Because EVERY child should have access to a high quality arts education.

Seeing theatre, and participating in theatre-making empowers us to be bolder, wiser, and more compassionate on stage and in life. American Stage Education & Outreach provides Theatre for Young Audiences, and Educational Theatre experiences for youth. Our productions, classes, and camps for young people set them on a path of intellectual, creative, and socio-emotional growth.

Our SPONSOR-A-STUDENT program provides financial support for young people to experience theatre and playmaking across our programs. At little to no cost, children and teens have the opportunity to attend Summer Programs, Classes at American Stage during the school year, participate in our Write On! playwriting and drama club programs at their school, or see a professional production via our School Tour or our Student Matinee Series.youthRollover1

The young people we serve with Sponsor-A-Student are often from families unable to afford tuition, living in foster care, or with special needs. Through exploring the art of theatre students discover more about themselves and others across socio-economic lines; they build confidence, enhance communication and teamwork skills, and develop leadership abilities.

Sponsor-A-Student and make dramatic difference in a child’s life with a tax-deductible donation!

$5000 – Applies to School Tour, providing 5 weeks of full time pay for 4 professional actors who travel to elementary schools across Pinellas, Hillsborough , and beyond with full set and costumes in tow to perform beloved titles from classic children’s literature, like Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and more!  This program sparks the imaginations of 18-20K students each fall semester, the largest audience of any American Stage production.
$2500 – Applies to programs like School Tour, and/or sponsorship for a Student Matinee that would fill our mainstage theatre with middle or high school students on a field trip to see a production and chat with the cast and crew.
$1000 – Allows for students to actively participate in creating and performing theatre, either by employing a Teaching Artist to lead a Write On! Drama Club or Playwriting Outreach Program in a school, or by providing financial aid for a young person to participate in on-site classes or our summer camp!
$500 – Provides financial aid for programs like our 3-week Summer Musical Theatre Performance session, in which students rehearse with professional teaching artists and directors to perform a one act musical. .
$250 – Provide financial aid for programs like our 1-week Summer Camp sessions in acting, playwriting, voice, and more.
$100 – Applies toward Sponsor A Student as partial financial aid for a summer program our an on-site class during the school year. Partial financial aid is the most common request from families in need.

As a “thank you,” all sponsors receive a personal note from the child whose American Stage experience was made possible by your donation.

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Did You Know?

  • 20% of all classroom space is reserved for financial aid families.
  • In 2017, American Stage provided 150 scholarships to students in our community for our summer programs.
  • American Stage Education partners with 8 local schools and 3 community organizations, providing drama and playwriting programs to at-risk students, the developmentally disabled, the homeless, and to incarcerated teens throughout the year.
  • American Stage Education serves 21,000 youths and adults in our community each year.

Here is what students, parents and Teaching Artists are saying:

  • "Just wanted to let you know that we both had a great time in London. Thank you so much for all of your efforts. From where we stood, everything seemed to go incredibly smoothly… I look forward to joining American Stage [Trippers] again in the future."

  • Summer Camp parent

    "I just wanted you to know how grateful I am to have received financial aid.  The camps are their favorite summer activity.  They have learned so much and have grown in confidence in your camps.  Without your assistance they would not have been able to attend." - Summer Camp parent

  • Tia Jemison, Teaching Artist

    "These kids amaze me with what they come up with and how they support each other. It is truly a blessing to be around such a smart and creative bunch of students."
-Tia Jemison, Teaching Artist

  • Summer Camp Student

    "Thank you very much for giving me the opportunity to be part of this awesome camp.  We get to write our own play and then perform it!  We also get to learn new skills and we learn how to be better actors/actresses!!  If it wasn’t for you and your help this wouldn’t be possible."  -Summer Camp student

Thank You to the Following Education Department Sponsors

American Stage operates as a non-profit professional theatre and is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization registered with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, registration #CH-4175. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll-free (800-435-7352) within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state. U.S. Federal Tax ID number is 59-1777189.