Graduate of Saint Leo University and lifelong fan of the performing arts. Ready to launch myself into the exciting world of acting and musical theatre!
I have been in the Tampa Theatre Network for 3 years and have made it a point to diversify my involvement in as many theatre companies as possible. I am currently performing with Spanish Lyrics Theatre, in the role of Svetlana of “Chess: In Concert”. Previous credits include Soul Girl in New Tampa Player’s “Jesus Christ Superstar”, Fairy Godmother in Dreamhouse Theatre’s “Shrek The Musical”, Red Rat Girl in Aeon Life Theatre’s “Jekyll and Hyde”, and Baker’s Wife in Seminole Ridge High School’s “Into The Woods”.
singer, actor, entertainer
Paula made her Tampa Bay area debut performance in June 2015 on the Palladium stage in St. Petersburg Opera’s Putting It together and was noted by the Tampa Bay Times to have “capitalized on a long background in musicals to own this stage.” Past leading role engagements include Mobile Opera’s The Light in the Piazza, Light Opera Oklahoma Theater’s Hello Dolly and Mobile Theatre Guild’s Always…Patsy Cline. Having sung professionally for the past 30 years working with different genres and styles, Paula has delighted audiences with her jazz and musical theater cabaret shows. In January 2017, she won the Julie Wilson award for her cabaret performance in the SaraSolo Festival that wowed the sell out crowd in the Starlite Room. Coming up in July 2018, she will perform her solo cabaret You’re Are What You Think at American Stage Cabaret Lobby series.
Jessica LaPollo: Singing like a canary and acting a fool! Jessica is known for her humongous voice that comes out of a small munchkin and being a red, hot firecracker that fills the stage with energy!
Elizabeth’s writings include the award winning multidisciplinary play, Waiting for Guacamole, inspired by and loosely based upon the literary classic, Waiting for Godot. Her prize winning screenplay and stage play, LIBERTAIRE, tells a tale of a woman nobody wanted… the untold story of Joe Pulitzer, Auguste Bartholdi and Lady Liberty.
LIBERTAIRE, the Play, was produced in 2017 and 2018 at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center. Over 100 artwork projections were created for the work and an original music score. Enclosed a 15 minute Documentary of the work:
“This well-written play had more substance in it than most of the current theatrical plays or films.
In a time where everything important loses its relevance if it does not lead to financial gains, plays like Libertaire remind us that there are ideas and values worth fighting for.”
Consul General of Greece
“LIBERTAIRE… In my mind, really a new form.”-
Margaret A. Miller
Director USF Institute for Research in Art
Contemporary Art Museum | Graphicstudio
“LIBERTAIRE, the Play is a dazzling display of imagery, symbolism, music and talent. It moves at lightning speed, from scene to scene, place to place—Paris, Egypt, Washington D.C., New York, St. Louis, Colmar and the American West, until the surprise finale—one of those moments that creates tightness in the throat and makes you stand a little straighter through the tears…” –
Dr. David C. Edmonds
Award-winning author, Peace Corps Volunteer, Fulbright professor and academic dean
“This play has lessons deeper than its visible story and is well worth seeing any time or any place it’s presented.”
LIBERTAIRE screenplay Awards include: 2017 Vancouver International Women in Film Festival –Top Ten Script. 2016 QUARTER FINALIST NICHOLLS FELLOWSHIP (Top 5%. 357 of 6915 scripts) WINNER BEST SCREENPLAY 2016 1st Runner-up 25th Woods Hole Film Festival. WINNER BEST SCREENPLAY 2016 19th Long Island International Film Expo TOP TEN Screenplay 2016 Toronto 14th Female Eye Film Festival WINNER BEST SCREENPLAY LA Femme International Film Festival 2013 WINNER BEST HISTORIC SCREENPLAY Table Read My Screenplay, Sundance 2012 WINNER (3rd) Willifest, Williamsburg International Film Festival 2013
Currently, Courtney is an Acting/Production Apprentice at American Stage in St. Petersburg. She is excited to be part of American Stage’s annual production in the park as an Usherette/Ensemble member in The Producers. Courtney holds a BA from the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts with concentrations in theater, music, and arts management. At MCLA, favorite roles include Sally Bowles in Cabaret, Wendla in Spring Awakening, Harper in Angels in America (Part I), and Clarice in The Liar. While in college, she spent summers as an acting apprentice at three renowned New England theaters, Berkshire Theatre Group, Commonwealth Shakespeare, and Williamstown Theatre Festival. Before joining American Stage, she acted as an Artist-in-Residence at Berkshire Theatre Group performing in touring shows, teaching playwrighting and acting skills, and leading after-school theater programs.