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Community Foundation of Tampa Bay brings theater into the classroom with a $15,000 grant for Jobsite Theater to work with students in middle school through college on its annual Shakespeare production. The grant also supports additional education opportunities, including Shakespeare study guides, artist/student engagement and hundreds of tickets to lower income schools for little to no cost to the theatre’s weekly matinee performances.
Jobsite Theater, which Jenkins has helmed since its inception in 1998, has just received a $15,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. The grant will allow Jobsite’s artists to bring Shakespeare to middle- and high-school students, most of whom will be experiencing the Bard live for the first time in their lives. Add another $5,000 recently donated by the Saunders Foundation, and suddenly Jenkins will have enough to pay actors and designers who in the past received little or no compensation for their contributions to the Shakespeare workshops. With As You Like It currently in rehearsal for a January opening, the good news is instantly relevant.
Jobsite Theater will bring George Orwell’s dystopic literary masterpiece “1984” to life in a gripping stage adaptation by Michael Gene Sullivan, running April 27 through May 20, in the Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. Macinnes Place, Tampa.
Jobsite Theater is the resident theater company at the Straz Center. Jobsite is funded in part by the state of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, Gobioff Foundation, Rollin’ Oats Tampa, Creative Loafing, and Illumination Advertising. Jobsite is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization and all gifts made to Jobsite are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.
“Rise to 55 by 2025” is a new campaign Florida education and industry leaders hope you tune into and participate in this year. The initiative is aimed at Floridians between the ages of 25 and 64 years old who want to work in Florida and stay competitive in the state’s fast-paced global economy.
Florida’s Higher Education Coordinating Council which includes the Department of Education, The Florida College System, The State University System, Enterprise Florida, The Manufacturers Association of Florida, and Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida launched the initiative with national backing from supportive educational foundations including Lumina Foundation, Helios Education Foundation and CareerSource Florida.