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Business Observer Monday, Mar. 11, 2019 1 week ago

Cleveland builder to help oversee construction of $45M theater project

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Tony Panzica will play key role in Gulfshore Playhouse’s Next Stage Capital Campaign.

NAPLES — Gulfshore Playhouse named a construction industry veteran chairman of the building committee for its Next Stage Capital Campaign. 

Tony Panzica, a member of the professional regional theater’s board of directors, has overseen a major renovation and expansion of the Cleveland Museum of Art as president and CEO of Ohio-based Panzica Construction. He also spearheaded a renovation of Severance Hall, home of the Cleveland Orchestra, for which his firm worked with the orchestra’s conductor and sound engineers to improve the site’s acoustics.

“Tony’s background in both the construction industry and as a supporter of the arts makes him the perfect choice to chair our building committee for the Next Stage Capital Campaign,” says Kristen Coury, producing artistic director and founder of Gulfshore Playhouse, in a statement. “The insight he will be able to offer from his past projects in Cleveland and his experience with fundraising efforts at the Cleveland Play House will be invaluable to Gulfshore Playhouse as we move into our next phase.”

Plans for the new Gulfshore Playhouse, a $45 million project, include two new theatres and an education center at the corner of First Avenue South and Goodlette-Frank Road. Plans include a mainstage proscenium theatre with sloped stadium seating for 350, which will be used for large musicals, classics and premiere comedies and dramas. It will also include a separate studio theatre, a grand lobby with welcoming bar, gardens and an exclusive patron lounge. 

An education wing will feature rehearsal rooms, classrooms, and space for children’s theatre events. The complex will support the expansion of Gulfshore Playhouse’s theatrical programming and its educational offerings, including pre-professional theatre training in acting, voice, movement and in-school and after-school programs.

Panzica has served on the board of directors for the Cleveland Play House, including during its capital campaign, and also worked on the renovation of the Playhouse Square theatre district in Cleveland, where the historic Allen Theatre is located. He is leading the expansion of Panzica Construction into the Florida market.

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