Long known as a treasure to theater fans in the Tampa area, the Jobsite Theater company may soon have some national recognition.
Jobsite, the resident theater company at the Straz Center, has been selected as one of 40 finalists to become an American Theatre Wing National Theatre Company. The prestigious annual distinction, given out by the same entity that created and runs the Tony Awards, comes with a $10,000 unrestricted grant.
American Theater Wing calls the program a way to “provide institutional support for ten cutting edge theatre companies recognized for outstanding new play development, education and community engagement,” and says its goal is to incubate “the most innovative minds in our national network of theatre.”
“We’re truly humbled just to be among the final list of 40 out of what had to be at least hundreds of applications ... This is great news not only for Jobsite but for all of Tampa Bay, we’re truly a region on the rise,” Jobsite’s producing artistic director David Jenkins said in a news release.
Since its founding in 1998, Jobsite has gained a reputation for it’s unique approaches to staging a mix of well-known older works and under-the-radar new plays.
The upcoming 2014-2015 season begins Sept. 3 with “The Last Night of Ballyhoo,” and includes “Vampire Lesbians of Sodom” (opening Oct. 29), William Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” (opening Jan. 7, 2015) and “Occupation,” about a skyrocketing debt that forces the U.S. to sell Florida to China, opening July 8, 2015.