Naples couple gives $1M gift to Gulfshore Playhouse for new theater

A Naples couple has given $1 million toward a planned downtown Naples theater.

Mary and Stephen Byron Smith bestowed the gift to Gulfshore Playhouse to support the creation of the new Gulfshore Playhouse Theatre and Education Center. 

“We are extremely grateful, not only for this generous gift from the Smiths, but for their belief in our vision,” said Kristen Coury, founder and producing artistic director for Gulfshore Playhouse, in a news release Thursday.

“Their visible support underscores the vital role arts play in our society, and it is a huge step forward and vote of confidence at a time when we all need some good news.”

Dave Osborn, Naples Daily News

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