Studio 84 Productions


Upcoming Events

Seating Chart

The Story of Studio 84

Theatre Classes

Delta Psi Omega

Mailing List


The theatre program of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts presents four or five shows annually under the name of Studio 84 Productions.  These comedies, dramas, mysteries and musicals are presented in either the Neel Performing Arts Center or in the new David S. & Anne V. Howard Studio Theatre.

These theatre productions are staged by professional directors who also serve as full-time faculty. Auditions are open to SCF students and community members. 

Upcoming Events

Auditions: Readings are held in the David S. & Anne V. Howard Studio Theatre
Bldg. 11, Room 163.
Auditions for our theatre productions will be held:
Fall 2016:

SHOW #2:  Tuesday, Oct 11; 7 p.m. SHARP at the Howard Studio Theatre, Building 11 West, Room 163

Scholarship Auditions/Interviews:

Auditions will be held for student actors and technicians planning to enroll in the 2017-18 academic year by appointment. Directions and campus map information 

Students are not required to be a theatre major to be awarded a scholarship. Students are not required to prepare a monologue or portfolio, although they may if they wish. For more information about audition requirements and to schedule an audition, call 941-752-5586.                    


Fall 2016


4 A.M. - It's the darkest hours of the night, and most people are safely asleep, but not the characters in this play. Why are they awake? What monsters are they battling? What connections are they trying to make? Are the powers behind this magic time of the night good, evil or something else all together? 

SELFIE - In a world awash in selfies, making your self-image stand out is a difficult task. There are outside pressures, parents, peers, and society, and there are inside pressures, illness, doubts and self-judgment all vying to mold you into something that might not fit the real you. SELFIE documents, one click at a time,  a year in the lives of a group of young people learning that the only important images are the ones they have of themselves.

Amanda Schlachter directs.

September 30, October 1, 7, and 8 at 8 p.m.
October 2 and 9 at 2 p.m.

David S. & Anne V. Howard Studio Theatre
Reserved Seats: Adults and Seniors $12
All Florida Students & SCF Staff $6

Tickets on Sale September 20th

Neel Auditorium Box Office Hours:
9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri
(Closed Wednesdays)

Howard Studio Theatre Box Office Hours:
1 hour before each performance
Box Office Phone:  (941) 752-5252


Seating Chart



The Story of Studio 84

In November 1966, the SCF Department of Theatre presented its first production, "The Little Hut" on the stage of the Samuel R. Neel Auditorium.  In the summer of 1972, a "black box" studio theatre was constructed under the leadership of Professor John W. James, the director of theatre. The wooden risers originally seated folding chairs until 120 seats were salvaged from the old Players of Sarasota building. However, only 84 seats could fit into the theatre, which led to the studio theatre's original name. 

In the mid-1980s, a new stage was built and the original 84 seats were replaced with newer, larger and more comfortable ones. The old wooden risers were replaced one or two at a time with welded steel risers and casters. In the early 1990s, Studio 84 obtained a new lobby, hallway, and box office. Soon after his retirement in December 1998, Studio 84 Theatre was renamed the John W. James Studio Theatre in honor of the professor's perseverance in fulfilling his vision of transforming a hollow shell into a vital studio theatre.

The final performance in the John W. James Studio Theatre was held on June 16, 2007.  One week later, 40 alumni helped pack and move 35 years worth of theatre materials prior to the studio theatre's dismantling.  For the 2007-08 season, Studio 84 Productions was housed in the former film annex  during major remodeling of the  new performing arts wing. On September 26, 2008, the first performance of "The Servant of Two Masters" was held in the new 116-seat David S. & Anne V. Howard Studio Theatre.



Classes in the dramatic arts are offered each semester through the Department of Fine and Performing Arts.  Please click here to see the course of study. For further information, please click here to contact Craig Smith , Theatre Program Manager, or by telephone at (941)752-5586.


Delta Psi Omega

Delta Psi Omega was organized March 20, 1929, as an honorary dramatic fraternity for the purpose of providing an honor society for those doing a high standard of work in college dramatics. The expansion of Delta Psi Omega among the colleges of the United States and Canada provides a wider fellowship for those interested in college theatre. The Manatee Community College chapter of Delta Psi Omega, Cast #202, was established in 1966. Students are admitted into this national honorary fraternity at an awards banquet held each April. 

Delta Psi Omega funds go directly to the students in the form of tuition scholarships and theatre activities, including the New York Theatre Honors Tour each March. 


Mailing List

If you are interested in receiving additional information about Studio 84 Productions and upcoming performances, please contact James Thaggard box office manager, by e-mail or by telephone at (941)752-5252.

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