This year, thanks to the support of Tampa Bay Triple Threat Theatre by our sponsors, donors and volunteers, we were able to help make many dreams come true! Below are some of the accomplishments that we achieved because of the generous support by our community in 2016:

Over the course of 2016, we granted over $60,000 in scholarships for training in all disciplines of the performing arts for our academic core curriculum and electives at MJPAA. In addition, students received scholarships for our summer intensive programs through Florida Dance Jam, Classical Ballet of Tampa, Summer Intensives, workshops and conferences.

To assist in continuing education for our instructors, specialized training was held through CARD: The Center for Autism & Related Disabilities from USF. CARD provided additional education tips and skills to assist in teaching individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and related disabilities.

Through TBTTT, we were able to bring in renowned guest artists for choreography and instruction, including Gretel Batista, Dee Caspary (appeared on So You Think You Can Dance as a choreographer), Marinda Davis, AJ Deneka, Rostilav Dzabraev, Sky Hoffman (former dancer for Justin Timberlake and Michael Jackson), Alexsey Kuznetsov, and more. Students were also able to perform alongside guest artists in our two Mainstage Ballets.

We were able to provide free tickets to over 400 Title 1 students for our Mainstage Productions. Our performances were seen by over 4,100 guests, including 75 Assisted Living and Senior Groups and 375 field trip students from area schools. Our Mainstage Productions included:
o Sleeping Beauty Ballet, held at the University of South Florida – Theater One
o The Annual Nutcracker Ballet, held at the University of South Florida – Theater One
o Shrek the Musical, Jr., held at Center of the Arts at Wesley Chapel
o Peter and Wendy, held at Hillsborough Community College Ybor
o Hats Off to Dance Concerts, held at the University of South Florida – Theater One

We were also able to purchase sound equipment and a new video projector and screen for our Black Box Theatre at Mary Jo’s Performing Arts Academy (MJPAA). Four Black Box Productions were held:
o How to Eat Like a Child
o From Screen to Stage – Musical Review
o This is a Test (Middle School One Act)
o Annual Music Recital – for all Vocal & Music Students

We served preschool students at satellite campuses in early childhood classes for the performing arts and after school programs. We also created a new Vocal Intensity Performance Group that entertains at local events and festivals with musical theatre, choral and solo performances throughout our community.

TBTTT received a Grant from The Hillsborough County Arts Council for Continued Education for our Directors and Instructors. Our faculty attended the Physically Integrated Dance conference at USF, which was devoted to integrated and inclusive dance for educators, dancers and choreographers.

In 2016, we sponsored numerous boys and girls to give them the opportunity to experience what performing arts has to offer.

Over the course of the year, we also Partnered with Mitochondrial Foundation, Relay for Life, and Make a Wish Foundation for the “I Believe Letters for Macy’s.”

Please consider helping TBTTT continue to make dreams come true in 2017 by donating here: