The Florida Studio Theatre has received a year-end gift for more than $200,000 from local philanthropists Jack and Priscilla Schlegel to celebrate how local theater brings together community, promotes education, and engages citizens through the performing arts.

“Theater is just as much about educating as it is entertaining,” Jack Schlegel said. “We invite others to join us in ensuring the experiences created at FST continue to build our community’s thoughtful arts reputation and top-level performances.”

A portion of the gift was designated from the couple’s fund at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, which has contributed nearly half a million dollars in support to area nonprofits since 2015. This is the largest grant that fund has provided to date.