FST awarded $ 200,000 gift to unite community through entertainment
The Florida Studio Theater received a year-end gift of over $ 200,000 from local philanthropists Jack and Priscilla Schlegel to celebrate how local theater brings community together, promotes education and engages citizens through the arts a spectacle.
“Theater is as much about education as it is entertainment,” said Jack Schlegel. “We invite others to join us in ensuring that the experiences created at FST continue to build our community’s thoughtful artistic reputation and high-level performances. “
Part of the donation came from the couple’s fund at the Sarasota County Community Foundation, which has donated nearly half a million dollars to support nonprofit organizations in the area since 2015. It is about the largest grant this fund has given to date.
“We are proud to join our donors in recognizing how the arts – and FST in particular – unite children and adults around ideas that help us get to know ourselves better and unite as a community,” said Roxie Jerde, President and CEO of the Community Foundation. “We hope the Schlegels’ generosity will inspire others to join them in ensuring these experiences continue long after the recall.”
Founded in 1973 as the region’s contemporary theater, the FST has grown to five theaters in the heart of downtown Sarasota and is Florida’s largest subscription theater.
“We are grateful for the support from Jack and Priscilla Schlegel,” said Richard Hopkins, artistic director of production for FST. “They recognize the impact of art in our community, that art improves lives, that art is good for the soul. We are fervent in our goal of expanding, developing and magnifying the art of theater and the audiences it serves. This level of support will allow us to do this and more, for that we are truly grateful. “
Each year, FST serves over 230,000 through its various programs: Mainstage, Cabaret, Stage III, Children’s Theater, The FST School, New Play Development and FST lmprov. Learn more about floridastudiotheatre.org.
For more information on the Community Foundation, CFSarasota.org or call 941-955-3000.
Submitted by Hunter Carpenter