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Why We Need Independent Women’s Theatre (Now More Than Ever)

by Deborah Randall Fifty years ago I was born in Washington, DC. It's been incredible to grow up with the Smithsonian as a field trip destination during the end of bussing and amid great movements of social integration. Art was accessible and everywhere. No matter what was happening in the world I always had permission [...]

By | November 9th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Why We Need Independent Women’s Theatre (Now More Than Ever)

We need to stop treating nonprofits the way society treats poor people

We need to stop treating nonprofits the way society treats poor people Credit: nonprofitwithballs.com During a drink with one of my favorite program officers, I brought up some feedback about how onerous their grant reporting process was. Even though the foundation is really flexible on how the funds can be used, they still ask for [...]

By | July 19th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on We need to stop treating nonprofits the way society treats poor people

A word from our Producing Artistic Director

I was afraid to come to work yesterday. I was afraid to come to work because I was doing a play that has the word Lesbians in the title. I was afraid because I am a lesbian. I was afraid to come to my theatre -- my safe space. A space where I am constantly [...]

By | June 13th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on A word from our Producing Artistic Director

Can Theatre Change the World?

From howlround.com: Anne Kauffman, director: “This is my theory. I don’t think theatre can change the world. I think theatre is a necessary part of our culture’s ecosystem. It’s not about necessarily changing the world. It’s about a very, very important part of our culture. If you take that away, then the culture fails. So [...]

By | May 6th, 2016|Blog, History, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Can Theatre Change the World?

16-17 Season announced!

We were pleased to announce our 16-17 season last Friday Psycho Beach Party By Charles Busch From the author of The Divine Sister!  Beach Blanket Bingo meets Sybil. Chicklet Forrest just wants to fit in with Starcat, Yo-Yo and the other kids at the beach, but her alternate personalities have other ideas. Grab your sunscreen [...]

By | May 5th, 2016|Blog, Events, Shows|Comments Off on 16-17 Season announced!

United Photographic Artists Gallery in the Stageworks Theatre Gallery during February

Diverse The managing partners of the United Photographic Artists Gallery are delighted to announce their show in Tampa, Florida for the month of February, showcasing some of our local fine art photography artists at Stageworks Theater. With our selected photographic artworks; this presentation fulfills our core mission of supporting the advancement and representation of emerging artists, through an exclusive gallery of limited [...]

By | January 18th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on United Photographic Artists Gallery in the Stageworks Theatre Gallery during February

Inclusivity and Diversity: Rejecting Sameness

Below is a portion of an article I read this morning.  For more than 30 years Stageworks Theatre has been committed to a far reaching inclusivity in our play selection, casting and staffing.  This article shows us all why we do what we do and why we must always strive to do more. Pay Attention: [...]

By | October 29th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Inclusivity and Diversity: Rejecting Sameness

Stageworks Theatre garners NINE Tampa Bay Theatre Awards

Stageworks is thrilled  to have received NINE awards  at the Theatre Tampa Bay Awards Gala on October 3rd. Eight for The Motherf**ker with the Hat and one for Ain't Misbehavin'. Here's the list of awards: • The MF with the Hat, Outstanding Production, Play • The MF with the Hat, Outstanding Ensemble, Play • Karla Hartley, The [...]

By | October 12th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Stageworks Theatre garners NINE Tampa Bay Theatre Awards

Does Size Matter?

This week I posted the following quote on my Facebook page: The conversation we need to be having is how we can educate and galvanize audiences, donors, funders, critics, agents, and other power brokers in our field to not automatically equate value or leadership with size; to not automatically reward theatres according to size; to [...]

By | August 31st, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on Does Size Matter?

The Bitch is Back!

Sylvia by A.R. Gurney is making a triumphant return to Stageworks Theatre. Producing Artistic Director Karla Hartley is getting the old gang back together. Rehearsals have begun and these folks haven't lost a step. We open on August 6th. Tremendous thanks to our generous sponsor AIR ANIMAL

By | July 10th, 2015|Blog|Comments Off on The Bitch is Back!