American Stage

American Stage American Stage is dedicated to telling compelling stories with integrity and professionalism. All told with passion and a commitment to excellence.

As Tampa Bay’s longest-running, most critically-acclaimed professional theatre company, we seek to bring the power of live theatre to our community. Since 1977 American Stage has been dedicated to telling meaningful, compelling stories with integrity and professionalism. As the Tampa Bay area’s longest-running, most critically-acclaimed professional theatre company, we seek to bring the power of q

uality live theatre to each generation in our community. American Stage is committed to being a vital arts leader and contributing to the cultural landscape of the Tampa Bay region as we pursue innovative programming and deeper connections with our patrons and community partners. Because we believe that live theatre can connect us to our world and to one another, we aspire to make the experience of world-class theatre accessible to all. American Stage invites you to lean forward and experience the most captivating stories of the moment and the most relevant stories of the past. Social Media Community Rules:

At American Stage, we celebrate diversity and respect our artists, our staff and community. There is no exception to this on social media. We encourage patrons to share thoughts and opinions on our social media pages, but we expect this will be done in a respectful manner. We want this to be a fun, engaging and safe place. We will delete comments that are inappropriate, disrespectful, or include profanity, hate speech or anything else we deem to be outside of our community values and mission. We reserve the right to block users from our pages. Please keep it clean; keep it kind, keep it relevant.

Word of the day is Hollywood - Oscar noms have just been announced (they were snubbed, we know) and we're less than a mo...
01/26/2024

Word of the day is Hollywood - Oscar noms have just been announced (they were snubbed, we know) and we're less than a month away from “Gala for Our Stars” at . This year, you'll have a front-row seat to the internationally acclaimed show 'Josephine', where Tymisha Harris will perform as Hollywood scion Josephine Baker. Don't wait to secure your ticket or table for Gala - get them on our website at:https://www.americanstage.org/gala

When she arrived in New York from Guangzhou in 1834, Afong Moy made history as the first Chinese Woman to arrive in Amer...
01/24/2024

When she arrived in New York from Guangzhou in 1834, Afong Moy made history as the first Chinese Woman to arrive in America…and history nearly forgot her. Read the deep-dive on the real woman behind The Chinese Lady by our very own Mona Lim , understudy for Afong Moy:

What makes this play so compelling is not just that it is woven from very sparse historical accounts of a real forgotten person. What truly fascinates us is what this play says about human curiosity, spectacle, and admiration, and how these can arouse the darker, less-than-noble flaws in our nature....

Did you catch us on Great Day Live Tampa Bay? Tales by Twilight director Dylan Barlowe and cast members Jonathan O'Brien...
01/23/2024

Did you catch us on Great Day Live Tampa Bay? Tales by Twilight director Dylan Barlowe and cast members Jonathan O'Brien and Tito Mercado took to the trail to talk about the two shows we're bringing to Boyd Hill : "10 Ways to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse" (Jan. 12-28) and "Diaries of Adam and Eve" (Feb. 2 - 18). Grab tickets for Tales by Twilight at : https://www.americanstage.org/shows/tales-by-twilight

Segment sponsored by American Stage

Nope, that's not the Duolingo Owl's ~very~ distant cousin. It's the mascot from our Summer Camp 2022's production of "Br...
01/22/2024

Nope, that's not the Duolingo Owl's ~very~ distant cousin. It's the mascot from our Summer Camp 2022's production of "Bring It On Jr." 📣👏 Summer camp is back this year with four brand new camps, including one for your "techies-in-training" where they'll learn the skills it takes to produce Beauty and the Beast Jr. Our Musical Theatre camps fill up fast, so don't wait! Registration is open now, enroll at https://www.americanstage.org/drama-school

Wake up, bestie  - new “Tales by Twilight” photos just dropped. Running now at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve until January 2...
01/20/2024

Wake up, bestie - new “Tales by Twilight” photos just dropped. Running now at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve until January 28: “10 Ways to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse,” a play that will take you on a nighttime journey of survival against the undead horde. Don’t worry – we’ll lend a hand 😉 Grab tickets via the link in our bio https://www.americanstage.org/beyond-the-stage
📸: chazdphotography

It's time to meet the playwrights for the 2024 “Lift Every Voice” New Play Festival: Christian Mendonça (Flowers for Men...
01/19/2024

It's time to meet the playwrights for the 2024 “Lift Every Voice” New Play Festival: Christian Mendonça (Flowers for Men), Nimisha Ladva (Goddess at the Lucky Lady Motel), Syd Rushing (Aberdeen and Netarine), Vickie Ramirez (Glenburn 12 WP), Lily Rushing (The Dog) and Steven J. Burge (Bats #!t) . Learn more about them by visiting https://www.americanstage.org/lift-every-voice . Congratulations to the playwrights, and thank you to all who submitted!

It's not too late to sign up for our ✨brand new✨ Winter Weekend Workshops! Learn audition skills, brush up on your actin...
01/18/2024

It's not too late to sign up for our ✨brand new✨ Winter Weekend Workshops! Learn audition skills, brush up on your acting technique, or have some fun with improv in a relaxed setting with industry pros 👏 First up is "Audition Techniques" with our very own Associate Artistic Director, Ashley White. Enroll now with the link in our bio, or at https://www.americanstage.org/drama-school

01/12/2024

⚠ Warning: actors outside of their natural habitat ⚠ It's opening night for "10 Ways to Survive a Apocalypse," the first show in our Tales by Twilight series! From now until February 18, join them for an evening hike and a show at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, where they’ll be performing one of two plays: “10 Ways to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse” (Jan 12-28) and "Diaries of Adam and Eve" (Feb. 2-18). Get tickets using the link in our bio, or visiting: https://www.americanstage.org/shows/tales-by-twilight

Are you ready for your close-up? This February, meet us on the red carpet at the James Museum in your most glamourous fi...
01/11/2024

Are you ready for your close-up? This February, meet us on the red carpet at the James Museum in your most glamourous fit for the “Gala for our Stars”. Tickets and tables are on sale now, grab them on our website, at https://www.americanstage.org/gala

It’s time to meet the cast of “The Chinese Lady”! This January, follow the once-forgotten story of Afong Moy, the first ...
01/10/2024

It’s time to meet the cast of “The Chinese Lady”! This January, follow the once-forgotten story of Afong Moy, the first Chinese Woman to set foot in America. Beginning with her arrival in 1834 at just 14 years old, Afong was treated as a sideshow act during the darkest parts of the 1800s. And yet, “The Chinese Lady” is anything but dark. Told with winking humor and forthrightness, “The Chinese Lady” is a journey spanning decades that explores the human urge to belong. Grab tickets at https://www.americanstage.org/shows/the-chinese-lady

EVENT UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, tonight's "Fresh Ink" reading at Creative Pinellas has been cancelled. Stay safe...
01/09/2024

EVENT UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, tonight's "Fresh Ink" reading at Creative Pinellas has been cancelled. Stay safe, and we'll see you in February! If you have further questions, please contact us at [email protected]

Tales by Twilight opens this week! Grab tickets at : https://www.americanstage.org/shows/tales-by-twilight
01/08/2024

Tales by Twilight opens this week! Grab tickets at : https://www.americanstage.org/shows/tales-by-twilight

AD BELOWSt. Pete’s American Stage, which has put on incredible performances with its “Beyond the Stage” series, is breaking the mold yet again. The celebrated theatrical company is debuting “Tales […]

Civil rights activist. Vaudeville icon. Spy. You didn’t think Gala was going down without a show, did you? This year, pe...
01/08/2024

Civil rights activist. Vaudeville icon. Spy. You didn’t think Gala was going down without a show, did you? This year, performing artist Tymisha Harris will take the stage to perform Josephine, the internationally acclaimed show based on Hollywood legend Josephine Baker. Join us at The James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art on Feb. 23 for a star-studded evening in support of educational and artistic programming. Tickets, tables, and sponsorships available now at
https://www.americanstage.org/gala

If your New Year’s resolution is to learn something new, here’s your sign. We just announced a ton of new classes and ca...
01/08/2024

If your New Year’s resolution is to learn something new, here’s your sign. We just announced a ton of new classes and camps for Spring/Summer, so compiled them all here for you (no excuses, babe 😉). Registration for Spring Classes, Weekend Workshops, and Summer Camp is open - visit our the link in our bio, or our website for more info: https://www.americanstage.org/drama-school

01/04/2024

Just one day until we announce the themes for Summer Camp 2024 🎉Our ONE-week camps for Littles (5-7), Youths (8-12), and Teens (13-17) are back with some amazing new additions to put campers' imaginations to the test...

01/03/2024

Two days 'til we announce the themes for Summer Camp. New this year: a TWO-week camp for young performers and storytellers who'd like to go beyond the stage...any guesses on what it is?

“The Chinese Lady” follows the once-forgotten story of the first Chinese woman to set foot in America: Afong Moy. Beginn...
01/03/2024

“The Chinese Lady” follows the once-forgotten story of the first Chinese woman to set foot in America: Afong Moy. Beginning with her arrival at 14 years old, Afong was treated as a sideshow act during the darkest parts of the 1800s. Told with winking humor and forthrightness, “The Chinese Lady” is anything but dark. This January, join us on the wild journey that explores the human urge to belong. Tickets are on sale now - grab them via the link in our bio, or at https://www.americanstage.org/shows/the-chinese-lady

01/02/2024

Three days 'til we announce the themes for Summer Camp! No spoilers, but our THREE-week musical theatre camp will have teen campers bring a classic to life ✨🏰 Show announcement dropping this Friday!

Before we close out our "Art Matters" campaign (and the year), check out this special message from our Producing Artisti...
12/30/2023

Before we close out our "Art Matters" campaign (and the year), check out this special message from our Producing Artistic Director, Helen R. Murray:

Dear Friends,

I am so thankful for the kind and generous ways in which you support American Stage. In the words of the Bard...

"I can no other answer make but thanks, and thanks, and ever thanks." - Twelfth Night

I look forward to seeing you in 2024!
Your Partner in Art,
Helen

You can still donate to our end-of-year fundraising campaign by visiting the link in our bio, or https://www.americanstage.org/

12/30/2023

We’re just two weeks away from “Tales by Twilight” - so check out this preview of the storytelling adventure we’re bringing to Boyd Hill. This January and February, take a nighttime hike on the nature trail, and experience a play along the way. First up - “10 Ways to Survive a Zombie Apocalypse,” an absurdly funny story where you’ll learn how to survive the undead horde from two guides and a motley crew of characters. Grab tickets using the link in our bio, or at:

You’ll have a guide for “Tales by Twilight”, but a map always helps.  Jan. 12 - Feb 18, join us for  “Tales by Twilight,...
12/28/2023

You’ll have a guide for “Tales by Twilight”, but a map always helps. Jan. 12 - Feb 18, join us for “Tales by Twilight,” our new series that combines a nighttime hike with two plays selected just for Boyd Hill Nature Preserve: “10 Ways to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse,” and “Diaries of Adam and Eve.” Each play will follow the same path, with different stops along the way. What you’ll see depends entirely on the story…

For more information or to grab tix, visit the link in our bio or https://www.americanstage.org/shows/tales-by-twilight

Art Matters to our community leaders in more ways than one. Meet Anastasia C. Hiotis, Nathan M. Stonecipher, Dexter Fabi...
12/27/2023

Art Matters to our community leaders in more ways than one. Meet Anastasia C. Hiotis, Nathan M. Stonecipher, Dexter Fabian, and Jean Spencer-Carnes. Through their support and advocacy, American Stage continues to serve Tampa Bay’s arts community. Any donation to our “Art Matters” campaign puts you in great company. Donate using the link our bio, or at https://www.americanstage.org/art-matters

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia (noun) : the fear of long words, and the title of the latest play in “Fresh Ink,” o...
12/26/2023

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia (noun) : the fear of long words, and the title of the latest play in “Fresh Ink,” our series of free staged readings with Creative Pinellas! Written by Dawn Branch, this often silly, sometimes serious play centers on the friendship between Elle and hairdresser Nora, whose attempt to cut her friend’s hair devolves into a farcical scene of implausible fears and “worst-case-scenarios.” RSVP using the link in our bio, or at https://www.americanstage.org/lift-every-voice

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from us at American Stage! Here’s to a day filled with quality time, hot cocoa, and c...
12/25/2023

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from us at American Stage! Here’s to a day filled with quality time, hot cocoa, and campy Hallmark movies. 🎄 Pictured: The cast of "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol" from our 2021/2022 season. We’re feeling ✨extra festive✨ today since it’s exactly 100 days 'til previews for “Disney's Beauty and the Beast” in the Park...

A round of applause for 2023. 👏 Now let’s recap. Swipe to see the numbers behind an amazing year >>These stats wouldn't ...
12/22/2023

A round of applause for 2023. 👏 Now let’s recap. Swipe to see the numbers behind an amazing year >>
These stats wouldn't be possible without you, the common denominator (pun intended). Donate today to our "Art Matters" campaign by visiting the link in our bio, or https://www.americanstage.org/art-matters

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Tuesday 9am - 6pm
Wednesday 9am - 6pm
Thursday 9am - 6pm
Friday 10am - 6pm
Saturday 2pm - 8pm
Sunday 2pm - 8pm

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Our History

1977 American Stage is founded as The Palisades Theatre of Florida, taking residence in Florida Presbyterian College (now Eckerd College) in St. Petersburg, FL. Its programming consists of theatre for students and educators, including an annual School Tour.

1979 The Junior League of St. Petersburg provides The Palisades funds to convert an old cinema house in downtown St. Petersburg into a 179-seat performance space. The Palisades launches its five-play Mainstage subscription series with a non-union acting company in residence. John Berglund and Victoria Holloway take over leadership of the theater following the departure of the founding directors.

1984 The Palisades Theatre of Florida officially changes its name to American Stage Theatre Company. The City of St. Petersburg condemns the American Stage facility. The local power company offers an alternative site which provides over 10,000 square feet for an intimate 130-seat performance space with a lobby, costume shop, rehearsal hall, and office spaces.

1985 American Stage becomes the first non-profit theatre company in the Tampa Bay region to operate under a full contract with Actors’ Equity Association. The company is one of five original theatres in the country pioneering the Small Professional Theatre contract.

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