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 30 organizations, this bi-county artistic commemoration will feature plays, dance performances, art exhibits, lectures, panel discussions, 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 a closed Playwriting Residency in October of 2019. Their plays will be presented 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].

PROJECT CHAIR: Chief Judge Williams
OUTREACH: Charlie Ann Syprett

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

Akins Marketing & Design
American Association of University Women
Art Ovation Hotel
Booker High School Law Academy
Brandeis National Committee
BTN Films
Charlayne Hunter Gault
Dancing in The Moment
Democratic Women's Club
Eileen Fisher
Embracing Our Differences
Florida Association for Women Lawyers
Florida Maritime Museum
Florida Studio Theatre
Friends of the East Manatee Library at Lakewood Ranch
Gaele Barthold
Historic Spanish Point
Karen Sullivan: Faculty, Ringling College of Art and Design
League of Women Voters Manatee
League of Women Voters Sarasota
Manatee Village Historical Park
Maryland Women’s Heritage Center
Merrill/Bank of America
Moving Ethos Dance Company
National Women’s History Project
New College of Florida
Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida
Republican Women's Club of Sarasota
Ringling Museum of Art and Design
Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company
Sarasota County Bar Association
Sarasota County Centennial 2021 Committee
Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources
Sarasota Ministerial Association
Sarasota Orchestra
The Jewish Federation
The One Nine
Tom Tryon
United States National Convention of UN Women
USF Center for PAInT
Venice Area Historical Society
Women Journalists of Sarasota/Manatee

Sarasota Magazine - Official Magazine Sponsor
West Coast Woman

Susan Fromm Shimelman - Lead Underwriter
Sy and Shelley Goldblatt - Underwriter
Jane Plitt and Jim Bruen - Co-Producer

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.

The Suffragist Project in the News

SRQ DAILY  I  April 13, 2019  I  Florida Studio Theatre to Produce The Suffragist Project

SARASOTA MAGAZINE  I  April 16, 2019  I  The Suffragist Project Launch Party Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Women's Right To Vote

FLORIDA WEEKLY  I  May 2, 2019  I  FST Celebrates 100 years of Women's Right to Vote

SARASOTA HERALD-TRIBUNE  I  May 19, 2019  I  Suffragist Project Marks 100 years of Women Voting

SARASOTA MAGAZINE  I  June 16, 2019  I  Women of Influence 2019: Florida Studio Theatre