About Florida Repertory Theatre
Florida Rep is committed to providing a first-class regional theatre for Southwest Florida; to creating, nurturing and developing an ensemble of theatre professionals who will develop long term relationships working on a wide variety of plays; to helping improve the quality of life in our community through all the arts; and to making the arts, especially theatre, accessible to all.
Florida Rep Becomes a Player on the National Stage.
Celebrating 24 years of Award-Winning Regional Theatre, Florida Repertory Theatre is a fully professional theatre company that The Wall Street Journal called “One of America’s Top Repertory Companies!” Performing in the Historic Arcade Theatre, Florida Rep produces a wide variety of comedies, dramas, and musicals, and brings more than 87,000 people to the Fort Myers River District annually throughout its September to May season. Florida Rep is the only theatre company of its caliber in Southwest Florida, and continues to make national headlines. For the ninth consecutive season The Wall Street Journal’s acclaimed drama critic and best-selling author, Terry Teachout, gave Florida Rep a sterling review, saying our January 2017 production of The House of Blue Leaves is “AS GOOD AS IT GETS!” adding to his 2009 praise, when he told two million readers nationwide to “Make haste to Fort Myers, where the weather is warm and the theater fine!”
Florida Rep is one of Lee County and Southwest Florida’s most important cultural and educational institutions and has been named “Best Performing Arts Group” numerous times by Gulfshore Life Magazine and Florida Weekly, and its work was featured in the New York Times and covered in American Theatre Magazine. In addition to its work on stage as a regional theatre company, Florida Rep has very active and vital Education & Outreach arm that includes Theatre for Young Audiences & Lunchbox Theatre, Camp Florida Rep, an audition-only Theatre Conservatory Program, classes for youth and adults, and artist in residency programs. Visit our Education Website Here! With programs designed to supplement and enhance arts programming in the schools, and theatre programs that reach more than 33,000 young people annually, Florida Rep is one of the most active arts organizations in the area, and holds true to its mission to “improve the quality of life in our community through all the arts,” and strives to continue to “Set the Bar High.” -The Wall Street Journal.
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The Historic Arcade Theatre is a beautifully restored 393-seat proscenium theatre and home to Florida Repertory Theatre, Southwest Florida’s premier professional theatre company. Originally a Vaudeville house and a movie theatre, the Arcade Theatre was built by brothers, Harvie and Gilmer Heitman in 1915. According to local historian and writer, T.M. Jacobs, “the Arcade originally hosted vaudeville, including magic acts, local talent nights, and plays. Florida Rep took over the building in 1998 after years of the building being dark.