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Breaking News: Announcing a $1 Million Capital Campaign Gift
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Breaking News: Announcing a $1 Million Capital Campaign Gift

Naples Philanthropists Mary and Stephen Byron Smith gift $1 million to Gulfshore Playhouse Next Stage Capital Campaign Investment solidifies vital role of arts for Naples during uncertain time NAPLES, Fla. (May 27, 2020) – Gulfshore Playhouse, Naples’ premier professional theater, has received a generous gift of $1,000,000 from Mary and Stephen Byron Smith to support the...

Getting to Know: John Forton
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Getting to Know: John Forton

John Forton is the Technical Director at Gulfshore Playhouse. Q: What age did you discover you were interested in theatre? Was there a particular event or experience that revealed your interest? I was in fourth grade and we were putting on the typical fourth grade talent show! I, being the shy individual I am, was...

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An Important Update for our 2020-2021 Season

While the world is changing every day, one thing is not: our unwavering commitment to producing world-class professional theatre and educational opportunities for you and our wider community. We are using this time to plan for a future season of wonderful theatre that prioritizes the safety of our artists, staff, students, and of course, you....

Getting to Know: James Allen
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Getting to Know: James Allen

James Allen is the Scenic Charge Artist at Gulfshore Playhouse. Q: What age did you discover you were interested in theatre? Was there a particular event or experience that revealed your interest? I have always been a bit of a performer, from putting on little shows for my family to telling stories with my dinosaur...

Theatre returns, it always does.
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Theatre returns, it always does.

Audrey Zielenbach is the Artistic Content Curator at Gulfshore Playhouse. Theatre returns, it always does. It returns to places where it has already been before and to times in which it has already appeared. And while it does so, it sends us too, the spectators, to those places and times, performance after performance. Theatre also...

Getting to Know: Jennifer Bronsted
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Getting to Know: Jennifer Bronsted

I came into my theatre career later than others. My journey began with one of those “Big Life” conversations I had in college about what to do with my life. I love reading, sewing, and drawing. Costume design seemed a natural fit for those interests. When I started at Gulfshore Playhouse back in 2012, I...

Getting to Know Steven Calakos
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Getting to Know Steven Calakos

Steven Calakos is the Director of Education at Gulfshore Playhouse. There are certain aspects of my life I am 100% sure about: My family, my faith, and my career. I grew up in a middle-class, Greek Orthodox household in southern New Jersey where my father worked as a machine operator and mother a middle school...

Making Best Friends of Strangers
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Making Best Friends of Strangers

Kristen Coury is the Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Gulfshore Playhouse and the director of “The Lion in Winter.” Making Best Friends of Strangers A little backstory, for those of you who were unaware. When it became apparent that the COVID-19 pandemic had come to Naples and that we had no choice but to...

The Gift of Philanthropy by Kimberly Dye
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The Gift of Philanthropy by Kimberly Dye

Kimberly Dye is the Chief Advancement Officer at Gulfshore Playhouse. During a recent conversation with a long-time Naples philanthropist, she shared something with me that changed how I view my job, my career, my almost three-decade calling in life.  During this unprecedented time, where so many are thinking about how the crisis will affect both...