Cleveland builder to help oversee construction of $45M theater project
Gulfshore Playhouse named a construction industry veteran chairman of the building committee for its Next Stage Capital Campaign.
Tony Panzica, a member of the professional regional theater’s board of directors, has overseen a major renovation and expansion of the Cleveland Museum of Art as president and CEO of Ohio-based Panzica Construction. He also spearheaded a renovation of Severance Hall, home of the Cleveland Orchestra, for which his firm worked with the orchestra’s conductor and sound engineers to improve the site’s acoustics.
“Tony’s background in both the construction industry and as a supporter of the arts makes him the perfect choice to chair our building committee for the Next Stage Capital Campaign,” says Kristen Coury, producing artistic director and founder of Gulfshore Playhouse, in a statement. “The insight he will be able to offer from his past projects in Cleveland and his experience with fundraising efforts at the Cleveland Play House will be invaluable to Gulfshore Playhouse as we move into our next phase.”
Plans for the new Gulfshore Playhouse, a $45 million project, include two new theatres and an education center at the corner of First Avenue South and Goodlette-Frank Road. Plans include a mainstage proscenium theatre with sloped stadium seating for 350, which will be used for large musicals, classics and premiere comedies and dramas. It will also include a separate studio theatre, a grand lobby with welcoming bar, gardens and an exclusive patron lounge.