Arts + Culture

Q&A: The Naples Players Executive Director Bryce Alexander

"The new structure adds an extra impetus on making sure each program is serving a more specific group of constituents."

  In a community brimming with arts and entertainment, The Naples Players own a rather specific corner. From its enviable space on Fifth Avenue South, the company is managed by professionals but performed and staged by amateur actors, stage hands, carpenters and customers. From the comfort of the Sugden Community Theatre, which the Players maintain but the City of Naples owns, the group produces comedies and dramas; runs a robust education program for local students; and provides a home to a variety of other arts groups. Like any other traditional providers of entertainment, the Players are on a mission to stay relevant in the age of on-demand media. Now, on the cusp of its 65th anniversary, the Players have named former artistic director Bryce Alexander as executive director, replacing former Naples mayor John Sorey. In this new role, Alexander will oversee both the artistic and business aspects of the organization, with the hopes of keeping it both relevant and healthy.   On the role of community theater in the entertainment landscape “People are craving a way to engage each other and with the world around them. The arts help build that engagement. But community theater takes it to another level, because everyone is in it together. It’s a shared experience, whether you are on the stage or building sets, between the people in the audience and in the production. At the end of the day, they are all part of the same community. They are all the doctors,
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