Gulfshore Playhouse Education

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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.

Gulfshore Playhouse Education is a vital component of the Playhouse’s mission, providing programs aimed at enhancing the lives of children, teens, and students of all ages. Each offering provides real-life skills and learning experiences that are invigorating, nurturing, and readily accessible to every member of our community, thanks to the Kizzie’s Kids Scholarship Fund and reduced-price programming for our region’s most deserving schools. From in-school residencies and pre-professional theatre training to community partnerships, audience engagement, and student matinees – our goal is to inspire creativity, encourage self-expression, and support the blossoming of self-confidence, collaboration, and a deep appreciation for the arts. With each passing year, Gulfshore Playhouse continues to touch the lives of tens of thousands of students throughout Southwest Florida.

After-School and Summer Programs

Actor performing

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.

Now is your chance to receive direct training in these fun-filled, safe, themed classes! Broadway Bootcamp is your chance to improve your acting, singing, and dancing skills. With classes for every age group, this is the perfect introduction (or re-introduction) to performance, or to brush up your skills. All experience levels are welcome! Class capacity is extremely limited due to COVID-19 so don’t wait to register!

In-School Residencies

ThinkTheatre, our classroom 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. Click the link to see our current, virtual offerings!

This collaborative project between Gulfshore Playhouse and the Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida features an original play based on the life of Holocaust survivor Abraham Price. This special in-school experience is now open for booking for fall 2021!

Community Partnerships

Students in a theatre

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.

Naples Philharmonic

World-class actors and musicians from Gulfshore Playhouse and the Naples Philharmonic at Artis—Naples perform musicalized adaptations of Shakespeare’s classics. This special performance is performed for the entire 11th grade of Collier County.

Audience Engagement


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.

If you have any questions, please contact Steven Calakos at [email protected]

Special Thanks To:

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