Each year Florida Studio Theatre 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 also 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.

This year the Young Playwrights Festival will take place on Saturday, May 16 at FST.

We hope to have several winners and look forward to hosting them in our beautiful city.

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