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October, 2016 T.G.I.M. celebrity judge Stephanie Davis


diva-01The next T.G.I.M. event will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, October 3 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Jason Parrish and filmmaker John Scoular will join Stephanie Davis as celebrity judges. Al Holland will be the musical guest.

Known as the Downtown Diva, Stephanie is presently employed as a radio personality at Fort Myers Broadcasting Company and social commentator and event photographer at Florida diva-07Weekly, where her  column, “The Diva Diaries,” can be found along with her society photos every Wednesday at a variety of locations and online at She additionally writes for Gulfshore Business.

Stephanie established, developed and perfected her Downtown Diva persona while at the Fort Myers News-Press, where she kept her finger on the pulse of the Fort Myers social scene since her column debuted in 2000. Before moving into print media, Stephanie spent 15 years working as an on-air personality at a variety of local radio stations. She was the Director of Development at Island diva-03Coast AIDS Network of SWFL (2002-2004), an Associate Director at Florida Repertory Theatre (1998-2002), Director of Programming and staff member at 99-X Radio/Beasley Broadcasting (1995-1998, where she was popularly known as “The Retro 80s Diva”) and a Producer at The Troubleshooter/FOX News (1993-1994).

But the Diva also brings to October’s T.G.I.M. pre-film-selfie-1screenings a wealth of theatrical experience. Stephanie was a founding staff member of Florida Repertory Theatre, where she has appeared in nearly 50 productions. Among her favorite Florida Rep roles are the Woman in Veronica’s Room, Christine in The Bad Seed, Bella in Lost in Yonkers, and Beth in Dinner with Friends. Davis also had a role in the U.S. premiere at Florida Rep of Stephen Sachs’ play, Heart Song, a touching comedy that tells one woman’s story of friendship and renewal through the healing power of selfie-aFlamenco. Stephanie was a member of the “Flamenco Circle” class, along with Beth Haely, Jonita Martin and Kathleen Moye.

During her two-decade association with Theatre Conspiracy, she has played L’il Bit in How I Learned to Drive, Lady Lillian Loveworthy in Love Loves a Pornographer, multiple roles in A.R. Gurney’s The Dining Room and, most recently, as Dottie in David Lindsay-Abaire’s Good People. She was seen at Broadway Palm in Bill W. and Dr. Bob.

stephanie-davis-and-lydia-blackLab Theater audiences will remember her stellar performances as Miss Witherspoon and Martha in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. She was also the voice of Mother in last season’s My Brilliant Divorce starring Annette Trossbach.

Davis made her directorial debut at Lab Theater in 2012 with Extremities, but local audiences are still talking about last March’s production of Joshua Harmon’s Bad Jews, in which Davis directed Stella Ruiz, Matt DeNoncour, Kate Dirrigl and Daniel diva-shoots-backCancio. She also had the pleasure of directing Theatre Conspiracy’s production of the Lillian Hellman classic, Toys in the Attic, starring Rachel Burttram, Karen Goldberg, Jason Drew and Ashley Kellam.

Davis is also no stranger to the camera. For nearly a decade and a half, she has snapped close to 100 photographs a week at area fundraisers and kiniry-and-davis-on-the-red-carpet-2events. Most have been published both in print and on the web at Florida Weekly,, Gulf Coasting, and Grandeur magazine. Her creative outlet however, has been taking photos with her iPhone 4 and sharing them on her Facebook page. In 2010, she began her “Photo a Day, Every Day” project and posted at least one picture per day for an entire year.

“I take pictures of things that make me happy – and things that I hope people will enjoy.” In 2011, she contributed roughly 50 of her iPhone photos to In One Instant Gallery’s In One Evening: A “No-Photo Finish” exhibition, which also miss-witherspoon-floofing-aroundfeatured the Alliance’s Mike Kiniry and The Union Artist Studio’s Paul Rodino. The proceeds realized from the sale of Stephanie’s photos were donated to Hope Hospice.

A fan favorite, Davis is regularly asked to host fundraisers, and includes among her credits Arts for ACT’s fine art auction and gala in 2012, the Young Artist Awards’ 3rd Annual Cabaret and diva-04Cabernet in 2013 and the Fort Myers Film Festival gala at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall in 2014, where she instigated a selfie from the stage in the tradition of the one that Ellen DeGeneres orchestrated Oscar photo of host DeGeneres with Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep, diva-05Kevin Spacey and others at the Oscars. The T.G.I.M. audience looks forward to Stephanie’s participation as a celebrity judge in the September 1 screenings.

TGIM is held at the historic Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, located at 2301 First Street, in the heart of the downtown Fort Myers River District. diva-02Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for cocktails, snacks and a half hour of socializing.

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