Incorporated in 1978, the Flagler Playhouse has served the county while rehearsing in living rooms, garages, senior centers, and any other place that we could find, We built our own portable stages or managed to get onto a “school” stage the week of production. The first name chosen was The Little Players of Palm Coast; later changed to The Little Theater of Palm Coast; and now, the Flagler Playhouse.
Our early founders carried the Playhouse through the early decades presenting quality theatrical productions to the ever-growing county population. An occasional “home” (the old post office) allowed the audience to grow and acknowledge the Playhouse as a “permanent” fixture in the community.
It took twenty years for the dream of a permanent home to become a real possibility. In 1998, five acres were purchased on Old Kings Road North in Palm Coast. Architectural drawings, site maps, all the preparations for a building commenced only to discover that the cost of raising the level of the land was prohibitive and so the dream dissolved.
In 2005, the theatre board decided that the only way to survive and thrive was to establish full, dependable seasons of plays and to locate a permanent home. A name change to the Flagler Playhouse and a concerted effort to produce a substantial number of quality shows re-established the theatre as a staple for the arts in Flagler County.
With the sale of the five acres on Old Kings and the purchase of the former First Baptist Church building in Bunnell, we had a home in the heart of the county. Thanks to a generous grant from the Tourist Development Council of Flagler County, we have been able to transform the old church into a fine theatrical venue.
Located in the heart of Flagler County, Flagler Playhouse will be the premier center for the performing arts, providing artistic educational and cultural enrichment opportunities, through exceptional theater artistry, offering live theater performances each season with a wide range of subject matter and challenges for both performers and audience, in an inclusive environment with opportunities for educational programs for live theater and other related arts for children, adults, and those with special needs.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION
We are committed to being a diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization; where everyone, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability, feels valued and respected.
We are committed to being nondiscriminatory in all of our programs. We respect and value diverse life experiences and heritages and ensure that all voices are valued and heard. We’re also committed to modeling diversity and inclusion for the entire arts industry in the nonprofit sector, and to maintaining an inclusive environment with equitable treatment for all.