About Us

Welcome to Innovocative Theatre, where we believe theatre should be innovative, evocative, and thought provoking.  We are based in the Tampa Bay area, and we strive to produce theatre that engages the audience in powerful character-driven stories.  We think theatre should make you think; that theatre should open up a dialogue, and that theatre can be a way to safely examine differing point of views.

Our Story

 

It all began in November 2016 when three theatre-loving souls united to create magic. From the beginning, our team felt very passionate about the work and we decided that we ought to continue the magic even though our run had ended.  Our founding team became a family and was thrilled to be re-produce David Auburn's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, PROOF, as our first full-scale production.

 

Moving forward, we plan to produce two shows per season, and hope to partner with other like-minded professional companies in the area to provide more opportunities for working actors and those who enjoy the arts.

Our Mission

 

Innovocative Theatre produces theatre that holds up a mirror to society. We challenge your views while we entertain you.  We entertain you while we tackle the tough issues.  We tackle the tough issues while we offer high quality, bold productions. Innovocative Theatre -- where we create Innovative, Evocative, and Thought Provoking productions that engage the community.

 

We are Innovocative...where theatre challenges you.

Our People

Staci Sabarsky

Artistic Director

Innovocative Theatre

Once upon a time, there was a little girl who used to pretend.  In her basement, she and her friends would act out their favorite television shows and star in their favorite musicals.  As she grew up, she entered the business world where she acted as a professional corporate trainer and consultant.  After seventeen years, she returned to college at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill to pursue her passion--theatre.  Since earning her degree in Dramatic Arts in 2006, she has been teaching, directing, and coaching students of all ages. She taught Performing Arts for five years at Duke School (a private independent school in Durham, North Carolina) and was on the faculty of Raleigh Little Theater’s award winning Education Program for eight years where she taught ages 5-85!  Now, Staci shares her love of theatre and pretending with her private students and Tampa Bay area audiences.

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    She was most recently seen on-stage in PROOF (Stageworks Theatre) as Claire, THE GREAT GATSBY (Stageworks) as Mrs. McGee/Mrs. Michaelis, and as Mrs. Blair in INHERIT THE WIND (Stageworks/Tampa Rep).   Favorite roles include:  Stella in A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (The Gilbert Theatre), Maureen in RENT (The Gilbert Theatre), Debra in THE SMELL OF THE KILL (Temple Theatre), Annabella/Pamela/Margaret in THE 39 STEPS (Raleigh Little Theater), Belinda/Flavia in NOISES OFF (Theatre in the Park), Nancy in FROZEN (Raleigh Ensemble Players), Camillo in THE WINTER’S TALE (Peace College Theatre), and Diana in LEND ME A TENOR (Actor’s Comedy Lab).

     

    Since relocating back to Florida, she served as the Assistant Director for BROADWAY BOUND at Stageworks; directed a staged reading of JOHNNY 10 BEERS’ DAUGHTERS with Tampa Rep/Creative Loafing, and directed PROOF and SHAKESPEARE IN HOLLYWOOD at Richey Suncoast Theatre.  Favorite directing credits include:  PROOF (Innovocative Theatre) DARK VANILLA JUNGLE (Camden Fringe Festival and Tampa International Fringe Festival), THE ODD COUPLE (Cary Players), THE RAINMAKER (Cary Players), CRIMINAL HEARTS (Lab Theatre), and GUYS & DOLLS JR. (Duke School).

     

    As an educator and director, Staci believes that the skills learned through studying theatre and becoming part of an ensemble teach children and adults to become better people:  ones who can communicate confidently, collaborate well with others, and be spontaneous and creative in all aspects of their lives.

     

    Outside of theatre, she enjoys martinis and margaritas, the beach, cooking, traveling with her husband, and spending time with her three kitties.

     

    Staci Sabarsky

    Artistic Director

    Innovocative Theatre

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