The Next Stage Matching grant for Gulfshore Playhouse

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Matching grant sets stage for a home for Gulfshore Playhouse

Armed with a $10 million matching grant courtesy of Jay and Patty Baker, Gulfshore Playhouse founder and Artistic Director Kristen Coury and her team are poised to bring a permanent home for the professional company to fruition. They hope to realize their dream of a state-of-the-art stage complex in about three years time.

“We will have a major, top-class regional theater in the southeast corner of America. That’s a big deal when you look at the national scene of theater at the moment,” Ms. Coury said.

Now that the Bakers have put some skin in the game, the race is on to finish negotiations with sellers at Naples Square on the corner of Goodlette- Frank Road and U.S. 41 and raise $45 million.

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