ROTARY HAPPENINGS: Florida Rep Artistic Dir. Shares Inner Workings of Theater

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This past week we heard from Greg Longenhagen, Artistic Director, Florida Repertory Theatre, a hidden jewel in the heart of Southwest Florida. The Florida Repertory Theatre is a fully professional theatre company committed to providing first-class comedies, dramas and musicals for Southwest Florida since 1998. Affectionately known as “the Florida Rep”, it is the only theatre company of its caliber in Southwest Florida.

Greg is a member of the original founding company of Florida Repertory Theatre, and is honored to be entering his third decade with the Rep and delighted to serve as its Artistic Director. An accomplished actor, director, producer, teacher, and coach Greg has enjoyed a career of more than 30 years with professional theatre, radio, television and film. Since 1998, Greg has worked on 64 productions at Florida Rep either as an actor, director, fight choreographer, or dialect coach.

He shared with us some interesting inner workings of a theatre, that unless you have worked in a theatre, you may not give much thought to. Things such as all the extraordinary work that goes into creating the sets, specific to each production, the costumes and the lighting, which is also very specific to each production as well.

In addition to its work on stage, Florida Rep has a very active and vital Education & Outreach arm that includes Theatre for Young Audiences & Lunchbox Theatre, Camp Florida Rep, an audition-only Theatre Conservatory Program, classes for youth and adults, and artist in residency programs. If you have never been to the Florida Rep, it is highly recommended that you attend one production. Guaranteed you will not be disappointed and you may even be hooked.

Greg Longenhagen was last seen on Florida Rep’s mainstage as Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol. He has many directing credits at Florida Rep and has choreographed fight scenes for and voice/dialect coached more than 29 shows. Greg served as an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Florida Gulf Coast University and was Chair of the

Theatre Program’s Marketing and Recruitment Committee. He also spent two years touring the United States as a noted public speaker conducting workshops on real estate investing. In 2006, he joined Abbott Productions, Inc. ascending from office manager to Vice President of Marketing to President and Chief of Operations. He has been responsible for the production of numerous national advertising campaigns and video projects across numerous businesses.

Greg holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Pittsburgh and certified with the Society of American Fight Directors at Carnegie Mellon University and a B.A. in Speech Communication while at West Chester University. He has been a proud member of Actors Equity Association since 1993.

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