At The Naples Players we are dedicated to enriching Naples and the greater Southwest Florida community through artistic experiences that promote personal, social, and cultural wellbeing. We offer a variety of programs with a focus in soft skill development, wellness, and inclusivity that make the theatrical arts accessible to all and serve many organizations. Please check out our partner organizations here.
Our community programs include Improv for Communication and Interview Skills; Musical Theatre, Theatre Therapy, Interactive Storytelling, and even Devised Theatre for Personal and Social Wellbeing, to name a few. We also offer student organizations options for Vocational Training. This opportunity can provide participants with hands-on execution in the technical and physical aspects of theatre: lights, sound, costumes, sets, props, stage management, ushering, janitorial, etc. as well as build confidence in skills related to the workforce.
Our team of trained applied theatre artists masterfully tailor each program for the ages and access needs of each community partner we work with. Below are snapshots, testimonials, and photos of a few of the community programs we offer.
Alzheimer's Support Network
In collaboration with The Alzheimer’s Support Network and Cross Align Media, The Naples Players facilitated an eight week long film project in which members of the Alzheimer’s Support Network living with cognitive impairment engaged in artistic exercises and creative activities, learning to express themselves and tell their stories in new ways. Together, they devised a collaborative group poem entitled These Hands Have. The inspiration for this piece came from each and every member and the stories of their lives, all the places their hands have been and all the things they have done. The whole poem is a verbatim collaboration of words spoken during our sessions.
This collaboration allowed individuals with brain change to connect through storytelling and the arts, promoting personal and social wellbeing through cognitive stimulation and the development of agency and autonomy. These sessions were filmed and audio recorded to create a visual representation of their poem. The film was created in collaboration with Cross Align Media.
STARability exists to transform the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Naples Players teaches weekly improv and musical theatre classes at STARability to connect with young adults and adults with developmental disabilities. The Naples Players teaches in-person and online classes to improve core communication skills and vocational skills through various improv games. We also teach online “Musical Theatre Mondays” to introduce students to song and dance skills in preparation for final performance.
The Naples Players
701 5th Avenue South, Naples, Florida 34102
Monday-Saturday: 10am to 7pm
*Will-Call & Wait-List opens 2 hours before curtain
Monday-Friday: 10am to 5pm