About TheatreFor…

Experience Matters…

Our Creative Team

Stephen Bell

Stephen Bell has been involved with Theatre in the Bay Area as director, scenic and lighting designer, set construction, Technical Director and actor for almost ten years. He has been nominated in several categories over the years for Creative Loafings “Best of the Bay” awards, winner of the 2019 Tampa Bay Theatre Festival Award and is now very excited to include artistic director and producer to his list of accomplishments.

Graham Jones

Graham isn’t just a theatre enthusiast — it has been part of his life-blood since age four when he played A Tree in St Stephens’ School in Dudley, England. He does not recall if A Tree was the only tree. At the all-male Kings School in Worcester, England he was thankful to play male roles in plays by Samuel Beckett, Arthur Miller, and Jean Anouilh. His time in Australia and California was a careering blur, without his life-blood. For nearly 30 years, Florida has become a paradise of acting and set designing for various local theatres. He has also served in many roles in theatre management from Janitor to President.
His retirement from a lifetime as a software designer and engineer became a catalyst, not a curtain call. Fueled by decades of experience and a shared passion with like-minded souls, he launched TheatreFor, a vibrant theatre company defying conventions and captivating audiences.

Dee O’Brien

For approximately fifty years, Dee O’Brien and William Shakespeare have spent much time together. Perhaps she should have been doing a whole lot of other things having recently accepted the possibility that William Shakespeare, the man from Stratford, might have been the front man for a famous nobleman. However, she believes passionately that the texts and their glorious language supersede all else including authorship.

Dee O’Brien taught English, literature, and creative writing in a suburban Manhattan, NY school from 1971 until her retirement from classroom teaching in 2007. She continued her after-school student Shakespeare productions until 2013 when she finally retired. Dee introduced Shakespeare to her eighth-grade English classes in 1974 and established an after-school Shakespeare program that resulted in her directing five Shakespeare plays each year so that all her students could participate. In 1988, Dee was approached by a group of former middle school Shakespeareans who felt that performing Shakespeare at the high school would “save them from themselves.” Thus, a whole new era of after-school Shakespeare was born, and the company became an all-high school Shakespeare troupe. At the time of Dee’s retirement in 2013, “The Semi-Royal Shakespeare Company” was still the longest continuously running Shakespearean performance company for teenagers in the U.S.A. For thirty-nine years, she directed and costumed approximately 4,000 teenagers in productions such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Love’s Labor’s Lost, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, King Lear, and Richard III.  Performances of Shakespeare’s Women were funded by a multi-year grant while Scenes from Shakespearewas originally created in collaboration with Lincoln Center Institute.

Her move to Florida came as a shock.

For Tarpon Arts, she directed eight Shakespeare productions and costumed Graham Jones’ four Bayou Radio Theatre productions. For No, No, Nothing, a film written and produced by Elizabeth Indianos, she co-directed with her husband Graham Jones. She created and costumed Sweet the Moon staged amidst a Mickett-Stackhouse installation, Breath of Influence at the Creative Pinellas Gallery.

Susan Dearden

Susan was an understudy in her first play at 6. Then, dancing recitals. But she was so shy she didn’t get up the courage to audition again until 35 years later when her singing teacher took her to the Straz and she performed in the chorus of Tosca. After that she couldn’t stay away, and she even won a few awards while acting her way all over Pinellas and parts of Tampa. She’s played the harp a few times, too! (In real life she was an accountant.) She is so happy to be joining her friends and Mike to embark on this new adventure. She thanks all of the audiences for their support and hopes you will love our new theatre!!

Mike Cote

Mike Cote has been involved in theater since he portrayed the titular character in a first-grade production of “Old McDonald Had a Farm”. He was active through high school and college, being involved in shows such as “Where’s Charley” and “Jesus Christ, Superstar”.

After graduating with a BS in Education, he put that to use with his love of performing and became a dance instructor and choreographer. He was given the opportunity to return to the boards when he joined the Community Players of Concord, NH where he met Steve Thomas, who would become his close friend and mentor, responsible for Mike broadening the scope of his ventures and creating Mel O’Dee Entertainment Services – a company providing services ranging from balloon deliveries and singing telegrams to stage productions and dinner theater to original, interactive murder mysteries. During this time, Mike also wrote and collaborated on shows for McDonald’s Corp., Creative Entertainment, Sheraton Hotels and WMUR-TV, the Manchester, NH ABC affiliate.

After moving from New England to Florida, Mike had all but given up his theatrical involvements, concentrating on his career as a graphic designer and raising his son, Ashton. It was through his work that he found Dunedin Showcase Theater and his love, Susan and the rest, as they say, is history. He has been involved with DST for over 15 years as actor, director, choreographer, tech person, president and creative director. Can you say “Jack of all trades”? He has been fortunate to share his talents with many of the other theater groups in Pinellas County, as well as touring the East Coast in the original play with music “War Virgin”, based on the book of the same name by Laura Westley.

Mike is also an award winning, published playwright, with productions of his shows having run in the Tampa Bay area, New England, up and down the East Coast and in Hollywood, CA. He looks forward to this new venture with TheatreFor to expand his theatrical experience even more.

…and YOU!

There are a myriad of ways for you to support TheatreFor and the work we do here and throughout the community. Consider making a donation, becoming a volunteer…Ask how you can become involved and make the world your stage TODAY!


1863 N Highland Ave

Clearwater, FL 33755

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Unless otherwise noted, performaces are held

Thursdays: *8 pm
Fridays: 8 pm
Saturdays: *2 & 8 pm
Sundays: 2 pm

*performances at this time do not occur every week of the run