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Gulfshore Campus to Open a New Cultural Campus

May 11, 2021 05:32PM ● By Jessica Wagner

Photo Courtesy of Gulfshore Playhouse’ Website

Gulfshore Playhouse is excited to announce that they are breaking ground in September 2021 for a new cultural campus for their artists and the community.

The new campus will be home to the Baker Theater and Education Center, and Gulfshore Playhouse hopes to have the new campus open by the fall of 2023.

This new campus will bring jobs and hope back to a community that was hit hard by the pandemic. Locals and visitors alike are excited for this new opportunity and the potential that it brings.

According to Gulfshore Playhouse’ blog post, “Its new campus will bring more than $20 million a year to the area. The center is also bringing nearly 60 full-time positions at a new 3-acre campus near Baker Park on Goodlette-Frank Road just north of U.S. 41 East in Naples.”

In addition, as part of the Next Stage Capital Campaign, “Patty and Jay Baker have pledged to match all gifts made by July 4, 2021, up to $10 million, bringing their total pledge for the new Cultural Campus to $20 million.”

Steve Akin, the board chairman for Gulfshore Playhouse told Wink News, “We have a whole number of programs, so we’re actually bringing in people who are Broadway-quality to work with students.”

With this new addition, Gulfshore Playhouse is excited for the potential for the community in the years to come.