Lean forward
Powerful Stories
Boldly Told
We have a story to tell
Lean forward
Powerful Stories
Boldly Told
We have a story to tell
Lean forward
Powerful Stories
Boldly Told
We have a story to tell

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 quality live theatre to each generation in our community.

As we move into our next exciting era, 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.  All told with passion and a commitment to excellence.

American Stage is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, charitable organization and operates under agreement with Actor’s Equity Association, the union for professional actors and stage managers in the United States.


We tell powerful stories.


Boldly.  With a commitment to quality.


Because we believe that through the telling of dynamic stories, live theatre has the power to unite us in our shared experiences and to deepen our connection to one another through the illumination of diverse perspectives.

OUr Mission

We seek to reinforce the power of live theatre with high quality productions of compelling plays that excite and challenge a diverse audience.  We are passionate about the telling of meaningful stories that inspire audiences to lean forward and engage.

Our Vision

American Stage’s vision is to be a vital arts leader, connecting our community to world-class productions that celebrate the most powerful stories of the moment and the most defining stories from our past.

Our Values

We seek to present POWERFUL plays.

We strive to achieve EXCEPTIONAL quality.

We endeavor to be ACCESSIBLE to all.

We celebrate DIVERSITY in our stories & characters.

We RESPECT our artists, our staff and our community.

We believe that great art thrives under fiscal
and operational RESPONSIBILITY.

Our Team - Board & Staff

2022-2023 ASTC Board of Trustees

American Stage is governed by a dedicated Board of Trustees comprised of business leaders, philanthropists, and arts advocates who share a common passion for theatre and a commitment to our community.

Anastasia C Hiotis
Chief Operating Officer (Retired)
Carlton Fields


Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj

Gina Clement

Trevor Wells, CPA
Manager, Consolidations and Special Projects

Joe Weldon
Head of Organization and Talent Development
Raymond James

The Reverend Canon Michael Alford
Canon for Congregational Care, The Cathedral Church of St. Peter

Ebrahim Busheri
Formerly Director of Investments at Manning & Napier

Sherri Smith-Dodgson
Educational Consultant
Miss Science®

Dexter Fabian
Creative Director, Co-Creator, and Publisher
RKC & I Love the Burg & That’s So Tampa

Alistair Flynn
Vice President, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management Carlson Group at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Jose Fourquet
Managing Director and Tampa Market Executive
Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Joel B. Giles
Attorney at Law
Carlton Fields

Alais L. M. Griffin
Founding Member
Griffin Strategic Law Advisors PLLC

Will Hough
SVO, Director of Asset Acquisitions
Directed Capital

Cathy P. Swanson
EVP, Market President - Pinellas County
Cogent Bank

Steven W. Walker


Helen R. Murray

Associate Artistic Director

Anthony Gervais



Pamela Arbisi

Director of Advancement


José Avilés

Director of Education


Alexandria Blaha

Company Manager


Randi J. Norman

‍Director of Marketing and Communications



Annie Curasi

Front of House & Guest Services Manager


Valerie Gilmore

Office Manager


Grace Smith

Finance Manager



Jemier Jenkins

Community Engagement and Artistic Associate



Jessy Julianna

Education & Outreach Associate



Siara Dohmen

Graphic Designer


Travis Hawkes

‍Video Producer


Jana Henson

Communications Coordinator



Ethan Guear

‍‍Front of House Coordinator

Lars Murphy

Front of House Coordinator

Kristy Pike

Front of House Coordinator

Jusset Pinto

‍Front of House Coordinator

Chris Strong

Bar Manager


Timon Brown

Director of Production


Thad Engle

Technical Director


John Millsap

Assistant Technical Director


Megan Szloboda

Costume Shop Manager



Cheyenne DeBarros

Donor Services Manager



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Meet The 2021-2022 Apprentices

Hannah Hockman
Acting & Production

Hannah Hockman recently graduated from Eckerd College with BA in Theatre with minors in Marketing and Music. She has spent two summers studying in New York City with The Atlantic Acting School and The Circle in the Square Conservatory. Her favorite roles include the lead role in Feinstein’s/54 Below concert of CALL IT IN THE AIR and Steve in SHE KILLS MONSTERS. She recently made her directorial debut with HEATHERS THE MUSICAL, Eckerd’s first student run musical. Hannah is excited to work with American Stage and to continue to grow as an artist. Instagram: @hannahbellhockman www.hannahhockman.com

Massiel Evans
Acting & Production Apprentice

Massiel Evans is a passionate island girl from Nassau, The Bahamas. She recently received her M.F.A in Acting and Directing from Eastern Connecticut State University along with a film studies minor. While in The Bahamas, Massiel has starred in two local plays and one local bahamian movie. Her first year she received the leading role in the main stage production, “Chitra.” Since then she has starred in four other shows as an actress, two shows as an assistant director for Eastern and for a professional theater company, Spectrum Theater. Her last semester she was the primary director of a main stage production called “Blood at the Root.” She has also written, directed and filmed two small pieces under her film studies minor. Massiel has been heavily involved throughout her time at Eastern and she’s now ready to bring those experiences and learn more with American Stage.

Jessica Jennelle
Acting & Production Apprentice

Jessica Jennelle was most recently seen as Ginette in ALMOST, MAINE at West Coast Players. Other roles include THE LARAMIE PROJECT, MEDEA, and LAUGHING STOCK all at St. Petersburg College Arts Dept. She also worked on productions such as PIPPIN and INTO THE WOODS as a Props Master. She is currently studying at St. Petersburg College finishing up her transfer program to University of South Florida.

The History of
American Stage


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.


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.


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.


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.


American Stage in the Park, also known as Shakespeare in the Park, is launched in the Spring, offering ten free outdoor performances of THE TAMING OF THE SHREW. More than 8,000 people attend, and a community tradition is born.


The St. Petersburg City Council designates American Stage as St. Petersburg’s Resident Professional Theatre Ensemble.


Awarded Best Theatre Company by Tampa Bay Magazine.


The Florida State Legislature designates American Stage as a Vital Local Cultural Organization due to the theatre’s outreach efforts, community support, and artistic excellence.


American Stage is one of 13 professional arts organizations nationwide to participate in the National Endowment for the Arts’ Advancement Program.


It is announced that a thorough renovation and remodel will begin on the American Stage building.


Renovation of the new facility is completed, and includes the redesigned 148-seat space, a new sound system, new light board and dimmers; remodeling of the costume shop, rehearsal space, and courtyard; inclusion of a visual arts gallery; and an expansion of the lobby space.


Shakespeare in the Park adds an additional eight performances in Tampa at Curtis Hixon Park, following the regular run in St. Petersburg.

Awarded Best Theatre Company by the annual survey of the Best of the Bay by The Weekly Planet. American Stage will be awarded this title for the next fifteen consecutive years, during which The Weekly Planet is renamed to Creative Loafing Tampa.


American Stage produces August Wilson’s GEM OF THE OCEAN, embarking on an ambitious endeavor to complete Wilson’s Century Cycle within the following ten seasons.

Shakespeare in the Park presents its first adaption, based on THE COMEDY OF ERRORS, the Regional Premiere of THE BOMB-ITTY OF ERRORS (Allen-Dutton, Catalano, et al.).


Awarded Best Theatre Company by Tampa Bay Magazine, an award American Stage will receive for the next twelve consecutive years.

Awarded the Neighborhood Builder Award by the Bank of America Neighborhood Excellence Initiative.


The Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross presents American Stage with the Good Neighbor Award for having made significant humanitarian contributions in support of the American Red Cross.


American Stage changes a twenty-year tradition of presenting Shakespeare in the Park with a musical, the Regional Premiere of CROWNS (R. Taylor).

Bank of America awards American Stage with the Neighborhood Excellence Award.


American Stage enters into a partnership with St. Petersburg College to build a brand new state of the art building in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg. This is the first time in Pinellas County history that a brand new building is constructed for a professional theatre. Raymond James Financial acquires naming rights to the new theatre space.


American Stage Theatre Company celebrates its 30th Anniversary Season. Administration offices are moved into the new building.

Florida Premiere: BY THE WATER OF BABYLON (R. Schenkkan).


The St. Petersburg City Council designates American Stage as St. Petersburg’s Resident Professional Theatre Ensemble.


American Stage completes its first full season in the Raymond James Theatre.

Regional Premiere: KING HEDLEY II (A. Wilson).


American Stage in the Park celebrates its 25th anniversary with a production of HAIR, enjoyed by over 15,000 Tampa Bay residents. It is the highest-attended Park production in nearly two decades.

The St. Petersburg Times chooses the opening of American Stage’s new home in the Raymond James Theatre as the Tampa Bay art scene’s most important event of the decade.

Todd Olson celebrates his 10th year as Artistic Director at American Stage.

Named Non-Profit of the Year by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Regional Premiere: AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (T. Letts).


Presented with Watermark’s Wave Award for Variety and Excellence as one of St. Petersburg’s favorite local performing arts venues.

Presented with the PARC Community Service Award in appreciation of American Stage’s extraordinary volunteer efforts.

Presented with the St. Peterburg Mayor’s Top Apple Award for continued partnership with local schools.


Todd Olson celebrates his 11th and final year as Artistic Director at American Stage, before departing to assume the duties of Executive Director at the Columbia Festival of the Arts in Maryland.

American Stage Director of Education, Meg Heimstead is named Interim Artistic Director while Board of Trustees embarks on a nationwide search for the company’s next leader.

Presented with the St. Peterburg Mayor’s Top Apple Award for continued partnership with local schools.

World Premiere: THE AMISH PROJECT (J. Dickey).


Presented with WEDU’s Be More: Educational Outreach Award.

Florida Premiere: NUREYEV’S EYES (D. Rush).


Stephanie Gularte is a named the new Producing Artistic Director of American Stage.

Awarded the MUSE Performing Arts Award by the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance.


American Stage launches the ASFWD: The Next Generation Apprenticeship Program.


American Stage Theatre Company celebrates its 40th anniversary season.

The final installment of the August Wilson Century Cycle.

Launch of the 21st Century Voices: New Play Festival.

Florida Premiere: “The Invisible Hand”

American Stage received a proclamation from the City for the August Wilson Century Cycle.


Florida Premiere: “Strait of Gilbratar;” first selection from 21st Century Voices: New Play Festival to be a Mainstage Selection.

American Stage wins the Be More Enriched, Greenberg Traurig Arts & Culture Award.

10 year anniversary of American Stage Improv.

Introduction of the Under 20 Passport.

Launch of the Emerging Arts Leader Fellowship.


Regional Premiere: “Vietgone”


American Stage is named Theatre Company of the Decade by Broadway World

Production History

  • Indecent
  • acts of faith
  • The Chinese Lady
  • American Stage in the Park: Beauty and the Beast
  • Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  • The Figs
  • White Rabbit Red Rabbit
  • Tales by Twilight
  • School Tour: The Day You Begin
  • Green Day's American Idiot
  • The Colored Museum
  • Crimes of the Heart
  • American Stage in the Park: Ragtime
  • Disgraced
  • La Gringa
  • School Tour: Cinderella Eats Rice and Beans
  • The Odd Couple
  • Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol
  • School Girls or the African Mean Girls Play
  • American Stage in the Park: Footloose
  • The Dutchman
  • Vietgone
  • Silent Sky
  • Skeleton Crew
  • The People Downstairs
  • Virtual Stories Series
40th Season
  • Between Riverside and Crazy
  • Miss Bennet: A Christmas at Pemberley
  • Pipeline
  • The Roommate
  • Long Day's Journey Into Night
  • Fun Home
  • American Stage in the Park: Mamma Mia!
  • Much To Do About Nothing
  • It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
  • Raisin in the Sun
  • Marjorie Prime
  • Straight of Gibraltar
  • Bad Jews
  • American Stage in the Park: The Producers
  • Good People
  • Tartuffe
  • It’s a Wonderful Life:  A Live Radio Play
  • Joe Turner’s Come and Gone
  • Informed Consent
  • The Invisible Hand
  • Sex with Strangers
  • American Stage in the Park: Hairspray
  • Intimate Apparel
  • The 39 Steps
  • August Wilson’s Jitney (Century Cycle: 9th Installment)
  • 4000 Miles
  • A Tale of Two Cities
  • The Pitmen Painters
  • American Stage in the Park: Monty Python's Spamalot
  • The Chosen
  • Laughter on the 23rd Floor
  • August Wilson’s Radio Golf (Century Cycle: 8th Installment)
  • Gutenberg! The Musical!
  • Red
  • One Slight Hitch
  • Nureyev’s Eyes
  • American Stage in the Park: In The Heights
  • The Birds
  • Love & Laughter: The Noel Coward Celebration
  • August Wilson’s 2 Trains Running (Century Cycle: 7th Installment)
  • Around the World in 80 Days
  • Steel Magnolias
  • God of Carnage
  • American Stage in the Park: The Wiz
  • Hysteria: or Fragments of an Analysis Of an Obsessional Neurosis
  • Wit
  • A Doll’s House
  • August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson (Century Cycle: 6th Installment)
  • When the World Was Green: A Chef’s Fable
  • The Amish Project
  • 7 Homeless Mammoths Wander New England
  • My Name is Asher Lev
  • Art
  • American Stage in the Park: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
  • August: Osage County
  • An Ideal Husband
  • August Wilson’s Seven Guitars (Century Cycle: 5th Installment)
  • 2.5 Minute Ride
  • Vanishing Point
  • The Foreigner
  • American Stage in the Park: The Rocky Horror Show
  • The Mystery of Irma Vep
  • Opus
  • August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Century Cycle: 4th Installment)
  • Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
  • Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
  • A Steady Rain
  • American Stage in the Park: Rent
  • A Delicate Balance
  • Table Settings
  • The Sea Horse
  • Two for the Seesaw
  • Little Eyolf
  • Archie & Mehitabel
  • A Familiy Secret
  • The Christmas of 1776
  • The Water Engine
  • The Glass Menagerie
  • Star Child
  • Wings
  • The Killing of Sister George
  • Snow White