Performing Arts


Asolo Theater – Sarasota

A professional resident company dedicated to celebrating the actor-artist and providing a training
ground for Florida State University graduate students. The rotating schedule allows for five different plays to be
performed on the same weekend.

5555 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-351-8000

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

Set along Sarasota’s beautiful bayfront, this landmark has been entertaining audiences with music,
dance, theater and comedy for more than 35 years.

777 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 800-826-9303

Fl. Studio Theatre – Sarasota

The Mainstage presents the finest in contemporary theatre. The cabaret offers convenient dining and
musical entertainment in a turn-of-the-century Parisian cafe. FST Stage III presents edgy and newer works.

1231 North Palm Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-9000

Players Theatre

Six musical performances with a live orchestra as well as special events and concerts are scheduled
throughout the season.

838 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-365-2494

VPA Theatre @ Booker High School

The Theater Program at the Sarasota Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Center is designed to provide
intensive systematic training for the young actor/actress or theatre technician. Both programs include four levels
of curriculum study which are utilized each year through participation in several full-scale theatrical productions.

3201 North Orange Avenue, Sarasota – 941-355-2967

Powel Crosley Theatre – Sarasota

A beautiful Mediterranean Revival-style mansion built in 1929 on Sarasota Bay is the setting for these
unique theatrical presentations. Included are works by some of the greatest authors and playwrights in literary
history…Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, and new this year – Ernest Hemingway.

8374 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-722-3244

The Island Players – Anna Maria

A non-profit community theatre housed in a historical building that was transported by barge from
the mainland and used as a church, school, City hall and now…theatre.

10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria Island – 941-778-5755

Manatee Players Theatre – Bradenton

An Award-winning community theater company that presents six main-stage productions, including live
musicals, theatrical plays, and children’s programs, during their season.

502 3rd Avenue West, Bradenton – 941-748-5875

Sarasota Orchestra

Over 60 years in the making, the Sarasota Orchestra is the new Florida West Coast Symphony. With new
series and new concerts, the Orchestra offers a whole new way to experience classical music.

709 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-953-3434

Sarasota Ballet

The Ballet boasts a repertoire that includes the great classics, works of internationally
recognized contemporary choreographers such as Alvin Ailey and Ben Stevenson, as well as works from Florida
artists Todd Allen, Demetrius Klein, Jimmy Gamonet de los Heros, and James Buckley.

5555 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota – 941-359-0090

Sarasota Opera House

The company typically presents a Fall concert in November, which includes concerts with soloists
and orchestra, and free concerts held in the Courtyard. Traditionally in February and March the company presents
its Winter Opera Festival, usually four fully-staged operas with the Sarasota Opera Orchestra.

61 North Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota – 941-366-8450

2nd Sundays @ Selby Library

Linking the great irreplaceable music of the past and present to the future, the library has one of
the leading reference collections in the field of music, containing an enviable cache of several hundred thousand
recordings, tapes, sheet music, books, and memorabilia.

1331 First Avenue, Sarasota – 941-861-1168

Venice Theatre

One of the largest and most active community theatres providing entertainment, education and outreach
to the community since 1950.

140 West Tampa Avenue, Venice – 941-488-1115

Venice Performing Arts Center

At the Old Venice High School

Opening 2014

Lemon Bay Playhouse – Englewood

A learning environment for local talent that fosters community cultural awareness through the
performing arts.

96 West Dearborn Street, Englewood – 941-475-6756

Charlotte Players – Port Charlotte

Offering five productions, including two musicals, for a total of more than 35 performances a

1182 Market Circle, Port Charlotte – 941-255-1022

Florida Reperatory Theatre – Fort Myers

Built in 1908, the Arcade Theatre is the setting for award winning live performances featuring ten
plays from October through May. This is where Thomas Edison saw his first film along with Henry Ford and Harvey

2267 First Street, Fort Myers- 239-332-4488

Barbara B Mann Performing Arts Hall

A broad spectrum of the world’s finest artists ranging from music and dance to theater and comedy are
featured throughout the months of October through May.

Mann Edison State College

13350 Edison Parkway, Fort Myers- 800-440-7469

Philharmonic Center for the Arts – Naples

The performing arts center includes a three-story, 30,000 square-foot museum with 15 galleries and a
glass-dome conservatory with a Persian Ceiling by acclaimed glass artist Dale Chihuly. The Philharmonic Center hosts
a resident orchestra with most guest performances from October through April.

5833 Pelican Bay Blvd., Naples- 800-597-1900

Tampa Bay/St. Pete Times Forum

Although this is home to the Tampa Bay Lightening Hockey Team there are concerts, events and family
attractions held throughout the year.

401 Channelside Drive, Tampa – 813-301-6500

Ruth Eckerd Hall – Tampa

Ruth Eckerd Hall is a nationally recognized not-for-profit organization that is committed to presenting
the finest in traditional and innovative performances.

1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater – 727-791-7400

American Stage – Tampa

Hailed as Tampa Bay’s best professional theatre, one production each year is outdoors. Originally
known as “Shakespeare in the Park,” a season’s American Stage in the Park play may actually be of any genre and runs
from mid-April to early May in Demens Landing Park in downtown St. Petersburg. Refer to their site for other theatre

163 Third Street North, St. Petersburg – 727-823-7529

Gorilla Theatre – Tampa

The 76-seat full-season theatre presents original dramas, musicals and revivals of classic works.
It is also the home of an ongoing series of jazz concerts.

4419 North Hubert Ave., Tampa – 813-879-2914

Straz Center for the Performing Arts

With a resident opera company, five theaters and educational center for the performing arts, Tampa’s
Straz boasts one of the nation’s leading Broadway shows, grand opera, jazz concerts, performance art and a free movie
series on the lawn.

1010 North W. MacInnes Place, Tampa – 813-229-7827