Executive Director of Players by the Sea Theatre in Jacksonville Beach, Suzanne Hudson-Smith has focused the past year on rebuilding an education program. She says, “We believe that theatre is transformative for our young actors – they begin to realize that theatre is powerful in building self-esteem, teamwork, expression and focus.”


Over the summer, Players offered summer camp workshops. Let’s Put on a Play and Let’s Put on a Musical with directors Barbara Colaciello and Bradley Akers brought over 40 young actors to the theatre to learn how to produce a show. Because of beaming reviews from kids and parents alike, the Theatre is expanding their educational programming into the fall with a course for actors and one for aspiring musical theatre performers.


Innovative Improvisation-based acting program

AGE:  Geared for middle and high school students. Intermediate level. Audition required.

CLASSES: 16 weeks, classes held for two-hours a day, with extra Saturday/Sunday rehearsals possible last month.  The troupe will consist of 14 actors.

CLASS TIMES: Wednesdays from 4:30pm – 6:30pm

DATES: August 28  – December 13

FALL Production: CUT, a comedy by Ed Monk performed by the class December 12 and 13

TUITION: $320 per student

PROGRAM FOCUS: Skill-building in preparation for the fall production of CUT, a comedy by Ed Monk. The program stresses ensemble acting and character development, promoting empathy, risk-taking, emotional literacy, and dramatic presence. We’ll experience the joy of creating theater together!

CUT, a comedy by Ed Monk

The play is not only hilarious but calls for actors to jump from one character into the skin of another through body movements, vocal patterns and quick costume changes.


A group of actors rehearse a play within a play within a play. As the plot complications multiply, the actors begin to forget who is playing whom and who is the real director -- as opposed to the actor who is playing the director, or vice versa. Then they can't seem to remember who they really are, as opposed to the people they are playing in any of the various scripts. Then things start to get confusing...



Barbara Colaciello teaches communication, collaboration, and critical thinking through a process-oriented study of theater and improvisation at BABS’LAB.


Educator and performance artist Barbara Colaciello brings a unique perspective to the art of communicating based on 25 years of sales and marketing experience and extensive theater background, including 18 years of teaching improvisation to students of all ages. She has produced and directed numerous plays in Jacksonville, New York, and Baltimore.


As the Educational & Outreach Director of Players by the Sea from January 2005 to June 2014, Barbara developed an innovative in-depth drama program that annually served over 850 students of different backgrounds and ages. Players is happy to welcome her back as a guest director for our Fall 2019 season.


Audition for the opportunity to join Players by the Sea's FALL into FALL innovative improvisation-based acting program for middle and high school students. Prepare a two minute story that you are emotionally invested in.


AUDITION DATE AND TIME: Sunday, August 25 at 2pm - 4pm 


Solo & Ensemble Musical Theatre workshop

AGE: 5th - 8th grade and 9th - 12th grade students


CLASSES: 12-weeks, held for 2 hours a day with extra Saturday/Sunday night rehearsals possible during the last month. 20 spots available.


DATES: August 29 – November 16


PERFORMANCE: Special Musical Theatre Showcase November 15, 16


TUITION:  $320


CLASS EDUCATION FOCUS: Individualized focus on musical theatre vocal technique, stage presence, audition etiquette, and presentation skills. The program stresses working on solo as well as ensemble performance, allowing students to practice teamwork. They will work with professionals in the musical theatre field to build their self-confidence and grow in overall performance quality through the course of the program.


As the program culminates, students will present the solo & ensemble acts they have worked on over the last 12-weeks in a special Musical Theatre Showcase.




Jereme Raickett is the Production Manager at Players by the Sea. He works both professionally and with the community as an actor, director and producer. Most recently, Jereme directed The Color Purple here at PBTS. He is a graduate of Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, and after graduating he began working with many other theatres and companies including Alhambra Theatre and Dining.


Jereme has shared his gifts with PBTS as a director for Smokey Joe’s Café, Fences and Memphis, in addition to portraying Jefferson in A Lesson Before Dying, Jacob in La Cage aux Folles and Toby in A Behanding in Spokane. He hopes to embrace Players’ values and mission to continue to make this theatre the premiere destination of Northeast Florida. 


Andrew Phoenix has been involved in theatre for 14 years on and off stage. A jack-of-all-trades, he has experience as an actor, musician, stage-hand, and music director. He has taught children's theatre in his hometown of St. Petersburg, FL at Galaxy Performing Arts Studio as well as instructed drum/percussion performance for local high schools. He is currently the music director for The Wiz at Players By The Sea and attending FSCJ for Theatre Education.


  • 5th - 8th grade: Tuesdays from 4:30 - 6:30 pm


  • High School: Thursdays from 4:30 - 6:30 pm

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