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Florida Studio Theatre hosts an array of special events throughout the year in celebration of the season and to honor those that make our art and education possible.

Annual FST Shindig

Our largest fundraiser celebration of the season! Our evening will feature signature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, the presentation of the Spelman Award along with performances featuring favorite FST artists. Our evening concludes with an elegant three-course dinner catered by Michael’s On East. Thank you to our Lead Sponsor: Gulf Coast Community Foundation. 

Full and half table sponsorships are available.

Fireside Chats with Richard Hopkins

Intimate discussions with Producing Artistic Director, Richard Hopkins and other special guests on behind-the-scenes aspects of Florida Studio Theatre’s philosophies and programming.

Keating Theatre | Free

FST Forums Discussions

Panel discussions led by Associate Director At-Large, Kate Alexander and Steering Committee Chair, Honorable Charles E. Williams. The Forums Project is a city-wide diversity initiative designed to engage Sarasota in critical discussions centered around the diverse topics of our shows.

Keating Theatre | Free


Show your support for FST’s in-the-schools Write A Play program.  Help us read short plays from over 3,000 of our young playwrights.  We need your help to decide the winning plays for the Young Playwrights Festival in May.  Refreshments and light lunch served.

Keating Theatre | Free

Spring Ovation Luncheon

A grand reception, with lunch, and special performances in honor of our Season Underwriters and Co-Producers who continue to make the art and education programs possible on FST’s five stages. 

John C. Court Cabaret | Free

Young Playwrights Festival

Celebrating the playwrights of our WRITE A PLAY Program and all of its outcomes.

This event features short plays by young playwrights in The Last Acorn & Other Winning Plays, followed by an awards ceremony honoring the winners.

Keating Theatre & Gompertz Theatre | Free