Creative Class

About the Palladium Creative Class
The Palladium Creative Class offers financial support up to $2,500 to an annually selected
group of local artists to create a new project in collaboration with the Palladium. In addition to a
financial support, those selected to the 2022 Creative Class will be offered a date during the
2022-2023 season to present their project at the Palladium with the full technical and marketing
support of our facilities. The Palladium aims to support performers in our community as they
create new works, advance existing works, implement new media, and/or develop new ideas.

Creative Class Mission Statement:
The Palladium Creative Class supports and fosters artistically and culturally diverse performing
artists, provides a full-service theater as a space to perform their work, and showcases the
range of talent that lives and works in our Tampa Bay community. The goal of the Creative
Class is to elevate artists in our community and give audiences an insight into their creative
projects and performance goals.

Creative Class Application
Applicants must be local to the Tampa Bay area and perform in one of the following genres
presented by the Palladium: Jazz, Blues, Dance, Opera, and Classical/Chamber Music.

The Palladium Creative Class of 2021 consisted of the following members. Each artist received a stipend of $2,500 that was used to create a new project for the Palladium.

Class members include:

  • James Suggs – Jazz
  • Nate Najar – Jazz
  • La Lucha (Mark Feinman, Alejandro Arenas and John O’Leary) – Jazz
  • Jeremy Carter – Jazz
  • Damon Fowler – Blues
  • Elizabeth Baker – New Music
  • Helen Hansen French – Dance
  • Lauren Ree Slone – Dance
  • Jeremy Douglass of The Florida Bjorkestra – Pop

“The Palladium is thrilled to be able to support to these talented artists as they create new work. To be an arts town you must support your homegrown talent. This is one of the ways we can do that.”

Paul Wilborn, Palladium Executive Director

Elizabeth Baker
FIELD STUDIES – floraFauna

FIELD STUDIES invites participants to consider an improvisational performance experience in which performer is seen as an equal collaborator alongside all object elements in a naturally occurring soundscape. Through dismantling the human narrative, this project seeks to foster dialogue and act as a revolutionary resistance against systemic inequity.


Jeremy Carter
Rubber Band

Rubber Band will be focusing on expanding brand awareness, bolstering social media presence by improving web services, and taking time to individually focus on music.


Jeremy Douglas
Bjorkestra

Grant was used to prepare publicity materials and create musical arrangements and charts for Buffyfest, the celebration of all things Buffy The Vampire Slayer.


Damon Fowler
Fowler’s Garage


Fowler’s Garage will help bring the modern-day lime music experience to the people who are curious about it by providing higher quality to live streams and documenting gig stories while on the road.


La Lucha
La Lucha with Strings


La Lucha will be presenting a collaborative show featuring a small string ensemble from the Florida Orchestra. Additionally funds will be used to film and record this show for future online use.


Helen Hansen French and Lauren Ree Slone
BEACON 21


In addition to producing the annual dance platform BEACON the funds will also be used to commission another choreographer (TBA) to create a duet for French and Slone to be performed in BEACON 21.


Nate Najar
Palladium LIVE


Palladium LIVE project is intended for musicians and the theater to safely and successfully perform for a paying audience through the Covid-19 pandemic. For this project Najar consulted with the Palladium staff to setup and equipment and operational process to produce concert films in a live stream show process.


James Suggs
James Suggs Quintet


James Suggs will be creating a new and higher level show with quintet to be presented in 2021.



The Palladium Creative Class of 2021 is made possible by support from the Hough Family Foundation and Smith and Associates Real Estate.

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Artists In Residence

BEACON CONTEMPORARY DANCE
THE FLORIDA BJÖRKESTRA
PALLADIUM CHAMBER PLAYERS