For over 50 years, Players by the Sea Theatre has enriched the community through excellence in live and innovative theatre. Players by the Sea presents productions that are engaging, thought--provoking, emotionally stimulating and entertaining through the extraordinary support and dedication from community volunteers - actors, directors, designers, backstage crews, carpenters, visual artists, etc. Players by the Sea is an artistic home for anyone who wants to engage with the community through interactive and incredible storytelling.
Players by the Sea enriches the community through excellence in theatre.
Players by the Sea is an artist-driven community theatre committed to enriching audiences and volunteers by providing:
A collaborative, respectful atmosphere
Educational opportunities for everyone
Thoughtful conversations about human connections
Players by the Sea features two performance spaces - the 150-seat John McManus Mainstage Theatre and the intimate 80-seat Grace Darling Studio Theatre. We tell a wide variety of stories, ranging from large Broadway musicals to edgy contemporary plays to re-invigorated classics. Our productions have garnered local awards, including Folio Weekly's Best Production in Jacksonville (Rent, 2014) and BroadwayWorld Jacksonville's Best Musical (American Idiot, 2017) and Best Play (Fences, 2017).
Launched in 2016, our New Voices program aims to develop the next hot voices in American Theatre right here in Jacksonville. After submitting to the program, two playwrights embark on a yearlong process with an assigned mentor/dramaturg - taking them from conception through development and workshopping, culminating in a fully mounted production of their world premiere play. This pilot program is paving the way for Northeast Florida's talented writers to tell their stories and have the necessary support to grow as playwrights.
Conveniently located in Jacksonville Beach, our venue is perfect distance to dining establishments, shopping, and of course, the beautiful beach.
In addition to our two performance spaces, our venue includes:
Classroom + Rehearsal Space equipped with mirrors and special dance flooring
Costume Shop + Storage
Some of these spaces are available to rent! Click here for rental information.