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Players by the Sea enriches the community through excellence in theatre, with a 53 year history of producing theatre that challenges, stimulates and enlightens Jacksonville (and surrounding area) audiences that are hungry for innovative culture.

We could not begin to fulfill our mission and theatrical expansion without the generosity of supporters like you! Ticket sales alone NEVER cover all of the operating costs to run your community theatre.

Your additional contributions outside of ticket sales, help close that gap in funding our operational needs - whether supporting any of our educational programs, enrolling your children (or grandchildren) in our youth theatre education activities, purchasing an ad in our playbill, or even just enjoying a beverage during intermission - ALL of these activities combine to help fund the theatre.
Ghost Light Campaign
A ghost light is an electric light that is left energized on the stage of a theatre when the theatre is unoccupied and would otherwise be completely dark. It is usually placed near center stage. A popular theatrical superstition holds that every theatre has a ghost, and to appease them, the light is left on at night to provide opportunities for the ghosts to perform onstage, thus preventing them from cursing the theatre or sabotaging the set or production.

A recurring gift to the Ghost Light Campaign will keep Players by the Sea alive and active for the next 53 years! A $20 monthly gift to support your community theatre has a huge impact. These are funds the theatre can count on each month, allowing us to focus on our mission of bringing you high quality live theatre and providing educational opportunities for the creative youth and adults in our community.

The goal is to attain 100 Ghost Light recurring gifts of $20 per month for a year (or forever) by June 30, 2019. This elite group of one hundred Ghost Lighters will be listed in our Grune Family Gallery for all to see as audiences enter the Main Stage and Studio Theatre.

Ghost Lighters will make sure our fundamental expenses are covered. As a thank you, each Ghost Lighter will receive free admission to the Second Season in the Studio Theatre, special invitations to private readings and Ghost Lighter pricing to special events -- all because you care enough to keep the light burning and power our mission!
New Voices Sponsorship
Created in 2016 and inspired by new play development programs across the country, New Voices aims to develop the next wave of American voices right here in Jacksonville. In previous years, the program selects 1-2 established OR aspiring playwrights to embark on a yearlong developmental journey and pairs them with mentors who help guide the process from conception to final draft. The program culminates in a fully mounted production of their new play.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to take center stage, we’re reimagining New Voices! To continue this program, we are pivoting to a virtual process.

The first installment in this reimagined program is New Voices: Voices Unheard. We’ve selected 3 playwrights through a blind submission process to begin a 12 week development and writing journey. Through mentorship, workshopping, and writing sessions, our selected playwrights will be ready to rehearse and showcase their 15-20 minute short play that uplifts and highlights the voices of the unheard.

Please consider making a donation to support this program.
Keep Arts Alive
Raffle Ticket 2020 Holiday Caroling Tour
*Tickets $5
*Raffle Basket includes gift cards to Roy's, Southern Grounds, Casa Marina Hotel, and more!
*Follow us on social media for more info on our Holiday Tour and Raffle prizes.
*The raffle will be drawn at our last stop on 12/21/2020 and announced via email!