How Artistic Director Robert Cacioppo and wife (and actress) Carrie Lund have followed their dream and created one of the top performing arts groups in the United States — in downtown Fort Myers, of all places. As Florida Repertory Theatre Founder and Producing Artistic Director Robert Cacioppo animatedly speaks, his eyes sparkle from across the desk with kid-like glee. He’s detailing some of the exciting plans the downtown FortMyers RiverDistrict playhousewill implement as part of its 50th Anniversary — a celebration to take place in 33 years. His dream between now and then is to see that Florida Rep earns a Tony Award for best regional theatre in America, to stage both world premier and world classic shows each season, to provide publicly supported school arts programs throughout Lee County, and to hold a $5 million endowment.

Audacious. And based on Florida Rep’s performance so far —attainable. Indeed, Florida Rep is one of Southwest Florida’s most important cultural and educational institutions.


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