From acting, stage production, costume and set design to house management, the theater arts program at St. Petersburg College empowers students to explore their creativity and hone their stagecraft. Take a course or two, or earn an A.A. in our Theatre Associate in Arts Transfer Plan.

Fall 2020: ON THE VERGE by Eric Overmyer  ON THE VERGE poster
Directed by Scott Cooper

Performances (on Zoom): Oct. 22-25 at 7 p.m.

The year is 1888 when Mary, Fanny and Alex, three women who are each intrepid world explorers in their own right, band together to conquer Terra Incognita, the last and most mysterious of unexplored territories.

As they bushwhack their way through jungles, brave treacherous ice sheets and negotiate passage across a bottomless gorge, the ladies reminisce about their past adventures and sort out their personality differences. They encounter a chameleonic cannibal, an adorable young Yeti, and a troll demanding a toll…. as well as a number of mysterious artifacts: egg beaters, dirigibles, political campaign buttons, and newspaper clippings from the 1900s…

On this one-way journey through space and time, each lady discovers her own unique destiny in the beautiful, loud, and brightly lit future.

Audition Information

Audition videos will be accepted Aug. 24-28. Contact for more information.

Fill out the audition survey for ON THE VERGE. Opens Aug. 21.

Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard
Directed by Betty-Jane Parks

Performances:  TBD

The play takes place mainly "in the wings" of Shakespeare's play Hamlet, with brief appearances of major characters who enact fragments of the original's scenes. Between these episodes the two protagonists voice their confusion at the progress of events occurring onstage without them in  Hamlet, of which they have no direct knowledge.

Auditions: TBD.  More information contact

Summer Musical:    TBD

Started in 2017, SPC’s Summer Musical Theater Program has grown steadily in reputation and size. listed the program's last two productions, URINETOWN (2018) and PIPPIN (2019), among its “Top 10 Productions in Tampa Bay.”

This summer program is open to local high school and college students (both from SPC and other colleges) who are interested in acting and technical theater. Auditions begin in May with the program running for five weeks. Performances start at the end of June.

Summer 2021: The Summer 2021 productions have not yet been determined. Please check here for updates.

Theater takes the main stage at SPC

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~Scott Cooper, Theater Faculty, SPC

Noteworthy Work

Since its resurgence in 2011, SPC's theater program has drawn rave reviews for its work, including a significant collaboration with American Stage on the production of WIT. Two instructors have been honored with awards and SPC alumnus Russell Andrade recently performed in Sweeney Todd.


Our theater facilities range from the 500-seat Clearwater Arts Auditorium to the Palladium Theater in downtown St. Petersburg. The college also has forged strong community ties with American Stage Theater, Jobsite Theater, free Fall Theater and other local companies, giving students access to a variety of theater experiences.

You can take theater classes as electives for your Associate in Arts degree or to meet common prerequisites for your chosen four-year major.

Learn more about learning plans for theater:

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A liberal arts education with courses in theater can serve as the foundation for advanced degrees and professions such as law, medicine and business, as well as teaching, acting, directing and producing.

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We are offering two $500 scholarships for theater students this term. If students are interested, they should fill out the paperwork found in front of CR 154 and turn it in to Scott Cooper. Actors will be required to audition for both plays if they would like to be considered for the scholarships. Technicians will be able to set up an interview with Scott Cooper to fulfill their requirements for the scholarship.

 I Am 4 Art, U Can B 2 Scholarship

Established by Diane Nelson and friends of the arts to provide assistance to students with demonstrated financial need, a 3.0 GPA and a commitment to complete a degree program in the Fine Arts.

Get details on how to apply for Foundation Scholarships like this or research other Financial Aid Scholarships.

Jonathan Barnes
Chair, Humanities & Fine Arts
(727) 791-5997

Scott Cooper Faculty

Jeffrey Fabiszewski
Sr Administrative Svcs Assist