Fun place to be. Cute little theatre but the housing is disgusting! If you can handle that, then you will have a fun time.
and Sarasota has the best beach in the contiguous states!!! :)
Can you share more about your housing experience?
Any more comments about this theater? And what was soo bad about the housing?
Please elaborate on the housing, thanks!
Great little theatre. Did a staged reading there. Everyone is very professional and nice. As far as housing, I had no problems. I had my own little house and it was great. I know they have several apartments, so I don't know if the previous reviewer stayed in a weird place. Housing is walking distance from downtown which is very cute. Full of shops and a Whole Foods for the health nuts. You'll be fine. Plus, if you do have housing issues, tell them. They have a guy they send out to fix anything. Take the gig, you'll love the area.
How was the pay at this theatre?
Does anyone have any info on their apprentice program?
Well...where to begin...
Housing - not so bad. You want to live in 'Casa de 5th' or on 8th street. Otherwise, your housing will be on the old side, which may or may not be infested with rats.
Cars - they give company cars, most of which are death traps on wheels. Faulty breaks, caving roofs, non functioning tail lights, stalling motors, tricky ignition.
The theatre itself - they are cute performance spaces, but they are slapped together without and logic, thought, or intelligence. I witnessed one theatre space being prepared by interns (marketing, acting, stage management interns, at that) who were doing jobs that should have been performed by listened contractors and electricians. There was a sink whole, a loading dock door that never stayed shut, and a heating/cooling system that never worked correctly.
Internship/apprenticeship - if you like doing the work of 10 people, handling a wide variety of jobs beyond what you signed up to do, and being guilt tripped into thinking this is your only option of employment, then this is the job for you! (Good luck trying to put in your notice, they won't accept it.)
Pay - pennies on the dollar. If they remember to pay you.
Safety - bring a hard hat and steel toe boots to tech. And perhaps have your AEA rep's phone number on speed dial.
But, you'll be in Florida, so there's that.
Ps - get ready to meet some interesting meth and crack heads.
Take the gig! If you're hired on as an actor, by all means take it.
I did a show there 2 years ago and couldn't have had more fun if I tried. We were treated with so much respect and given anything we wanted. If there were issues with anything and I mean ANYTHING they were addressed immediately.
Housing...there are 2 sets of housing. Actors and interns. The intern housing was sub par. But the actor housing was excellent. I, at the time, had an entire house to myself. My fellow actors were a mix of local and NY hires. But were all superb.
Facilities were clean and pretty fun venues. Nothing huge and they're making due with the space they have but the theaters were not bad at all.
Also opportunities to sit in on readings or participate in readings of potential shows. As well as invites to watch the other shows rehearsals now and then. (you know to give them an audience)
There is a real sense of "we're all here together."
Again, if you get offered the gig...take it.
However...if you get offered an internship, you can do far better elsewhere. They pay interns very little.
Subpar all around. I agree with the above on the part about the interns doing the work of 10 people who should be paid staff. The housing is not great, the pay for union actors is not great. A plus is the housing for the most part is downtown, so lots of access for things to do as far as coffee shops and restaurants. There are no longer company cars so Target and the mall is out of the question. There is a big grocery store about a mile from the housing. The beach is about a 3 mile walk but a beautiful one. Some of the staff were not helpful or kind and simply toe the company line to keep their job.
Worked at FST recently and it was easily one of my favorite contracts I've ever done. I'd even say I stayed in one of the "lower tiered" houses, and it was still great. Private rooms (even for the interns), perfect location near the best beaches in the country, and a very supportive community!
As pointed out above, there is a HUGE difference between being offered a position as an actor or as an intern, and I definitely agree with the fact that the interns are worked to the bone. BUT you should know what you're signing up for beforehand, especially when dealing with an internship. With that said, if you're offered an actor contract, I'd say 100% take it. The internship ? Maybe steer clear of unless you're very new to the business or are very financially well off and want to spend some time in a beautiful city.
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