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.
Stageworks brings the best actors to its new space and continues to provide great theatre. Stageworks is progressive, with social concern. Anna and Company produced my third civil rights play, that dealt with the 16th Street Church bombing in Birmingham. Beyond the stage, the Theatre does community outreach, taking programs to at-risk youth. The greatest!
SW is easily the finest regional theater in the Tampa Bay Area. They are astonishing not only for the quality of the productions but also their exemplary program of outreach into needy communities such as at-risk youth. Their mission to present stories of under-represented populations - including women, gays, ethnic minorities - makes a real difference. Their support of local playwrights including annual one-act festival is a substantial contribution in an area with few similar resources. -Ed Stevens, Kennedy Center Award Winning Playwright, www.EdStevensthePlaywright.com.
Stageworks sets itself above and beyond the average theatre experience in Tampa Bay. They are a dedicated force of professionals, volunteers with advisors and Season Ticket holders that CONTINUE to come back time after time. Many new faces find exceptional opportunities to enjoy their craft, demonstrate the mission statement of the theatre, serve the audience members and reach out to numerous special needs populations in Tampa. I have served on various theatre boards and rarely have I found the diversity of cultures that Stageworks reaches out to. Beyond what the audience sees as a supremely tuned theatre production, a million hours are spent on creating the final product.Everyone works hard to polish the success of each endeavor and it shows, time after time, show after show.
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.
Stageworks Outreach uses the performing arts, such as dramatic improv and bucket drumming, to teach at risk youth important social skills such as anger management and conflict resolution. I have seen it have the biggest impact on juvenile justice youth who credit the progam with helping them deal with anger, improve their social skils and have a more positive out look on their education.
I have been involved as early as "pre" StageWorks with Anna Brennan. The contribution to the entire Tampa Bay community has been invaluable. Young artists are given great opportunities resulting in great performances for the entire public at VERY reasonable rates.The last production (Biloxi Blues) was monumental. StageWorks now has their own facility and an every growing appreciative audience. They deserve support! Many folks have given voluntarily to assist SW. I have recognized talent and am now coaching some of the young actors in improving their vocal skills. This "company" is down to earth and supports theatre arts to an exulted state. It is crucial they remain "in business". Many of their productions would make it off Broadway if given a chance, so it is imperative they stay here in the Tampa Bay area to give us the best theatre and musical theatre available.
Stageworks is a wonderful theatre company which truly understands diversity.
The company brings theatre and the arts to the elderly, the disadvantaged, even to prisons.
By exposing at-risk youth to the arts, Stageworks has turned some lives around.
This group is worthy of support and should be nurtured for the valuable work they do.
I have performed with this group over the last four years. They live up to their billing - a diverse group helping to enrich the lives of others who might not otherwise see any live theatre in their lives.
I hope you will strongly consider them for any grants or assistance available.
I have been enjoying Stageworks Theatre for over 23 years, since coming to reside in Tampa. Their plays are always provocative, cutting edge and entertaining. Quite often after attending a performance, your thoughts stay with it for some considerable time, as you think about the play, the actors, the subject matter, etc. etc.
It's great to live in a place that offers such fine theatre. I only hope they can keep up the good work as operational expenses increase and the necessary support funding seems to decrease.
I helped with their outreach program with underpriveledged children. This is a program that helps to teach life skills to children through the arts. When students learn through acting, movement or song they own the behavior and call on it when needed. They learn in a risk free climate and feel comfortable and accepted for who they are and what they can bring to the table. It's a win win project for the students, the community and our future.
I have worked as costume designer with Stageworks and I love the realtionship. They really care. Moreover, they produce professional quality theatre and bring an awesome product to their audiance. It is a great feeling to work with a group that is doing its part to keep the Arts alive in Tampa. Bravoi, bravo, bravo!
The last show that I worked on (God of Issac) was my best theatre experience in years!
One of the things I love about Stageworks is that they're never afraid to take chances, whether it's tackling classics, provocative modern theatre, or first time productions. I can always count on lots of fireworks and heart in each production. They keep theatre exciting in the Bay area.
I have worked as an actor, PR director, Admin Assistant, Photographer and volunteer for Stageworks after a great deal of international business and media experience.
No matter where Stage Works puts on a show, be it very small to medium size theatre, it always comes on top. From Classical to Contemporary plays, always with extraordinary results. It is with no doubts Tampa Cannot afford to be without Stage Works presence to illuminate our Downtown’s Cultural Lights. Downtown Tampa is slowly becoming a vibrant place for the arts, and Stage Works will add immensurable with its presence to its culture in a growing metropolis
Review from a performer's point of view.....always...professional, sincere, dynamic and honest.... Olympian efforts...always..from the professional artists, faithful Volenteers and teaching staff.. Would be a blessing to the Tampa Bay area if they had a PERMANENT HOME...
Highest honors to Stageworks in two categories. First they put on terrific shows under Anna Brennan's direction and second through a sister organization: Stagewrights, they support local playwrights with readings and development of new scripts. Few theatre organizations offer this range of accomplishment.
As a writer of musical theatre, I have found a home with Stage Works. Monthly meetings with fellow writers have proved to be invaluable in the development my latest piece, An Gorta Mor, a musical set against the backdrop of the Irish potato famine of 1846.
I am a playwright and have lived in Tampa for ten years. When I first moved here, there was a consensus that Stageworks under the direction of Anna Brennen was the very best...and I have found that to be true. I have attended most of there productions over the past ten years and they are outstanding. Two years ago I had the previlege of having my last civil rights era play produced by Stageworks and the production from casting to set design was beyond my wildest hope and brought to life my play...any problems with the play were solely the responsibility of the playwright. Beyond their mainstage productions Stageworks sponsors the Rainbow Tribe that takes theatre to minority and high risk youth...teaching such things as anger management through the arts. Also, I found a home among fellow playwrights in a Stageworks' sponsored development program. Soon, Stageworks will enjoy a new and permanent home in our Channelside District bring life and live theatre to a developing area of our unique Tampa Bay. Stageworks is the best. Hubert Grissom
Stageworks is not only the technically best theater company in the Tampa Bay area, but it is also the one most committed to presenting controversial and under-represented viewpoints. Its work is comparable to the best of regional and off-Broadway theaters I have been involved with. It is the only theater in the area that supports playwriting by providing an ongoing workshop for playwrights and production opportunities.