Naples Philanthropic And Business Leaders Step Up With $14 Million In Gifts To Gulfshore Playhouse Cultural Campus

Naples Philanthropic And Business Leaders Step Up With $14 Million In Gifts To Gulfshore Playhouse Cultural Campus

Steve and Jane Akin recently publicly announced a transformational gift of $5 million in support of the theater and education center.

Gulfshore Playhouse is continuing to garner support for its state-of-the-art Cultural Campus with numerous new multimillion gifts for the Capital Campaign.

Destined to be an iconic landmark at the gateway to downtown Naples, the new Baker Theatre and Education Center on the Gulfshore Playhouse Cultural Campus will feature two new state-of-the-art theaters – a 350-seat Mainstage Theatre and a 125-seat Studio Theatre – and spur more than $20 million annually in anticipated economic activity within the City of Naples. Eight donors have committed more than $14 million to the Capital Campaign, bringing the total raised to date to just over $33 million.

Steve and Jane Akin recently publicly announced a transformational gift of $5 million in support of the theater and education center. Chairman of the Gulfshore Playhouse Board of Directors and co-chair of the Capital Campaign Committee, Mr. Akin, along with his wife, Jane, a former professional opera singer, have been dedicated to expanding access to the arts for nearly three decades. Along with their lead support of the Boston Lyric Opera, the Akins have also supported the development of numerous artists through the BLO Emerging Artist Program. Former president of Fidelity Personal Investments, Mr. Akin also served on the Board of Trustees of the New England Conservatory and was president of the Kansas City Lyric Opera, and Mansfield Ohio Symphony.