This theatre is a melting pot for phenomenal talent, from all over the country, who want to make exciting, vibrant work. This theatre, created by Kristen Coury, is the platform through which they can do that work. That’s inspirational. That makes people want to be a part of this, whether you’re an audience member, or whether you’re a director, or an actor, or a designer, or a producer, anything. This is the kind of place that you want to be working at. And that’s what makes it exciting to be here.”

Jeffrey Binder
15-year Broadway veteran (Lion King, Mary Poppins)

It’s a growing theatre. It’s an exciting theatre doing exciting work. It’s a theatre that constantly challenges itself and its audiences to see things from many different perspectives, to empathize with many different people in many different situations, and to connect what they see onstage to their own lives. It’s a theatre that isn’t satisfied with just showing you one aspect.

Jeffrey Binder
15-year Broadway veteran (Lion King, Mary Poppins)

It is the people here though, onstage, backstage, making it happen, all around, and the director, really, Kristen Coury, at the top, that informs the way the whole place works, and what really makes a beautiful, beautiful, artistic environment. You know, as above, so below. I have to say this place, between its audience outreach, its education outreach, Kristen’s devotion to programming and the variety of material that’s brought to life throughout the entire season, is a brilliant, brilliant combination. It is what is making Gulfshore Playhouse a world-class theatre in a world-class destination. So I’ll be coming back as often as possible.”

Amy Van Nostrand
Broadway actress in The Hothouse

“I think Gulfshore Playhouse does every single element of theatre expertly. From the direction, to the casting, to the production values, and I have seen over the years as I’ve been a part in different phases every time I come back, they’re up a few more notches, and I’m just amazed at the level of quality and professionalism that Kristen and everyone at Gulfshore has been able to achieve and in a relatively short time. 13 years in the life of a theatre is not a lot, and it’s amazing the level of work and challenging work that she’s able to do here, and how the community so beautifully accepts it and supports it.”

Alan Campbell
Tony-nominated actor

“The great thing about Gulfshore is they bring the highest quality actors, they have an incredible staff, and I’m thrilled whenever I get the call to come here. Ecstatic.”

David Whalen
Long-time film and theatre actor

“I can truthfully say it’s been delightful. It’s a classy place, and everybody is nice, there’s not a bad apple in the bunch. Very pleasant, we’ve been laughing and having fun since we got here.”

Steve Vinovich
Television and film actor

“One of the things that I love about my experience here is that they’re incredibly communicative and they’re very efficient and everyone’s really good at what they do, which doesn’t happen all the time in theatre. So, I feel like Kristen runs a really wonderful organization with a terrific support staff…”

Darren Katz
Previous Resident Director of The Lion King on Broadway, Previous Resident Director of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee on Broadway

“We need quality theatre here. This is Equity. We get actors from New York, from California, all over the place, and they’re people whose names you would recognize if you’re in New York theatre, and people whose work is credible. “

Patty Baker
Two time Tony Award-winning producer, Producer on London's West End

“I love Gulfshore Playhouse because it brings us the best of live theatre and makes our community exciting and vibrant.”

Gail Paster
Previous Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, previous editor of Shakespeare Quarterly, former President of Shakespeare Association of America

“Gulfshore Playhouse is pulling the community together just by your past. This is what, 13 years? In 13 years you started out tiny, you know, and you’ve just taken it step by step. People know the name. I see a lot of smiling faces when they empty out of the Norris Center. I can’t wait to see the new facility. The new facility is just going to be amazing.”

Mayor Bill Barnett
Mayor of Naples

“Gulfshore Playhouse always gives to the community in so many ways because of the great organization you are”

Mayor Bill Barnett
Mayor of Naples

“Kristen Coury, she gets the most amazing performances out of the actors that she has carefully and brilliantly chosen to perform for her. We know this because we have actors who come back and who learn from her and who grow on our stage and who sometimes give the performances of their lives, whether that life is a mature life or a young life. It is always thrilling to see the intimacy of live theatre in a space like ours. And the space we are going to create, the theatre is going to be no less intimate, but spectacularly good.”

Gail Paster
Previous Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library

“I don’t necessarily go for the big productions, but the small intimate ones that are cozy and very, very well done with Equity players. This is terrific.”

Phil Beuth
Former President of Good Morning America

“I love it because I was right here from the beginning with Kristen. It’s a remarkable addition to a much needed cultural situation, and it’s done so well. I’m a New Yorker, and I’ve been all over Broadway, and this stuff is very good.”

Phil Beuth
Former President of Good Morning America

“I wish the rest of the country would sort of get on board. It’s not a luxury, it’s not an entertainment. The arts, and theatre specifically, are necessary to have a thriving city, to have a thriving culture and community. It needs it.”

Norbert Leo Butz
Two-time Tony Award Winner, star of Bloodline on Netflix

“I am not a thespian but I am previously a New Yorker and have attended lots of theatre. So it was very important to us when we moved to Naples that there be not only theatre, but good theatre, and Gulfshore has filled that bill with a capital whatever letter you want to choose. It’s amazing. The productions are amazing, the venue’s amazing, the producer/director is ridiculously amazing and we just look forward to future productions because they’re all outstanding.

Gulfshore Playhouse Patron
Gulfshore Playhouse Patron

“Gulfshore Playhouse does work in terms of producing plays that should be done not simply because they are going to be top sellers but they’re really work that brings artistic integrity to the community and really adds value from an artistic perspective.”

Gulfshore Playhouse Patron
Gulfshore Playhouse Patron

“The actors are superb.”

Gulfshore Playhouse Patron
Gulfshore Playhouse Patron

“It’s a great venue, it’s an intimate setting. There’s not a bad seat in the house, the acoustics are very nice, and they have wonderful material here, a wonderful selection of plays. It’s always a nice time coming here”

Gulfshore Playhouse Patron
Gulfshore Playhouse Patron

“It’s always a pleasure to support the theatre and to support the arts and to be a part of the community and this is one of the great venues here in Naples and it’s always fun to be here for Opening Night.”

Gulfshore Playhouse Patron
Gulfshore Playhouse Patron

“Everybody just loves what this theatre is trying to do and the quality of the performers is mind-blowing. They’re New York quality performers so you’re really getting top-notch art. We are so happy and we don’t miss a show.”

Gulfshore Playhouse Patron
Gulfshore Playhouse Patron

“Kristen Coury came down here many years ago. We met rather serendipitously. She told me her story about what she was going to do and I was very impressed. She said that she had a vision and a goal of bringing the finest of Equity theatre to Naples, Florida at very reasonable prices so that everyone can enjoy this. It really touched my heart so much because I said ‘theatre changes people’s lives and I applaud you, I bless you, I commend you that you’re giving such a gift to Naples’ and I said ‘whatever it takes, I want to support you, because I believe in what you’re up to’. That’s it in a nutshell.”

Gulfshore Playhouse Patron
Gulfshore Playhouse Patron

“It’s the best place around. Love to come here. It’s just delightful.”

Gulfshore Playhouse Patron
Gulfshore Playhouse Patron

“It’s very important to the community because it gives us an opportunity to see absolutely first class, professionally produced plays, right here in Naples. Quality product, good entertainment, and a fun evening out. Win, win, win.”

Gulfshore Playhouse Patron
Gulfshore Playhouse Patron

“When I came here, I went to other theatres and then someone told me about Gulfshore Playhouse and I said ‘Okay, I’ll give it a try’…after that very first performance, I was hooked. ..It’s almost like part of a family, in many ways. There hasn’t been one thing that I haven’t absolutely loved. It’s so different and it’s wonderful.”

Gulfshore Playhouse Patron
Gulfshore Playhouse Patron

“I’ve been coming here since it first opened, almost every opening night. It makes Naples a very, very special place. We love it. I’ve never seen a show that I didn’t absolutely love.”

Gulfshore Playhouse Patron
Gulfshore Playhouse Patron

“I love the kind of shows we put on here. It’s the only professional actors in the community. Secondly, Kristen has done an amazing job of putting this all together, of building a good group of people to support it. And now we’re in the process of expanding this to a new location. So, we’re all excited about that.”

Gulfshore Playhouse Patron
Gulfshore Playhouse Patron

“It’s just professional all the way”

Gulfshore Playhouse Patron
Gulfshore Playhouse Patron

“Gulfshore Playhouse is a professional theatre that does exceptionally good plays that come from Broadway. You don’t have to go all the way north to see great ways. I think it’s the best way to go in town for straight plays.”

Gulfshore Playhouse Patron
Gulfshore Playhouse Patron

“They consistently have that content. They are so meaningful, and they are so well done, so well-acted, that it’s a thrill. I just love Kristen, she is too good, too talented, this community is right behind her.”

Gulfshore Playhouse Patron
Gulfshore Playhouse Patron

“The plays always have a message somewhere. It’s important, from a learning experience for me anyway, to sit there and listen and say ‘What is the message here? What are they trying to get across? How does it apply to me? And how does it make me a better person?’”

Gulfshore Playhouse Patron
Gulfshore Playhouse Patron

“This theatre is so good for our community. First of all, remember, everybody we bring here are Equity actors from New York. So this is professional theatre at its finest and yet the venue is such that we can really be a part of what’s going on on that stage. Kristen Coury is just an amazing director…we want to make people think. We want to bring all of that out in your mind. So it’s great for this community, it’s very important.”

Gulfshore Playhouse Patron

“I wish the rest of the country would sort of get on board. It’s not a luxury, it’s not an entertainment. The arts, and theatre specifically, are necessary to have a thriving city, to have a thriving culture and community. It needs it.”

Norbert Leo Butz
Two-time Tony Award Winner, star of Bloodline on Netflix
Outstanding theatre

This place is amazing as is the young lady who started this from scratch. They now are building new headquarters NAPLES Residents are very generous especially some of them for funding theatre

Reviewed December 2017

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Leading Ladies

We visited The Gulfshore Playhouse for a matinee performance of Leading Ladies the production was excellent. The actors gave their all and it was very funny and entertaining.

We sat on the centre row i which is towards the back this row provides extra leg room and a good view.

I didn’t know what to wear but the day was quite chilly so I opted for smart dark navy jeans, a cream jumper and scarf my husband wore navy casual trousers and a shirt and v necked jumper. We did not feel out of place and most of the audience were wearing something similar.

If you can go and support this theatre we enjoyed it immensely.

Reviewed December 2017

Gulfshore Playhouse Patron from the UK
Dinner & Play

A great entertainment evening. Dinner on Fifth Avenue South at one of the great restaurants and then a short walk to the playhouse. The plays are always first rate with a cast of locals and some from broad way.

Reviewed November 2017

Gulfshore Playhouse Patron
Best Theater Group in Naples

This theater employs professional actors, hired for the show and not a repertory company. The seasonal offerings are broad from modern works to Shakespeare. The company does not shy away from controversial themes be it the last night of Martin Luther King’s life or the issues associated with an immigrant muslim family. First rate theater – always a good show.

Reviewed September 2017

Gulfshore Playhouse Patron from Naples
Nice venue, good plays

The playhouse is located in the Norris Community Center complex. Centrally located near downtown Naples, easy access to restaurants and night life. Parking available – street with no meters !! as well as parking garages within short walking distance (3 blocks).
The playhouse offers a variety of programs; plays are generally very good. Not a large stage but the venue offers an intimate atmosphere.

Reviewed June 2017

Gulfshore Playhouse Patron from Miami

The players were so superb, and it was drama at its very best.

Reviewed February 2018

Gulfshore Playhouse Patron from Fort Myers
“Lovely Nite out”

Our introduction to the theater was Hounds of the Baskervilles… 3 Actors played all the parts to this lively production. We greatly enjoyed the show and one could tell many there were repeat visitors. Seating, air temperature, restrooms all good. Small room to grab a glass of wine or water or small treat, but very limited places to enjoy them seated before show. Would recommend and return.

Reviewed June 2017

Gulfshore Playhouse Patron
“Nice venue, good plays”

The playhouse is located in the Norris Community Center complex. Centrally located near downtown Naples, easy access to restaurants and night life. Parking available – street with no meters !! as well as parking garages within short walking distance (3 blocks).
The playhouse offers a variety of programs; plays are generally very good. Not a large stage but the venue offers an intimate atmosphere.

Reviewed June 2017

Gulfshore Playhouse Patron from Miami

“Nothing Better Than A Good laugh”

For my birthday, my husband took me to see “The Hound of the Baskervilles” a comedy spoof on the Sherlock Holmes Novel. Each time we have seen a play at this lovely little playhouse it has been a delightful experience, and this performance was no exception. The acting was superb with 3 actors playing a dozen people…talk about quick change artists! Lots of good laughs in this one!

It is a great place to take company when they come visit us in Naples, and we always enjoy our evening. Buy tickets early as the schedule sells out fast, especially during the winter “Season”. One of the best things about the Old Downtown Naples area is the parking is free, and plentiful.

 

Reviewed March 8, 2017

Gulfshore Playhouse patron from Naples Florida
“Nice place”
I’ve been to this playhouse for a good play and to view a great old movie . Both occasions were well worth the price of admission. Will return many more times.
Reviewed February 22, 2017
Gulfshore Playhouse patron
“Great local theatre”
Great theatre with incredible actors that are professionals . It was started by one woman who is the artistic director also. She is awesome . Incredible what one person with drive can accomplish
Reviewed January 25, 2017
Gulfshore Playhouse patron
“Outstanding performance”
Took the wife to see MY FAIR LADY. What a special treat and only $64 a ticket. Worth twice that!!! Highly talented crew, cast.
Reviewed November 26, 2016
Gulfshore Playhouse patron from Fort Myers, Florida
“Unique success”
Wonderful production of My Fair Lady” with tiptop singing, dancing, acting, costumes, and staging. Intimate setting, all seats are close, interesting pre-show discussion. A real gem!
Reviewed November 19, 2016
Gulfshore Playhouse Patron
“A surprising treat”
Yesterday four of us went to the Gulfshore playhouse to see My Fair Lady. When we arrived we were pleasantly surprised by how spacious the theatre was. We sat in our seats and again were delighted at how large and comfortable they were. Finally, we didn’t know what to expect of the performance but when it was over we were all blown away. The production was nothing short of outstanding. The actors were all top notch. It truly was a wonderful experience and such a surprise that it is right in our backyard.
Reviewed November 17, 2016
Gulfshore Playhouse patron from New Hope
“Top Notch Production!!”
Looking for entertainment on a Saturday Night in Naples. This is the best place in town. Top level performers and a very interesting show. Location is great for dinner and a short walk to the venue. Recommend it highly.
Reviewed October 26, 2016
Gulfshore Playhouse Patron from Florida
A great place to spend an evening
Plays are well done.. great seating. Price for tickets are more than fair.. put on your bucket list.
Visited February 2016
Playhouse Patron from Findlay, OH

Enjoyable Entertainment

We love attending Gulfshore Playhouse. The quality of the actors is always first class. The selections are interesting choices made by the Director. It’s a great way to spend an evening with family and friends.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2016

Playhouse Patron from Naples, Florida
“More than a local playhouse”
This company consistently presents productions of interest as well as entertaining. The talent, when necessary is brought in to assure a good theatre experience
5 of 5 starsReviewed June 2016
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“Saw a production of Enemy of the People”
Small theater where every seat has a great view. The production was a great adaption of the play and the cast was professional level. A visit to the Gulfshore playhouse should not be missed. They are moving to a new facility but I don’t know when that is to happen. Because of its location parking is easy.
Reviewed June 2016
Playhouse Patron
wonderful evening

A must if in Naples for an excellent performance…in fact, the best in Naples! Been to many over the years and never been disappointed. Don’t let the venue give you the perception of unprofessional.

5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2016

Playhouse Patron
Intimate theater at its best

Every time has been a great production with interesting new plays and fine acting. Reasonable productions with very professional actors.

May 2016

Playhouse Patron
Broadway quality locally

A small theater with quality productions, near 5th Avenue S. plenty of free parking in the area and many great restaurants nearby. We try to attend at least half of their productions during the Season and have enjoyed them all over many years.

April 2016

Playhouse Patron
Season ticket holder!

Love the playhouse! Excellent plays with outstanding performers! We have season tickets and look forward to every play we have seen!

April 2016

Playhouse Patron
Always Well Done
We are season ticket holders and have enjoyed plays here for several years. Moon Over Buffalo is no exception. Although the auditorium is not a “standard” theater, the chairs are very comfortable and the sight lines are very favorable. The acting is superb. Never disappointed. We look forward as progress is made for a new theater equal to the quality of the plays and acting.
Visited March 2016
Patron from Centerville and Naples
“‘Moon Over Buffalo’ in Naples, Fl.
We were asked to go see the farce “Moon Over Buffalo” on Sunday, March 13, 2016. An Equity cast captured the audience from the start and delivered wonderful performances. We laughed continually at the continuing turn of events. The Playhouse was very accommodating to all. The staff sat the audience efficiently and were very pleasant. The staging was excellent and there isn’t a bad seat in the house. The theater sits 3 blocks off Fifth Avenue and has ample parking. There is handicapped access to the Playhouse and seats were very comfortable. This was our first time attending a play here, but when we saw next year’s line-up we are already planning another play and dinner date.
Visited March 2016
Patron from Bloomfield, New Jersey

Local playhouse for adventurous productions

One of several Local playhouses, but this one seems to specialize in interesting and adventurous productions

Reviewed January 13, 2016

Patron from Naples, FL
Intimate Theater
Went to see the opening of “Informed Consent” last night it was excellent. Gulfshore playhouse is located in the Norris Center on 8 th Avenue very close to 5th Avenue and rt 41. If you are looking for something to do in Naples I recommend it.
Reviewed January 10, 2016
Gulfshore Playhouse Patron
great place with excellent acting, a must to take in

an excellent place to take in, very friendly knowledgeable staff and performances are fabulous great access, very nice setting/garden sitting area

Reviewed January 4, 2016

 
Patron from Naples, Florida
Small friendly place to see a Play

As Naples residents, we try to see 2 to 3 plays per season. The acting is above average and the small number of seats placed close to the stage provides a cozy atmosphere for the audience.

Reviewed December 28, 2015

Patron from Naples FL
In Naples, Florida you do not have to spend a “fortune” getting to and getting home from a professional performance!
The Gulfshore Playhouse is located just a few minutes from the “main drag” of Naples shopping center or Fifth Avenue South. There seemed to be adequate parking which increases the enjoyment of going to professional theatre without the worry of parking a reasonable distance from the theatre entrance. The production I recently saw was “Boeing, Boeing”, which was a comedy and professionally presented. During the intermission there was a 50%-50% raffle between the raffle participants and the theater based on ticket numbers. As my friends and I left the theater, I suggested to my friend that she see if she had won the raffle, and to both her and my surprise, she DID win and the staff gave to her the percentage of the raffle winnings. This was a lovely addition to a theater experience rather than everyone at every place these days asking, asking, asking for donations! The theater and staff and actors provided a friendly environment which was a delight to experience. Besides what I’ve mentioned, there was a bulletin board on which theater staff wanted to learn the demographics of their audience. That also was a lovely and personal touch. I look forward to returning to Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples for many more performances.
Visited November 2015
Patron from Naples FL

Cute, fun place. Obviously, the play happening inside the playhouse has a lot to do with how you perceive the house itself but I was fortunate enough to meet up with a season ticket holder who told me all about this little theatre. There isn’t a bad seat wherever you sit. The staging is great and the seats are comfortable. Air temp was a little warm but that could have been from the laughter of the audience. If you haven’t seen Boeing Boeing please do. Great cast, very professional.

Visited November 2015
Patron from Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Gulfshore Playhouse Naples. Best theatre experience in the area.

We have visited the Gulfshore Playhouse many times. The plays there are always outstanding. The actors are the best. many brought in from out of Florida with outstanding credits. The staging and costumes..also outstanding.

The last play we saw there was The Liar. We are avid theatre goers and we thought this was one of the best plays we have ever seen. The casting was wonderful….I cannot even describe the creativity of the costuming. A cross between Shakespeare and KISS ??? hysterical. The pricing here is more reasonable than other Naples venues. Best bargain are the previews.

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