At the pinnacle of The Naples Players’ (TNP) 65th anniversary as one of the most highly rated theatres of its kind in the nation, TNP announced Executive Artistic Director Bryce Alexander as their choice to lead the theatre into the next 65 years, combining the roles of executive director and artistic director.
He assumed operations of the theatre as managing artistic director on May 1 this year. Alexander who holds degrees in theatre performance and English literature from the University of Colorado-Boulder, has worked at theatres around the country including the Guthrie Theatre, Denver Center Theatre Company, Colorado Shakes, At-Hand NYC, and prior to joining TNP in October 2016, the Phamaly Theatre, where, as artistic director, he successfully implemented sensory friendly performances, and directed numerous productions, including an international tour.
Since joining TNP, Alexander stepped up to lead the renovation of the acclaimed Tobye Studio Theatre, worked with key staff members to implement a new patron-focused ticketing system and website, supported the addition of local community business partners and the expansion of TNP’s highly regarded college and junior internship programs, as well as expanding TNP’s partnership with Young Audiences of Southwest Florida into East Naples and Immokalee and classes.
The Naples Players production of “Miracle on 34th Street” was the first sensory friendly theatre performance for TNP and Naples. For the first time, families with members on the autism spectrum and other disabilities that limit their access to theatre as it is commonly experienced, were able to attend a holiday performance for the first time.
Alexander added programming with classes that extend the positive effects of theatre deeper into the community with improvisation classes to benefit people with Parkinson’s and their caregivers, acting for adults and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and a free Shakespeare series culminating in anti-violence and bullying prevention workshops.
Naples High School now brings students in their Exceptional Student Education Program to the theatre for weekly improvisation classes.With so many positive changes, Naples can expect great things as The Naples Players enter their exciting 65th Anniversary Season.
“Our 65th Anniversary season showcases the reasons that The Naples Players has become one of the leading theatres of its kind in the country,” said Alexander. “
Presenting three classic American musicals, with full orchestras to accompany the cast, the season celebrates the styles of music and dance that have defined the best of Broadway.
“The season also features a world premiere play written by a local playwright, as well as classic works articulating the funny, thought-provoking and touching ideals that represent our community. We are thrilled that this diverse offering will provide Southwest Florida with the high quality, fully realized artistic productions, made possible with the incredible talent that exists in Naples. While we are proud of our history as a community theatre, we look forward to the next 65 years as Naples’ theatre for thc Community.”
Learn all about The Naples Players’ 65th anniversary season and programming at naplesplayers.org.