Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is Sarasota’s contemporary theatre, located in the heart of downtown. It has been in operation in Sarasota since 1973. The Florida Studio Theatre campus is a village of theatres – the historic Keating and Gompertz Theatres, the Parisian-style Goldstein and John C. Court Cabarets, and Bowne's Lab Theatre. Near the Sarasota bayfront, FST brings an energy and vitality to the downtown area. Each theatre is small in size and large in impact – providing an intimate and engaging setting for high-quality, professional performances. Hip and historical, entertaining and challenging, we are the theatre where the street meets the elite, where everyone is welcome to come and engage in the art of theatre.
During its history, FST has grown into a theatre with a budget of over $8 million and over 36,000 subscribers a year, the third largest subscription theatre in the nation.
FST has modeled itself on the strength of creating the best in contemporary theatre at an affordable price. Overall, FST serves over 230,000 attendees per year through its major programs: the Mainstage Series, the Cabaret Series, Stage III, Children's Theatre, Education, and New Play Development.