FST Presents 28th Annual Spelman Award

Named in honor of FST Founding Artistic Director, John Spelman, the Spelman Award is an annual award presented to an individual or corporate sponsor who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership by providing FST with spiritual, financial, and/or in-kind support. On February 26, 2018 at Shakespeare’s Shindig, FST was proud to present the 28th Annual Spelman Award to Mr. Arnold Simonsen in recognition of his generous $1 … Continue reading FST Presents 28th Annual Spelman Award

The Richard and Betty Burdick Reading Series

by Alex Hill Every year, FST presents The Richard and Betty Burdick New Play Reading Series, an endowed workshopping experience in which three new plays receive readings every May. Since its beginning in 1996, the series has gone on to help numerous shows reach the stage, including this season’s How to Use a Knife and Honor Killing. During the series, actors, playwrights, and audience members … Continue reading The Richard and Betty Burdick Reading Series

Planned Giving Matters

by Amanda Moths and Melody Mora-Shihadeh Muriel O’Neil was not just an avid fan of Florida Studio Theatre productions. She was also a great friend of the theatre. In addition to many years of attending shows at FST, her dedication and selfless hours of volunteer work further demonstrated her passion and appreciation for the art of theatre. Muriel sadly passed away in 2013. But thanks … Continue reading Planned Giving Matters

A Nod to the Past, An Eye Towards the Future

by Amanda Moths and Becca Jennings On February 26th, FST will celebrate rebirth and revival at Shakespeare’s Shindig: A Modern Day Renaissance. Inspired by an iconic period of artistic and cultural transformation, this year’s annual fundraiser celebrates some of FST’s own exciting transformations with a nod to one of the most influential artists of the English Renaissance, William Shakespeare. American theatre itself is experiencing a … Continue reading A Nod to the Past, An Eye Towards the Future

Rebecca Hopkins: Celebrating 20 Years at FST

by Nicole Clayton It’s hard to put into words the passion and appreciation required to work for and serve an organization for twenty years. Luckily, the work often speaks for itself. After spending the beginning of her career in Atlanta, Austin, and Clearwater, Rebecca came to FST in 1998. Hopkins says, “I really only expected to be at FST for a season or two. I … Continue reading Rebecca Hopkins: Celebrating 20 Years at FST

Jynelly Rosario Receives Daniel R. Mandelker and Marlene N. Harris Scholarship Award

Every year, the staff at FST presents one outstanding intern the annual Daniel R. Mandelker and Marlene N. Harris Scholarship Award. This honor is given in recognition of their talent, drive, and achievement. The person is chosen because they embody the core values and mission of FST and acts as a model for others through their natural leadership. This year, the award was presented to … Continue reading Jynelly Rosario Receives Daniel R. Mandelker and Marlene N. Harris Scholarship Award

Building a Community Space

by Amanda Moths The 2017-18 Season is starting off with exciting new additions to the FST campus. The first of which is the newly named Arnold Simonsen and Ronda Montminy Theatre Wing. Florida Studio Theatre received a generous $1 million gift from Mr. Arnold Simonsen for the purchase of 1234 1st Street, located adjacent to FST’s administrative parking lot. The new building will provide much … Continue reading Building a Community Space