GULFSHORE PLAYHOUSE INC

Rating: 4.92 stars   36 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: Norris Center 755 8th Avenue, South Naples FL 34102 USA

Mission: To ENRICH: producing the finest high-quality professional theatre, creating a stimulating cultural environment which is affordable and accessible to all To EDUCATE: providing first-class in-school educational outreach for students and unique learning opportunities for residents and visitors of all ages To ENTERTAIN: Encouraging all people in our diverse community to explore theatre as an art form, thus contributing to the growth of Southwest Florida as a cultural center

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Rating: 5 stars  

Gulfshore Playhouse in my hometown of Naples, Florida is outstanding theater; the artisitic director's selection of plays for each season includes dramas, classics, comedies and recent Tony Award winning plays. The Equity actors are cast perfectly and the set designs and costumes are wonderful. This small regional theater does much in its present small space. The box office staff is accommodating and processes orders accurately and with top-notch customer service. Their children's programs introduce theater to children as young as 4 and 5 yrs old, and they also have a popular educational outreach program in our public schools which is well-received by both teachers and students. We feel so blessed to have such a high caliber theater right in our back yard. C'mon down to Naples and see for yourself! ------Adrianne Cady

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Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

Gulfshore Playhouse continues to produce professional theater at its best on the Paradise Coast. Six great productions this year plus an outstanding education program. I'm so proud to be affiliated with Gulfshore Playhouse and its outstanding Producing Artistic Director, Kristen Coury..

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Gulfshore Playhouse just keeps getting better. Their education programs provide great support for local school systems, and their productions are terrific. Most of their actors have Broadway creidts, and Kristen Coury, Producing Artistic Director, is a great leader of the organization and a great director. I am so proud to be involved with Gulfshore Playhouse.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

Gulfshore Playhouse produces terrific plays with professionals...many with Broadway credits. Kristen Coury, the Producing Artistic Director, brings great skill, talent, and energy to her role. The consequence is consistently high-quality theater at affordable prices.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing their productions and reading about their great educational programs in the county schools

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a permanent home for the theater

Rating: 5 stars  

David Mamet's "Race" was up to the Gulfshore PLayhouse's usual very high standards. We enjoy all of Naples' cultural offerings, but the Gulfshore Playhouse's ofderings are of a higher quality than other similare Naples organizations. Its plays are of a higher quality -- Ibsen, Arhur Miller, Tennssee Williams, etc. Its performers are regularly of a very high quality. Kudos to Ms. Coury and her staff!

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

1 previous review
Rating: 5 stars  

My wife and I have been attending Gulfshore Playhouse for the past year. We were amazed by the high caliber of the first show we saw there -- Honour. We also liked the idea of "serious" theater. After Honour, we invited friends from New York to see Beau Jest and then A Doll's House. Used to attending Broadway shows, they too were amazed by the quality of both performances -- especially by the quality of the acting.

This season we saw Tuesdays with Morrie, and we are looking forward to seeing Unnecessary Farce, A View from the Bridge and Blithe Spirit with our New York friends who will be arriving soon.

What I like best about Gulfshore Playhouse along with the quality of the performances is the variety of its offerings. The gamut between A Doll's House and Beau Jest is wide indeed, and the Gulfshore Playhouse bridges it wonderfully in a theater without a bad seat!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending great performances, in a comfortable theater, at attractive prices.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hope for an extra performance each year.

Rating: 5 stars  

As a transplant to Naples from the NYC area, I was seeking to involve myself in quality, professional theater. I found Gulfshore Playhouse and began volunteering in the fall of 2010. Not only was I impressed at how professional the staff at Gulfshore are, but I was also totall impressed with the quality production, Tuesdays With Morrie. The professional actors from NYC and the East Coast of Florida were totally awesome! The guidance that Gulfshore's staff gave volunteers was very professional. I am totally thrilled that I found Gulfshore Playhouse!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In my initial involvement with Tuesdays With Morrie. I can't wait to see Gulfshore's current show, Unnecessary Farce.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Build it a bigger, more professional theater.

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

It is delightful to have Theatre Arts in our community with consistant quality at very reasonable prices. I have witnessed how determined Kristen Coury maintains high professional standards and brilliantly talented in Directing.....I highly recommend coming to see these shows at The Gulfshore Playhouse-they are shows that really make you think!

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I have seen great results from all of our hard work!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have their own Theatre!

Rating: 5 stars  

Gulf Shore Playhouse has produced consistent New York high quality plays from the very beginning.

They have been exciting, emotional and thoroughly entertaining.

The director, Kristen Coury is one of a kind and extremely talented.

We are very fortunate to have them in our community.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Going to several plays

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Build a bigger playhouse.

Rating: 5 stars  

Gulfshore Playhouse is indisputably the finest professional theatre in the Naples, FL metropolitan area. Although Naples is an affluent community of well-educated professionals, it's exposure to the theatre arts is sub-standard. Gulfshore Playhouse fills that niche perfectly. Moreover, the Playhouse's educational mission -- serving area students, residents, and visitors -- offers a cultural experience too often missing from typical school curricula.

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Over a 4+ year period, my wife and I have attended virtually every production of the Gulfshore Playhouse. Each has been a notable theatrical experience -- superb talent, brilliant directing, stimulating and provocative plays, and exceptional set design.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would try to locate a permanent home for Gulfshore Playhouse so that it might become a better-recognized and accessible community landmark.

Rating: 5 stars  

Everything Kristen Coury touches turns to gold. Her directing skills and creative decisions are remarkable. An evening at a Gulfshore Playhouse production is always an evening to remember.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways including attending shows and workshops.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help to find it a permanent home. Otherwise, it is near perfect!

Rating: 5 stars  

I came to the Playhouse to see what it was all about, as a newcomer to Naples, Fl. As a past president of a small blackbox theater in Pennsylvania, I had a good bit of experience at how theaters work and also how they sometimes don't. I was so impressed with the folks I met on a warm summer day, slaving away in the office, that I volunteered to usher. I have attended two shows so far, each top notch productions with professional actors, staging and production values. Nowhere else in this lovely town can you find better theatre. I have committed to making certain that the Playhouse thrives and grows by volunteering my time and talents whenever asked. I thoroughly enjoy having access to a bit of NYC while enjoying the SUN down here.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Naples, Florida, producing top notch Equity theatre.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase their funding.

Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I'm a theatre producer who came to Naples, FL to vacation. I went. to a Gulfshore play expecting to see the usual fare of community theatre. I was delighted to experience a first rate professional production. From A-Z this company is as good as you will see anywhere. I'll come back every chane I get.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending a show.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have successive shows ready to go during the entire tourist season.

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