On Oct. 31, 2012, Florida Repertory Theatre celebrated its 15th Anniversary Season with the unveiling of it's NEWLY-RENOVATED ArtStage Studio Theatre. Made possible, in large part, through the generous donation of Florida Rep Board Member, Arthur "Art" Zupko, the second performance venue is the perfect complement to Florida Rep's Historic Arcade Theatre. The studio theatre opened in 2009 with The Santaland Diaries, but due to physical limitations, was only able to produce small, one-person plays — often with obstructed view seating because of a structural column in the center of the room. The renovated venue — now 100‰ Column Free — features larger cast plays, a bigger stage, up to 120 seats, a new lighting system, and ASSIGNED SEATING!
2013-2014 ArtStage Studio Theatre Series
•Collected Stories by Donald Margules
Nov. 6-Dec. 7, 2013 • A Provocative & Heartstopping Drama!
•The Santaland Diaries by Joe Mantello; from David Sedaris
Dec. 18-29 • "A Sleighload of Snark!" —Naples News
•A Grand Night for Singing; Music by Richard Rodgers; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Musical Arrangements by Fred Wells; Conceived by Walter Bobbie
Jan. 29-Mar. 16 • An Enchanting Musical Review!
ArtStage Renovation Team
Howard Wheeler • Chris-Tel Construction (Owner)
Pat Hartig • Parker Mudgett Smith Architects (Architect)
Dane Edwards • Chris-Tel Construction (Project Manager)
Bob McDonald • Chris-Tel Construction (Site Supervisor)
Steve Cullipher • Barbizon International (Lighting Consultant)
Chris Scott Miller • Southern Engineering of SW Florida (Structural Engineering)
Jordan Rieks • Energy Concepts of SW Florida (Electical & Mechanical Engineering)
Bobby Harmon • Harmonís Audio / Visual (Sound Consultant)
Dan Lukasik • Current Electric (Lead Electrician)
Virgil Vasquez • Carpentry (Vasquez Construction)
Special Thanks to...
•All of the trade and craftsmen who made the ArtStage come to life.
•And to all of the theatrical professionals who graciously offered their advice and suggestions including Richard Crowell, Jim Hunter, Matthew McCarthy, Ray Recht, Kate Smith, David M. Upton, Robert F. Wolin, Todd O. Wren, and countless others.
Stay Connected to the Renovation!
Check out or video series on YouTube to track the renovation process: Renovation Update #1 and See the infamous Column Come Down! Stay tuned here for more renovation updates — and don't forget to buy your tickets today, and be the first to see theatre in the NEW ArtStage Studio Theatre!