Sarasota’s love for the arts and theatre is well documented over at Florida Studio Theatre.
Perhaps calling it “Florida Studio Theatre” is a bit misleading because the Florida Studio Theatre is actually a collection of theatres. The Keating and Grompertz Theatres host the classic productions, the Goldstein and John C. Court are cabarets and the Bowne’s Lab Theatre hosts improv and edgier productions.
Phyllis Silverman, Assistant to the Managing Director, thinks this wide range of theatres makes the Florida Studio Theatre more accessible.
“Some people are intimidated by bigger productions on our Main Stage,” she says. “That’s why it’s nice to be able to offer cabarets. It’s a nice way for people to get introduced to theatre in a more laid-back setting.”
And keeping the shows financially accessible is a big part of the mission of Florida Studio Theatre.
“We try to keep the prices low,” says Phyllis. “A lot of our patrons are vacationing from up north, so they’re used to seeing some of the best productions and are usually surprised at how affordable our shows are.”
Florida Studio Theatre is the third largest subscription theatre in the US. This means that patrons buy subscriptions before they know what shows are available. Nicole, the Public Relations Associate, says this is a product of building a relationship with the community.
“Being able to sell out subscriptions before we even know what productions will be available shows the amount of trust our patrons have in us,” she says. “We have to do our part to maintain that trust.”
And the number of theatres today at Florida Studio Theatre is a product of the high demand.
“The reason the John C. Court exists is that the Goldstein was selling out,” says Phyllis. “We hope to keep growing.”
Reserve your seat before it’s too late at Florida Studio Theatre.