Creative Conversations

Join CEO/Producing Artistic Director, Stephanie Gularte and special guests in a series of virtual community roundtables about live theatre during the pandemic and beyond.

Live 30-Minute Zoom Conversations every other Monday at 6 p.m.

New Dates Just Announced, See Below! 

June 8: Staging a Creative Comeback
What role can the arts play in creating a post-Covid renaissance in our community?
Stephanie welcomes guest John Collins, Executive Director of the St. Pete Arts Alliance to share perspectives on staging a creative comeback in St. Pete.

June 15: A City of the Arts
How can partnerships between local businesses and arts organizations help resurrect the economy and the vitality of our city?
Stephanie welcomes St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce CEO, Chris Steinocher in a conversation about reimagining our City of the Arts, the “St. Pete Way.”

June 22: Anti-Racism in Practice
Recent events have challenged arts and cultural organizations around the country to take a hard look at our role in systemic racism. In this Creative Conversation, American Stage’s CEO/Producing Artistic Director begins an honest conversation about the work ahead for American Stage in listening, learning and acting to create a more just, more inclusive, more anti-racist professional theatre company.

June 29: A Safe Return to the Stage for Performers
As we continue to patiently wait to come back together at the theatre, before we consider inviting audiences back to the stage, indoors or outdoors, we must first recognize and address the very unique considerations for the health and safety of our performers. Join Stephanie and Actor’s Equity Association members Renata Eastlick (GOOD PEOPLE, MAMMA MIA!, IN THE HEIGHTS, TWO TRAINS RUNNING) and Richard Watson (JOE TURNER’S COME AND GONE, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, THE 39 STEPS, WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOLF?) for a conversation about navigating the intimacy of live performance in a COVID world.

July 13: Perspectives from the Board Room – A Conversation with American Stage Board Chair Robyn Rusignuolo
Stephanie speaks with Robyn about the priorities and the strategies of the American Stage board of trustees during this time of incredible change for live theatre.

July 27:  The Next Generation: Shaping the Future of Live Theatre (45-minute conversation)
How are the current realities in our world informing the priorities of our emerging theatre professionals?  How will these young artists, arts educators and arts leaders use their experiences in the present moment to shape the future of live theatre?  Meet the 2019-20 American Stage apprentices as we discuss their journeys and their futures during this unprecedented time for our industry.

August 10: The Fundamental Role of the Arts in Education During COVID
Stephanie talks with American Stage Director of Education and Outreach, Tiffany Ford about the value of arts education experiences and the challenges and opportunities in delivering arts experiences to young people during the pandemic.

August 24: Leading through Personal Crisis

In this week’s live conversation, Stephanie is interviewed by local nonprofit leader, avid American Stage supporter, and personal mentor and friend, Beth Houghton. In this discussion about American Stage’s recently announced impending leadership transition, Stephanie talks candidly about her decision to step down and about her hopes for American Stage’s and her own future.

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