AS FWD The Next Generation

American Stage is committed to AS FORWARD, shaping the future of live theatre in Tampa Bay – Engaging the next generation of Artists & Audiences.

We are proud to announce a new initiative inspired by American Stage’s commitment to the long-term future of our organization and to professional live theatre throughout Tampa Bay and beyond. With a quickly evolving cultural landscape, there are some questions which we must address:

Who will shape the future of the American theatre?
Who will perform on, design and direct for our stages?
Who will market, advance and lead our theatres?
Who will fill the seats, champion our programs & engage with our work?

These questions led the leadership team at American Stage to create an unprecedented initiative committed to developing the future artists, audiences and advocates of professional live theatre. Our Youth Initiative is comprised of three major pillars of forward-looking opportunities, including one pillar that’s a bold experiment for the year 2018.

“As I thought about American Stage’s role as an arts leader, I began to think more seriously about our responsibility to this art form and to the community we serve… With our Youth initiative, teens and young adults will have unprecedented access to our work and will have the opportunity to make theatre a regular part of their lives… We believe in this effort and are committed to making it work for the community and for American Stage.” – Stephanie Gularte, Producing Artistic Director   

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Apprentice Original Work

The Gap and The Glue following select FUN HOME performances.

This original piece, written, produced and performed by AS apprentices, will be FREE and open to the public.

JUL 31 – AUG 16

Wednesday, July 31

Thursday, August 1

Friday, August 2

Wednesday, August 7

Thursday, August 8

Friday, August 9

Wednesday, August 14

Thursday August 15

Friday, August 16   

FREE and open to the public.

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“The American Stage apprentice program culminates each year in this original work that reflects the passionate and powerful voices of the next generation of theatre professionals.  This year’s apprentices bring their uniquely talented and insightful perspectives to this fresh work about art, society and the future.  I’m very proud to feature the THE GAP AND THE GLUE on our mainstage as we conclude our LIFE. OUT LOUD. season.”  says producing artistic director, Stephanie Gularte. This collaborated work is a chance for these young theatre makers to discover their creative voice and take the necessary steps to put their voice out into the world.

American Stage Apprenticeship Program

Year-long immersive career development for future theatre artists, technicians and leaders.


Our ‘Netflix-style’ subscription, offering ‘unlimited theatre’ to young people under the age of 30 for only $15 per month.


A bold experiment in 2018, providing FREE tickets to young people under the age of 20 to American Stage’s full mainstage season.

Meet the 2018-2019 Apprentices

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Donovan Whitney – Acting & Production
Donovan was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN. He attended Wabash College: a small, all-male liberal arts institution in Crawfordsville, IN. It was there he took his first course in acting and later added theater to his degree. He graduated in 2016 with a BA in Political Science and Theater. Since graduating, Donovan has resided in Indianapolis where he has been fortunate enough to hold down a few jobs and stay active in the Indy theater scene. The chance to collaborate with and learn from a group of dedicated artists while in St. Petersburg is one of the many things he is looking forward to with this apprentice team.
Dylan Renfrow – Acting & Production
Dylan Renfrow graduated from Auburn University in May 2018 with a BFA in Theatre Performance and Minor in Dance. He appeared in ten shows during his time at Auburn. Some of his favorite roles include Haemon in Antigone, Underling in The Drowsy Chaperone, and Aerialist/Featured Player in Chicago. Dylan has training in stage combat and aerial silks, skills that he hopes to bring with him to the American Stage apprenticeship program. He looks forward to his time with the 2018-19 American Stage apprentice team to further his skills, meet new people, and to be a part of the vibrant arts scene that St. Petersburg has to offer.
Kaylie Horowitz – Acting & Production
Kaylie Horowitz is from Lakeland, FL and recently graduated from Auburn University with a BFA in performance. She has been involved in theatre through many different capacities, and has been grateful to have had experience in acting, dancing, aerial silks, directing, and costume building. What she loves most about theatre is how a work can spark discussion and conversation, and ultimately spur people from completely different backgrounds to engage with one another. Looking towards the future, she aspires to be working as both a stage actor and a voice actor in a home studio.
Kaylie is incredibly excited to be able to engage with the St. Pete theatre community through the work happening at American Stage, and is eager to begin collaborating with her fellow apprentices.
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Rose Hahn – Acting & Production
Rose Hahn is thrilled to be joining the team of artists at American Stage as an Acting and Production apprentice. She is a recently graduated with honors from Towson University and recieved a B. F. A. in Acting.Acting credits include: Baltimore Centerstage: As You Like It (servant/exile); Iron Crow Theatre: The Wild Party (Nadine); Green Globe Theatre: Hamlet (Ophelia); Maryland Ensemble Theatre: Materialize (Puppeteer); Towson University: Metamorphosis (Lodger 1, Bug), Cabaret (Rosie), Freakshow (The Girl), After (Amy), Vajungle (Woman 1), Stupid Fucking Bird (Nina). Other theatre experience includes: Towson University: Wright Hard/Play Hard, A Festival of New Play (Producing Artistic Director), Pride and Prejudice (Assistant Director), Department of Theatre Arts (Student Representative), Towson Theatre Infusion (Student Teacher), Voice and Movement 1 (Teaching Assistant).Outside of theatre, Rose enjoys cycling, yoga, swimming, beginner aerial dance, and making homemade popcorn. She looks forward to continuing to grow as an actor and artist through this apprenticeship and is excited to do so alongside the professionals at American Stage.
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Season Wong – Production & Stage Management
Season Wong is a recent graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In the past two years, she has been involving in different kinds of theatre productions as stage management team, like immersive theatre, devised theatre, and classical theatre productions. She has experience working in both the United States and Hong Kong. She enjoys working backstage to support productions because seeing smooth productions makes her feel proud and satisfied.
She is very excited to be a part of the apprentice team this year. She looks forward to the hands-on experience working as stage and production management apprentice at American Stage as well as working in different departments. She believes hard work pays off. Working with the professionals at American Stage will definitely help her to grow and learn to become a professional as well!

Young Professionals Nights

Enjoy a night out at the theatre with your group at a discounted rate. We offer a happy hour mixer, chatbacks with the cast, and discounts at our restuarant/bar partners for post-show drinks and conversation. Young professionals groups can contact to make their reservation.

What people are saying about our Youth Initiative:

“Beth and I love American Stage and were inspired by the Youth initiative to increase accessibility by radically cutting costs for students and young people…We are happy to support this outstanding initiative…” – Scott Wagman, American Stage Supporter

What the press is saying about the Youth Inititative:

“…the official launch of the Under 30 Pass and Under 20 Free Passport marks a significant move for American Stage.” – Tampa Bay Times

“American Stage Offers Unprecedented Access with a Bold New Experiment” – Broadway World

“Gularte decided to boldly go where no theater company (to her knowledge) had gone before: Offer free tickets for anyone under 20.” – Creative Loafing

“…a step forward for American Stage”-The Tampa Bay Times