Immerse Yourself in Live Theatre Shows at Florida Studio Sarasota

Live Theatre Shows – Florida Studio Theatre – Hegner Theater
Photo by Greg Wilson. FST’s Hegner Theatre Wing.

The city of Sarasota is renowned for its arts and culture scene, offering an impressive complement of live theatre shows, world-class performances, activities, and events for enthusiasts. With its ideal location on the Boulevard of the Arts, Auteur will truly be at the center of it all, with world-class concerts, ballet and theatre premiering at residents’ doorsteps.

Without a doubt, its proximity to the finest arts and entertainment that Sarasota has to offer is one of the many reasons your future address at Auteur is so enviable.

Recognized for its contemporary American theatre, Florida Studio Theatre is situated in the heart of Downtown Sarasota mere moments away from Auteur, boasting the nation’s third largest following with more than 30,000 yearly subscribers.

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is an exciting performance village that hosts a variety of live theatre shows and Sarasota events in 5 distinct theatres and 4 buildings. The FST theatres include the historic Keating and Gompertz theatres, the Parisian-style Goldstein and John C. Court Cabarets, and Bowne’s Lab Theatre.

The theatre complex brings an energy and vitality to the Boulevard of Arts, and an abundance of live plays and other performances at FST in Sarasota are scheduled for this holiday season and beyond.

Winter Live Theatre Shows – Florida Theatre Schedule

Composed of six different and distinctive programs, the history of FST drives its highly anticipated live performances.

Live Theatre Shows – Florida Studio Theatre Production of Bright Star


Well-known for its acclaimed 33 World Premieres and 89 Regional Premieres, Mainstage is  Florida Studio Theatre’s flagship program. Mainstage produces the best in contemporary American theatre through plays that speak to the ever-changing world, and the program features seven annual productions highlighting new works and the latest Broadway productions.

Don’t miss these Mainstage live theatre shows of the season…

  • Bright Star | November 6 – January 11
    “A Sweeping musical tale of love and redemption”
  • Handle with Care | December 11 – March 8
    “A cross-cultural romantic comedy”
  • American Son | January 22 – March 22
    “A gripping new drama about family, love, loss, and identity”
  • The Legend of Georgia McBride | April 1 – May 29
    “An Elvis impersonator loses his gig in this musical comedy”

Photo by Matthew Holler. Meredith Jones and Blake Price in FST’s production of Bright Star.

Live Theatre Shows – Florida Studio Theatre Cabaret, That’s Amoré!


Cabaret began in 1996 and now houses entertaining musical and improvisation performances. The program has produced 40 World Premieres since its inaugural show.

Don’t miss this season’s Cabaret live theatre shows…

  • That’s Amore! | September 25 – February 2
    “Celebrating the great songbook of Dean Martin”
  • Outlaws and Angels | November 20 – March 29
    “A rousing celebration of songs by the rugged outlaws of country music”
  • Light My Fire | February 5 – June 14
    “Hits by Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and more!”

Photo by Matthew Holler. Emily Dennis and Nygel Robinson in in FST’s Cabaret, That’s Amoré!.

Stage III

The juxtaposition of intense social-awareness productions with more lighthearted and general entertainment shows attracts audiences from all walks of life.

Stage III is even home to the Florida Studio Theatre Improv Troupe, a popular improv group established in 2001.  

FST in Sarasota also hosts the annual Sarasota Improv Festival, bringing acclaimed troupes from all over the world to the great city of Sarasota. This event is one of the major Sarasota theater events that locals eagerly look forward to each year.

Catch their next live show! FST Improv performs every Saturday and select Friday nights at 8:30 PM.

New Play Development

Developing new plays is crucial to the Florida Studio Theatre Sarasota, with the theatre receiving nearly 8,000 new plays a year from writers nationwide. Most of the unique scripts are then carried through the New Play Development program and performed at the Mainstage and Cabaret theatres.

Discover A Wealth of Art and Entertainment On Your Doorstep

A colorful array of arts and entertainment abound in downtown Sarasota. Nonprofit arts and culture are a remarkable industry in Sarasota, generating more than $295 million dollars for the local economy. The Florida Studio Theatre does not stand alone on the Boulevard of Arts – a rich and colorful collection of arts and entertainment complement the city’s thriving culture.

Auteur Sarasota | Now Accepting Contracts!

With this Boulevard of the Arts address, Auteur residents take center stage amid Sarasota’s thriving arts and culture. A limited collection of luxury condominiums overlooking Sarasota Bay are available from the $2 millions, and now accepting contracts. Visit our sales gallery at 1297 North Palm Avenue, our website www.auteursarasota.com or call 941-218-2855 to schedule your exclusive presentation.