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Florida Theatre and Theatreworks announce merger

January 2nd, 2020 · Leave a Comment

Two of Jacksonville’s oldest and most important arts organizations, the Florida Theatre and Theatreworks, are merging.

Founded in 1979, Theatreworks, the arts-education organization will become a program of the Florida Theatre. For more than a year, discussions regarding the merger have been ongoing. In October, the Theatreworks’ board approved the merger. The Florida Theatre board approved the merger in November and the Secretary of State approved the merger in December.

For 40 years, Theatreworks has been filling a need for children’s theatre in the First Coast region by bringing the best national and international professional touring children’s theatre to Jacksonville, to perform for school-age children. Annually, close to 30,000 school-age children attend Theatreworks performances on school trips. The majority of the organization’s school time presentations take place at the Florida Theatre, where Theatreworks has been a theatre renter for decades.

Theatreworks’ programs will continue unabated at the Florida Theatre, but as a program of the Theatre. Theatreworks’ employees will become Florida Theatre employees. They will move from Theatreworks’ Riverside offices to the Florida Theatre’s administrative offices. Theatreworks will no longer pay rent to the Theatre, allowing a larger portion of income to flow to the bottom line, and be reinvested in more programming.

The Florida Theatre is sponsored by Community First Credit Union. For a complete list of upcoming season events, visit floridatheatre.com.

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