American Stage shines a light on 40 years

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Tato_Castillo_headshot_SmChoosing American Stage; January 19th, 2018:
By Tato Catillo
In 2007 I was a senior in High School completely immersed in Theatre and planning to study it in College starting the fall. This was also the year I got an opportunity with American Stage as an Intern. The Theatre was located in a smaller building which housed offices, work spaces and an intimate black box stage. Everyone in the staff was completely new to me, and though I also didn’t really know how I would spend my days while I worked there, I was excited to begin the experience to come. Luckily for me this Theatre had plenty for me to learn and do.

I sat on a chair close to the Directors during rehearsals for which I happily gave my undivided attention. I worked as an intern during OTHELLO, 9 PARTS OF DESIRE and LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS. The level of creativity and passion I saw in those involved in those productions impressed me to a degree I couldn’t yet comprehend. I got to see professionals in their element which gave me something to aspire to in my own career.

That was ten years ago and I am back, this time as an Apprentice. When I heard that American Stage had an apprenticeship program I immediately decided upon being a part of it. I had no hesitation as I had previously witnessed the powerful works that this company produces and I wanted to take part in it again.

I have gained new training and experience since my internship season but I’ve also grown more comfortable with myself and as an artist. This program has been exactly what I need to grow professionally and I think any young actor would be very lucky to have the same experience at the beginning of their career.

When I returned as an apprentice for the 2017-18 season I walked into a totally different Theatre. The energy of this company has changed but its mission to create community is the same. The stage is a completely new version of the old one. It is capable … Read the rest

A RAISIN IN THE SUN Blog

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A RAISIN IN THE SUN runs January 24 – February 18, 2018. Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking family drama is the first play in our American Legacy series! Tickets at americanstage.org/RAISIN | #asRAISIN #asLEGACYSERIES


Check out this footage from our BEHIND-THE-SCENES Artist Conversation with L. Peter Callendar, Enoch King, Fanni Green, and Patrick A. Jackson!


Alex1WebBy Alexandria Crawford, American Stage 2016/2017 Acting & Production Apprentice Alumni
​Former Apprentice Takeover! & Why we need RAISIN now; January 12th, 2018:
Hello, everyone! My name is Alexandria Crawford. Last season here at American Stage, I was a member of the inaugural class of Acting and Production Apprentices at American Stage. You may remember me as Martha Loomis Pentecost in the last August Wilson Century Cycle Play, JOE TURNER’S COME AND GONE. Since finishing up the apprenticeship in August, I was blessed to be asked to stay with the theatre as a teaching artist. It has been an absolute joy teaching theatre to young artists and being apart of their creative endeavors. For me it all comes full circle; when I was a child, my love for theatre began here taking classes with American Stage Education. It’s pretty cool how life works out that way.
Currently, the theatre is in rehearsals for A RAISIN IN THE SUN by Lorraine Hansberry. It is the first in their new American Legacy Series. I am so excited for this production, as it happens to be one of my favorite plays. So much to the point, that last season when our Artistic Director mentioned the possibility of doing this play next season, I became one of its biggest advocates. The play, whose title comes from a line in the Langston Hughes poem, HARLEM, is about the Younger family living in the south side of Chicago in the 1950s. They are about to receive a $10,000 life insurance check after the death of Mr. Younger. Each family member has a different dream in how they would like to use the money. As the play progresses, you see how those dreams clash with one another and how it affects them all as a family. For audiences, It leaves … Read the rest

12 Days of Giving

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It’s the Holidays, and American Stage is here to help! For the 12 days leading up to December 24th, we will be sharing a new Holiday Gift Idea with you – there’s something for everyone on your list! (Follow along on our Facebook page at facebook.com/americanstage)

DAY 12

MIX & MATCH gift packages

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Choose from AS/40 wine, t-shirts, mugs and more! Ask for details. Not sure what to gift? Give a gift certificate that everyone will love.

 Call now to purchase! — 727-823-7529 (PLAY)

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#as12DAYSOFGIVING

12 Days of Giving

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It’s the Holidays, and American Stage is here to help! For the 12 days leading up to December 24th, we will be sharing a new Holiday Gift Idea with you – there’s something for everyone on your list! (Follow along on our Facebook page at facebook.com/americanstage)

DAY 12

MIX & MATCH gift packages!

 

Choose from AS/40 wine, t-shirts, mugs and more! Ask for details. Not sure what to gift? Give a gift certificate that everyone will love. Call our Box Office NOW  727.823.PLAY(7529).

Tune in every day for more gifting ideas from American Stage. Follow along with the Hashtag on Facebook:

#as12DAYSOFGIVING.

12 Days of Giving

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It’s the Holidays, and American Stage is here to help! For the next 12 days leading up to December 24th, we will be sharing a new Holiday Gift Idea with you – there’s something for everyone on your list! (Follow along on our Facebook page at facebook.com/americanstage)

DAY 11

Improv Classes!

 

The only thing more infectious than watching joyful people do what they love is being one of those joyful people. All classes are taught by improv professionals from our program or programs like Second City and The Groundlings. Offering options for Beginners to Advanced Improvisers! Register by January 3 for 20% off with code: EARLY. Classes begin January 17 and are for all levels.

Click here to purchase!

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IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY Blog

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IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY runs December 16 – 24, 2017. ONLY 11 PERFORMANCES!
Tickets at americanstage.org/WONDERFULLIFE | #asWonderfulLife


Apprentice christmasBy Kody Hopkins, Courtney McLaren, and Tarilabo Koripamo, American Stage 2017/2018 Acting & Production Apprentices
​A Very Apprentice Christmas; Dec. 22nd, 2017:
During our run of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, we’ve had some apprentices out in the lobby to help establish a mood of holiday cheer, as well as talk to our guests about all the exciting new initiatives we have going on at American Stage. Yesterday, I sat down with two of my fellow apprentices, Courtney McLaren and Tarilabo Koripamo to discuss their experiences so far. From crazy coincidences to how awesome our Producing Artistic Director is (spoiler: she’s really awesome), we discuss it all. This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

[Kody]: During IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY, we’ve gotten the opportunity to be representatives of the Apprentice Program as well as American Stage’s Advancement team. How has that experience been for you?
Tari: It’s been enlightening for me… to have conversation with different people and listen more than you would normally because you’re trying to find a connection with every person. When I first started, I was thinking, “…okay, the goal is to introduce them to our gifting options, the different subscription options, why to sign the 40 FORWARD wall…” But sometimes, it turns out, you just listen to them talk about their memories of coming to theater, or sometimes it’s their first time, or they talk about how lovely the show is. And just that conversation, getting into their mind and learning how theater has impacted them is enough for me.

Courtney: Yeah, I like that you get to listen to people talk about why they love theater which brings me back to how special it is what we do and what a blessing it is to be here and be involved in theater. It’s a really fun experience, getting to talk to people, getting to know who they are and how they came to the theater. Last night … Read the rest

12 Days of Giving

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It’s the Holidays, and American Stage is here to help! For the 12 days leading up to December 24th, we will be sharing a new Holiday Gift Idea with you – there’s something for everyone on your list! (Follow along on our Facebook page at facebook.com/americanstage)

DAY 10

Buy local art from American Stage’s featured visual artist, Laura Spencer!

 

Now through December 24, Laura Spencer’s work will be available for purchase including a signature artwork package inspired by IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY. This package includes a Laura Spencer original, two mainstage tickets, and a signed photo of the play for $500.

Click here to purchase!

 

Tune in every day for more gifting ideas from American Stage. Follow along with the Hashtag on Facebook: #as12DAYSOFGIVING.

12 Days of Giving

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It’s the Holidays, and American Stage is here to help! For the 12 days leading up to December 24th, we will be sharing a new Holiday Gift Idea with you – there’s something for everyone on your list! (Follow along on our Facebook page at facebook.com/americanstage)

DAY 9

Sponsor a Student – Donate Today

Sponsor a Student – Donate Today
Our Sponsor a Student program provides financial support for young people to experience theatre and play-making across our programs.

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12 Days of Giving

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It’s the Holidays, and American Stage is here to help! For the 12 days leading up to December 24th, we will be sharing a new Holiday Gift Idea with you – there’s something for everyone on your list! (Follow along on our Facebook page at facebook.com/americanstage)

DAY 8

Travel with Trippers to New York City!

 

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The Trippers will be packing their bags this April to visit “…the city that never sleeps!” The four days will be filled with exciting theatre and sightseeing while staying at the 4-Star Sofitel Hotel.

Click here for more information! Or call Tom Block at 727 823 1600 x 208  to purchase!

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12 Days of Giving

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It’s the Holidays, and American Stage is here to help! For the 12 days leading up to December 24th, we will be sharing a new Holiday Gift Idea with you – there’s something for everyone on your list! (Follow along on our Facebook page at facebook.com/americanstage)

DAY 5

Teen & Youth Ensemble Classes 

Teen and Youth Ensemble Classes.

Ignite your creative voice! Spring 2018 classes begin February 10 and all levels welcome! Click here to enroll now.

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