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9/8/2020 Member News

American Stage Education Announces Fall Class Schedule

Virtual Classes for Youth and Adults Begin Sept. 12


St. Petersburg, FL - 

American Stage Education is announcing the fall Virtual Academy class schedule for students of all ages and skill levels. Classes will run from mid-September through mid-November. 

“In a world navigating new challenges, the American Stage Virtual Academy has become a bright spot where we see growth, innovation and people coming together to learn, explore their artistic voice, discover new ideas and create,” Director of Education and Outreach Tiffany Ford said. “Our youth and adult classes this fall dig into new, relevant topics intended to empower our students, and inspire connection, reflection and creative expression.” 

Prospective students can learn more about and register for the classes listed below by visiting 

Adult Programs
Sketch Writing 1   
Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
This beginner to intermediate class, taught by American Stage Improv co-founder Ricky Wayne, will explore tools and techniques to write lively comedic sketches. Students will present readings of their sketches to a virtual audience of their family & friends on the final day of the class. 

LGBTQIA Theatre Legacy - New Class!
Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Students will celebrate the rich contributions of queer identifying theatres, artists and creatives as well as their continued impact in American Theatre. Students will engage in active discussion each session and craft a final presentation to share with the class.

Play Script Club: Icons - New Class! 
Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Participants will explore the rich landscape of contemporary one-person-plays through a dramaturgical lens in this class led by American Stage Associate Artistic Director Kristin Clippard. Highlighted plays will deal with topics centered around social justice. They will read and discuss a variety of powerful plays written for compelling solo performances. 

Youth Programs
Storytellers: Bravery Brigade (Grades K-5) - New Class! 
Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Students will dive into stories to learn about story structure, character development and what it means to be brave. Drawing from the stories and characters they read together in class, they will create an original devised piece that focuses on their own original characters and friendships.

Sketchy Saturdays (Grades 6-12) - New Class!
Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Students will hone their creative skills while working with a playwright/improv coach to mimic the process of their favorite professional writing teams, like that of “Saturday Night Live.” The group will explore collaborative scene work and writing techniques as they craft, edit, and rehearse original sketches. 

Creativity Club - New Class! 
Wednesdays, 4 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
This mid-week creative recharge will empower students to use their Actor’s Tools (Body, Mind, Voice, and Imagination) to explore the world around them, connect with other students to create engaging stories in a collaborative setting, and boost their self esteem and creativity.


American Stage Theatre operates as a non-profit 501(C)(3) in the heart of St. Petersburg, Florida, providing live theatrical productions as a professional regional equity theatre since 1977. As Tampa Bay’s longest-running, most critically-acclaimed professional theatre company, our vision is to be a vital arts leader, connecting our community to world-class productions that celebrate the most powerful stories of the moment and the most defining stories from our past. 
American Stage’s year-round accessible programming brings the power of quality live theatre to each generation with our Mainstage Season, 21st Century Voices: New Play Festival, American Stage in the Park and AS Education & Outreach. 2020 marks the launch of the Virtual Stage and Academy, providing continued community engagement and learning opportunities for audiences and students of all ages through live streaming performances and classes. American Stage believes that through the telling of dynamic stories, 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.  Powerful Stories. Boldly Told.

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