Gulfshore Playhouse: Resilient after Hurricane Ian

Kimberly Dye

Kimberly Dye, Chief Advancement Officer for Gulfshore Playhouse, brought a message of hope to the Press Club at our November 3 luncheon:  “Even as Hurricane Ian damaged two sidewalls of the Baker Theatre and Education Center currently under construction, we are quickly recovering with the tremendous support of our patrons and the community.”  

Slated to open in early 2024 – with only a slight delay due to Ian – the new $66 million cultural arts center will provide a professional, Broadway-style theatrical experience, and, according to Dye, generate $20 million annually in economic benefits to Southwest Florida. 

Dye added that the state-of-the-art Baker Theatre and Education Center, located at First Avenue South and Goodlette-Frank Road, has become a cultural catalyst for the high growth neighborhood of upscale condominiums, multiple restaurants, a new hotel, and other popular retail establishments. 

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