The Florida Studio Theater (FST) announced that two new staff members have joined the theater’s expanding team. Alex Price is FST’s new production manager, taking over from the theater’s former production manager, Bruce Price, who worked at FST for 20 years. Jay Lockaby has joined FST’s Development Department as Major Gifts Manager. These new additions come at an exciting time in FST’s history, with a full 2022-2023 winter season opening this week and the theatre’s largest expansion project – The Mulva Arts Plaza, a twelve floors that will enable FST to meet its growing needs.
Alex Price joined the FST team in 2021 as Associate Production Manager reporting to the theatre’s former Production Manager, Bruce Price.
“Serving under Bruce for ten months prepared me to take on the responsibility of leading the production department at FST, executing a level of excellence on every show and program seen by the Sarasota community,” said Alex Price. “Each day brings new and exciting challenges, and I couldn’t think of a better place to live out my dream than the Florida Studio Theater.”
Prior to moving to Sarasota, Price served as General Artistic Director of the Round Barn Theater in Indiana, where he directed, designed sets and oversaw the technical aspects of several productions, including the world premiere of When Calls The Heart. TheMusical. He is also the founding artistic director of The 574 Theater Company, where he directed and produced Into the Woods – A Deaf Theater Project, which was performed simultaneously in American Sign Language (ASL) and English. This was the first Into the Woods production to be performed in ASL.
Jay Lockaby, who began working as a major gifts officer at Sarasota Contemporary Theater in mid-September, has lived in the Sarasota-Manatee area since 2003.
“I really love the soul of Florida Studio Theatre. I’ve always loved it,” Lockaby said. “It truly is a special organization. Richard Hopkins, Rebecca Hopkins and the rest of the dynamic team at FST have been dedicated to making entertaining and empowering theater accessible and affordable to this community for decades.”
Prior to joining the staff of FST, he worked as a fundraising consultant at Ghiorsi & Sorrenti, Inc., guiding healthcare organizations and other nonprofits in implementing fundraising campaigns. successful. For fourteen years, Lockaby worked with the Cancer Support Community (CSC), spending seven years as President and CEO of a successful local chapter and seven years as Senior Vice President of Affiliate Relations and of strategic growth at the organization’s international headquarters in Washington, D.C.
ABOUT FLORIDA STUDIO THEATER
The Florida Studio Theater (FST) is Sarasota’s contemporary theater. Founded in 1973, FST has grown into a five-theatre village located in the heart of downtown Sarasota. Each theater is small in size and big in impact, providing an intimate and engaging setting for high quality professional performances.
Today, FST has established itself as a major force in American theater. FST is the largest subscription theater in the State of Florida and one of the largest in the nation, serving more than 230,000 spectators each year in its six main programs: Mainstage, Cabaret, Stage III, Children’s Theatre, The FST School and New Play. Development.
Even with its growth, Florida Studio Theater remains firmly committed to making the arts accessible and affordable to as many people as possible. Under the direction of Producer Artistic Director Richard Hopkins, FST develops theater that speaks to our living, evolving and dynamically changing world. Hip and historic, entertaining and thought-provoking, we are the theater where the street meets the elite – where everyone is invited to engage in the art of theater.