NAPLES – Gulfshore Playhouse, currently undergoing a transformative $ 60 million renovation, recently promoted two managers to executive positions. Joel Markus has been appointed COO and Managing Director, while Sarah Owen has been promoted to Director of Development.

“These promotions reflect the tireless efforts of Joel and Sarah over the past 15 months to smoothly manage donors and patrons through the challenges of the past year and ensure the most effective operational efforts for the production teams and of creation, ”Gulfshore Playhouse CEO and artistic producer said director Kristen Coury in a statement. “We are very grateful for all of their hard work and look forward to seeing the energy and innovative thinking they will continue to bring to these new roles as we continue to grow as the region’s premier professional theater. “

Courtesy. Joel Markus has worked in professional theater for 25 years.

Markus will continue to oversee the day-to-day business of the theater and work to cooperatively define financial and operational goals for the theater, strengthen its financial base through efficient use of resources and implement strategic plans to ensure a sustainable and fiscally sustainable future. responsible. A native of Miami, he came to the Gulfshore Playhouse at the Walnut Street Theater in Philadelphia, USA, where he was the production manager of America’s oldest theater. He has worked in the professional theater field for 25 years, playing a pivotal role in the production of hundreds of plays at places such as the Indiana Repertory Theater, the Geva Theater Center, the Weston Playhouse, the American Players Theater and the North Shore Music Theater.

“Joel’s steadfast negotiations on behalf of the theater secured the approval of the Actors’ Equity Association to allow Gulfshore Playhouse to produce two live shows last season,” said Coury. “Gulfshore Playhouse is one of less than 20 theaters that have received AEA approval to produce during the pandemic, and the only one to do so indoors. Joel has played a vital role in ensuring our success.

Owen, meanwhile, was previously responsible for annual giving and events for Gulfshore Playhouse, where she planned the theater’s many events and focused on raising funds for the Annual Fund for Artistic Excellence, which allows to Gulfshore Playhouse to commission new works, create educational opportunities and continue offering professional productions, the release says. Prior to Gulfshore Playhouse, she worked for JDRF, where she received the National Mission Award for raising $ 1 million at the organization’s 2013 gala and golf tournament, and for Susan G. Komen, where she was helped increase the organization’s grants by 72% in one year. “Sarah’s promotion follows her admirable work over the past two years, especially during the pandemic,” Kimberly Dye, director of advancement, said in the statement.

The new Gulfshore Playhouse campus will be located at the corner of 1st Avenue South and Goodlette-Frank Road, as part of a larger plan for the city to redevelop the downtown area east of 41. The organization, according to officials, has raised more than $ 54 million of the $ 60 million needed for the new theater and education center.