Where Cocoa Beach Meets the Stage

301 Ramp Road

Cocoa Beach, FL, 32931

(321) 783-3127

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About Surfside

Surfside's Mission

Surfside Playhouse is a community theatre dedicated to the performing arts through productions, presentations, education and outreach.


Surfside Facts

  • What We Do

    The annual programs feature a variety of high quality performances ranging from light-hearted comedy to lilting musicals to riveting dramas.

  • A Community Organization

    Surfside Players extends a warm welcome to aspiring thespians, seasoned performers, and to anyone with a love for the Theatre.

  • Theatre Size

    The theatre seats an audience of 250 and is fully air-conditioned.

  • Special Productions

    Several weekends during the year are available for special theatrical performances, which may be proposed to the Board of Governors. Usually these require very minimal tech and scenery, and rehearsals are conducted at a different location than the playhouse.

  • How We Are Funded

    Our largest source of revenue is ticket sales. A snack bar in the brightly decorated lobby also serves as a source of revenue for the non-profit, 501(c)3 organization. The Players have also sponsored Jazz Festivals, Golf Tournaments, Barber Shop Quartets, special by-invitation performances for charity, surfing movies, celebrity auctions and yard sales as fund raisers. Additional support comes from matching grants and corporate & personal donations, assuring the facility of continued maintenance and upgrades.

Our History

April 1959
Surfside Founded

In April of 1959, a dynamic and excited group of erstwhile Thespians presented its plans for a live theatre in Brevard County. They called themselves The Surfside Players of Cocoa Beach. The Players began implementing its plans, approved by city officials, civic groups and local residents.

May 1959 The Moon is Blue
First Production

In May, 1959, their first production, The Moon is Blue was presented at the Cocoa Beach Fire House. In following years, the Players staged their shows at the fire house, in churches & motels, and even on the beach!

April 1963
Official Opening

In April of 1963, the dream came true with the official opening of Surfside Playhouse.

January 1963
Playhouse Construction Begins

On January 6, 1963, ground was broken for Surfside Playhouse at the corner of Fifth Street South and Brevard Avenue in Cocoa Beach.

Surfside Youth Players Begins

A children's theatre group was officially formed in 1979 and has continued with the current class, known as the Surfside Youth Players.

Playwriting Contest Created

The annual Playwriting Contest was founded in 2001 to offer local Brevard County playwrights an opportunity to present original full-length plays on Surfside's stage with talented actors and staff.

Surfside Celebrates 50 Years
Fearless Improve Brigade Formed

Our newest performing venture is the Fearless Improv Brigade, with classes in improvisational comedy taught semesterly by Mario Busacca since 2013.  The thrill of brand-new theatrical stories, devised on the spot, is yours to experience from a seat in the house, OR standing on stage...

Surfside and COVID-19

COVID-19 presented many challenges for live theatre. When we were not able to operate, Surfside survived thanks to generous donations. Innovative programs, such as online play readings, helped keep the community engaged. The playhouse was able to re-open with reduced capacity through social distancing, regular cleaning, and routine testing. While the theatre has returned to full operation, precautions remain in place to ensure the cast, crew, and patrons can safely enjoy their theatre experience.