restaurants, bars, boutique shops and waterfront improvements has resulted, and not only Florida Rep, but its surrounding neighbors, thriving. The beautifully restored 393-seat Arcade Theatre harkens to its glorious past, featuring red carpeted runways, plush velvet draperies, brass accents, cozy seating, optimized acoustics and a large, low stage that underscores a mesmerizing show. A second, more intimate venuecalledtheArtStage Studio Theatre holds room for 120, allowing for direct immersion and engagement with the play. Used year-round, the adaptable space also houses workshops and summer camp classes. Withmore than 150 works performed and counting, indeed, “the play is the thing.” Florida Rep’s ensemble today includes 200 volunteers, 40 staff members and 50 nationally-based artists. Thirteen

interns work in different disciplines including acting, stage management, administrative roles, production, costumes, carpentry and electronics. Under the direction of the Cacioppo duo, Florida Repertory Theatre has grown to be the largest arts not-for-profit in Southwest Florida, last year bringing in $3 million and 80,000 people to the River District, including 18,000 children.

Florida Repertory Theatre has grown to be the largest arts not-for-profit in Southwest Florida.




the artist-driven theatre, cast members who demonstrate unforgettable talent, display intelligence in interpretation and ideas,

and are just plain nice — both on and off-stage — often are asked to perform again with the troupe. This hallmark of Florida Rep helps to set it apart. Instead of spending so much time familiarizing with other actors, the group is able to get right down to work. In fact, some Florida Rep actors have performed in up to 50 plays at the venue.


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