Florida Studio Theatre-Improv in the Afternoon

Two New Classes Added to
Florida Studio Theatre's Improvisation Program

To meet the growing demand for Improv classes, FST has added two new
classes
to its regular improvisational line-up.  Improv in the Afternoon, which
meets Tuesdays from 4:00-5:30 p.m., is designed for people who have
their
days free and want to learn more about the art of improvisation.  In
addition, a special section of Improvisation has been added on
Saturdays.
Designed for busy professionals who work during the week, this Saturday
session meets from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

"We are hoping to attract new audiences with these two new class
times,"
says Rebecca Langford, FST's Managing Director and the Director of the
Improvisation program at Florida Studio Theatre.

Florida will also offer its traditional Improv line-up: Beginning
Improvisation on Wednesdays and Improvisation - for those who've
already
developed their Improv skills - on Thursdays. 

Adults can also indulged their creative side by taking a workshop in
Acting,
Playwriting and Dance.

Under the guidance of professional artists, small classes are held each
week
in FST's professional rehearsal studios.  Students are invited and
encouraged to explore all aspects of the FST theatre community
including
visits to rehearsals, dress rehearsals, performances and other special
events.  The Education Program is under the direction of Kate Alexander
and
is comprised of a core of theatre professionals trained to teach free
from
personal dictates.  FST's methodology helps each person find his or hew
own
"door" to creative achievement. 

Known as Sarasota's Contemporary Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre was
founded
in 1973 by Jon Spelman.  Starting out as a small touring company, FST
traveled to places such as migrant camps and prisons.  The company
eventually settled into a permanent home, acquiring the former Woman's
Club
building - now renamed the Keating Theatre.  In the years that
followed,
Florida Studio Theatre established itself as a major force in American
Theatre, presenting contemporary theatre in its three theatre venues:
the
Keating Theatre, the Goldstein Cabaret and its newest space, the
Gompertz
Theatre. 

Even with its growth, Florida Studio Theatre remains firmly committed
to
making the arts accessible and affordable to a broad-based audience. 
Under
Richard Hopkins, Artistic Director and CEO, FST develops theatre that
speaks
to our living, evolving, and dynamically changing world.  As FST grows
and
expands, it continues to provide audiences with challenging,
contemporary
drama and innovative programs.

For more information on FST's Adult Workshops or to register for
classes,
please call Pam Smith at (941) 366-1350.

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A complete schedule of classes follows. 

Florida Studio Theatre
Adult Education Workshops
Fall 2005

ACTING

Beginning Acting - Monologue 101 (8 weeks)
Beginning Acting-Monologue introduces the adult student to the Florida
Studio Theatre Education program.  This course focuses on the
development of
truth on stage.  A concentration in monologue allows the student to
gain an
appreciation for the theatre by facing a role personally. 

Thursdays  
November 3 - December 29 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Fee: $205
(No Class Nov. 24)

Beginning Acting - Scene 102  (8 weeks)  (Prerequisite 101)
Students in FST's second level class continue the weekly journey.  The
dynamics of building a scene is the focus of this sequel to Beginning
Acting.  Students will learn how to score a script with actions,
intentions
and objectives utilizing a play from the contemporary theatre.

Wednesdays
November 2 - December 28 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Fee: $205
(No class Nov. 23)

Scene Study 201  (8 weeks)
Using plays from contemporary theatre, students will score a scene and
investigate it from the initial read-through to actual performance.
Continuing to explore the themes of intention and objective, each actor
is
guided in the scene building process.  Students will also begin to
explore
and discover the playwright's intentions with a script. 

Mondays
November 7 - December 26 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Fee: $205

DANCE

Dance (8 weeks)
High energy.  Move to world rhythms as you enhance flexibility, stamina
and
endurance.  Fun and funky.  No dance experience necessary. 

Wednesdays
November 2 - December 28  3:00 - 4:15 pm
Fee: $150
(No class Nov. 23)

The dance class is taught by FST Dance Teaching Artist, Kelli Karen.

PLAYWRITING

Beginning Playwriting  (8 weeks)
The class will discuss the structure of a new play, the language of
theatre,
resources available to playwrights for development and production,
theatre
etiquette, writing in the language of theatre, development of character
and
dialogue, rewriting, and the soul of playwriting.  

Thursdays
November 3 - December 29 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Fee: $155
(No class Nov. 24)

Advanced Playwriting  (8 weeks)
For the experienced playwright or writer, interested in taking their
script
from the written page to performance.  Discussions on play process,
promotion and production will be explored. 

Tuesdays
November 1 - December 20 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Fee: $175

Playwriting classes are taught by Larry Parr.


IMPROVISATION

Professional Improv classes are taught under the direction of FST's
Managing
Director, Rebecca Langford.  Ms. Langford has 16 years of Improv
experience
and developed FST's Improvisation program in 2000.  Students in FST's
Improvisation classes are given the opportunity to develop their
artistic
voice, both individually and within an ensemble while working directly
with
FST's Improv Company.

Beginning Improvisation  (8 weeks)
Discover the freedom of spontaneity. Beginning Improvisation is the
launching ground to start developing one's skills as an Improv
performer.
Learn the fundamentals of comedy Improvisation using theatre games and
scenes.  Students are given the opportunity to explore creativity, hone
presentation skills, and build self-confidence through teamwork.  This
class
is designed for those who have no previous Improv knowledge and who
have not
taken classes with FST Improv before.

Wednesdays
November 9 - January 4 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Fee: $205
(No Class Nov. 23)

Improvisation   (8 weeks)
Students are placed into an ensemble and continue to build upon the
fundamentals of Improvisation while advancing scenic and character
skills.
Students will discover their strengths while exploring different forms
and
styles of Improvisation. This class is intended for those who have an
immediate working knowledge of the rules and styles adhered to by FST
Improv.   Admission into this class is by instructor recommendation
only.

Thursdays
November 10 - January  5 7:00-9:00 pm
Fee: $205
(No Class Nov. 24)

Improv in the Afternoon  (8 weeks)
This class is for those individuals who have their days free and are
looking
to expand themselves artistically.  Learn the fundamentals of
Improvisation
using theatre games and scenes.  Specifically designed for the newcomer
to
theatre or Improvisation.  Students will learn basic theatrical and
Improvisational skills while building confidence through ensemble work.
This class is a great introduction to those new to performing or
Improvisation or as a refresher course to those who want to Improve
their
skills.

Tuesdays
November 8 - December 27 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Fee: $175


Improvisation - Special Saturday Session

Saturdays
November 12, 2005 - January 21, 2006     3:00 - 5:00 pm
Fee: $205
(No class Nov. 26, Dec. 24 or Dec. 31)

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