Sarasota's FST-Winter Adult Theatre Workshops

Florida Studio Theatre Announces
Winter Adult Workshop Schedule

Classes begin in early January and registration is currently under way.

FST's Improvisation program will offer Improv in the Afternoon, which
meets Tuesdays from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.  Improv in the Afternoon is designed for
people who have their days free and want to learn more about the art of

"We are hoping to attract new audiences with Improv in the Afternoon,"
says Rebecca Langford, FST's Managing Director and the Director of the
Improvisation program at Florida Studio Theatre.  "This class time is
perfect not only for people who are retired, but also for people who
work at night."

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 Wednesday and Thursdays. 

Adults can also indulge 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 her
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.

A complete schedule of classes follows:

Florida Studio Theatre
Adult Education Workshops
Winter 2006


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. 

January 9 - February 27 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Fee: $205

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.

January 12 - March 2 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Fee: $205

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. 

January 9 - February 27 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Fee: $205


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

January 11 - March 8 3:00 - 4:15 pm
Fee: $150

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


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.  

January 10 - February 28 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Fee: $155

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. 

January 12 - March 2 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Fee: $175

Playwriting classes are taught by Larry Parr.


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.

January 18 - March 8 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Fee: $205

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

January 19 - March 9 7:00-9:00 pm
Fee: $205

January 18 - March 8 7:00-9:00 pm
Fee: $205

Improv in the Afternoon  (8 weeks)
This class is for those individuals who have their days free and want
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.

January 17 - March 7 4:00 - 5:30 pm
Fee: $175


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