“I entered FST’s Professional Training Program hoping it would be a spring board into the theatre industry, and it most definitely was. I feel I was given the stability and opportunity to cultivate new talents and further hone existing skills. I feel like I was able to peek behind the curtain and see how the theatre world works. It gave me the knowledge, connections, and confidence to enter that world on my own terms, and prepare me for opportunities I never expected would come my way.”
- Benedict Burgess, Literary Intern 2019-2020, Marketing Fellow 2020-2021

“FST was truly monumental in my growth as an artist. It was exactly the kind of program I was looking for post-grad to understand what a life in professional theatre actually looks like, and what my place in it could be. I am sure that the skills, experiences, and community will stay with me as I continue on this journey, one that I am so much more prepared and excited for because of what I've learned.”
- Regina Famatigan, Acting Apprentice 2021-2022

"I came to Florida Studio Theatre to further my education in stage management and my understanding of non-profit theatre operations. The stage management internship allowed me to interact with every department in the organization. Secondary duties in the box office helped me expand my interactions to the patron base. these experiences helped me gain an appreciation for everyone involved in making theatre possible on stage, back stage and in the audience."
- Rebecca Li Grady, Stage Management Intern 2016-2017

"I’m the theatre professional I am today because of my time in the FST Professional Training Program and the mentors I had along the way. I was shown constant support as I navigated the transition from college to the professional world and I will be forever grateful to the former interns and staff members who helped to nurture my strengths and push me to become more ingrained in the theatre community. I was given the opportunity to write and develop children’s theatre, cabarets, and grow as an improvisor and sketch writer, all while taking on administrative and front-of-house tasks. I was able to be a part of so many different departments and processes, it truly shaped me into a well-rounded theatre practitioner."
- Sarah Durham, Literary Intern 2018-2019, Playwriting Fellow 2019-20

"FST helped to afford me the time and resources to foster connections with theatres and artists in the area, which led to many jobs and opportunities once my time at FST concluded. There are so many artists that came through FST that helped me learn the business side of this industry, not to mention having the ability to read and see so many plays for free. I say that I learned my craft while getting my BFA, and I learned how to use my craft to make a living during my apprenticeship at FST."
- Brooke Benson, Acting Apprentice 2017-2018

“I came to Florida Studio Theatre hoping for a one-year internship that would help me start my career in arts administration. What I learned has made me an incredibly well-rounded arts administrator. The rigorous cross-departmental training was a major part of my understanding of the inner workings of a theatre company and is still a part of my day-to-day life in theatre management. While the training had made me a much stronger administrator, the program also thrives on the community that is Florida Studio Theatre. There were many people who were constantly in my corner and supporting me to be more effective in the industry.”
- JT Priar, General Management Intern 2019-20