Broadway Is Calling

by | Jan 9, 2020 | St Pete Gives | 0 comments

Alex Crawford — or Alexandria on a Broadway marquee — practically lived at American Stage Theatre. Since she was a child, it’s been Alexandria’s second home. She started with summer drama camp, continued with acting classes, and was selected for an American Stage Theatre apprenticeship to learn every role required to stage a theatre production.

Her training and appreciation for theatre craft led Alexandria to now pursue a master’s degree in fine arts with a focus in acting at Northwestern University in Chicago.

As part of Pinellas Community Foundation, you backed Alexandria at every stage. Funding for the arts, through endowments such as the Janet A. Huntley Music and Arts and the Theodore and Marian Tonne Cultural Outreach funds, enables graduates like Alexandria to teach playwriting at Pinellas County schools through the Write On! program.

The lively classroom exchanges moved Alexandria to choose teaching as one of her real-life roles. “Students learn to develop their voices,” said Alexandria. “Our conversations will drive these students to be better people.”

Better people. Better world. Bravo to Alexandria, and bravo to you for committing to lay the groundwork for young artists to learn about themselves and to dream of their exciting futures.

American Stage Theatre applied for its first Pinellas Community Foundation Janet A. Huntley grant to fund the Write On! program in 2010. To date, American Stage Theatre has received almost $100,000 in grants.