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 bus ride home was a highlight of my teaching career. Not only were my students wowed by the production, but also so appreciative of the time and wisdom shared by the actors. My actors and techies are, across the board, inspired and I am beyond grateful for that. Thank you– I hope you can continue to offer student matinees. They are so integral to encouraging the passion of our young artists.”
With Gratitude,
Peggy Arndt, Teacher at Seacrest Country Day School in Naples, Florida

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

ThinkTheatre – In-school residencies and field trips

  • ThinkTheatre: Integrating theatre with Florida’s education standards
  • ThinkTheatre on Stage: Presenting professional theatre to student audiences
  • ThinkTheatre Backstage: Introducing students to theatre “behind-the-scenes”
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