Our History

Where are we today?

Stageworks is led by its Producing Artistic Director, Karla Hartley. We serve approximately 20,000 audience members annually.

National & International Tours

A Conversation with Georgia O’Keefe toured Edinburgh Theatre Festival Fringe 1991, Hong Kong Theatre Festival 1992 and seven states. The Shaman’s Dream was performed at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival 1992 and toured four states. Zora Neale Hurston toured Florida 1995-1996, Molly Sweeney in 1997-1998, A Conversation with Georgia O’Keefe in 1999, Roarin’ Judy in 2000-2001, African American Greats 1994-present and Hispanic American Greats 2017-present.

In addition, Stageworks is the producer  Broadway Composer David Friedman’s Listen To My Heart, which tours nationally and internationally.


1987 – 1991
1992 – 1999
1999 – 2002
2003 – 2012
2005 – 2008
2012 – Present
Swhistory 1983
In October, founding Producing Artistic Director Anna Brennen directed Stageworks’ first production, A Couple of White Chicks Standing Around Talking, in a historic Ybor City storefront.
Swhistory 1984
Stageworks’ first Mainstage Season opened in Ybor City’s Italian Club with an original multi-racial cabaret.
Swhistory 1987
Stageworks moved to the new Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center’s Jaeb Theatre.
Swhistory 1992
Stageworks served as the University of Tampa’s professional Theatre-In-Residence at The Historic Falk Theatre.
Swhistory 1999
Stageworks was the Professional Theatre-In-Residence at Hillsborough Community College Ybor.
Swhistory 2003
Stageworks performed at The Straz Center for the Performing Arts, Shimberg Playhouse.
Produced shows at The Gorilla Theatre.
Swhistory 2012
Stageworks opened its new home in the summer of 2012, in the exciting Channel District. Many thanks to the good folk at Grand Central, who kindly lease the space to us for $10 a year.

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