Each year Florida Studio Theatre (FST) presents a WRITE A PLAY contest for students in Kindergarten through Grade 12. Initially only students from Florida participated but nearly 20 years ago, a cultural exchange program was established between FST and our Sister City Tel Mond, Israel. Professional playwrights and actors from FST travelled to Israel and presented in-class workshops to elementary and secondary students.

Later workshops were held in Dunfermline, Scotland and Vladimir, Russia and the plays poured in from those cities as well. Throughout the years, there have been winning playwrights and honorable mention playwrights from the 3 cities mentioned and from our other Sister Cities: Xiamen China, Treviso Italy, and Perpignan France.

SCAS invites the winning playwrights to Sarasota to see their plays performed at FST by professional actors at the Young Playwrights Festival. While here, they meet with the Mayor of Sarasota, visit several local attractions (including the beach), and interact with Sarasotans.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the WRITE A PLAY program went virtual. We hope that next year, the Young Playwrights Festival will be an in-person event again at FST.
We look forward to hosting future international winners from our Sister Cities in our beautiful city of Sarasota.

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