A Letter From the Artistic Director

If we are to...

  • continue our reach into the schools and our community,
  • increase the number of shows per year we are able to offer in the Shimberg Playhouse and now the Jaeb Theater,
  • continue to diversify the work on our stage,
  • continue to improve that work and the lives of the artists who create it,

We simply need more resources.

We are committed to keeping tickets at a fair price, and so that means we need to raise the money elsewhere. We know from 2016 that this Annual Campaign is part of the solution. Not only did we see artist salaries increase in 2016, but we’re budgeted to do even better in 2017, while also increasing the number of daytime matinees and outreaches we are taking directly to schools.

In moving me to a truly full time position – from 2009 to 2016 I also taught a full load of coursework at USF – I have had the time to take more meetings, write more grants, and do more research. This has directly led to filling four more seats for our board of directors and $20,000 in additional funds granted to us by local foundations.

David Jenkins and Lauren Field at Orange Grove Magnet Middle School

At Orange Grove Magnet Middle School, David Jenkins and Lauren Field discuss strategies for adapting and performing Shakespeare for modern audiences, as well as making a career in the arts.

We’ve set a goal of $60,000 a year for the first three years of this campaign, which has been made infinitely easier to reach through the generosity of the Gobioff Foundation who agreed to provide a $1 for $1 match all donations up to $30,000. This is an amazing opportunity to double the impact of your gifts. It gets better: they’ve not only offered this for 2016 and 2017, but have already agreed to carry this commitment over to 2018 to help ensure that we are able to cultivate a strong and sustainable annual base of donors who strengthen our work on stage and in the community.
Gobioff Foundation

Making it Easier

We know that it can be a challenge sometimes to donate in a lump sum, so we hope you’ll consider making an annual pledge that is payable in monthly increments, which is easily managed when you donate online. $300 at one time might be hard, but you might find $25 a month donated on the day of your choice to be far more manageable and budget-friendly. Remember that Jobsite is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit arts organization, and all donations made to us are fully tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

In just a few years, we've grown

From very humble beginnings to a company with a strong regional impact.

Finalist

American Theatre Wing National Theatre Company Award

Urban Excellence Award

Tampa Downtown Partnership

Best Of...

Lots of “Best Of” awards
Creative Loafing & BroadwayWorld

Our Distinctions

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Breaking Records

We now have a record-setting number of season passholders for the Shimberg Playhouse, which had two other companies offering a subscription series prior to our residency.

Help Us Do More

The truth is, we want to do even more. We’re capable of it, if the resources were available to us, which is why we need your support. I need you to know how critical these funds are to us and how easy this goal should be to make if you rally around us. Getting a commitment from you now, in the earliest part of the campaign, not only ensures your gift gets the $1 for $1 match, but it will allow us to better plan for the coming season and beyond.

Reaching our goal will directly translate into:

  • the resources to seek more grants and corporate gifts;
  • the resources to produce the best work possible;
  • getting that much closer to our goal of offering all artists a living wage;
  • creating more opportunities to engage our schools and community partners.

If you’ve read this far, you already likely attend our shows and spread the word for us. We can’t thank you enough for that. We’re hoping now though that you will take the next step and and become a part of our annual campaign and – if you’re not already – go all in by becoming a season ticket holder. For the ultimate VIP experience, you can also become a Rock Star.

David M. Jenkins and Lauren Field attend the As You Like It follow-up at St. Peter Claver School.A collection of thank-you notes from students who attended As You Like It.David Jenkins attends Focus Academy for a Jobsite outreach to worked with students on sound, movement and imagination exercises.

More Ways To Help

In addition to cash donations we are always on the lookout for in-kind support from area businesses.

Along with our season sponsors listed here, other local businesses like The Independent, Jug & Bottle Co., New World Brewery, and Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe also make a meaningful impact every year with their in-kind gifts.

David Jenkins

Artistic Director David M. Jenkins

If you would like to speak directly about any of this, reach out by email or give me a call at 813.476.7378. I look forward to the chance to talk about these very exciting times!

All My Best,
David M. Jenkins
Artistic Director
Jobsite Theater

Our Sponsors

Arts Council Hillsborough

Creative Loafing

Florida Division of Cultural Affairs

Gobioff Foundation

Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners

Rollin Oats

Fodder and Shine

Illumination

The Refinery

Jobsite Theater’s Annual Campaign is powered by Bloomerang donor management systems, funded through a grant from the Arts Council of Hillsborough County.

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