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.

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Fall 2021: Peter and the Starcatcher by Rick Elice.

Directed by Scott Cooper

Based on the book by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, this play (with music) provides the backstory for Peter Pan, Mrs. Darling, Tinkerbell and Hook and is a prequel for J.M. Barrie's Peter and Wendy. Story Theater at it's best!

October 20-23 at 7 p.m.
October 23-24 at 2 p.m.

For ticket reservations please go to:

Each performance will only seat 80 audience members. Masks are highly encouraged.

Peter and the Starcatcher is presented through special arrangement with Musical Theater International (MTI).

Any questions:  please contact Scott Cooper at

Started in 2017, SPC’s Summer Musical Theater Program has grown steadily in reputation and size. listed the program's last two productions, URINETOWN (2018) and PIPPIN (2019), among its “Top 10 Productions in Tampa Bay.”

This summer program is open to local high school and college students (both from SPC and other colleges) who are interested in acting and technical theater. Auditions begin in May with the program running for five weeks. Performances start at the end of June.


AUDITIONS:  May 11 & 12 (4-7pm)


Rehearsals:  June 7-July 11…Monday-Friday 12-4 pm

Performances: July 9-11

 The World Goes ‘Round is a musical revue celebrating the songs of the musical theater duo of John Kander & Fred Ebb.   This duo has been popular in the musical theater world for decades and has produced musicals such as Chicago, Cabaret, 70 Girls 70, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Rink and countless other musical theater classics.   Written for 5 actors (we will be doing it with more) this show is a celebration of daily life, love with the main thought that “But the planet spins, and the world goes 'round”.  No matter what ---we survive (a great thought in today’s world!) 

All rehearsals will be socially distanced and masked following up to date CDC guidelines.  These productions are open to all high school and college aged students (16-24). If cast or offered a technical role in the production…. students will need to sign up for a non-credit class (high school students) or a 1 credit class (SPC students) to be part of our production. The cost of this will be $115.00 and full scholarships will be available.   We firmly believe that monetary concerns should not stand in the way of talented students doing great theater! 

Theater takes the main stage at SPC

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~Scott Cooper, Theater Faculty, SPC

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.

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:

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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.

Jonathan Barnes
Chair, Humanities & Fine Arts
(727) 791-5997

Scott Cooper Faculty

Jeffrey Fabiszewski
Sr Administrative Svcs Assist