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THE PITMEN PAINTERS – Folk Art in Our Community

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American Stage present THE PITMEN PAINTERS by Lee Hall, directed by Brendon Fox.

This true story (Now Playing through August 14) following British miners unexpectedly becoming art-world sensations has not only inspired raves from audiences and critics alike, but also encouraged us to think about folk art, or “outsider” art, in our own community.

TAKE A LOOK at what our friends at Creative Clay had to say when we paid them a visit and don’t miss your chance to see the show calls “one of the best shows of the year!”

A BIG thank you to the staff and artists at Creative Clay for sharing their story, their art, and their passion with us.

For more information about THE PITMEN PAINTERS click here
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THE PITMEN PAINTERS – Audiences and Critics Agree!

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Find out what audiences and critics are saying about American Stage’s THE PITMEN PAINTERS! (Now Playing through August 14)

Do not miss the show that Variety calls “a feel-good — make that a feel-great — hit!”


“…an ambitious undertaking…well acted…you would have to really hate thoughtful questions about self-expression and who regulates it not to enjoy this play and its many laugh-out-loud moments.”

-Andrew Meacham, Tampa Bay Times
Review: ‘The Pitmen Painters’ Digs Into Weighty Subjects With a Light Touch

“Refreshing … notable…[with] a lot of warm comedy…its heart is big and unafraid. That alone makes it notable — and occasionally a little marvelous.”

-Mark E. Leib, Creative Loafing
Review: The Pitmen Painters


“What a wonderful story and brilliantly acted.”

“Compelling story, excellent acting, well staged, fine direction and superb lighting design. Loved it!”

“I’ve seen every show this season and this is the best one yet!”


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American Stage & MFA Collaboration

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MFA partnership

We are proud to be a part of such a diverse, rich, and high quality cultural community. Our current production, THE PITMEN PAINTERS by Lee Hall (Now Playing through August 14 – click here for more information) talks about the importance of accessibility to the arts and, though not everyone will pursue the career of an artist, creativity adds tremendous value our lives. That’s why our friends at the Museum of Fine Arts are extending a special promotion to encourage our guests who see THE PITMEN PAINTERS to engage, learn, and participate in the full spectrum of what the St. Petersburg arts scene has to offer.

American Stage guests presenting a ticket from THE PITMEN PAINTERS receive 20% off General Admission or Annual Membership to the Museum of Fine Arts now through August 31, 2016.

In addition to the expansive MFA Collection, you definitely will not want to miss their exhibitions on display, including Shana Moulton: Journeys Out of the Body – Open through October 9.

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Journeys Out of the Body highlights human physicality, but also alternate realms. A sense of magic permeates Shana Moulton’s work, as well as a hopefulness that suggests no one is alone in their quest for health and happiness.​ #cynthiamfa
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Social Media Contest for THE PITMEN PAINTERS

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Pitmen Hashtag Contest Blog Post

UPGRADE YOUR EXPERIENCE when you use the hashtags: #PITMENupgrade and #asPITMEN in social media posts prior to seeing THE PITMEN PAINTERS at American Stage.


  • Posts on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter will be considered
  • Post must contain both hashtags: #PITMENupgrade & #asPITMEN
  • Contestant must tag American Stage in the post
  • Post must indicate the day of the show the contestant is scheduled to attend
  • Check your social media pages on the day of the show to see if you’ve won!
  • No limit to amount of entries per contestant: post away!

Winners can choose from one of the following prizes (based on availability.) Prizes can be claimed at our Theatre Bar on the day of the show.

  • Tickets to the September 4th HAWK & WAYNE Improv Show
  • A Free Drink
  • A Signed Program or Poster

The Grand Prize will be two free tickets to see GOOD PEOPLE, the first show in our upcoming season: “IN SEARCH OF… AMERICA.”
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THE PITMEN PAINTERS (2016) – Trailer

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TAKE A LOOK at our trailer for THE PITMEN PAINTERS (July 20 – August 14, 2016)

Written by the Tony award-winning playwright of Billy Elliot and War House, Lee Hall’s THE PITMEN PAINTERS is based on the triumphant true story about a group of British miners who discover a new way to express themselves and unexpectedly become art-world sensations. An arresting and witty salute to the power of individual expression and the collective spirit, THE PITMEN PAINTERS takes you on an unforgettable journey from the depths of the mine to the heights of fame.

THE PITMEN PAINTERS by Lee Hall | directed by Brendon Fox | July 20 – August 14, 2016
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