Photography
Who:  The Ringling
What: Christopher Jones, Curator of Photography and Media Art, will discuss a special exhibition of images of women by women artists. The tour will explore the various motivations and perspectives that inform the photographs on display.
Where and When: The Ringling, Searing Wing at 6PM
Admission: Tickets are free with Museum Admission and are available for pick-up on the day of the program. Please note: tickets are limited.
For more information, click here.


May, 2020

May 2020 – Suffragist Project Commissioned Playwrights in Residence
Sponsored by: Florida Studio Theatre and The National Endowment for the Arts
What: Florida Studio theatre has commissioned four playwrights—Rachel Lynett, Jacqueline Goldfinger, Mark St. Germain, and Sandy Rustin—to write new plays that share women’s voices and address voting rights of the past, present, and future. The playwrights will be in residence at Florida Studio Theatre to further develop their work. A small, invited audience will attend readings of the plays and participate in open discussions about each piece.
More information coming in Spring 2020.

May 6, 2020 – Are voting rights still in question?
Sponsored by: Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida and UN Women USA Gulf Coast Chapter
What: Join us for a screening of the award-winning film Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep, then stay for wine and cheese and a lively discussion about voting and women’s rights today. The discussion will be led by Planned Parenthood CEO Stephanie Fraim and UN Women USA Gulf Coast Chapter President Scott Osborne.
Where and When: Planned Parenthood, 736 Central Ave, Sarasota, FL at 5:30PM
For more information, click here.

May 11, 2020 – Gallery Walk and Talk: Suffragists in the Circus
Sponsored: The Ringling
What: Jennifer Lemmer Posey, Tibbals Curator of Circus, will discuss intersections between the circus and the suffragist movement.  Participants will visit an exhibition of historical circus posters and then have the opportunity to examine other related archival materials.
Where and When: The Ringling, Tibbals Learning Center entrance, at 10:30AM
Admission: Tickets are free with Museum Admission and are available for pick-up on the day of the program. Please note: tickets are limited.
For more information, click here.

May 12, 2020 – 20th Century Women Who Shaped Arts & Culture
Sponsored by: Historic Spanish Point
What: Baila Miller presents Gertrude Stein's legacy and her influence on the Paris arts scene during its "Luminous" years.
Where and When: Historic Spanish Point at 1PM
For more information, click here.

May 12 to June 5, 2020 – 100 Years of Women in the Visual Arts
Sponsored by: ArtCenter Manatee
What: An exhibit that highlights the achievements of women as the nation celebrates the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, granting the right to vote for women in our country. Join us as we celebrate women's progress through the years.
Where and When: The opening reception is on May 14th from 5-7PM. The public is welcome. There will be complimentary wine, beer, and appetizers.
For more information, click here.

May 13, 2020 - Gallery Walk and Talk: Special Exhibition of Photography
Sponsored by: The Ringling
What: Christopher Jones, Curator of Photography and Media Art, will discuss a special exhibition of images of women by women artists. The tour will explore the various motivations and perspectives that inform the photographs on display.
Where and When: The Ringling, Searing Wing at 6PM
Admission: Tickets are free with Museum Admission and are available for pick-up on the day of the program. Please note: tickets are limited.
For more information, click here.

May 16, 2020 - Transforming Women's Lives: Beyond the Vote
Sponsored by: ArtCenter Manatee
What: Jane Plitt, an author, former business leader, and Executive Director for the National Organization of Women will speak on Women’s Suffrage and Women's Economic Empowerment & Expression.
Where and When: Arts Center Manatee at 1PM
For more information, click here.


June, 2020

June 2020 – Voices Unbound: Three Centuries of Women in Music
Sponsored by: Sarasota Orchestra
What: Sarasota Music Festival Music Director Jeffrey Kahane has created “Voices Unbound; Celebrating Three Centuries of Women in Music” within the 2020 Sarasota Music Festival.
“The 100th anniversary year of the Suffragist Movement is a notable milestone and a catalyst to highlight women in music,” said Jeffery Kahane.  The 2020 Sarasota Music Festival will continue to focus on training emerging young artists, presenting iconic and traditional works while this year, also having a through line of highlighting women in music including the likes of Clara Schumann, Amy Beach, and Joan Tower to name a few.  Jeffrey Kahane added, “This is a great opportunity to bring to the forefront a group of remarkable artists and composers who broke boundaries, making it possible for today’s women composers to thrive.”
As part of the project, the Sarasota Music Festival will welcome to Sarasota several women composers.  Each will play an active role in guiding the performance of their respective works and participate in other activities during the three-week Festival.
Where and When: June, 2020. Further details to be announced.
For more information, click here.


July, 2020

July 4, 2020 – American Fanfare: A Concert
Sponsored by: Choral Artists of Sarasota County
What: Celebrate the Fourth of July in high style with a special evening featuring the Sarasota Concert Band. Under the direction of Joseph Holt, the Choral Artists will perform a tribute to history’s patriotic women, highlighting the songs of the suffragist leaders.
Where and When: Sarasota Opera House at 4PM
For more information, click here.

July 16, 2020 - The Suffragist Project: An Exhibition Celebrating Women’s Rights
Sponsored by: Art Center Sarasota
What: An exhibition in all four galleries that is juried and curated by women. All genders are welcome to submit work for this national call to artists that speaks to the progress women have made in the last 100 years.
Where and When: The opening reception is on July 16, 2020 from 5-7PM. It is free and open to the public. No registration is needed.
For more information, click here.

July 21, 2020 – 20th Century Women Who Shaped Arts & Culture
Sponsored by: Historic Spanish Point
What: Baila Miller presents the significant life and art of Georgia O'Keefe, the "Mother of American Modernism."
Where and When: Historic Spanish Point at 1PM
For more information, click here

July 28, 2020 - Famous Women Composers of History -  That You’ve Never Heard
Sponsored by: Artist Concert Series of Sarasota
What: This 75 minute program will start at 11AM and feature two female singers plus two female pianists. Their performance will feature music by composers such as: Louise Farrenc, Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn, Alma Mahler, and Amy Beach.
Where and When: Details are forthcoming
For more information, contact Meg Gilbert.


August, 2020

August 14-16, 2020 – Dangerous Ladies Festival
Sponsored by: Florida Studio Theatre and The National Endowment for the Arts
What: FST has commissioned four brand new plays from Rachel Lynett, Jacqueline Goldfinger, Mark St. Germain, and Sandy Rustin — whose voices bring to life the spirit of the women who fought for the 19th Amendment. Join us for a weekend festival of these new play readings.
When and Where: Across Florida Studio Theatre’s Campus.
Details are forthcoming, for more information contact Meg Gilbert.

August 18, 2020 – 20th Century Women Who Shaped Arts & Culture
Sponsored by: Historic Spanish Point
What: Baila Miller presents an in-depth look into the intriguing and heartbreaking life and works of Frida Kahlo in this 90 minute lecture.
Where and When: Historic Spanish Point at 1PM
For more information, click here.

August 20, 2020 – The 100th Anniversary Commemoration: Closing Celebration of The Suffragist Project
Sponsored by: Florida Studio Theatre and the National Endowment for the Arts
What: Join the Mayor of Sarasota and dignitaries in honoring this groundbreaking date. The country’s greatest suffragist speeches are performed in Dangerous Ladies, an original presentation created by Kate Alexander and Meg Gilbert, in collaboration with the country’s top actors. Dinner is optional.
Where and When: FST’s Gompertz Theatre, 1265 1st Street Sarasota. Further details are forthcoming.
For more information, contact Meg Gilbert.

August 21- 22, 2020 – Suffragist Teas
Sponsored by: Manatee Village Historical Park
What: Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment with Manatee Village Historical Park. Staff will discuss how tea rooms influenced the Women’s Suffrage Movement while tea and pastries are served in a historic 1910 home.
Where and When: Charms of Leffingwell, 905 Leffingwell Ave, Ellenton, FL at 11AM
Admission: $22. Will go on sale May 2020.
For more information, click here.

August 2020:
Sponsored by: Choral Artists of Sarasota
What: Joseph Holt is creating a program that will feature a piece by Libby Larsen about Eleanor Roosevelt. The entire program will be devoted to women, and will be homage to social issues that have been addressed in history but that are still outstanding. This includes Women’s Rights, African-American slavery/racism, LGBTQ Rights, Latino and Immigration Issues among others.
Where and When: Details are forthcoming
Details are forthcoming, for more information contact Meg Gilbert.

PROJECT DIRECTOR: Kate Alexander 
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Meg Gilbert 
PROJECT CHAIR: Judge Charles E. Williams
PROJECT COMMITTEE: Kelley Lavin and Sarasota Magazine
OUTREACH: Gaele Barthold, Michele Redwine, Charlie Ann Syprett, Dr. Queen Mecca Zabriskie
INTERN: Alex Drinnen

ARTISTIC TEAM: Research and Performance
Ariel Blue
Kim Crow
Susan Greenhill
Carolyn Michel
Rachel Moulton
J Paul Nicholas
Zoe Speas
Katherine Tanner
Alicia Taylor Tomasko

COMMUNITY PARTNERS:
American Association of University Women
Art Ovation Hotel
Art Center of Manatee
Art Center Sarasota
Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County
Artist Concert Series of Sarasota
Bank of America
Barbara Banks Photography
Belle Canto
Booker High School Law Academy
Bookstore1Sarasota
Boxser Diversity Initiative
Brandeis National Committee
BTN Films
Canned Ham Vintage
Charlayne Hunter-Gault
Choral Artists of Sarasota
Dancing in The Moment
Democratic Women's Club of Sarasota
Eileen Fisher
Embracing Our Differences
Florida Association for Women Lawyers
Florida Bar Association
Florida Maritime Museum
Friends of the East Manatee Library at Lakewood Ranch
Gritty Girl
Historic Spanish Point
Karen Sullivan: Faculty, Ringling College of Art and Design
League of Women Voters Manatee
League of Women Voters Sarasota
Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas
Manatee County Democratic Black Caucus
Manatee Village Historical Park
Maryland Women’s Heritage Center
Merrill
METV
National Women’s History Project
New College of Florida
Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida
Republican Women's Club of Sarasota
Ringling College of Art and Design
Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company
Sarasota County Bar Association
Sarasota County Centennial 2021 Committee
Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources
Sarasota County School System
Sarasota Film Festival
Sarasota Ministerial Association
Sarasota Orchestra
The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee
The Links, Incorporated
The Ringling
The Hermitage Artist Retreat
Tom Tryon
United States National Convention of UN Women
USF Center for PAInT (Partnerships for Arts-Integrated Teaching)
Venice Area Historical Society
Women Journalists of Sarasota/Manatee
Waterworks
Women on 20s

MEDIA SPONSORS
ABC7
Sarasota Magazine - Official Magazine Sponsor
West Coast Woman

SUPPORTERS
Susan Fromm Shimelman - Lead Underwriter
Sy and Shelley Goldblatt - Underwriter
Jane Plitt and Jim Bruen - Co-Producer
Ina Schnell – Forums Co-Producer
The Jennifer Michell Charitable Gift Fund
The Boxser Diversity Initiative

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Rachel Lynett holds an MFA in Playwriting from the University of Arkansas and a BA from the University of Notre Dame where she studied Theatre and Gender Studies. She is an Arkansas-based playwright and theatre artist. Her recent playwriting credits include He Did It presented as a reading with Equity Library Theatre, Chicago (2018) and presented as a workshop production with University of Central Florida's Pegasus PlayLab; Refuge as part of Z Space's Problematic Play Festival (2018); Good Bad People as part of Talk Back Theatre's Reading Series (2018), and part of American Stage Theatre Company's 21st Century New Voices New Play Festival (2018).

Sandy RustinSandy Rustin is an actress and award winning playwright. Her comedy, The Cottage, was recently presented by Manhattan Theatre Club with Jason Alexander (Seinfeld) directing, and is in development for an upcoming commercial production in New York. Sandy is currently developing a stage version of the cult-hit film, Clue for the Araca Group, Worklight Productions, and Lively McCabe Entertainment, with director Casey Hushion, slated to begin a National Tour in November 2019. She is also working with Mills Entertainment, STX Entertainment and Tony Nominated Choreographer Director Denis Jones, to develop a live musical Bad Moms.

Jacqueline Goldfinger (she/they) is a playwright and dramaturg. She grew up in the rural South and is primarily known for her work in the Southern Gothic genre. She has also written original plays across genres as well as adapted classic literature for the stage. She is an Affiliated Artist at New Georges and The Lark Playwright’s Center. She is a member of the writers’ labs at Azuka Theatre and The Barrow Group. She won the Yale Drama Prize, Smith Prize, Generations Award, Brown Martin Award, Barrymore Award, and Philadelphia Critics Award. She's been nominated for the Weissberger Award, Blackburn Prize, and Foote Prize. 

Mark St. Germain has written the plays Wednesday's Child (2019 FST World Premiere), Freud's Last Session (Off-Broadway Alliance Best Play), Becoming Dr. Ruth, Camping with Henry and Tom (Outer Critics Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award), Best of Enemies and Forgiving Typhoid Mary (Time Magazine’s “Year’s Ten Best”), Ears on a Beatle, The God Committee, and Out of Gas on Lover's Leap. His play Dancing Lessons premiered in August, 2014 at the Barrington Stage Company in the Berkshires and his play, Relativity, was presented in its Rolling World Premiere with NNPN at Florida Studio Theatre in the spring of 2016.

FST would like to thank our generous supporters.
Together we can provide playwrights with commissions to support the development of new work.

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TOTAL THEATER  I  December 4, 2019  I  Florida Studio Theatre Launches Year-Long Suffragist Project

SRQ DAILY  I  December 6, 2019  I  Florida Studio Theatre Leads Charge on a Celebration of Women's Suffrage

SRQ DAILY  I  December 7, 2019  I  Florida Studio Theatre Announces Full Event Calendar for The Suffragist Project

FLORIDA WEEKLY  I  December 12, 2019  I Florida Studio Theatre Celebrates 19th Amendment