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:

  • Creative opportunities
  • Artistic risk-taking
  • A collaborative, respectful atmosphere
  • Educational opportunities for everyone
  • Multi-cultural perspectives
  • 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).


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
  • Workshop
  • Costume Shop + Storage
  • Art Gallery
  • Dressing Rooms

Some of these spaces are available to rent! Click here for rental information.

Our Mission

Players by the Sea enriches the community through excellence in theatre.