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October 20, 2014

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October 20, 2014

I love not only the plays, which are innovative as well as classical...but I appreciate the work they do for young and struggling youth. They have gone into prisons to work with young boys, ages 10-16 or 17 to teach and help through creative process of acting. They have professional actors working with after school children whose parents are at work...etc.,etc. Anne Kantor...annekantor@aol.com
October 20, 2014

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October 20, 2014

We are so fortunate to have such a first-rate theatre company in Tampa! Stageworks brings a stellar mix of genres and high-quality performance and production to the urban core. The theatre is both intimate and dynamic - a perfect addition to Tampa's cultural arts scene.
October 20, 2014

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October 20, 2014

I am always amazed by the performances at Stageworks Theatre Co. I'm so impressed by the Theatre that for Christmas and Birthdays I purchase tickets for my friends. They do a great job in selecting the shows they are going to perform, Sylvia was my all time favorite, I've never seen anything like it. Thank you for doing the work that you do in making this an amazing theatre and experience.
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October 20, 2014

Aside from wonderful, thoughtful performances, never have I seen a more dedicated group of volunteers give life to this amazing theater. I heartily and without reservation recommend it to Great Nonprofits as much as I do my friends and neighbors here in the community where this theater gives so much back.
September 9, 2013
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September 9, 2013
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I think that Stageworks offers the best and most interesting theater in Tampa Bay.
Every play is outstanding and you feel good going and supporting the community.
The price is unbeatable also.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

September 5, 2013
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September 5, 2013
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I've been associated with Stageworks for over 10 years, as a playwright, as a patron, even as a volunteer usher. SW has been a true asset to this community, bringing first rate theater to Tampa, nurturing and encouraging artists, and fulfilling a vital role in the community.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

February 26, 2010

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February 26, 2010

I was first introduced to Stage Works and Anna Brennan when she gave complimentary tickets to our school to see a performance of "My Children! My Africa!" It was the first time our group of at-risk teens had seen a play, and they were hooked. The performance was powerful and amazing, but what was even more amazing was the way Anna and the cast interacted with our students. Her warmth and enthusiasm drew them in and ignited in them an interest in the theatre and the arts that they never knew existed. Since that first show, the plays have been a topic of discussion in our classroom and our students have taken an interest in reading plays out-loud in class. Some have expressed interest in writing and performing their own plays. She has since provided our class with comlimentary tickets to all of their shows. After the plays, Anna and the cast always take the time to provide a talk-back with our students, which means so much to them.

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

watching my students' interest in the arts blossom.

Ways to make it better...

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

not change anything.

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

the powerful and engaging performances and the effect they have had on our students.

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

friendly and generous in time and sprirt.

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

finish their new space, reach even more youth and enrich this community even more.

Ways to make it better...

it couldn't have been better.

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

funding

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 20, 2010

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February 20, 2010

I've been a regular audience member and occasional low-level volunteer for this theatre company since its inception, more than twenty-five years ago. The founder, Anna Brennen, created productions anywhere she could seat an audience -- vacant store fronts in Tampa's Latin Quarter, stages in generous colleges and universities, an outdoor location near the river, art galleries, and has co-produced with other local theatre groups and our Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. After nearly three decades of scrambling for space, the scramble has changed. Now the company is scrambling for funds to complete the buildout of their own venue near downtown, in Tampa's new Channel District. My audience experience at Stageworks Theatre productions has always been exciting -- they've always chosen shows which challenge their patrons. I haven't always "enjoyed" my evenings at Stageworks -- sometimes I come out very angry or sad or melancholy, but I've never left a production with the blahs. Those of us, like me, who have followed local theatre in Tampa for the last 60 years are jubilant that the future of the this home-grown company seems more secure than ever before, and that our grandchildren will experience a continuity of demanding and thrilling live performance in our town.

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

their commitment to diversity in their choice of dramatic presentations -- social, religious, racial, and sexual orientation. They don't just talk the talk. They were decades ahead of other Florida theatre companies.

Ways to make it better...

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

decline to make changes. They have already made any changes that I ever thought necessary.

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

the benefits of their adjunct activities to at-risk school children. Their outreach to public school and incarcerated youngsters in anger management, AIDS-awareness, and diversity programs are unparalleled in this area.

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

Always interesting. Sometimes sweet; sometimes abrasive; sometimes difficult; always competent; always imaginative.

Ways to make it better...

if I hadn't been out of town when they did "Love, Valor, Compassion..."

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

Fundraising to complete construction and outfitting of their new space in the Channel District of Tampa.

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

In recent years, Stageworks' Board has had the courage to make the internal structural adjustments that are periodically necessary for any non-profit corporation to evolve strategically in changing social and economic environments.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

February 18, 2010

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February 18, 2010

It is hard to put into words the value that Anna Brennan (Director) and her "family" have bestowed upon my students who experienced their first theatre outing at a Stageworks performance. She treated them with dignity, respect, and normalcy which is often not the case for a group of at-risk teens! After the first show we attended, the cast held an exclusive talk-back for only our group. What an amazing experience it was for our students to sit and casually talk with the actors all on their own! This was something they had never done before. Anna and her staff have since provided at least 10 complimentary tickets to each show and our students are falling in love with the theatre. Last week, our students attended the Stageworks production "Agnes Of God" and for one of our 17 year old male students, this was his first time ever at a play. He commented after that he had no idea plays could be so much fun and that he wanted to get a girlfriend so that he could take her on a date to a performance! This type of creative exposure is vital to the success of young adults and Stageworks is providing a quality environment for our teens to gain that exposure. Bravo!

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

the way my students repspond to attending the plays.

Ways to make it better...

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

change nothing.

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

the quality of the shows and the friendliness of the staff and actors.

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

diverse and wonderful!

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

change the future for youth in our county.

Ways to make it better...

nothing we're changed.

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

having their space built and operational.

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

We really appreciate this organization.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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