Stageworks Theatre Co

Rating: 4.95 stars   55 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth

Location: 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd. West Bldg., #151 Tampa FL 33606 USA

Mission: Provide the highest quality professional theater which respects, ignites and celebrates the human spirit and challenges the thresholds of intolerance and insensitivity: Present new and enduring works of diverse cultures; Provide a learning/ performing home for multi-ethnic emerging and established Florida artists; Give artists regional and national exposure; enhance our growth with partnerships; Elevate quality of life with outreach programs to underserved populations.
Results: Completed over 60% of the build out. Looking forward to opening in 2011 summer. Asking for $100,000 more dollars to complete the building.
Target demographics: Main Stage: 18-80 core of theater fans; targeted minority populations: at risk youth, women, African Americans, gays, disabled, seniors depending on the material chosen
Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 20,000
Programs: MAINSTAGE - 5 shows annually ANGER MANAGEMENT for At-Risk Youth: 3 workshops/yr TELLING OUR STORIES for Foster Youth, 1 workshop/hr LEARN IT, SHARE IT! for at-risk Youth: perform monologues of Great African Americans STAGEWRIGHTS: for W. Central Fl playwrights to develop their work; bi-monthly meetings at Stageworks
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Rating: 5 stars  

Having volunteered since 2009 for Stageworks, they are like family to me. Stageworks has some of the most amazing live performances that you can find in the Tampa Bay area and to give so many of us a place to share our talents for the disadvantaged of our community makes it a wonderful organization.

 
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Two years ago, I was looking for an organization to volunteer for and I found Stageworks. Anna and Andrea welcomed me into this great organization. Giving me terrific opportunities to share my abilities in many different ways. Their purpose in the community is admirable and has done great service for the local disadvantaged as well as the art community as a whole.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending all their performances since 2009. The actors and talents of the Stageworks' family are always excellent.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hope that more would volunteer their time and money to make it possible for them to focus on their creative missions rather than funding.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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1 person found this review helpful

For over 30 years Stageworks Theatre has been producing top quality professional shows that make you stretch your realm of experience. Dedicated to exploring diversity and teaching tolerance, Stageworks has always been a leader in choosing plays that challenge you while they entertain you. I am proud to be associated with this great organization.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been going to see Stageworks shows since its inception 30 years ago. I had just moved down from new York City and was concerned that there would not be enough GREAT theatre in this new community I was moving to. From its first show 30 years ago, to the shows in the past season I have continued to be "swept away" by the powerful emotion of the actors and the alluring engagement of the plays. I especially admire the wide diversity of plays that Stageworks decides to produce: I have seen plays about the gay community dealing with the AIDS virus (The Normal Heart); plays about conflict in the Jewish tradition (The Chosen); plays about the strength of women in their support of each other (The Sisters Rosensweig); plays about the tension of apartheid in South Africa (My Children My Africa) and plays about the challenges of immigration and assimilation in "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents." I am dedicated to Stageworks because they walk the talk: they believe in their mission of promoting tolerance and celebrating diversity and their plays symbolize their beliefs. During the last 8 years have had the honor of being on the Board and work with one of the most involved and dedicated group of volunteers I have ever been associated with. We are a working board and proud to help spread the artistic vision of our Founder and producing Artistic Director, Anna Brennen and our Associate Artistic Director, Karla Hartley.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Cultivate more volunteers for the Board who can help with fundraising.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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6 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with Stageworks Theatre for more than 20 years. I was attracted to Stageworks because of their courageous plunge into AIDS prevention education for youth when AIDS was a "four letter word". Stageworks developed a play about AIDS prevention and after a long hard struggle with the Board of Education, finally got approved to tour the public schools. It was poignant, it was piercing and it was effective. I felt that Stageworks filled a vacuum in our community and will be forever grateful that they were committed to helping the kids of our community learn about the disease and how to prevent it. I truly believe that Stageworks helped to change behavior and helped save lives. It was very personal for me because my brother had been diagnosed with AIDS, so at that time I felt like I was doing something helpful. (My brother died several years later from AIDS.) Many years later I am still a volunteer, and continue to be impressed with the high quality Main Stage productions. I am from New York City - so my standards are very high - and Stageworks comes out a winner every time. The calibre of the direction and the acting is top notch, the technical sophistication in design and final production values are impeccable and the emotional level of delivery is often heartwrenching. I have spent many hours in the theatre laughing so hard that my rib cage hurts to wiping tears from my eyes from total emotional immersion! I spend most of my time with Stageworks helping to build the audience and raise money. I find when I am out in the public talking about the theatre I feel very proud of our work and honored to be a representative of this great theatre. Our outreach program for at risk youth is amazing: we go where others are afraid to go: in the jails, in the projects and in the at risk schools. I am so impressed with our actor/teachers who work with kids who are 7 or 8 and use theatre to teach them anger management, self esteem and pride in heritage. We cannot keep up with the demand for these programs. There are so many worthy projects to get involved with in Tampa. But I know that I am working with a powerful theatre company that produces poignant, absorbing, life-changing theatre in a way that respects the differences in all of us. I think of Stageworks as "the little theatre with a big voice." I am honored to be a part of it.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting all of the other volunteers and theatre goers who feel the power of the message and keep coming back year after year!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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I have been attending Stageworks Theater for several years and it's always an amazing, moving experience! The productions celebrate the human spirit, while challenging the thresholds of intolerance and insensitivity. Stageworks plays are most frequently 'taboo' subjects, that many theaters steer away from. Giving a voice to those marginalized by circumstance as exploring the multi-cultural society we live in. The productions touch subjects of racism, sexism, homophobia and anti-Semitism. I am constantly amazed by the level of acting and directing and the continued diversity of content. I leave being wholly entertained. Better yet, a more educated, tolerant individual!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the space so even more people could attend!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Stageworks goes above and beyond to create great theater and to do good works for the community through their outreach programs.
Great little theater space for actors to work in and for audiences to enjoy.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Open the space up more often to other groups. Make better use of the lobby space and the rehearsal rooms for small cast productions, staged readings and fund raisers.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have known Anna before StageWorks. I volunteered to help her in her quest for quality theatre. I will make a gift to to our Tampa Bay Community. She has worked tirelessly and it's time now for us to support StageWorks. Alleluia, Amen! DI

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

1997

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

Stageworks Theatre consistently offers an outstanding theater experience in an intimate and delightful black-box setting. Their season always includes something for everyone, although theater-lovers in general can be guaranteed enjoyment by attending everything they present. Each production offers fine directing, creative design and a talented ensemble of actors guaranteed to enhance that very special something you can only get from live theater.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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8 people found this review helpful

Stageworks Theatre is truly a theatrical jewel in Tampa Bay. For twenty-seven years it has offered innovative and exciting theatre experiences with everything from the bizarre to the exceptional. Lets hope with a new theatre in the horizon, it will broaden its base.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

so many ways. The scope of the programming, along with the expertise of the artistic and production staff.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

its abundance of personalities.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

extremely giving of their time and efforts, truly showing how much they appreciate the hard work it takes to 'put on a perforance'.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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6 people found this review helpful

Theatre in the Tampa Bay area? One person and one organization stand out among all the others- StageWorks and it’s director Anna Brennen. Both are unparalleled icons in the community. Anna is a friend of playwrights everywhere. It’s impossible to imagine our area’s cultural climate with out the contributions of StageWorks. – Elizabeth Indianos

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Anna is accessible to playwrights and willing to listen, advise.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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3 people found this review helpful

In December of 2008 I approached Stageworks about the possibility of volunteering for them in the area of Marketing. As a PhD Student in Fine Arts, I needed a project for my dissertation. Stageworks’s Founder/Producing Director, Anna Brennen, graciously offered me the opportunity to write a marketing initiative for the company. As part of the marketing audit process I became intimately familiar with this incredible organization. One of Stageworks’s most impressive characteristics is its uncompromising commitment to MISSION. In each of its programming areas, the idea of “challenging the thresholds of intolerance and insensitivity,” is paramount. I believe the company’s outreach programming is its most important and socially significant program area. Always aimed at the community’s most severely disadvantaged (indigent senior citizens, at-risk youth, and youth in the Juvenile Justice System), to date Stageworks raises much of the money to run these outreach programs as opposed to simply acting as a contracted player-- they are truly invested. Interestingly, Stageworks’s commitment to the most disadvantaged of our society/community is in some ways coming full circle. I was an underprivileged kid from this community. By providing me with access to their organization for my graduate work, Stageworks is serving yet another “disadvantaged kid,” (me) by helping him complete his education. I hope to pay this kindness forward by serving the organization for many years to come. Additionally, during this time of recession, Stageworks refuses retrench by giving up on its goal of moving into its first permanent space—they refuse to abandon the dream. When many non-profit organizations are cutting programs, Stageworks is dreaming about new programs. This non-profit understands that the arts are not merely entertainment and diversion; they educate, provide hope to a community, and give vision for the future. This new space will serve not only as performance venue, but also as headquarters for the outstanding outreach programs. Stageworks has a lot going on with an award-winning mainstage season, vital outreach programs, and fully-functioning playwrighting program; however they never lose sight of their distinctive MISSION. I am grateful Stageworks exists to serve the Tampa Bay community. ~Jeffrey Wells~

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the service they provide the disadvantaged of our community through their outreach programming.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

work to continue expanding the programming and work more on infrastructure.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the learning that has taken place.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

giving, helpful, and professional.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

finish the new space in a manner that would launch this organization it into a future of continued service. They have been incredible stewards of the small amount at their disposal. I believe they would contiue that stewardship with a greater amount.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to volunteer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

raising the money to complete the build-out of the new space, and making their presence and work more well-known in the community.

One thing I'd also say is that...

anyone looking for an arts organization that truly undestands the community service aspect of their charge as a non-profit should look no further than Stageworks Theatre in Tampa, Florida.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

 
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