Theatre for Community Wellness
Promoting Community Health and Wellbeing Through the Performing Arts in SWFL for All Ages
At the foundation of The Naples Players lies community. We are dedicated to enriching Naples and greater Southwest Florida through artistic experiences that provide health and wellness benefits to the community. Serving many local organizations and partners through our Wellness and Outreach programs, we have witnessed the power of the performing arts and the personal, social, and cultural benefits they promote. From interactive storytelling in memory care facilities to promote cognitive stimulation to transition programs for high school students that use improv to develop communication skills – we serve a wide variety of people in our community, making the theatrical arts accessible to all.
Our team of trained applied theatre artists masterfully customize each class for the ages and needs of the participants so that each workshop is tailored specifically for your organization. Classes are taught both in person at our facility or yours as well as online and are generally taught in an agreed-upon session length and schedule that works best for us and you.
We also offer vocational training for your organizations to further develop professional and soft skill development. This opportunity can provide students 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.
If your business, school, or organization is interested in hosting one of our Wellness and Outreach classes, please don’t hesitate to reach out!
Be sure to check out our Inclusive Classes we offer at The Naples Players as part of our seasonal Education Programming !
Recent Projects in the Community
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.
These are some of our proud community partners that we serve with Wellness Outreach programs and classes:
- ABLE Academy
- All Seasons Naples
- Alzheimer’s Association of SWFL
- Alzheimer’s Support Network of Naples
- Avow Kids
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Collier County
- Children’s Museum of Naples
- Collier County Public Schools
- Cypress Cove Senior Care
- David Lawrence Center
- First Presbyterian Church of Naples
- FGCU, Community Autism Network
- Friends of Foster Children
- Golisano Children’s Hospital of SWFL
- Grace Place for Children and Families
- Home School Groups of Collier County
- Immokalee High School
- Lorenzo’s House
- Memory Treatment Centers of Bonita Springs
- My Autism Connection (MAC)
- Naples Senior Center
- Naples Therapeutic Riding Center
- Pace Center for Girls
- Parkinson’s Association of SWFL
- Project S.E.A.R.C.H
- River Park Community Center
- STARability Foundation
- Terraces of Bonita Springs
- The Arlington & My Tapestry Memory Care
- The L.I.F.E Program
- UAC-United Arts Council
- Valerie’s House
- Youth Haven
Our Programs in the Spotlight
Diversity, equity, and inclusion take center stage
A recent article by Robin F. DeMattia for Blue Zones Project-Southwest Florida
“Our mission is inspiring our community and defining our culture,” said Craig Price, director of community education and wellness. “We make sure that every aspect of theater – singing, dancing, acting, improv, and volunteering – is available to everyone.”
To reach children with special needs or current life challenges, the Naples Players partners with organizations such as NCH Healthcare System, Collier County Public Schools, STARability, Grace Place Kids and Avow Kids.
These programs have continued online during the pandemic and are starting to open back up for in-person sessions.
During the “Improv for Communication Skills” class, for example, high school students in the school district’s transition program, who have intellectual disabilities, learn skills to help them plan for post-school work or studies when they age out of the program at 22.
The Naples Players
701 5th Avenue South, Naples, Florida 34102
Monday-Saturday: 10am to 4pm
*Will-Call & Wait-List opens 2 hours before curtain
Monday-Friday: 10am to 5pm