Performing Arts Center









About GPAC
The multi-million dollar Glenridge Performing Arts Center on Palmer Ranch (GPAC) is the newest and brightest performance venue in Sarasota, Florida. From its picturesque setting to its elegant, yet modern interior design, it has distinguished itself in the areas’ repertoire of performing arts halls. The GPAC plays a huge role in the Life Fulfilling community model because it provides members with an opportunity for lifelong learning and continuing involvement in the arts. Many members are active in both our acting programs and our singing programs. They take great pleasure in prop management, ushering, house management and building scenery for stage productions. Some are delighted to discover new and amazing talents, they didn’t realize they had.

Features of the GPAC include:

  • An intimate 267-seat auditorium
  • A $750,000 state-of-the-art lighting and sound system
  • A proscenium stage
  • Two large dressing rooms with showers
  • Wheelchair accessibility
  • Headsets for the hearing impaired
  • Large movie screen
  • A Schimmel grand piano

The venue is also one of the few facilities in the Sarasota area available for professional presentations.


GPAC Features

GPAC Features

With up-to-the-minute lighting and audio equipment, GPAC takes center stage when it comes to technology. The theatre is also adaptable for a variety of computer-generated programs, such as PowerPoint, and features a video projector; DVD, CD, video, and cassette players and recorders; and other recording devices.

Constructed especially for ballet and modern dance, the sprung stage is covered with battleship linoleum and is similar to the one at Lincoln Center’s New York State Theater in New York City.

Whether you’re listening to a string quartet, watching a ballet, enjoying a movie musical or hearing a jazz ensemble, the theater’s unprecedented technology – coupled with its exquisite ambiance – is certain to enhance the performance.

The venue is also one of the few facilities in the Sarasota area available for professional presentations.



benBen Turoff, Manager of the Glenridge Performing Arts Center, has been involved in theatre and the performing arts his whole life. After receiving his BA in Humanities from Stetson University, he worked for The Walt Disney Company for 3 years, running sound and lights all over Disney property.

A fixture on the Sarasota arts scene for over 20 years, Ben was truly “born in a trunk.” His parents were seasoned theatre professionals from New York City – his dad was a Broadway director and his mom a Broadway veteran from many shows, including the original company of South Pacific. After moving to Sarasota in 1969, they opened up Sarasota’s famous Golden Apple Dinner Theatre in 1971. Consequently, Ben has been involved in every aspect of producing entertainment – from the Box Office to the technical end, from producing and directing award-winning shows to working with the clean-up crew!

At The Glenridge, Ben gets involved with all things entertainment oriented. He can be found offering guidance to the Glenridge Players (the member run theatre group), helping put together the July 4th program for the entire Glenridge community and, of course, handling all the bookings for our wonderful theatre!

markMark Noble, Technical Director of G-PAC, earned his MFA from Florida State University where he worked in lighting design and scene painting at the Asolo Conservatory.

Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Mark has lived in Florida since 1960. In Sarasota, he’s been head electrician at the Asolo and Van Wezel, production electrician and assistant technical director at the Sarasota Opera, production manager for the Florida West Coast Symphony and La Musica, and a grip and scene painter in locally made films that include “Great Expectations,” “Honky Tonk Freeway” and “Palmetto.” In addition, he’s done lighting design for the Sarasota Youth Opera and the Eddie Toussaint Dance Company.

At Glenridge, Mark does it all – audio, lighting, wiring, set-ups – and everything that has to do with the technical side of the theater. We feel fortunate to have him.

deblaughingwebDeborah Kerr, Performance Coordinator, may be the newest team member at the Glenridge Performing Arts Center but Deborah quickly made herself indispensable. Not only does she handle all the Box Office duties for the Glenridge but she also heads up our Film committee and works with members on various projects as well.

Deborah earned her AA in Theatre at Manatee Community College where she won many awards in Drama. She went on to get her BA, Summa Cum Laude, in English and American Literature from USF. Originally hailing from Canada, Deborah has been “stateside” for the past 10 years and brings a fresh perspective to everything she does. We feel fortunate to have her.

Rental Info



Our 262 seat theatre is perfectly situated for your private concert, Community Meeting or other private use. Our facilities include a huge screen and all the equipment for video presentations (Powerpoint, etc.), as well as any kind of audio need you might have.

If you or your ensemble would be interested in renting The Glenridge, please contact Ben Turoff at 941-552-5325 or email:

For Ticket Information:
For tickets, easy directions and information on upcoming events, call 941-552-5325 or toll free 1-888-999 GLEN (4536).



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