Gulfshore Playhouse Education brings the joy of theatre to children, teens, and adults through world-class shows, musical theatre and acting programs, and lively audience dialogues.

STAR Academy

The Student Theatre Artists in Residence (STAR) Academy is Gulfshore Playhouse Education’s after-school and summer program. Each year, STAR Academy includes a wide variety of musical theatre and acting programs. Click the link to see what is currently being offered.


ThinkTheatre, our in-school residency program, 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 confidence, teamwork, and the skill to examine situations from different angles and perspectives. Programs include Shakespeare, poetry, and Greek myths. Click the link to see current offerings.

In Flight: The Story of Sabine van Dam

This collaborative project between Gulfshore Playhouse and the Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida features an original play based on the life of Naples-local Holocaust survivor Sabine van Dam. This 45-minute program is designed to fit into a classroom period and includes the play, pre-show workshops, and a talkback with the actors.

Student Matinee Series

Middle and high school audiences have the opportunity to experience world-class professional theatre. All student matinees include 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, students are invited to stay for a talkback with the actors.


The world’s most famous love story, Romeo and Juliet, finds new life in a magical meeting of theatre and music. World-class actors and musicians from Gulfshore Playhouse and the Naples Philharmonic will tell this epic fable of feuding families and star-crossed lovers. This special performance is performed for the entire 11th grade of Collier County.

The Synergy Series

Our audience engagement programs, known as the Synergy Series, offer you the opportunity to engage with the Playhouse in a variety of stimulating ways beyond just seeing a play. From actor and director talkbacks, to partnerships with area libraries, to post-show discussions and more, if we have piqued your interest with a production, we are opening new avenues for you to deepen your understanding of our shows and the themes surrounding them.

Education News

What an exciting time it’s been
We held nine summer programs in June, July, and August, reaching students 6-18 years old.  As well as week-long intensives in musical theatre and acting, we performed two full productions. Aladdin Jr had a cast of 45 students and featured laughter, merriment, and ribbon dancing. Into the Woods, our first-ever Teen Conservatory, was beautifully directed by Broadway star and Associate Artistic Director Jeff Binder and featured teens from near and far who auditioned to be part of a thrilling three weeks.

For more information about our education programs

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

Special Thanks To:

ThinkTheatre Programs are generously funded in part by

The Martin Salomon Morton and Gustel Schreiber Morton Foundation
The Frank M. Barnard Foundation, Inc.