Master Class by Terrence McNally

Featuring Kathi Grau as Maria Callas
Directed by Alexis Carra-Girbés
Musical Direction by Bruce LeBaron

Signature Event Series Theatre

Master Class is a play of fireworks in a contained space where Maria Callas is brought back to life. Inspired by a series of master classes the great diva conducted at Juilliard toward the end of her career, this drama puts Maria Callas at center stage again as she coaxes, prods, and inspires students—”victims” as she calls them—into giving the performances of their lives.   As she slips off into memories during her student’s performances, we experience her days at La Scala, her marriage to Meneghini, and her great doomed love affair with Aristotle Onassis. But the dazzling theatricality comes from Callas’s emotional explosions, her cutting wit, and the soaring music as each student sings an aria that exposes the Divina’s vulnerabilities … and her genius.  Master Class is Terrence McNally’s (who was born in St. Pete!) multi-Tony award-winning play, directed by Alexis Carra-Girbés, with musical direction by Bruce LeBaron, and featuring Kathi Grau as Maria Callas.

Pay What You Can Previews

Friday-Saturday May 5-6, 2023 – 8:00 PM

Sunday May 7, 2032 – 3:00 PM

Ticketed Performance Schedule

Thursday-Saturday May 11-13, 2023 – 8:00 PM

Sunday May 14, 2023 – 3:00 PM


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Kathi Grau received her BA in Fine Art from William Woods University, in Fulton MIssouri and her Master’s in Theatrical Directing from The  School of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University in Chicago.  Kathi was an educator and  teacher of the fine and performing arts in Tampa, Atlanta and New Jersey for 40 years.  She ran the upper division drama department at Berkeley Preparatory School for 28 years.

She also was a co-founder of Guavaween, a huge celebration of the arts in Ybor city.  Kathi played Mama Guava as the spokesperson and hostess of the largest street party in Tampa during its entire inception. She co founded TA-DA, The Tampa Alliance of Dramatic Arts, deemed as Tampa’s Premier   Children’s Theatre Company by the Tampa Times.  She also was an actor and director during this time, involved with  The Playmakers, Tampa Players, and Stageworks, in the glory days of theatre in Tampa.  She met her husband, Bruce LeBaron while doing a show with the Playmakers.  They’ve been married for 33 years,  still. making art together.  Currently she sits on the Board of Creative Pinellas and appears in various programs at the [email protected], a place near and dear to her heart.  She is blessed to have 3 kids, and 3 grandkids!

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