Annual Campaign

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From The Producing Artistic Director

David M. Jenkins, Ph.D. – Artistic Director

David M. Jenkins, Ph.D.

I am astonished by the generosity of this great community. Since we began the Annual Campaign in 2015, the funds raised have allowed us to inspire and entertain over 45,000 people while employing over 120 artists all who call this region home. It has allowed us to develop an education program that has offered over over 5,000 students access to professional, engaging theater in our home at the Straz Center while educating and sparking the imaginations of even more directly in their classrooms at school. This Annual Campaign has also allowed us to put 85% of every dollar spent on our tickets back into the pockets of our artists.

In 2019 we expect to seat over 2,000 students into weekday matinees of Othello and into regular performances of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] and Hedda on the way to reaching a total of over 3,500 students in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, and Manatee counties.

We’ve grown from humble beginnings in a converted house “on the wrong side of the tracks” in Ybor City into the resident company of one of the largest performing arts centers in the country. We’re not only consistently recognized regionally for the quality and uniqueness of our programming, but we are also a company with a growing national reputation as evidenced by national coverage in publications like American Theatre Magazine, Shakespeare Bulletin, and our placement as a finalist for the prestigious American Theatre Wing National Theatre Company Award.

The 2017-18 was a struggle when it comes to funding. The state made steep cuts to arts and culture grants (we lost 93.5% of our funding — just $2,400 of the $37,500 we were recommended for), we lost critical funding of our education programs that forced us to cancel performances planned for underserved and at-risk students, and Hurricane Irma devastated the run of our season opener. Because of these setbacks and own organizational needs that we knew of before any of that happened, we raised our Annual Campaign goal for 2018 by 25% to meet these many challenges. I’m happy to report that we not only met that goal but surpassed it, bringing in close to $85,000.

Please join us in helping us make our 2019 goal by standing up alongside our many generous supporters who believe in our work, our mission, and our importance in this community by giving to our Annual Campaign today!

“The Gobioff Foundation is proud to support Jobsite Theater, an integral and essential part of the arts community in the Tampa Bay area. We’re excited to help them reach the next step in their journey.”

Best Theater Company 2015

“Jobsite Theater brought the Bay area successful productions of more plays of real substance than any other local house.… Jobsite has become a real treasure, indispensable to our arts scene.”
– Creative Loafing

Donate Online

Please join our annual campaign! Through the staggering generosity of the Gobioff Foundation, the first $30,000 in gifts made in 2016-2018 were matched $1 for $1! The fastest and most secure way to donate is online. This is a free and safe way for you to make an instant donation to Jobsite. We will contact you once we’ve received the donation online so that we can get you your benefits and donation information.

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

Donate via Check

If you’d prefer to not use the secure online donation method, please download and print the .pdf of our donation form, and mail it along with your check, payable to Jobsite Theater to:

Jobsite Theater

P.O. Box 7975

Tampa, FL 33673-7975

A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll-free within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state. 1.800.HELP.FLA (435.7352).



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