About the program

KIDS IN THE ARTS provides an insider’s look at the Florida Studio Theater’s 2008 Young Playwrights Festival, and the moving performances and inspiring stories of the young playwrights themselves who tell us firsthand the changes they have experienced through their participation and witnessing their written word come to life.

Florida Studio Theater’s WRITE A PLAY program is an in-school arts initiative designed to inspire students to be creative and to write plays. It has reached more than 1,000,000 students since 1991, and culminates annually with the Young Playwrights Festival. This year’s festival received more than 9,000 entries from young playwrights from the state of Florida and around the world including Sarasota sister cities in Russia, Israel and Scotland. Join KIDS IN THE ARTS host Gabriel Ortiz for this inspiring and enlightening journey into the world of young authors.

About Florida Studio Theatre

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) has been in operation in Sarasota since 1973. During its history, FST has grown into a theatre with a budget of over $4 million and 20,000 subscribers a year, more than any theatre its size in the country. FST produces world premieres and contemporary works which have been produced on or off-Broadway within the last five years. By focusing on the works of contemporary writers, FST has been able to offer plays to its audiences that are not normally produced by other area theatres. FST is comprised of six main programs: Mainstage, Cabaret, the Gompertz Theatre, Education, Touring and New Play Development.

KIDS IN THE ARTS is funded by a generous grant from Ann and Alfred Goldstein with a vision of promoting the arts throughout West Central Florida. KIDS IN THE ARTS is an exclusive production of WEDU;  the station’s Vice President of Content, Jack Conely, served as the Executive Producer; Ken Cherry as the Producer.