State Officials Present Florida Repertory Theatre with $750,000 Grant

State Officials Present Florida Repertory Theatre with $750,000 Grant

Funds Earmarked for Hurricane Repairs to Historic Theatre Facilities

FORT MYERS, FL – On August 17, 2023, Florida elected officials visited Florida Repertory Theatre to acknowledge a $750,000 appropriation earmarked for hurricane repairs to the theatre company’s facilities in the Historic Arcade building. Florida House Representative Spencer Roach, Florida House Representative Jenna Persons-Mulicka, Florida Senator Jonathan Martin, and Fort Myers Mayor Kevin Anderson were in attendance.

During the presentation, Florida Repertory Theatre board chair Janice Danzig stated, “Florida Repertory Theatre has been a significant landmark in Downtown Fort Myers since 1998. When Hurricane Ian hit, our facilities sustained over $2 million in damages. We wish to express our sincere thanks to Florida House Representative Spencer Roach who, upon discovery of the magnitude of storm damage sustained by the over 100-year-old Arcade building, was moved to sponsor the appropriation request.”

Danzig also thanked Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, Florida Senate President Kathleen Passidomo, Senator Martin, Representative Persons-Mulicka, and Mayor Anderson for supporting the funding allocation.


Pictured left to right:
Producing Artistic Director Greg Longenhagen, Board Member Fred Weinman, Board Member Shavon Chester, Senator Jonathan Martin, Board Chair Janice Danzig, Representative Spencer Roach, Representative Jenna Persons-Mulicka, Mayor Kevin Anderson, Development Director Jennifer Denike, Executive Director John Martin

The funds will be used to restore and repair the over 100,000 square foot Historic Arcade Theatre, roof, and surrounding Florida Repertory Theatre campus to its original capacity to ensure Florida Rep remains a cultural and economic anchor to downtown Fort Myers.

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More About Florida Repertory Theatre

Founded in 1998, Florida Repertory Theatre is a fully professional, live theatre in the Fort Myers River District. As a nonprofit organization, Florida Rep is dedicated to improving the quality of life in Southwest Florida through first-rate live theatre productions and innovative community engagement programs.

Performances are held in the Historic Arcade Theatre and the ArtStage Studio Theatre on Bay St. between Jackson & Hendry. Visit Florida Rep online at FloridaRep.org to view the full season line-up of comedies, dramas, musicals, and new works. Follow the company on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube for updates, behind-the-scenes insight, special offers, and more.

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