Theatre Winter Haven has been called “one of the best community theatres in America” by the Tampa Tribune, the Lakeland Ledger and the Winter Haven News Chief. Since our founding, Theatre Winter Haven has worked to fulfill our Mission Statement:

“We inspire, challenge, entertain, and educate our community by creating exceptional theatrical experiences”

Theatre Winter Haven was established in 1970 as the cultural arts arm of the City of Winter Haven.  In 1981, Theatre Winter Haven became a separate, nonprofit entity registered as a 501(c)(3). Each year, Theatre Winter Haven produces a five-play MainStage subscription season, a two-play Academy series, a Professional Series, and numerous Tribute Tuesday Series events.

Opening Fall of 2022, the Norman and Linda Small Stage, Theatre Winter Haven’s new Blackbox theatre will serve as second performance space for both performers and audiences to connect in a purposeful and uninterrupted way.  


Tickets Sold Annually


Performances Per Year

7.5 Million

Economical Impact to Polk County


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Our Info

Box Office

Weeks during a Mainstage Production:
Tuesday – Friday, 1-4 PM; 90 minutes prior to scheduled curtain times

Mailing Address
PO Drawer 1230
Winter Haven, FL 33882

863-294-SHOW (7469)

Our Staff

Dan Chesnicka
Producing Director

Thom Altman
Production Manager

Sara Barnes
Ovation Institute & Outreach Director

Sue Fisher
Box Office Manager

Tony Gallegos
Business Director

Jessica Harton
Box Office Assistant

John Harton
Technology Director

Bree Hemp
Marketing and Audience Director

Molly Judy
Education Director

Nick Judy
Operations Director

Kadesh Lewis
Assistant Technical Director

Sebastian VanHorn
Assistant Technical Director

Derek Wyatt
Technical Director

Theatre Winter Haven Board of Trustees

Executive Board Members
Marilyn Riggs, President
Sally Wagner, Vice President
Sharon Bates, Secretary
Jeremy Chase, Treasurer

Board Members
George Butz, III
Francis Fortin
Stephen Gold
Steve Griffith
Tiffani Gozdur
Chris Hazelwood
Barbara Irwin
James Joiner
Vincent Miller, Diversity Chair
Scott Moore
Michael Tanner, Finance Chair

Emeritus Board Members
Maryann Cassell
Kathy Fischer

Ex-Officio Board Members
Dan Chesnicka, Theatre Winter Haven
Nat Birdsong, City of Winter Haven
Scott Eilers, Advent Health Fieldhouse
Christy Hemenway, Ridge Art Association
Sara Beth Wyatt, Greater Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce
Beth Cummings, Polk County Public Schools


Theatre Winter Haven is located in the heart of beautiful Winter Haven, Florida. There are several dining options within close proximity, as well as local breweries, live music venues and renowned Legoland, Florida. Theatre Winter Haven is easily accessible from surrounding cities such as Lakeland, Davenport (I-4) and Lake Wales,  and just a short drive from world famous beaches, professional sports arenas and a myriad of outdoor recreational activities.

Driving Directions

Theatre Winter Haven is located at the West Entrance of the Chain O’ Lakes Park at the corner of Cypress Gardens Blvd and Hwy 17.

FREE PARKING is available on both the North and South sides of the Complex.  If needed, due to multiple events at the complex, overflow parking is available on the South field.

Physical Address: 210 Cypress Gardens Blvd. SW, Winter Haven, FL 33880

Attention GPS users, entering above address into a GPS unit may not lead you into the Chain O’ Lakes Park.  Some units may lead you about 1/4 mile east of the Theatre (near Red Lobster and Outback).  We’re located on the corner of Cypress Gardens Blvd and HWY 17.  You’ll enter the parking lot that has a large swimming pool and our entrances are located at NORTH ENTRY 1 or WEST ENTRY 1 for the MainStage. NORTH ENTRY 2 is the entrance for the Norman and Linda Small Second Stage.

The East Entries will take you into the new Fieldhouse.

Box Office

(863) 294-SHOW (7469) ext. 1

Weeks during a Mainstage Production:
Tuesday – Friday, 1-4 pm; 90 minutes prior to scheduled curtain times

Theatre Seating

Every seat is a great seat!


The theatre is wheelchair accessible with wheelchair seating in front row and rear of the theatre.  These seats are reserved and require reservations with the Box Office.  Call (863) 294- SHOW (7469).  Patrons with disabilities are welcomed to enter the theatre through West Entry 1.

Hearing Assistance

TWH is equipped with Hearing Assisted Devices. These devices are available for free with the Box Office on a first come, first serve basis.  We just require a set of keys or drivers license for check out.  These devices are specially tuned and home units are not compatible.

Late Seating Policy

Please arrive on time! Shows do start on time.  Late seating will be at the management’s discretion.  If seats are available at the rear of the theatre, we will seat you in the rear of the theatre at an appropriate break in the show.  We make every effort to minimize the disruption to all patrons attending.

Refund Policy

All sales are final. No refunds.

Exchange Policy

Exchanges are permitted within the season, free of charge, with advance notice and subject to availability.  No exchanges are permitted for a missed performance.

Missed Performance Policy

If you miss your scheduled performance date, your tickets will not be refunded or rescheduled. Please contact the Box Office in advance for exchange options, subject to availability.  Please don’t be a no show.  If you can’t attend, consider sharing the gift of live theatre with friends or family.

Camera Policy

Ticket holders are not permitted to take photographs or use recording devices, cellphones, iPads or other electronic equipment during the event or performance.  Patrons are encouraged to visit our Facebook page– Click Here to view images from the current and past productions.

Any unpermitted use of a device by ticket holder may result in the device being confiscated by TWH for the duration of the event or performance.

Food & Beverage Policy

Water, soda, light snacks, wine, and beer are available in the lobby pre-show through intermission.  Beverages and snacks purchased at TWH are allowed in the theatre.  Outside food and drinks are not permitted in the theatre.

Young Children

Please consider all those that are attending the performance.  Bringing young children may not be in the best interest of the child.  If you do bring a young child, please attempt to secure aisle seating and be mindful that it may be necessary to remove the child from the theatre.

Accepted Method of Payment

We accept cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, Amex, and Discover.