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Producing Artistic Director

Phone: (941) ***-****  HQ Phone
Manatee Players Inc
102 Old Main St.
Bradenton, Florida 34205
United States

Company Description: The Manatee Players are a National Award Winning Theatrical Group located in Bradenton, FL

Employment History

  • Managing Artistic Director
    Manatee Players Inc
  • Entertainment Director
    USO of Metropolitan New York
  • Choreographer and Director
    USO of Metropolitan New York

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    Manatee Players Inc
  • Board Member
    American Association of Community Theatre's AACTFest
  • Board Member
    South Eastern Theater Conference
197 Total References
Web References
Florida Theatre Conference: Board of Directors, 8 Mar 2014 [cached]
Rick Kerby
Rick Kerby Managing Artistic Director The Manatee Players, Inc. 502 3rd Avenue W Bradenton, FL 34205 941.748.0111
About The Manatee Players, 12 Jan 2014 [cached]
Rick Kerby
Rick Kerby
Prior to his move to Florida, Rick was the Entertainment Director for the USO of Metropolitan New York and the organizer of the Miss USO Contest. Other directorial credits include numerous shows at the Surflight Theatre in New Jersey, Theatre By the Sea in Rhode Island, The Arundel Playhouse in Maine, Wolford Hause Dinner Theater in Virginia, New London Barn Playhouse in New Hampshire, Westbank and Duplex Theaters in New York City and on many cruise ships. He has served on the faculties of Wagner College on Staten Island and The Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in New York City. Rick is now the Producing Artistic Director of Manatee Players where he has been recipient of several Handy and Sarasota Magazine awards, named Best Director at the Florida Theatre Conference, three time winner as Best Director at the South Eastern Theater Conference and two time winner as Best Director at the American Association of Community Theatre's AACTFest. Rick is the newly elected President of the Florida Theatre Conference, Past President of the Florida Association of Community Theatres, Community Theatre Festival Chair for SETC, and Florida State Representative to the American Association of Community Theatres.
Bradenton Herald | 08/06/2004 | 'Broadway Memories', 6 Aug 2004 [cached]
"It's a fun thing for the audience and the performers," said Manatee Players artistic director Rick Kerby, who directs and choreographs the production.
"It is a showcase for letting our performers' talents shine in material that we don't normally do in the regular season," he said."It gives us a chance to take out some old material too, and dust it off and shine it up."
The 90-minute revue in two acts has an informal theme: a Broadway love story.
"I picked all the songs I love from Broadway shows, and it ends with a wedding," Kerby said.
The Broadway revue is about glitter, glamour, sequins, tuxedos, gowns, glitz and lots of feather boas and costumer Nicholas Hartman plans to "pull out all the stops" in dressing the actors, Kerby said.
A three-piece band consisting of bass, piano and drums will be on stage and visible throughout the show, adding a festive, informal touch.
Kerby, a former choreographer and director with USO of Metropolitan New York, is an old hand at musical revues.
"I've done a lot of this type of work on cruise ships and with the USO," he said.
Manatee Players: Contact, 12 Jan 2014 [cached]
Rick Kerby: Producing Artistic Director Manatee Players: Contact
Contact the Manatee Players, 10 Dec 2011 [cached]
Rick Kerby: Managing Artistic Director | Janene Witham: Capital Development Director
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