SPC and Jobsite Theater Join for Fall Production

Collage of students working on set for Jobsite Theater

This fall, 10 St. Petersburg College theater students are working every Friday to build a set for Jobsite Theater‘s production of Edgar & Emily.

On Sept. 28, they will move the set to the Shimburg Theater in the Straz Center for the Performing Arts and work on finalizing the show with the actors, designers and director.

This collaboration came about from a conversation between Jobsite’s Artistic Director David Jenkins and Theater Professor Scott Cooper (who also happens to be a union set designer).

“Jobsite is a theater company I have worked with in the past, and David came to me with an idea of using my designs and the building skills of my students for two shows for their upcoming season (Edgar & Emilyin the fall and Hedda in the spring),” Cooper said. “I thought it was a great way to get students out working in the professional theater world but also be able to educate them on how to work in professional theater without being thrown in the deep end. The students have worked hard and quickly (quicker than usual for us), and I think they have learned just how fast this all goes.”

Katrina Stevenson, who is an adjunct faculty member at SPC and a member of the Jobsite Acting Ensemble, will star in the production.

About the Jobsite Theater production:

In January 1864, reclusive poet Emily Dickinson (Katrina Stevenson) receives a surprise guest – Edgar Allan Poe (Paul J. Potenza). Although Poe died 15 years prior, he arrives quite alive and just as energized by death as ever before—one could say death kindly stopped for Emily, after all. Though the evening pits the pendulum of both poets’ personalities against the other in this comic fantasia, Emily and Edgar find they have a lot in common despite their differences. The heart tells the tale, you know.

Edgar & Emily is directed by David Jenkins (who also provides sound) with a scenic design courtesy Scott Cooper, lights by Jo Averill-Snell, and costumes by Katrina Stevenson. The set for this show is part of a special collaboration between Jobsite and St. Petersburg College’s Theater Department that allowed students to learn while working on a professional production. Edgar & Emily is written by Joseph McDonough.


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