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.
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!
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.
I have known Anna before StageWorks. I volunteered to help her in her quest for quality theatre. I will make a gift to to our Tampa Bay Community. She has worked tirelessly and it's time now for us to support StageWorks. Alleluia, Amen! DI
Theatre in the Tampa Bay area? One person and one organization stand out among all the others- StageWorks and it’s director Anna Brennen. Both are unparalleled icons in the community. Anna is a friend of playwrights everywhere. It’s impossible to imagine our area’s cultural climate with out the contributions of StageWorks. – Elizabeth Indianos
In December of 2008 I approached Stageworks about the possibility of volunteering for them in the area of Marketing. As a PhD Student in Fine Arts, I needed a project for my dissertation. Stageworks’s Founder/Producing Director, Anna Brennen, graciously offered me the opportunity to write a marketing initiative for the company. As part of the marketing audit process I became intimately familiar with this incredible organization. One of Stageworks’s most impressive characteristics is its uncompromising commitment to MISSION. In each of its programming areas, the idea of “challenging the thresholds of intolerance and insensitivity,” is paramount. I believe the company’s outreach programming is its most important and socially significant program area. Always aimed at the community’s most severely disadvantaged (indigent senior citizens, at-risk youth, and youth in the Juvenile Justice System), to date Stageworks raises much of the money to run these outreach programs as opposed to simply acting as a contracted player-- they are truly invested. Interestingly, Stageworks’s commitment to the most disadvantaged of our society/community is in some ways coming full circle. I was an underprivileged kid from this community. By providing me with access to their organization for my graduate work, Stageworks is serving yet another “disadvantaged kid,” (me) by helping him complete his education. I hope to pay this kindness forward by serving the organization for many years to come. Additionally, during this time of recession, Stageworks refuses retrench by giving up on its goal of moving into its first permanent space—they refuse to abandon the dream. When many non-profit organizations are cutting programs, Stageworks is dreaming about new programs. This non-profit understands that the arts are not merely entertainment and diversion; they educate, provide hope to a community, and give vision for the future. This new space will serve not only as performance venue, but also as headquarters for the outstanding outreach programs. Stageworks has a lot going on with an award-winning mainstage season, vital outreach programs, and fully-functioning playwrighting program; however they never lose sight of their distinctive MISSION. I am grateful Stageworks exists to serve the Tampa Bay community. ~Jeffrey Wells~