Wow! What a year! We have been awarded the 2017 Jeff Norton Dream Grant by Theatre Tampa Bay! Like many Tampa natives, we all went to school at USF and knew Jeff Norton as a giving, talented, and dedicated artist. I attended a few stage combat workshops of his, and enjoyed several engaging chats with him in the breezeway between USF’s mainstage Theatre I, and the theatre department on bygone sunny days. We were all saddened to hear of his passing, and it is an honor to be recognized this way in his name.
“In the memory of the late artist and teacher, Jeff Norton, whose immeasurable impact on the Bay area theatre scene is still being felt, TTB is deliberately keeping the grant criteria broad and the application simple.We wish to encourage artists to dream “If I only had $500, I would…””We are so excited to be recognized by Theatre Tampa Bay, and we can’t wait to put the award money into action with a brand new staff position, Volunteer Coordinator! Our Volunteer Coordinator will be responsible for helping us grow the festival through interaction with volunteers, ranging from technical staff to Festival Billets (people lovely enough to volunteer their spare bedroom for out of town artists during the festival)! Stay tuned for more news about this new position and how you can get involved!