Adult Virtual Classes & Programs

The American Stage Virtual Academy provides accessible opportunities for adult students and professional artists to continue their theatre education through digital and social media platforms. Virtual programs go beyond the physical stage, guiding students to shape and elevate their creative voice and technique through unique learning opportunities, and storytelling genres. Ignite your artistry, connect with our student community, and empower your personal and professional growth.

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Sketch Writing 1

Beginner to Intermediate

Schedule: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30PM
Dates: September 16 – November 4
Instructor: Ricky Wayne
Price: $165

Dive into the world of sketch comedy with American Stage Improv. Each 2-hour class will explore tools and techniques to write lively comedic sketches, including “finding the game,” creating bold characters, and capturing the “world of the scene.” Students will present readings of their sketches to a virtual audience of their family & friends on the final day of the class. No experience necessary! This class is great for beginners as well as seasoned writers looking to refine their skills.

Class capacity is limited to 12 students. We encourage you to sign up early!

LGBTQIA Theatre Legacy

Why We Tell The Story…

New Class!

Schedule: Thursdays, 6:30-800PM
Dates: October 8 – December 3 (No class during Thanksgiving Week)
Instructor: Patrick Jackson
Price: $165

Celebrate the rich contributions of queer identifying theatres, artists and creatives and their continued impact in American Theatre. Join American Stage Adult Education Associate, Patrick A. Jackson, who will lead an exploration of curated texts, articles, and digital media capturing the history and creative work of impactful LGBTQIA theatre artists. Students will engage in active discussion each session and craft a final presentation to share with the class.

Play Script Club: Social Justice

A Part of our CREATIVE WELLNESS Series

New Class!

Schedule: Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00PM
Dates: October 6 – December 8 (No class the week of Thanksgiving)
Instructor: Kristin Clippard
Price: $165

Explore the rich landscape of contemporary plays through a dramaturgical lens. Highlighted plays will deal with topics centered around social justice. Participants will meet weekly to read and discuss a variety of powerful plays written for compelling performances. Learn, connect, and engage through the stimulating experience of play reading and discussion.

Students are asked to support the playwrights explored in class by purchasing their scripts. Links to titles below:

Fairview by Jackie Sibbles Drury
72 Miles to Go by Hilary Bettis (script will be provided by instructor)
The Agitators by Mat Smart
Bootycandy by Robert O’Hara

 

ASI Study Hall

Community Connections through the love of Comedy!

Schedule: 3rd Thursdays, 8:00-9:00PM
Dates: August 20, Sept 17, Oct 15, Nov 19, Dec 17
Host: Patrick A. Jackson

Join fellow ASI students, instructors, and performers for a virtual happy hour & conversation. Each free event prompts participants to watch/listen/or read about the topic of this month’s event. Then we virtually gather to discuss perspectives, reactions, and takeaways about the study and art of improv, or comedic performance in general.

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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As a special thank you to our subscribers and donors, we are proud to bring you Creative Conversations. 

If you are not yet an American Stage subscriber or donor, we suggest a donation of  $10/conversation or $30 for the entire series. For more information, please email virtual@americanstage.org

If you are not yet an American Stage subscriber or donor, we suggest a donation of  $10/conversation or $30 for the entire series. For more information, please email virtual@americanstage.org