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Theater at SPC

  • Theater takes the main stage at SPC

  • Theater is such an important part of a liberal arts education and I think, while it can be very entertaining, it can also be enlightening and thought provoking.
    ~Scott Cooper, Theater Faculty, SPC 

    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.

    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.

  • Check out SPC Theater performance opportunities or attend any of our upcoming plays. Performances take place at the SPC Arts Auditorium on the Clearwater Campus at 2465 Drew St., unless otherwise noted.


    Tickets are only available at the Arts Auditorium on the day of the show, beginning 1 hour before the performance starts. Cash or credit (no American Express).

    Admission (except for Summer): Free to SPC students and staff, $10 general admission, and $5 non-SPC students.

    Summer admission: Free to SPC students and staff, $15 general admission, and $10 non-SPC students.

    2019-20 Season


    The Laramie Project promo image 


    by Moises Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project

    Auditions: Aug. 21 and 22, 5-8 p.m.
    A full rehearsal schedule will be provided at auditions. If you need more information contact cooper.scott@spcollege.edu 


    • Oct. 8 will be an open dress rehearsal at 7:30 p.m.
    • Oct. 10-12 @ 7:30 p.m., Oct. 13 @ 2 p.m.
    • Oct. 17-19 @ 7:30 p.m., Oct. 20 @ 2 p.m.

    Spring 2020

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    by Pierre Corneille

    Auditions: Dec. 2-3, 2019, 5-8 p.m.


    • March 24 will be an open dress rehearsal at 7:30 p.m.
    • March 25-28 @ 7:30 p.m., March 28-29 @ 2 p.m.

    A full rehearsal schedule will be provided at auditions. If you need more information contact cooper.scott@spcollege.edu 

    Summer 2020

    Production is TBA


    • Technical Interviews: May 4 from 5-8 p.m.
    • Auditions: May 5-6 from 5-8 p.m.
    • Callbacks: May 7 from 5-8 p.m.


    • June 26-28, 2020

    SPC Theater performance named Top 10 local production

    Broadway World named the SPC Theater Department’s 2018 performance of Urinetown one of the Top 10 productions in the Tampa Bay area. The show was described as “smart” and “funny,” earned recognition for the set and tech teams, and noted the direction of SPC Theater Professor Scott Cooper. Check out this highlight from the show.

  • 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.

  • You can take theater classes as electives for your Associate in Arts degree or to meet common prerequisites for your chosen four-year major. You can also explore our Study Abroad London Theater trip scheduled for May 2015.

    Learn more about learning plans for theater:

    Explore SPC theater classes

  • 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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    (727) 791-5997

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