Who We Are

Jobsite Theater is a professional non-profit 501(c)(3) theater company that has been serving the Tampa Bay area since 1998. Most of our productions occur in the Shimberg Playhouse at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, Tampa, where we are the official resident theater company.

Jobsite represents the young, culturally exciting energy that the City of Tampa craves for downtown…. They have been working relentlessly to make their vision of Tampa as a vibrant art center a reality…. Tampa is proud to have Jobsite Theater as a vibrant part of our expanding role as a center for excellence in the arts.
– Former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio​
Jobsite Theater is a critically important part of the Tampa-Hillsborough arts ecosystem that fuels the robust cultural vitality found throughout our community. Jobsite's commitment to hiring local artists is especially noteworthy, confirming the economic value of our nonprofit cultural sector and helping to keep artists here in Tampa Bay.
Martine Collier – Arts Council of Hillsborough County
…little by little, Jobsite Theater has been turning into the most consistent, most dependable company in the Bay area.​
Creative Loafing
Jobsite Theater fills and exceeds our need for challenging professional theater at the Straz Center, and they have established themselves as a dominant member of Tampa Bay’s theater landscape. We are very proud of our collaboration with Jobsite Theater and hope that you will join us in supporting this excellent company
Judy Lisi – President, Straz Center
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Jobsite has become a vital regional presence through professionally-produced, daring and unique programming; by nurturing regional talent through our Ensemble Program; and by an unwavering commitment to the energetic creative class that we’ve served since our first steps.

A historical area of emphasis has been the creation of new work and the exploration of texts often overlooked in the hustle to produce “what’s hot” coming out of New York. The  2019-20 season marks the 21st year we’ve dedicated an entire mainstage production to a non-published play (Dr. Ride’s American Beach House). 

Jobsite is committed to community engagement on multiple fronts. We provide weekday matinees and in-class outreach opportunities to middle and high schools, and also regularly work with colleges across five counties. We regularly partner with community organizations and host a series of public forums to bring people together in dialogue on a wide range of topics. We offer free and reduced-cost access to a number of groups within our community, from those considered LMI to students to persons 65+ to the military, veterans, and their families.

Mission

Jobsite is dedicated to the creation of socially and politically relevant theater and performing it to the broadest possible audience. We have established a collective of like-minded artists, creating a supportive environment where artists of all disciplines may experiment, hone, and apply their skills in a professional theatrical laboratory.

Through all forms of theater – experimental, new plays, contemporary masterpieces, and the classics – as well as our extensive educational and community outreach programs, Jobsite hopes to inspire audiences to become not just consumers, but true citizens.

Board of Directors

  • Stephanie Clegg – Chair
  • Tim Burke – Treasurer
  • Caitlin Eason – Development Chair
  • Brad Casey
  • Roxanne Fay
  • David M. Jenkins
  • Bradley Speck
  • Willi Rudowsky

Past Chairs

  • David M. Jenkins
  • Elizabeth Fendrick
  • Shawn Paonessa
  • Gregg Perkins
  • Paul J. Potenza

Founding Members

  • Michael Caban
  • Jason Vaughan Evans
  • Alan Fessenden
  • John Lott
  • David M. Jenkins

Past Members

  • Désirée Fantal
  • Elissa Getto
  • Kari Goetz
  • Neil Gobioff
  • Michael Goodman
  • Chris Holcom
  • Brenda Lovell
  • Chris Madalena
  • Brendan McLaughlin
  • Christen Petitt Hailey
  • Paul Reller
  • Ami Sallee
  • Staci Sabarsky
  • Brian Smallheer
  • Katrina Stevenson
  • Scott Waltz

History

Jobsite began out of contacts made while David M. Jenkins and Michael Caban studied at the University of South Florida in the early 1990s. Several years after their graduations they re-connected, began talking about putting up a show, and several other artists were brought on board. In an experimental attempt, Jobsite put together their first two plays in a double-bill performed in the intimate Silver Meteor Gallery in Ybor City. They were stunned at the critical-acclaim and community support garnered in their debut and immediately began to plan a full season and organize as a company.

In 1999 Jobsite performed for the first time at the Straz Center’s Shimberg Playhouse (then the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center’s Off Center Theater). That play, Brownbread, ran late-nights after another performance but attracted sold-out crowds. Jobsite split time between the Silver Meteor and Off Center for the remainder of their first and start of the second seasons. In that 99-00 season, TBPAC President Judy Lisi invited Jobsite to perform Accidental Death of an Anarchist as part of their Play Series. Due to their great success, Jobsite and TBPAC partnered on several more shows including Dracula, Titus Andronicus and The Beauty Queen of Leenane. Encouraged by both the quality work and box office success, TBPAC named Jobsite official resident theater company as of the 2003–04 season.

Since that time, Jobsite has continued to produce full seasons of innovative professional theater while attracting thousands of theatergoers into the urban core of downtown Tampa. In 2008 Jobsite became a member of Theater Communications Group, the league for professional regional theater in America, and was a founding member of Theatre Tampa Bay, the region’s league of professional theaters.

Our Artistic Core

Jobsite was founded as an artist’s company, powered by collective of Artistic Associates comprised of artists of all disciplines. Artistic Associates assist in the programming of the season, help steer the artistic mission of the organization, and serve as the Producing Artistic Director’s inner council. Our Board of Directors remains out of the theater’s day-to-day operations, focusing on ensuring the overall health and sustainability of our organization.

Jobsite works exclusively with regional talent. We’ve assembled an artistic ensemble currently over 60 members strong. In addition to creating the mainstage season, our ensemble members are granted opportunities to produce second stage around our mainstage calendar. In 2013 one such project, 4.48 Psychosis, was honored as one of the top nine performances of the year on all regional stages and earned a Creative Loafing Best of the Bay Award for Best Reason to Take Theater Seriously.

Jobsite has an internship program where aspiring theater artists in educational programs (and even in some cases those who may be unaffiliated) come to learn through hands-on experience with an opportunity to become an Ensemble Member upon completion of the program. Another unique part of Jobsite’s relationship with the Straz Center is that students at their Patel Conservatory also have the opportunity for hands-on training by our artists.

The Ensemble of Jobsite's Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll.

Artistic Associates

Jobsite began as five artists who also served as the company’s Board of Directors. It was critical in our formative years to ensure decisions were being made to serve our art and artists to the end of creating an artistic home, and not just a company dedicated to the production of a commodity.

As we have grown and developed a strong independent identity, our needs have also grown. Our Board now focuses on development of the company: financially, and in regard to our audience and community. With this move we have also refined the roles of our core artists.

Jobsite’s Artistic Associates, under the stewardship of the Producing Artistic Director, comprise the decision-making body in regard to artistic production, comprising the democratic play selection committee that reads, discusses, and chooses the mainstage season, but who also act as leaders in stewarding our second stage efforts under the umbrella of our Job-side program.

Past Associates

  • Mike Caban
  • Chris “Dickie” Corley
  • Jason Evans
  • Alan Fessenden
  • Kari Goetz
  • Ranney
  • John Lott
  • Christen Petitt Hailey
  • Paul Reller
  • Ami Sallee
  • J. Elijah Cho

Going Forward

Audience

Jobsite actively pursues young adults and built the company with a strong group of followers 18 – 35; however, the quality of our productions and reputation we have developed over time in the region attracts audiences of all ages and backgrounds. We have developed a strong base of support from a loyal community following, drawing sold-out houses to a majority of our performances. Jobsite serves over 15,000 people a year and maintains 5,500 or more followers on major social media platforms.

Awards

Jobsite has consistently earned high praise including over six dozen Best of the Bay awards from Creative Loafing including Best Theater Company (2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015), Best Artistic Direction (2008, 2013), Best Costumes, Best Set Design, Best Hilarious Theater Production, Most Impassioned Theater Fans, Best Theater Rockers, Best Play, Best Director and Best Actor/Actress. We are regularly honored in the BroadwayWorld.com Regional Awards as well as the Theatre Tampa Bay Awards. For the past two years readers of the Tampa Bay Times have selected us as Best Theater Company in their annual Best of the Best poll.

In 2008 we were awarded the Urban Excellence Award from the Downtown Tampa Partnership. In 2014 Jobsite Theater was honored to be among the finalists for the prestigious American Theatre Wing National Theatre Company Award, an honor unique to Jobsite among central Florida theater companies.

Read more about our distinctions.

Funding Support

The organization receives support from ticket sales, contributions, grants, and in-kind trade. Current Jobsite season sponsors include Creative Loafing, Illumination Advertising, Gobioff Foundation, Saunders Foundation, Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation, Barrymore Hotel’s Waterworks Bar & Grill, Rollin’ Oats Tampa, Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, and the State of Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.  Interested parties may contact Jobsite for more details on giving opportunities.

Long-Range Plan

We intend on continuing on as resident theater company of the Straz Center for years to come.

Our goal is to produce a full season of six to eight shows per year, with one slot dedicated to a new play and another to our Shakespeare initiative.

We will continue to evolve our Ensemble Program to consistently provide a second stage for new voices to take the forms of staged readings, late night stagings, solo cabarets, one-person shows and more. A current area 

Over the next five years, Jobsite seeks to increase and diversify funding with the hope to hire both a full-time production manager and business manager. This will elevate our staff to three full-time and one part-time, with the other 50 to 60 hires a year coming in the form of independent contractor artists.

Jobsite wants to remain sustainable as an artistic home and continue to create strong, cutting-edge theater. We strive to be a safe place for both the theater professional and aspiring theatrical artist. While we will continue to work with unions like Actor’s Equity Association and United Scenic Artists, we have no intent to become an exclusively union theater.

We firmly believe in the importance of the artist-administrator, individuals who can provide full-time service to the company both on and off the stage. We are committed to finding and keeping these individuals, in turn enriching not only the company but the entire region.