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American Stage is an Equal Opportunity Employer. American Stage does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

Founded in 1977, American Stage is Tampa Bay’s longest-running, critically acclaimed professional theatre, committed to its role as a vital arts leader, contributing to the cultural landscape of the region by pursuing innovative programming and deeper connections with our community through our high-quality mainstage productions, our annual American Stage in the Park production, and our robust education and outreach programs. With powerful stories, boldly told, American Stage aspires to make the experience of dynamic, relevant, world-class theatre accessible for all.

At American Stage, we see the empty space as an opportunity for social change & civilized discourse to occur –one of the few sacred places left in a far too noisy, often divided, world where human beings can still sit in the quiet dark together, think a while, & be awakened. To gain a richer connection to the fragility of beauty & pain that exists in all art & life.

Theater of, by, and for all people. Artist-driven, radically inclusive, and fundamentally democratic. Through artistic excellence and the craft of storytelling, American Stage is committed to creating a safe space for multicultural artists to share their full humanity, as we come back to the theatre at this exciting but challenging time. We choose to create a new American Stage that enriches and embodies the rich diversity and cultural tapestry of America and truly reflects the American experience.

The information presented indicates a general nature and level or work expected of this position. It is not a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, qualifications, and objectives required of employees assigned to this job.

American Stage is a fully vaccinated workplace, and requires proof of full vaccination. To work in close proximity with Actor Equity Association employees (actors and stage managers) all employees must meet AEA union requirements for Covid-19 testing, which could include 2 to 3 negative test results per workweek.  New employees who are not fully vaccinated as of the date of hire are required to be fully vaccinated within 45 days of hire and provide twice-weekly proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to being fully vaccinated. Further details will be provided upon hire.

22-23 Emerging Arts Leader Fellowship

The Emerging Arts Leader Fellowship Program is a paid program for early-career arts administrators and theatre production practitioners. Participants are given practical learning experiences and independent and collective projects, all while working as a part of a team with American Stage staff and guest artists.

Fellowships are available for the 22-23 season and to run from August 2022-August 2023 in the following areas:

  • Artistic
  • Literary
  • Community Engagement
  • Education & Outreach
  • Development
  • Video Production
  • Graphic Design
  • Arts Administration & Theatre Management

Application Deadline: June 17th 11:59PM

(Applications submitted prior to deadline will be reviewed ahead of time)

The following are fellowships available for the 22-23 season and to run from January 2023-August 2023 in the following areas:

  • Costumes and Wardrobe
  • Stagecraft (Scenic Carpenter, Theater Electrician, Property Management, Scenic Painting)
  • Production & Company Management

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for consideration, applicants must:

  • Be at least 18 years old by the start of the program
  • Be fully vaccinated, as defined by the CDC, is more than 14 calendar days following receipt of a final dose of an FDA or World Health Organization authorized or approved vaccine. OR Can provide proof of full vaccination by the start of fellowship
  • BFA/BA or comparable experience in area of application
  • Be able to commit to a 9-month program
  • Reside in, or be able to relocate to, St. Petersburg or the Tampa Bay Area.
  • Have a strong desire to work in their selected department
  • Carefully read through the instructions and submit a thoughtfully completed application

We have not traditionally been able to make an Apprenticeship work alongside a full-time college course load.

COMPENSATION

Pay: $500/week stipend based on 30-40 hours of work per week (Housing is not included at this time)

Perks: Professional Development, networking opportunities, free tickets to American Stage productions, and more

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • ~Cover Letter Addressing the Following:
  • ~~Why you want to work in this department at American Stage
  • ~~What skills and experiences you bring to this department
  • ~~What you hope to learn from this fellowship
  • ~Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • ~Two Letters of Recommendation

    The cover letter, resume, and two letters of recommendation should be submitted as one PDF titled "lastname_firstname.pdf" (i.e. knowles_beyonce.pdf).

Attach in a separate PDF

  • Proof of full vaccination. “Fully vaccinated,” as defined by the CDC, is more than 14 calendar days following receipt of a final dose of an FDA or World Health Organization authorized or approved vaccine.

Artistic Fellowship:

Artistic fellow assist in the daily operations of the Artistic Department. Duties can include rehearsal/production support on our mainstage programming, workshop support for upcoming productions, assisting with auditions and maintaining artist databases, observation of and minute taking for production meetings and meetings of the Artistic Department, and basic office assistance to keep up communication and the smooth running of the Artistic Department. Other duties may include dramaturgical research, writing program features, editing and compiling interviews, and other research support. On occasion the apprentice may support productions in Education & Community Engagement. We will expect the apprentice to keep up on the reading of plays, both scheduled and in consideration, and expect them to be willing and able to participate in robust discussion of those plays. We will also encourage the artistic fellow to take full advantage of the theater scene, seeking out productions and reporting back to the artistic department on what to keep abreast of.

Education & Outreach Fellowship:

The Education and Outreach Fellowship is ideal for candidates with a strong interest in theatre education and administration at a professional theatre company. Fellows will work directly with the Education & Outreach staff to gain experience coordinating programs, developing and implementing marketing and development initiatives, assisting in the classroom, and writing study guides and lesson plans for the following programs: School Tour (elementary school touring production), Student Matinees (for mainstage shows), Outreach & Residencies (classes in schools), programs for Teens & Youth (on-site classes and productions) and Master Classes (classes for adults).

Literary Fellowship:

The fellow can explore the artistic side of the industry, which includes dramaturgical research and blogs, script coverage, and attending artistic meetings. The fellow can also learn more about the administrative side of things by logging script submissions, script copying, and editing and compiling articles. The Literary fellow will work side by side with not only the Artistic Department, but support the dramaturgy needed for all mainstage productions and other American Stage programming.  On occasion the apprentice may support productions in Education & Community Engagement. We will expect the apprentice to keep up on the reading of plays, both scheduled and in consideration, and expect them to be willing and able to participate in robust discussion of those plays. We will also encourage the artistic fellow to take full advantage of the theater scene, seeking out productions and reporting back to the artistic department on what to keep abreast of.

Community engagement fellowship:

This fellowship will give a direct involvement with a variety of populations in the St. Petersburg, Pinellas County and Tampa Bay communities. Duties can include scheduling and coordinating meetings with Community Engagement and various organizations, event management and organization, facilitating talkbacks and discussions and attending a variety of community events and programming as a representative of American Stage. Fellows should be engaged in the ever evolving best practices of equity, diversity, inclusion and accessibility.

Development Fellowship:

The Development Fellow will learn about and gain experience in all facets of American Stage’s fundraising program: individual giving, corporate sponsorship, foundation and government grant proposals, event planning, and donor database management. Tasks may include but are not limited to: prospect research, proposal and report writing, direct mail and email writing, donor event support, board of trustee meeting preparation, and recipient list building and data entry.

Video Production Fellowship:

The Video Production Fellow will work alongside the full-time Video Producer in the Marketing Department to create engaging video content that accelerates the narrative of American Stage’s programming. Fellows are given a high level of responsibility and work closely with the staff to develop new audiences through their video work. Fellows are exposed to all aspects of American Stage programming to create content that tells the story of what we do, and why we do. At the end of the fellowship the fellow will have a diverse portfolio or reel of work they will be able to showcase.The ideal candidate will have excellent organizational and communication skills. They should also have previous experience in video production either through school or internships. The video fellow will be involved with all aspects of video production from development through delivery. To be considered for this fellowship please submit a video reel along with your resume and cover letter.

Graphic Design Fellowship:

The Graphic Design Fellow will work alongside the Graphic Designer in the Marketing Department to create captivating designs that communicate the message of American Stage’s programming. Fellows are given a high level of responsibility and work closely with the staff to develop new audiences through their design work. Fellows are exposed to all aspects of American Stage programming to create content that tells the story of what we do, and why we do. At the end of the fellowship the fellow will have a diverse portfolio that features original work and shows examples of working in a non-profit design setting. The ideal candidate will have excellent organizational and communication skills. They should also have previous experience in graphic design either through school or internships. To be considered for this fellowship please submit a portfolio along with your resume and cover letter.

Arts Administration & Theatre Management:

Fellows work closely with the Managing Director and other key members of the Administrative team in a holistic manner to ensure the smooth operations of the organization. The fellows will be part of the Administrative Office and directly work with the following departments: Finance, Human Resources, Events Management, Office Management and Front of House. Fellows will be exposed to activities including, but not limited to, artistic contracting and licensing, project management, accounting and financial reporting, budgeting, and human resources. Candidates should possess a warm personality with strong communication skills, a spirit of curiosity without judgment, a deep self-awareness and demonstrable experience advocating for equity and inclusion, as well as a basic knowledge of Google Drive and Microsoft applications.

Volunteer at American Stage

Volunteers are an essential and invaluable part of the American Stage family—we simply couldn’t succeed without them. We welcome anyone interested in dedicating their time and talents to support Tampa Bay’s longest-running, professional live theatre to consider becoming an American Stage volunteer.

Volunteer with American Stage!

American Stage has a number of exciting opportunities throughout our season including front of house positions during our shows, administrative support in our offices, special events and outreach, and our neighborhood theatre ambassador team!

Schedule and location is flexible and based on your availability.  American Stage is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and volunteering with us counts as community service as recognized by most high schools, colleges, and many employers as well as scholarship programs.

Let us know how you’d like to participate as an American Stage Volunteer!  Please fill out the Volunteer Interest Form below to select your volunteering preferences.

American Stage volunteers enjoy a variety of benefits, from complimentary tickets, to discounts on classes, concessions, and merchandise!

For more information please contact volunteer@americanstage.org

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Volunteer Interest Form

Theatre Travel
Join the Trippers!

Enjoy travel? Love theatre? Join The Trippers, a fun-loving group of American Stage theatre travelers.

Trippers typically stay in four-star hotels, eat in the finest local restaurants, and receive excellent seats at some of the world’s best theatres.

See Upcoming Trips Below:

“START SPREADING THE NEWS…WE’RE BACK” in March 2022!

THE DATES: MARCH 30 – APRIL 3

These are the shows we are planning to see:

  • The Music Man
  • Paradise Square
  • Plaza Suite
  • Suffs

Here’s what the trip includes:

  • Round trip air, bus service from and to N.Y. airport
  • 4 nights at the four-star Sofitel hotel with breakfast daily except Sunday
  • 4 great theatre events with round trip bus service
  • An additional day outing to the Morgan Library, a National Historic Landmark, founded in 1906 to house J.P. Morgan’s private collection
  • A group lunch
  • An elegant Sunday brunch
  • A $200.00 tax-deductible donation to American Stage

FOR ALL THIS THE COST IS $2,970.00*. (Single supplement: $800.00)

You may pay this in 3 installments:

Due now ($990)

January 1 ($990)

February 1 ($990)

If you have questions, please contact Tom Block (727) 403-9100. You may pay via credit card by calling the box office at 727-823-7529 or pay by check. Make checks payable to American Stage. Mail to American Stage, Attention: Tom Block, P.O. Box 1560, St. Petersburg, FL, 33731.

* To be in New York, trip attendees must be fully vaccinated and must bring proof of vaccination on the trip – either the vaccination card or a photo on your phone. Masks are also required.

*We recommend cancellation insurance. We make every attempt to refund as much money as possible; however, we have financial commitments with signed contracts that we are obligated to meet, and your portion of that financial commitment cannot be refunded. There are no refunds after final payment is received. For cancellation insurance, please visit travelinsurance.com or AAA.

UPCOMING TRIPS (Stay tuned for dates and details!):

  • Shaw Festival Niagara on the Lake – summer 2022
  • Chicago – mid-October 2022

To book a trip or learn more about the trippers

Contact Tom Block, General Manager, at
727-823-1600 x 208 or tomblock@americanstage.org.

Or join the Trippers Email List to for updates on new adventures!

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