ASFWD: The Next Generation

American Stage is committed to AS FORWARD, shaping the future of live theatre in Tampa Bay by providing access and engagement to the next generation of Artists & Audiences.

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We are proud to commit 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.

“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, CEO/Producing Artistic Director   

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

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