The Naples Players

Theatre for the Community

Naples, FL   |  www.naplesplayers.org

Mission

The mission of The Naples Players is to enrich, educate and entertain through a superior community theatre experience. The vision of The Naples Players is: to be a premier community theatre, inspiring passion for the performing arts through life-long opportunities to participate in vibrant theatrical experiences.

Ruling year info

1959

Executive Artistic Director

Mr. Bryce Alexander

Main address

701 5th Avenue South

Naples, FL 34102 USA

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EIN

59-6154976

NTEE code info

Theater (A65)

Adult, Continuing Education (B60)

Autism (G84)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Naples Players seeks to remain the vital cultural institution for Naples and 5th Avenue South as a source for high-quality community theatre programming and education. The Naples Players seeks to deploy the theatrical education that bridges the "achievement gap" between students of varying abilities, socioeconomic status, geographic location, and other factors that may directly or indirectly affect a student's academic success. The Naples Players is dedicated to providing high-quality arts access to every member of our community – including the important and growing number of people with disabilities.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

KidzAct

KidzAct, started in June 2002, has grown from summer camp classes to successful year-round program. We anticipate directly serving over 1,000 children (20% of ethnic background described as African-American, Hispani, or Other) during our 2018-19 season.

KidzAct opportunities include five full scale productions, seven different multi-week class sessions, classes for students with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities. Plus, we offer workshops on directing, writing, acting, stage combat, costuming, lighting, and scenery throughout the year that culminates in their own original works being performed with professional lighting and sound support at Sugden Theater.

Our outreach program continues to provide hundreds of at-risk students the opportunity to participate in KidzAct productions, workshops, and classes with financial assistance provided by KidzAct Youth Scholarships. It is our goal to never turn away a student because of financial constraints.

Theatrical education helps bridge the "achievement gap" between students of varying abilities, socioeconomic status, geographic location, and other factors that may directly or indirectly affect a student's academic success.

For example, a study published in Champions of Change (1999) cites theatre arts, including performance, classes, and participation in a drama club, as a source for "gains in reading proficiency, gains in self-concept and motivation, and higher levels of empathy and tolerance towards others" among youth of low socio-economic status. Also, students involved in drama performance coursework or experience outscore non-arts students on the SAT by an average of 65 points in the verbal component and 34 points in the math component.

Population(s) Served

The Naples Players Volunteer/Membership program strives to involve people of all ages as actors, singers and dancers; builders and painters , costumers; stage hands, light board operators and sound technicians;  on committees and Board functions, and ushers.   All volunteers are required to complete a Volunteer/Membership application,  a background check and liability release before their first assignment. Actors are cast by the specific show's director, but all other volunteers are assigned by the Director of Volunteers. We provide on-the-job training from qualified staff and volunteers. 

Volunteers are publicly recognized with their names in playbills, local publications, social media, and at our Annual Meeting/Volunteer Recognition Event.  The Unsung Member and Life Member Awards are the most prestigious recognitions, awarded annually.

The Naples Players offers an environment where people feel respected and appreciated for their creative skills.

Population(s) Served

The Naples Players Adult Education Program provides opportunities for older teens and adults to improve their performance skills (acting, dance, voice) as well as their technical theatre skills.  A variety of up to 25 different classes and workshops are offered throughout the year. Instructors have the education and professional experiences to provide a high level of expertise. The program is self-sufficient with the lowest rate of fees benefiting working members. 

As part of our mission, theatre education has always been offered, but since 2000, TNP's Adult Education has been growing in numbers of classes, numbers enrolled, and in the variety of classes offered.

Our most recent season saw over 400 adult students participating in more than 80 different classes.

Population(s) Served

Blackburn Hall: 3 plays and 3 musicals are produced by The Naples Players in the main stage, 316 seat auditorium, Blackburn Hall, annually.  With volunteers  and a staff of fewer than twenty full time employees, the productions are sold to the local community as a subscription package or by individual tickets.

Tobye Studio: 3 plays are produced annually by The Naples Players in the 99 seat black box theatre. Using volunteers from the community and a staff of fewer than twenty employees, the productions are sold to the local community as a subscription package or by individual tickets.

Population(s) Served

It is the goal of The Naples Players to provide a professional theatre workplace experience for each intern to give them an introduction to the intricate workings of a real-world theatre. Interns have first hand interaction with producing and creating a show from concept to close in a variety of departments including, but not limited to, youth education, scenic, costumes, lights, sound, and stage management.

This was The Naples Players' third summer working with college students in a contractual Internship Program. Each intern was paid a $100/week stipend and provided housing.  Future Internship Programs can be expected to see an increased budget.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of guided tours given

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Volunteer/Membership

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Free guided tours for volunteers and visitors of our theatre facilities at the Sugden Community Theatre.

Number of free participants of guided tours

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of people attending free guided tours of our theatre facilities at the Sugden Community Theatre.

Total number of open rehearsals

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Major Theatrical Productions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of open rehearsals made available to members, volunteers, and patrons close to the theatre.

Total number of free performances given

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Major Theatrical Productions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of free performances given on the Baker Stage accessible to hundreds of people on Fifth Avenue.

Total number of performances

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Major Theatrical Productions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Total number of ticketed performances produced by The Naples Players.

Total number of works developed

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Major Theatrical Productions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of works developed through our TNP Readers Theatre New Works Initiative.

Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

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KidzAct

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Each session awards scholarships to students in order to make arts education to all community demographics.

Total number of classes offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
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KidzAct

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

TNP offers year round education courses for children and adults in acting, singing, dancing, technical theatre, and specialty classes.

Number of paid registrants to classes

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

KidzAct

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

TNP offers year round education courses for children and adults in acting, singing, dancing, technical theatre, and specialty classes.

Total number of audience members

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Related Program

Major Theatrical Productions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total number of patrons in attendance per season

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

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KidzAct

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Scholarships ensure students from any background have the opportunity to participate in arts education.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Volunteer/Membership

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

TNP relies on volunteers in every department from carpenters to ushers to actors and crew members.

Total number of interns

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Internship Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

TNP's Internship program offers currently enrolled and recently graduated students to practice their skills in a professional level shop or department.

Total number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Volunteer/Membership

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants enrolled in wellness classes

This metric is no longer tracked.
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KidzAct

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Wellness classes offer arts education to a diverse range of students in our community.

Total number of organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Volunteer/Membership

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Naples Players seeks to remain the vital cultural institution for Naples and Fifth Avenue South as a source for high-quality community theatre programming and education.

Our major strategic goals are:

1. Develop a strategy to increase TNP's human capital.
2. Develop a strategy to upgrade existing structures and equipment and secure additional space..
3. Increase annual income from fundraising year over year.
4. Increase annual earned income year over year (2016-2018) through strategic marketing.
5. Support the fundraising effort through marketing.
6. Attract new volunteers through marketing.
7. Reach for excellence in governance through continuous Board development.
8. Update by-laws for consistency with the organization's practices.

Aside from broad and comprehensive strategies to strengthen the organization, we seek to improve our community outreach efforts through flexible ticketing, expanding participation opportunities, and inclusive educational activities. We are currently seeking to bolster our work for youth and adult students with autism spectrum disorder, Parkinson’s disease, and other emotion and physical disabilities.

To support our mission, we currently employ full-time and part-time staff as follows:

Full time: Executive Artistic Director, Associate Artistic Director, Director of Volunteers, Director of Development, Director of Education, Director of Community Education & Wellness, Production Stage Manager/Internship Director, Education Stage Manager, Bookkeeper, Assistant Bookkeeper, Company Manager, Resident Costume Designer, Costume Shop Supervisor, Production Manager/Resident Lighting Designer, Resident Sound Designer/Master Electrician, Technical Director, Assistant Technical Director, Box Office Manager, Assistant Box Office Manager. 

Part time: House Managers and Box Office Clerks. 

Contracted:  Directors, Choreographer, Musical Directors, Designers, Stage Managers, KidzAct Costume Designer, all KidzAct Instructors, all Adult Education Instructors, and Musicians.

We have accomplished a level of quality, in all aspects, which equal or surpass some professional theatres. We have successful youth and adult education programs, a successful and stable volunteer program, and a subscription/ticket sales program that is starting to again increase. 

We have identified many deficiencies and are now working toward improvement. As we look to the future, we have developed a strategic plan. This will provide a road map for our future, measurable goals and a score card for success.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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The Naples Players

Board of directors
as of 7/6/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Denny Glass

Kelley Geraghty Price, Esq.

Cohen & Grigsby, P.C.

David McElrath

Retired

Alyssa Haney

First Florida Integrity Bank

Robin Bache Gray

Retired

Peggy Monson

Retired

Dede Brownlee

Retired

John Prebish

William Raveis Real Estate

Terry Libby

Retired

Bob Uek

Retired

Alan Jaffe

Retired

Patricia Pollok

Retired

Eric Olson

Cardinal Law P.A. Partner

Gary Price

Naples City Council/Principal & Founder of Fifth Avenue Family Office

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/06/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data