From my first visit to Stageworks Theatre to becoming a volunteer and then joining the Board of Directors, I felt as though I would forever be involved with this Theatre. I have been impressed with the quality of the productions, the diversity in the subject matter presented and intriguing nature and execution of their mission. I believe Stageworks Theatre to be a meaningful part of the Arts community in Tampa Bay.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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...firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.