Jeffery Kin, artistic director for The Players Theatre isn't taking his new position lightly. He has high hopes in store for the Sarasota community theater.
When I attended The Players luncheon last week to cover its 2008-09 season announcement, I learned that Kin — who has been artistic director for six months — is eager to have the theater continue to grow dynamically and artistically.
The writer, actor and director has proposed a refreshing season that includes a few interesting shows and challenging productions such as "The Spitfire Grill" and "Titanic." On top of that, he's hoping to take a group to the regional community theater competition next season.
Though he'll be competing alongside the Manatee Players, I'm sure it will be a friendly contest. Last week over lunch, he talked about collaborating with the Manatee Players and Venice Little Theatre on future projects. Which makes sense since many non-professional actors like to perform at all three venues. It seems Kin may be the man to make this long-time dream of community theaters joining forces a solid reality as he is well known in the theater community.
I find that people literally beam if you mention Jeffery Kin's name. And I can see why. He has a personality that charms and a professional side that shines.
Let's hope that spirit continues.