The Shine’s on The Mar St. Pete

Posted On 01/25/2021 by St. Pete Chamber Member


The MAR St. Pete is a Performing Arts Studio and Incubator for dancers, creators, actors, musicians, and more. It is a place for rehearsing, creating, recording, live streaming, performing, and for all kinds of creative collaboration. It’s the place to move from student to professional. A place for small businesses to call home while they build the way to their forever home. A place that we can all use to create, to grow, to learn, to BE.

We are Dave and Heather Hamar, owners of The Mar St. Pete as well as local working professional performers and entrepreneurs. Check us out. Email us for a tour today.

It happened at lunch one day in January of 2019 when we decided to take a leap of faith and change our lives while living our dreams! We decided that we want to help local performing artists such as ourselves learn, create, work, and collaborate in a safe and inclusive space. We had our eyes set on the Historic Playhouse Theater, but had to scale back and on March 5th, 2020, we found our perfect new home. The Mar St. Pete opened its doors for the first time on September 1, 2020. We are celebrating daily as we are able to stay open during a challenging time in our world.

We chose St. Pete because St. Pete is the BEST! I mean, let’s be honest here – St. Pete is on par to be the next arts hub, like Chicago or New York or L.A. We love this city and community and there really isn’t any place better suited to be the original home of The Mar!

The Mar also offers a wonderful student workshop every month called “A Scene + A Song.” It is a safe, creative, and positive workshop for students ages 8-18 where they can come together for an hour a day, write an original scene and song, and then perform it at the end of the week. Check our website for more info.

We are soon to start the adult version of this awesome workshop called, “A Scene, A Song + A Beer.” Check out our Facebook for more updates on that soon.

If you need some rehearsal space for yourself, or your band, please email us. We have lots of room for socially distant rehearsals, but our calendar is filling up quick.

We also do live streaming and multi-line recorded productions. Check out our video that shows some of what we can do:

The MAR St. Pete also has a Nonprofit Organization called projectMAR inc. Our mission at projectMAR is to provide high-caliber performing arts education and opportunities, with an emphasis on collaboration and human connection, to up-and-coming artists and students in the St. Petersburg community. We promote diversity, inclusion, self-expression, and civic engagement through creative processes that integrate all aspects of the performing arts, including, but not limited to, theatre, dance, music, and spoken word. Through scholarships and financial assistance, we bring the arts to all who seek it and provide an affordable outlet for students and artists of all ages to come together and collaborate and create whatever type of performance art they are inspired to create.

We are always looking for fundraising help, so if this is something that you are passionate about, please consider helping us help more performing artists in our community.


Learn more about The Mar St. Pete here.