Theater takes the main stage at SPC

From acting, stage production, costume and set design to house management, the theater arts program at St. Petersburg College empowers students to explore their creativity and hone their stagecraft. Take a course or two, or earn an A.A. in our Theatre Associate in Arts Transfer Plan.

Noteworthy Work

Since its resurgence in 2011, SPC's theater program has drawn rave reviews for its work, including a significant collaboration with American Stage on the production of WIT. Two instructors have been honored with awards and SPC alumnus Russell Andrade recently performed in Sweeney Todd.


Our theater facilities range from the 500-seat Clearwater Arts Auditorium to the Palladium Theater in downtown St. Petersburg. The college also has forged strong community ties with American Stage Theater, Jobsite Theater, free Fall Theater and other local companies, giving students access to a variety of theater experiences.

The Yellow Boat

Spring 2024:


by David Saar
Directed By Betty-Jane Parks

The Yellow Boat is a powerful and inspiring dramatization based on the true story of Benjamin Saar, who faced the challenges of congenital hemophilia and ultimately passed away from AIDS-related complications at the age of 8. Benjamin's artistic talent allowed him to express his emotions and experiences through vibrant drawings and paintings, serving as a testament to the strength and courage of all children facing adversity.


April 10-13 at 7 p.m.
April 13-14 at 2 p.m.

$10 suggested donation at the door/ Free for SPC students/faculty/staff


Arts Auditorium, SPC Clearwater Campus
2465 Drew Street
Clearwater, 33765

Questions? Please contact Scott Cooper at

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is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Tams-Witmark LLC.


Book by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov
(Based upon the play "My Sister Eileen" by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov and the stories by Ruth McKenney)

Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Sketches for "What A Waste" by Betty Comden and Adolph Green

June 28-29 at 7 p.m.
June 29-30 at 2 p.m.

Auditions and Tech Interviews:
Audition and Tech interviews will be in May - exact dates TBD

Arts Auditorium, SPC Clearwater Campus
2465 Drew Street
Clearwater, 33765

Questions? Please contact Scott Cooper at

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APRIL 10-14:
By David Saar


  • Jan 22, 2024  from 5:30-8 p.m.

(just fill out the form and submit)


All roles are open to any SPC student.

You can take theater classes as electives for your Associate in Arts degree or to meet common prerequisites for your chosen four-year major.

Learn more about learning plans for theater:

Explore SPC theater classes

A liberal arts education with courses in theater can serve as the foundation for advanced degrees and professions such as law, medicine and business, as well as teaching, acting, directing and producing.

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We are offering two $500 scholarships for theater students this term. If students are interested, they should fill out the paperwork found in front of CR 154 and turn it in to Scott Cooper. Actors will be required to audition for both plays if they would like to be considered for the scholarships. Technicians will be able to set up an interview with Scott Cooper to fulfill their requirements for the scholarship.

 I Am 4 Art, U Can B 2 Scholarship

Established by Diane Nelson and friends of the arts to provide assistance to students with demonstrated financial need, a 3.0 GPA and a commitment to complete a degree program in the Fine Arts.

Get details on how to apply for Foundation Scholarships like this or research other Financial Aid Scholarships.