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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Children & Youth, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Theater

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

Community Stories

55 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

Stageworks is much more than a theater company; it is a thriving educational resource for the community. It regularly stages high caliber productions, yes - but it also works with children through its outreach programs, broadening their knowledge of not only theater, but of cultural diversity and acceptance.

Donor

Rating: 5

Stageworks is a great theater group. It is always fun going to the shows and experiencing local theater in Tampa. They do wonderful outreach programs for children, as well. Looking forward to seeing the shows every season.

Jane77

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Kimberly F

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Nancy189

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Jbnel

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

2 Ray Z.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

1 Marlene P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

1 Freida V.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.