Kristen Coury, CEO and producing artistic director of Gulfshore Playhouse, Naples’ premier professional regional theater, has been appointed to The Greater Naples Chamber board of directors for a three-year term beginning June 1. The Greater Naples Chamber is the largest of 25 in the five-county Southwest Florida region, and recognized as one of the top 300 chambers in Florida.
In addition to Coury’s appointment on The Greater Naples Chamber board of directors, she is a former board member of the Theatre Communications Group, the national service organization for the professional, not-for-profit American Theatre. She is also a frequent investor in Broadway productions, including the Tony Award-winning revival of “Once On This Island.” Coury previously worked on Broadway for Walt Disney Theatrical’s production of “Beauty and the Beast” and for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s company, The Really Useful Group. She has also produced an album and directed a feature film, “Friends and Family,” which was released around the U.S. and Europe.
Coury has received numerous recognitions, including a previous Top 40 Professionals Under 40 by Gulfshore Business, a Star in the Arts by the United Arts Council of Collier County, one of the Men and Women of the Year by Gulfshore Life in 2013, and named a Leading Lady by Naples Illustrated in 2018. She is also a graduate of The Greater Naples Chamber’s 2020 Leadership Collier class.