By Steven Dietz

Directed by David M. Jenkins

Oct. 21 – Nov. 13, 2022

Preview Performances: Oct. 19 – 20

Jaeb Theater, Straz Center

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Creative Loafing Best of the Bay Winner

Creative Loafing Best of the Bay Reader's Poll

Creative Loafing Best of the Bay Nominated

BroadwayWorld Nominated

What It's About

As Count Dracula begins to exert his will upon the residents of London, they try to piece together the clues of his appearances—in a valiant attempt to save themselves from a hideous fate. This adaptation of Dracula brings audiences along for a thrilling trek interspersed with daring special effects and the humor inherent to humans in crisis. Sleek, sexy, and oozing with neo-Victorian flair, Dracula is sure to be an experience full of suspense, seduction, and spectacle.

In 1890, Bram Stoker, manager of London’s Lyceum Theater, began writing notes for a novel he planned to title The Un-Dead. Seven years later, the fruits of his labor transformed into his single literary success. Now, 125 years after its first publication, Dracula still surfaces before the bloodthirsty public through films and stage adaptations.

Dracula is not merely a battle between good and evil; this story depicts something much more complex. The audience witnesses a society overtaken by unexpected darkness that strikes even the purest of hearts — and therein lies the horror. Driven by uncontrollable passion and unsolved mysteries that even science can’t explain, the characters journey into the unpredictable future to find answers. Dietz brings the audience along for a frightening trek interspersed with daring special effects and the inherent humor of human nature in crisis.

Noa Friedman and Giles Davies in Jobsite's Dracula. (Photo courtesy Pritchard Photography)
Noa Friedman and Giles Davies in Jobsite's Dracula. (Photo: Pritchard Photography)

About The Playwright

Steven Dietz is a playwright and director whose work has been staged throughout the United States at such theaters as The Old Globe, Actors Theater of Louisville and the Kennedy Center. His award-winning play God’s Country has been produced worldwide to critical acclaim. Dietz has also been awarded the PAN USA Award in Drama, the Outer Critic’s Circle Nominations and the Drama-Logue Award for Lonely Planet, which has been produced off-Broadway and at numerous theaters around the country. Dietz’s other plays include Handing Down the Names, Trust, Halcyon Days, Ten November, Foolin’ Around With Infinity, More Fun Than Bowling, Private Eyes, Still Life With Iris and The Nina Variations.

Production History

Dracula was a Straz/Jobsite co-production from Oct. 31 – Nov. 24, 2001 that set records for the space that stood for 15 years! It was also the beginning of what evolved into our residency two years later. Jobsite is excited to get another crack at this title 21 years later, now in the much larger Jaeb Theater.

Critic Reviews

a searing adaptation that is astounding and pulse-racing at every turn … from top to bottom this company is top-notch – BroadwayWorld


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Cast & Crew

  • David M. Jenkins – Director
  • Brian M. Smallheer – Technical Director
  • Nicole Jeannine Smith – Stage Manager


  • Giles Davies – Dracula
  • Logan Franke – Ensemble & Understudy
  • Noa Friedman – Mina
  • Pauline Lara – Ensemble & Understudy
  • Daniel Lennox, Jr. – Seward
  • Paul J. Potenza – Renfield
  • Newt Rametta – Harker
  • Jared Sellick – Ensemble & Understudy
  • Katrina Stevenson – Van Helsing
  • Kayla Witoshynsky – Lucy


  • Haley Agan – Technical Apprentice
  • Connor Averill-Snell – Technical Apprentice
  • Jo Averill-Snell – Lighting Designer
  • Teah Banks – Properties
  • Jeremy Douglass – Sound Designer
  • David M. Jenkins – Producing Artistic Director
  • Percy Hartley – Technical Apprentice
  • Jake Landherr – Technical Apprentice
  • Jena Rashid – Producing and Engagement Apprentice
  • Tea Roberts – Scenic Artist
  • Brian M. Smallheer – Scenic Designer
  • Katrina Stevenson – Costume Designer

2001 Cast & Crew

  • David M. Jenkins – Director
  • Amanda Schreiber – Stage Manager


  • Caitlin Eason – Vixen / Maid / Asylum Attendant
  • Jason Evans – Harker
  • Ryan McCarthy – Dr. Seward
  • Paul J. Potenza – Renfield
  • Ami Sallee – Lucy
  • Grace Santos Feeney – Vixen / Maid / Asylum Attendant
  • Brian Shea – Dracula
  • John Snell – Van Helsing
  • Kevin Spooner – Renfield’s Attendant
  • Katrina Stevenson – Mina


  • Dickie Corley – Lighting Designer
  • Catherine Hagner – Assistant Director
  • Chris Holcom – Special Effects Designer
  • Joy Platt – Costume Designer
  • Brian M. Smallheer – Scenic Designer

Patron Reviews

The acting was superb, the stage set up superb, costumes all superb. – Meghan Boysova

It was a GREAT show – go see it! – Caroline Goodrich

Great show last night we truly enjoyed !!! Great actors ,special effects ! We had a blast! – Ola Vangeli

No spoilers, but it’s a bloody good time. Go see for yourself! 🧛‍♀️🦇😍 – Colleen Cherry

Stepped out to see @jobsitetheater’s Dracula last night. Dark, spooky, humorous and at times creepy, this is a must-see for all in and around the Tampa Bay area. Absolutely loved the insanity of Renfield, the creepiness of the Count and the sassiness of Van Helsing! A don’t miss! @butterlyfaery

You must go see Dracula at the @jobsitetheater! Outstanding production! The cast is amazing! Bravo! Do not miss! – @fsu2626

This was honestly, perhaps the best play I have ever seen. – Lauren Michelle Parker

Even [Giles Davies] breathing is impressive! You will not see a better local professional theater production! A-MAZE-ING! 😯🦇❤️ -PeterTerzian

We saw it yesterday and, as always, Jobsite delivered! The cast was wonderful, each and every one. It’s always hard and really unnecessary to pick a “best,” but, since Renfield has always been my favorite character in the book and movies, I was blown away by Paul Potenza’s portrayal and the work he put into the part. Creepy, sympathetic, weird, wild and all-round awesome! And Giles Davies was as fine a Dracula as it gets – evil incarnate — and please don’t let me run into him in my dreams or at my windowsill!! Another job well done by all. 🤩 -MargaretNolanMays

Quite an eventful show! So intense and entertaining! I especially love the actor who portrays Renfield. I would recommend everyone see it – Rebecca Geiger

Loved it! 🤩❤️ -YassertGonzalez

Fantastic performance! – David Palmucci

Go see Dracula at Jobsite Theater some serious good stuff going on there!!! Had an amazing time! n- Donovan Whitney

Had the pleasure of seeing Jobsite Theater’s Dracula last night, and I encourage you to see it as well if you can. It’s a great production with a talented cast and striking special effects. – Blake Smallen

Mrs. Spell won a drawing from @TomboloBooks for us to go see the @jobsitetheater production of Dracula. We had a blast! Thanks to Tombolo for the tickets and to all the wonderful people at Jobsite for the show. – @spellgage

We loved it. The actor who played Renfield stole the show. – Michael Baby

What a GREAT show!! – Lissette Vega

Everyone was excellent. We really enjoyed the show! Glad to be holding season passes! – Christine Krieg

It was awesome. They were all great, but Paul J Potenza was mesmerizing and terrifying 👏🏼 -JenBanks

Fantastic performance by all cast members this afternoon! – grammybja

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