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Getting to Know: Ashley Brooks
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Getting to Know: Ashley Brooks

Ashley Brooks is the Artistic Liaison 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 played sports my entire life, but in 9th grade, I decided it wasn’t something I wanted to pursue any further. I was in...

Getting to know: Kimberly Dye
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Getting to know: Kimberly Dye

Q: You’re the first staff member we’ve interviewed who wasn’t necessarily a “theatre person” before you came into this job. Can you talk a little about your upbringing and career up until you came to GP? I often say my only theatrical experience was playing “Dead Person Number 3” in Our Town in high school, though my...

Getting to Know: Joel Markus
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Getting to Know: Joel Markus

Joel Markus is the Managing 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 a 5th grade production of OLIVER and have been in theatre ever since! In high school and college, I focused on...

Getting to Know: Audrey Zielenbach
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Getting to Know: Audrey Zielenbach

Audrey Zielenbach is the Artistic Content Curator 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 born into a theatre-loving family so it’s hard to remember a time when theatre wasn’t in my life. My dad, aunt,...

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...

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...