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3/6/2020 Member News

American Stage Announces Kristin Clippard as Associate Artistic Director

St. Petersburg, FL – American Stage Theatre Company announced today that Kristin Clippard will be joining the organization in the newly created position of Associate Artistic Director. In this position, Clippard will report to and work closely with the CEO/Producing Artistic Director, Stephanie Gularte, and in partnership with the Director of Production to ensure that the quality, integrity and forward-thinking ethos of this 42-year-old, nonprofit, professional regional theatre is elevated throughout all programming and relationships. 
“I am very pleased to announce that Kristin Clippard will join American Stage's senior leadership team in the position of Associate Artistic Director," said Gularte. “Kristin is an incredibly talented and sophisticated artist, an advocate for new works and for inclusivity, and an overall terrific person and collaborator. Her impressive experience as a director, producer and educator stretches across the country and will help to deepen American Stage's connection with the national theatre community. I look forward to collaborating with Kristin in creating bold theatre that leads the trajectory of our city's evolving arts landscape."
Clippard has administered, taught, acted, assisted or directed with over 35 theatre companies, entertainment companies, non-profit organizations, universities and schools across the country. She holds a bachelor’s degree in acting from Wright State University and a master’s degree in directing from the University of Iowa and has trained in various theater disciplines with Shakespeare & Company, Orlando Shakespeare Theater, the former National Conservatory Theatre and SITI Company. Some of her directing credits include SILENT SKY and THE ROOMMATE (American Stage), ALABASTER (Capital Stage), THE LUCKIEST PEOPLE (Orlando Shakespeare Theater), GOD OF CARNAGE (Incline Theater), LOYALTY AND BETRAYAL (San Francisco Shakespeare Festival), LANDLESS (Iowa New Play Festival) and CHAMPAGNE GODS (Clifton Performance Theatre).
Developing new works with writers is a passion of Clippard’s, and she is a playwright herself. Clippard has assisted numerous directors and directed many staged readings of new work. She has served on selection committees for new play competitions such as the Playwrights Foundation in San Francisco, PlayFest at Orlando Shakespeare Theater, the American Shakespeare Center and the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis. As an actor, she toured her original one-person show, WILD CHILD, across the country and has performed with companies in Ohio, California, New Jersey and Florida.
Kristin has taught to all ages at a multitude of colleges and theatres. Formerly, she served as the Education Associate for the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival and as the Education Director for the Annapolis Shakespeare Company. Most recently, Kristin was the Associate Artistic Director/Producer in Residence for Orlando Shakespeare Theater. She is a member or associate of the Shakespeare Theater Association, Theatre Communications Group, The National New Play Network and The Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. 
“I am thrilled beyond measure to join the staff of American Stage. After having directed here twice, I can attest to the high standards for the art as well as the quality of the people working here. The opportunity to support the artistic vision and all-around growth is very exciting and I can’t wait to engage with the dynamic arts community in St. Petersburg,” Clippard said. “Having worked across the country with many institutions, I find American Stage to be a top-producing company.  I have been continuously impressed by the work ethic in the staff and the leadership of Stephanie Gularte. The play programming, the fantastic artists and the supportive patrons make this company unique and appealing. These are plays, people and a mission I am proud to support."
American Stage's search generated over 75 applications from many highly qualified applicants located throughout the country and in the Tampa Bay Area. After a six-month process, Clippard was selected to take on the role of Associate Artistic Director, collaborating with Gularte in all matters related to the artistic life of American Stage, including assisting in producing the mainstage season and American Stage in the Park, contributing to the planning of future seasons and taking a lead role in the company's 21st Century Voices: Emerging Plays initiative. She will also play a key role in providing a consistent artistic voice to support American Stage’s development, marketing, education and community engagement efforts.


American Stage Theatre operates as a non-profit 501-(C)(3) and has been providing live theatrical performances as a professional regional equity theatre in the heart of St. Petersburg, Florida since 1977. American Stage’s mission is to reinforce the power of live theatre with high quality productions that excite and challenge a diverse audience. Our year-round programming seeks to realize this through our Mainstage Season, Spotlight Series, 21st Century Voices: New Play Festival, American Stage in the Park and Improv. American Stage Education’s offerings include award-winning Teaching Artist Outreach, focused on bringing theatrical arts experiences to underserved populations, helping them to excel onstage & beyond.
We believe that through the telling of dynamic stories, live theatre has the power to unite us in our shared experiences and to deepen our connection to one another through the illumination of diverse perspectives. American Stage artists and stakeholders are responsible for helping a small theatre touring company blossom into a thriving world-class professional theatre providing nearly 80,000 Tampa Bay residents and tourists with accessible, relevant art and arts education annually. 
Powerful Stories. Boldly Told.