I had the privilege of working with Anna Brennen. Her brilliant direction and approach to the piece bonded the actors, we really became an ensemble, which brought more life into the piece, which resulted to sold out performances night after night. Brennen reached out to an audience that rarely gets any recognition in the Tampa Bay area. StageWorks offers a space and a voice to minorities, from all walks of life, to tell their stories and connect us as a whole.
Stageworks brings the best actors to its new space and continues to provide great theatre. Stageworks is progressive, with social concern. Anna and Company produced my third civil rights play, that dealt with the 16th Street Church bombing in Birmingham. Beyond the stage, the Theatre does community outreach, taking programs to at-risk youth. The greatest!
SW is easily the finest regional theater in the Tampa Bay Area. They are astonishing not only for the quality of the productions but also their exemplary program of outreach into needy communities such as at-risk youth. Their mission to present stories of under-represented populations - including women, gays, ethnic minorities - makes a real difference. Their support of local playwrights including annual one-act festival is a substantial contribution in an area with few similar resources. -Ed Stevens, Kennedy Center Award Winning Playwright, www.EdStevensthePlaywright.com.
Stageworks sets itself above and beyond the average theatre experience in Tampa Bay. They are a dedicated force of professionals, volunteers with advisors and Season Ticket holders that CONTINUE to come back time after time. Many new faces find exceptional opportunities to enjoy their craft, demonstrate the mission statement of the theatre, serve the audience members and reach out to numerous special needs populations in Tampa. I have served on various theatre boards and rarely have I found the diversity of cultures that Stageworks reaches out to. Beyond what the audience sees as a supremely tuned theatre production, a million hours are spent on creating the final product.Everyone works hard to polish the success of each endeavor and it shows, time after time, show after show.
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.
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.
Stageworks Outreach uses the performing arts, such as dramatic improv and bucket drumming, to teach at risk youth important social skills such as anger management and conflict resolution. I have seen it have the biggest impact on juvenile justice youth who credit the progam with helping them deal with anger, improve their social skils and have a more positive out look on their education.
I have been involved as early as "pre" StageWorks with Anna Brennan. The contribution to the entire Tampa Bay community has been invaluable. Young artists are given great opportunities resulting in great performances for the entire public at VERY reasonable rates.The last production (Biloxi Blues) was monumental. StageWorks now has their own facility and an every growing appreciative audience. They deserve support! Many folks have given voluntarily to assist SW. I have recognized talent and am now coaching some of the young actors in improving their vocal skills. This "company" is down to earth and supports theatre arts to an exulted state. It is crucial they remain "in business". Many of their productions would make it off Broadway if given a chance, so it is imperative they stay here in the Tampa Bay area to give us the best theatre and musical theatre available.
Stageworks is a wonderful theatre company which truly understands diversity.
The company brings theatre and the arts to the elderly, the disadvantaged, even to prisons.
By exposing at-risk youth to the arts, Stageworks has turned some lives around.
This group is worthy of support and should be nurtured for the valuable work they do.
I have performed with this group over the last four years. They live up to their billing - a diverse group helping to enrich the lives of others who might not otherwise see any live theatre in their lives.
I hope you will strongly consider them for any grants or assistance available.
I have been enjoying Stageworks Theatre for over 23 years, since coming to reside in Tampa. Their plays are always provocative, cutting edge and entertaining. Quite often after attending a performance, your thoughts stay with it for some considerable time, as you think about the play, the actors, the subject matter, etc. etc.
It's great to live in a place that offers such fine theatre. I only hope they can keep up the good work as operational expenses increase and the necessary support funding seems to decrease.
I helped with their outreach program with underpriveledged children. This is a program that helps to teach life skills to children through the arts. When students learn through acting, movement or song they own the behavior and call on it when needed. They learn in a risk free climate and feel comfortable and accepted for who they are and what they can bring to the table. It's a win win project for the students, the community and our future.