The folks at Tampa's Jobsite Theater are feeling the glow of recognition at the moment, hopeful some money and prestige could be close behind.
The resident theater company of the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts is one of 40 national finalists in the running to be named a 2014 American Theatre Wing National Theatre Company, Jobsite announced this week.
In its nearly 100-year history, the American Theatre Wing has become best known for creating and distributing the Tony Awards. But the organization also spearheads educational programs and gives out thousands of dollars in grant money each year.
Each year, 10 innovative nonprofit professional theaters around the country win one of the Theatre Wing's $10,000 grants to help with operations. In 2013, theaters from San Francisco to Washington, D.C. received the honor.
Jobsite, which opened in 1998, is known for producing creative, risk-taking fare. Last season's selections included Hedwig and the Angry Inch, All New People by Zach Braff and a special presentation of Return to the Forbidden Planet, a space musical extravaganza. Jobsite's 2014-15 season opens Sept. 3 with The Last Night of Ballyhoo in the Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz.
Jobsite leaders find out Sept. 7 if they theater won the grant, and if so, will travel to New York weeks later to accept the money.