The new Board of City Theatre is getting organized and has been very busy. As the new president I am pleased to share the positive steps being made.

I am working with Mark Wilson and Phil Celli on filming a St. Petersburg City Theatre video showcasing our adult and youth programs to be used for marketing, promotion and fundraising.

We are working toward having 2-3 Mainstage shows this season. More information will be shared with you as plans develop further.

Jessica Burchfield, our children’s Education Director is leaving the theatre to accept a position as a full time choral teacher at a local private school.  At the end of the summer, Katie Calahan our camp administrator will work elsewhere on a youth theatre project. We are so very grateful for all they have contributed to our children & teens

We have formalized plans to continue our youth programs during the coming school year. Natalie Rios will be joining St Petersburg City Theatre to lead our youth programs. Natalie is well connected in the local theatre community and is excited to join City Theatre.

Ms. Natalie Rios’s amazing journey is the result of a rich lifetime of involvement in the arts. From arts student to arts educator, Ms. Rios advocates for the inclusion of arts for a complete education. She nurtures and encourages students to explore, discover and develop all their gifts through active arts participation. Though her focus is helping students find their spotlight on and off stage, over the years, her students have consistently claimed honors at District and State Competition levels including many Critic’s Choice in both performing and technical events. With 30+ youth and mainstage productions to her credit as producer, director and music director, Ms. Rios is thrilled to join the team at City Theater and journey towards the success of the next 100 years!.

In addition, here are ways you can help St Petersburg City Theatre:

Increase membership. Invite a friend or a group to join St. Petersburg City Theatre!!. It truly takes a community. Membership information can be found here.

Help us grow our volunteer base. There are many jobs to fill for any production and operations. If you have a talent, skill or interest bring it to the theatre. Please email execdir@spcitytheatre.org & let us know how you are interested in helping.

Help increase the awareness of who we are and what we do and the asset that St Petersburg City Theatre is to our community.

There is much to do but we are off to a good start. Thank you for supporting our efforts and St Petersburg City Theatre!!

Mardi Bessolo, President