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Gulfshore Playhouse is passionately committed to enriching the cultural landscape of our region by producing professional theater at the highest artistic level and providing unique educational opportunities to people at all levels in a spirit of service, adventure, and excitement. Our work is inspired by a belief in the magic of theater to expand the imagination, challenge the senses, provoke discussion, and revitalize in our audience an understanding of our common humanity. This belief drives the respect with which we treat our artists, audiences, students, staff, and members of the greater community.
- Gulfshore Playhouse was incorporated as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit professional theatre on May 21, 2004 in Naples, Florida.
- Playhouse Founder Kristen Coury saw a niche that could be filled by creating a professional, self-producing theatre company for this well-educated, highly-educated and arts-loving community. At its inception, Gulfshore Playhouse was without a base of operations, thus creating challenges for rehearsal and performance space, set building, and storage as well as the requisite office space.
- The Gulfshore Playhouse Theatre Education Project began with ART SMART in Spring, 2007, now known as ThinkTheatre, creating in-school residencies serving deserving schools, while alleviating the need for requisite classroom space, which at that time was unavailable to the Playhouse. STAR summer camps and after-school classes began in 2009.
- In 2006, space became available at The Norris Center, a municipal building run by the city of Naples. With a 200-seat performance venue, as well as the necessary classrooms and storage space, it was a perfect home for a young theatre company. The Gulfshore Playhouse administrative offices were located at the Norris Center from September, 2009 until June 2014. Today, the costume shop is located in that space.
- Currently, the search is on-going for the perfect location in Downtown Naples on which to build a 400-seat state-of-the-art theatre replete with offices, scene shop, lobby bar, and classroom space.
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