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
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

Stageworks routinely brings thought-provoking modern theater to audiences in the heart of this community's vital urban core. Their dedicated staff and volunteers extend the company's effectiveness with outreach programs aimed at introducing local youth to the process and joy of acting in live theater. It is a pleasure to attend beautifully performed and produced material attended by a diverse and energetic audience in an intimate theater space. Stageworks is a quality experience for all who love theater in the Tampa Bay area.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The City of Tampa Florida is becoming more sophisticated by the day with the tremendous surge of urban development. Stageworks Theatre was one of the first of the theatre groups to bring truly diverse and thought provoking plays to the area over 30 years ago. Stageworks has progressed as an outstanding venue with it's own jewel of a theatre that makes you think you are in New York or San Francisco, or even the west end of London. Check their website for the curent season and pick up a flex pass. You can choose your own combination of plays. If you love theatre make sure and check out Stageworks, you'll be glad you did.

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Rating: 5 stars  

There could be no better place to volunteer ones time than Stageworks Theatre. The plays are beautifully diverse and many of the actors are great local talents. What a wonderful way to be a part of this vibrant community. I love Stageworks Theatre!

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a transplant from NY over 10 years ago, I missed the excitement and quality of off-Broadway theater.
After my first trip to Stageworks to attend one of their shows, I was once again back in the realm of theatre that engaged you, challenged you, and brought the diversity of both plays and audiences together.

Before long I was fortunate enough to join the Stageworks Board, and was educated about their programs for at-risk adolescents, and their mission to produce shows that helped to close the gap between diverse groups. Stageworks Theatre works to help their audience to understand the problems and concerns outside of their own safe circles and lifestyles.

The people involved with Stageworks, no matter what their particular role might be, are all part of a larger whole that is totally committed to the ongoing quality and success of this outstanding Theatre.
If I could give them 10 stars--I would!

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been inspired by the volunteers and staff. This theatre cares about more than just the stage - their hard work is in service of a new Renaissance for Tampa, and reinvestment in our community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

As Founder and for 30 plus years the Producing Artistic Director, of course I am biased; however, this theater has been the flagship for Bay Area theaters through it's producing diverse plays and supporting young and/or new minority talents in the area. Additionally, the SW outreach program, most notably it's Rainbow Tribe was the first, and continues to be a flagship example of critical workshops for the youth of Hillsborough County, especially in the areas of anger management, social skills, and work preparedness. The continued commitments to these kinds of projects provide a baseline example and a critical space/place where minorities can go and be welcomed, encouraged and trained. SW has been and continues to be deeply committed and involved in Tampa's and the entire county's minority populations.

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I watched 2 plays at the end of this years season and was completely moved by the content and the presentation. The directing and the acting in the play was absolutely phenomenal. In the play "Of Mice & Men", the cast did an incredible job in portraying the hope and challenges of the country at the time. The ending shook me in my seat and left a lasting impression. "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents" was another play that hit home with me as a 2nd generation Indian, and I am sure hit home with other 2nd generation immigrants who have faced similar "crisis" with their sense of identity as the assimilated into this country. The diverse themes of the plays make Stageworks a wonderful theater. I look forward to the diverse themes being presented this year by this wonderful team!

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

Raise more money so that the organization can invest in the box office and other hospitality related expenditures that increase the comfort and improve the experience of the guests. The performances are phenomenal and when in your seat, nothing else is needed. The improvements are solely for improved comfort at arrival, and during intermission.

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I've been a theatre lover my entire life. Being part of Stageworks Theatre has enriched my life enormously by presenting quality productions of both classic and cutting edge plays and by allowing me to participate in raising money for their youth outreach programs. The arts are part of what makes all great cities great and Stageworks Theatre helps make Tampa a fabulous city.

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?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've loved the theatre since my first experiences in college and been a true junkie for the arts my entire adult life. I retired a year ago and have been a board member at Stageworks since May. I am awestruck by the talent involved with the theatre at every level and look forward to being a part of the growth of our theatre. Our outreach programs are so important and I love spreading the word about our good works. Putting butts in our seats is my goal....sharing great theatre with my friends and family is my reward.

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

Likely

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

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 person found this review helpful

I have served in various capacities for over 25 years but by far my greatest pleasure is as an audience member. Stageworks consistently delivers high quality acting, directing, sound and set design, and scripts that are relevant to current events. Their use of diverse talent to provoke thought and inspire creative solutions to the problems of humanity are much appreciated. As a local teacher, I always encourage my students to attend Stageworks productions.

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

Likely

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

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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