Gulfshore Playhouse’s unique theatre education programs serve Southwest Florida through a wide variety of opportunities for children, teens, and adults alike, providing people from our diverse community accessibility to the art of theatre.

“The child that learns confidence, learns to work with others, learns that he can do something new – these are all priceless in educaton!  I am a huge fan of ThinkTheatre and Hester Kamin and the wonders that it can do in a classroom!”
Kathleen Dittus
Donahue Academy Teacher
ThinkTheatre Recipient
“Thank you for making a major difference in the lives of our students. You brought knowledge to our pond, and that knowledge has made ripples in our lives”
Teacher from Naples High School

Shows and classes for young performers

Gulfshore Playhouse’s STAR Programs enable our “Student Theatre Artists in Residence”, from pre-kindergarten to high school, to learn and grow as young theatre artists by taking STAR Academy theatre classes and camps!

STAR Academy at Gulfshore Playhouse offers after-school youth theatre classes, separated into age groups from Twinkling STARs (Ages 3-5) to Shooting STARs (High school).

Many of our classes use the technique of creative drama to teach both theatrical and life skills, such as confidence and communication. Creative drama engages students with exciting and familiar themes.

  • STAR Academy Summer Camps: Performing and building skills through youth theatre
  • STAR Academy After-School: Learning the art and technique of theatre through play
  • STARwrights: Creating and nurturing the next generation of playwrights

Summer 2017 Programs

Gulfshore Playhouse Education reaches pre-school children through adults. It has four components: ThinkTheatre in-school residencies, Star Academy after school and summer programs, specially-created student matinees for the professional productions, and Synergy, which deepens the experience of our shows through free opportunities such as Script club, pre-show conversations, panel discussions, blogs, lobby displays and more.

ThinkTheatre reaches more than 1000 students annually in Collier and Lee counties. Gulfshore Playhouse staff works with our partner teachers to develop cross-curricular programs that not only broaden the students’ understanding of content, but also lead them to develop secondary skills that are unique to theatre training: the confidence to speak in front of a group and to engage with peers, the ability to work as a team to solve problems, and the skill to examine situations from different angles and perspectives.

Star Academy offers after school and summer programs for all ages that allow participants to deeply explore acting, movement, voice, dance, storytelling, and playwriting.

Student matinees allow elementary, middle, and high school audiences to experience world class professional theatre. All student matinees include comprehensive study guides and an offer for a teaching artist to visit the school and conduct a workshop about the production before the students arrive. On the day of the performance, school groups are invited to stay for a talkback with the actors.

This year, Gulfshore Playhouse is collaborating with The Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida and with Naples Philharmonic to offer exciting student programs.

As Gulfshore Playhouse spreads it wings and soars into our beautiful new building, we anticipate our education program not only expanding to reach a greater audience, but deepening as we continue to create links and connections between our visiting artists and our community.

For more information about our education programs

Please contact Hester Kamin at or at (239) 261-7529 x207

ThinkTheatre Programs are generously funded in part by