Kristen Coury has worked in London and New York for the English Shakespeare Company, Walt Disney Theatrical Productions, and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s production company called The Really Useful Group. She has directed a feature film and produced an album. She is the founder of Gulfshore Playhouse. Under her leadership the organization survived the pandemic and has grown to an annual budget of $5.2M, has maintained a net surplus for the seventeen years of its existence and holds no debt. Kristen has won numerous awards locally including Star in the Arts, 40 Under 40, and one of Gulfshore Life’s Women of the Year. She has served on the board of the Theatre Communications Group, the national professional theatre advisory board, and currently serves on the board of the Naples Chamber of Commerce.