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Community Engagement

American Stage has the responsibility to our staff, community, the Tampa Bay Region, and our nation to ensure that all communities, cultures and people have the access, awareness and support to benefit from the transformative power of live theatre, which inspires honest, thought-provoking dialogue. As a professional theatre and cultural institution, American Stage holds itself accountable to build & maintain the connections between our stages & our diverse communities.

Beneath The Surface

Homeland vs Hometown: A look at Cultural Identity in America

Tuesday, July 11 @ 7pm

The ArtsExchange - WADA - 515 22nd St S, St. Petersburg, FL 33712

Join Erica Sutherlin, director of community engagement as we explore the themes, ideas and stories in our upcoming productions. These free events are hosted in the community, for the community, with community voices leading them.


La Gringa

Sunday, July 9 @1PM

At American Stage

Take a peek behind the curtain before the opening of each production with a presentation by American Stage staff. They provide insight into the history and central themes of the play, as well as a discussion with members of the creative team who provide an insider’s perspective on their process.

Behind the Scenes

Our Behind the Scenes is combining with Beneath the Surface into one exciting event! Still Free to the public but now double the fun!Join us for a community conversation designed to deepen the understanding of themes in our current main stage production. We share stories, ideas, and opinions in a safe and nurturing communal space. Then, meet the designers! Let's go beneath the surface of the production with the creative team as they walk us through the process of our current main stage production

The Chinese Lady

Time: 1 p.m. in the American Stage Lobby

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A convening of local organizational leaders, business leaders and community advocates discussing concerns, solutions and implementations of matters surrounding inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility within our individual organizations and the Tampa Bay community.

IDEA Council Members
  • Ajori Spencer Performing Arts Specialist - Pinellas County Schools
  • Andridia Hosey Community Activist & Retired Educator
  • Anthony Verdeja Executive Director - Family Center on Deafness
  • Barbara St. Clair Executive Director - Creative Pinellas
  • Caryn Nesmith - Director of Community Relations - University of South Florida
  • Clayton Sizemore Executive Director - Mindful Movement Florida
  • Dr. Doral Pulley Spiritual Leader - Today's Church Tampa Bay
  • Jana Prewitt - NonProfit Organization Consultant
  • Joyce Carpenter - USF OLLI Instructor
  • Judith Scully Lawyer & Educator - Stetson University
  • Kimberly Jackson Executive Director - Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions
  • Kimberly Malhoit Producer, Digital Designer
  • Lawerence Parker Financial Manager - North Western Mutual
  • Leigh Davis Director of Donor Relations - Pinellas Community Foundation
  • Nashid Madyun Executive Director - Florida Humanities
  • Nathan Bruemmer LGBTQ Consumer Advocate - Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Nicole Berman Executive Director - St. Pete Pride
  • Sherry Williams - Lawyer
  • Stephanie Adamo - Director of Marketing & Communication, The James Museum of Western & Wildlife
  • Susan Gore Executive Director - LGBTQ Resource Center
  • Suzanne Pomerantzeff Executive Director - Academy of Ballet Arts
  • Terry Marks CEO - St Petersburg Arts Alliance
  • Paula Lacey, CEO RSV-Media
  • Kara Gold-Harris Director of Arts, Jewish Federation of Florida's Gulf Coast