Kristen Coury is the CEO and producing artistic director of Gulfshore Playhouse. She founded the Playhouse in 2004, after moving to Naples from New York City. Under her leadership, the Playhouse has grown to a staff of 50 with an annual budget of $8.15 million with no debt. Coury also led the charge to create a $72 million, state-of-the-art theater and education center at the gateway to downtown Naples and brokered one of the largest public/private partnerships in the city resulting in a rezoned district and a city-built parking garage for the public.
While in New York, she worked on Broadway for Walt Disney Theatrical’s production of Beauty and the Beast, both nationally and internationally, and for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s company, The Really Useful Group, working on Sunset Boulevard and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. She has directed more than 40 productions for the Playhouse.
Coury was recently appointed to Florida Council for Arts and Culture by Senate President Kathleen Passidomo. She is a member of the board of the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and served two terms on the board of Theatre Communications Group, the national advocacy group for professional theaters. Coury was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Business Leaders in Collier County in 2022 and 2023.
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