The Players Centre for Performing Arts is Sarasota’s community theatre, dedicated to delivering quality productions of mainstage classics. We also offer Classes as well as Backstage at The Players, an intimate, black-box setting that encourages a deeply personal theatre experience that isn’t possible in a larger venue.
Although The Players is a non-professional community theatre, being located on the “Cultural Coast” gives us an incredible talent pool to work with. From our Artistic Director to our stage hands, literally half of the volunteers working on a production have at one time been professionally paid performers. Many professional performers retire and are drawn to the area thanks to all of Sarasota’s arts offerings. These professionals bring their experience, training, their families and often extensive resumes with them to our stage.
When we scatter professionals in amongst the nonprofessional actors and students, everyone wins! The productions are stronger, the newer actors receive excellent training, and everyone learns from the examples set by these talented and trained volunteers. The Players also hires many professionally trained Directors, Choreographers and Musical Directors as well.
In the case of our Artistic Director, Jeffery Kin is a classically trained actor, with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Performance from Otterbein College. He later became a member of Actors Equity, the actors professional union. After several years of regional and New York theatre, Jeffery moved to Sarasota where he found great joy in non-professional theatre, expanded into writing, directing and teaching, and is currently enjoying his new role as Artistic Director of The Players Centre.