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2020 Remy Awards

The South Florida Theatre League Announces the 2020 Remy Award Recipients

The South Florida Theatre League
celebrates the theatrical community’s
Unsung Theatrical Heroes
in a community fundraiser

For immediate Release
Contact:  Andie Arthur
andie@southfloridatheatre.com / 954-557-0778

July 9, 2020

MIAMI, FL:  The South Florida Theatre League is excited to announce that the Remy Awards are moving online as the closing event of Quarantine Theatre Fest. The Remy Awards, named in honor of Remberto Cabrera, the former Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs’ Senior Cultural Administrator and Chief of Cultural Development, are given to the unsung heroes who provide outstanding service behind the scenes of the South Florida Theatre League Community.

In 2020, the Awards will be presented via livestream on Zoom and Facebook Live as a fundraiser for the South Florida Theatre League Relief Fund. Presentation of each award will be accompanied by a performance from an artist chosen by the recipient. While access to the livestream will be available without a ticket, donations to the South Florida Theatre League Relief Fund will be encouraged throughout the evening. The fund was created this year in response to the COVID-19 crisis and has already given away over $10,000 to artists and theatre workers who have lost work due to the pandemic.

 The Remy Awards have been a part of the South Florida Theatre League since its first year (1994) – with the Service Award dedicated to those who have provided outstanding service to the League and the Pioneer Award dedicated to those who have changed the landscape of South Florida Theatre. In 2014 the Board of the League made the decision to increase the number of categories to honor the breadth of those in our community whose contributions are often overlooked.

The livestream link will be posted on www.southfloridatheatre.com closer to the event and will be broadcast on the South Florida Theatre League’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SouthFloridaTheatreLeague.

The South Florida Theatre League is an alliance of theatrical organizations and professionals dedicated to nurturing, promoting, and advocating for the growth and prestige of the South Florida theatre industry.  For more information about the South Florida Theatre League visit http://southfloridatheatre.org/ .

For more information about the South Florida Theatre League and/or the Remy Awards, please contact Andie Arthur at andie@southfloridatheatre.com or 954-557-0778

The 2020 Remy Award Recipients Are:

The Pioneer Award – Matt Stabile

The Pioneer Award is bestowed upon individuals who have, over the years, taken the lead and contributed substantially to the health, growth and development of the South Florida theatre community.

The Service Award – Tim Davis

The Service Award is given to either individuals or organizations in recognition of their invaluable and outstanding contributions made through time, talent, service, and expertise by taking the initiative and actively participating and contributing to the growth and development of the South Florida Theatre League.

The Jay Harris Arts Leadership Award – Steven M. Weinger

Named in memory of one of South Florida’s most dedicated arts patrons, the Jay Harris Arts Leadership Award honors those who have made a substantial contribution to the theatrical community in the ways that Jay Harris did – through leadership, on-going volunteerism, and financial support.

Outstanding Board Member – Gustavo Membiela, Area Stage

Civic Arts Leadership Award – Marialaura Leslie, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs

Outstanding Behind the Scenes Contribution – Kenya Anthony-Moore

Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Theatre – Art Garcia

Outstanding Contribution to Community Theatre – Judson Wright

Photos from the 2018 Remy Awards

In the Room on Zoom

Out of concern about the COVID-19 Pandemic, this event has been moved from ArtServe to Zoom.

The South Florida Theatre League is very excited to announce a NEW workshop on Inclusion with ArtEquity Trained Facilitator and TCG Rising Leader of Color Christina Alexander!

This will be a part of an ongoing conversation to address wider concerns about diversity, equity, and inclusion within the South Florida Theatre Community. Everyone who is invested in this community are welcome — theatre artists, critics, Carbonell panelists and judges, and administrators. We know that you’ve been having these conversations on your own — and to help the community grow, we want to have these conversations as community, facilitated by someone from the community.

The South Florida Theatre League knows that these conversations are ongoing and necessary to have in order to make sure our community thrives.

Reserve Your Space Now! Suggested $10 Donation.

Quarantine Theatre Fest

Summer Theatre Fest is now Quarantine Theatre Fest

For the past seven years, the South Florida Theatre League has run Summer Theatre Fest, an audience development program, where member theatres host readings of new plays by local playwrights on Monday nights from June to August. Due to the need for social distancing because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the League has had to adjust how we can aid our community and continue to engage audiences.

Therefore in 2020, Summer Theatre Fest will become Quarantine Theatre Fest, where the South Florida Theatre League will heavily promote our member organizations online offerings throughout the month of July and host multiple professional development opportunities for both artists and arts administrators.

All of the South Florida Theatre League workshops that are a part of Quarantine Theatre Fest have already happened, but we will be bringing you more virtual workshops soon.

The Remy Awards streamed via Facebook Live on Monday July 27. You can watch the video on our Facebook page and participate in our amazing ONLINE RAFFLE.

Join the South Florida Theatre League as we honor the unsung heroes of the South Florida Theatre Community.

Our full press release is available here.

This year’s award recipients are:

Matt Stabile, The Pioneer Award

Tim Davis, The Service Award

Steven M. Weinger, Jay Harris Arts Leadership Award

Gustavo Membiela, Outstanding Board Member

Marialaura Leslie, Civic Arts Leadership Award

Kenya Anthony-Moore, Outstanding Behind the Scenes Contribution

Art Garcia, Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Theatre

Judson Wright, Outstanding Contribution to Community Theatre

All of the live online play readings of Quarantine Theatre Fest have past.

Digital Shorts. A variety of digital short plays and series from Lake Worth Playhouse.

Miami Monologues. Short plays created for online production by Miami artists as part of the Arsht@Home series.

Broward Center Spotlights Sing, Take an escape from your daily routine with Broadway tunes sung by students from our Broward Center’s Spotlights class. Tuesdays at 4:30 PM and Sundays at 12:00 PM.

MNM Sings. YouTube videos of MNM performers singing some of their favorite songs.

Broadway Chat Series, The Broward Center for the Performing Arts presents a live chat with special guests and Broadway professionals. Wednesdays at 7:00 PM EST.

In the Green Room LIVE!, Slow Burn Theatre Company’s artistic director hosts a series of conversations and performances with past Slow Burn stars. Sundays at 6:00 PM.

Late Show Live, On every Tuesday and Thursday Tim Davis, the Artistic Director of New City Players interviews a local artist in order to raise awareness for the South Florida Theatre League Relief Fund, 9:00 PM.

Small Talks, City Theatre’s Artistic Director Margaret Ledford interviews guest artists who have been a part of City Theatre’s productions over the past 24 years. Thursdays at 7:30 PM.

Sing-Along with Miss Tammy, Your family will love this fun musical theater experience with the Broward Center’s Artist-in-Residence, Tammy Holder. Thursdays at 3:30 PM.

The Art of Making. Online video workshops from the Arsht@Home series in dance, movement, music, poetry, and theatre.

Carl Colfield on Directing
July 30 at 10:30 AM
Part of Miami New Drama’s MasterMiND Series
Join award-winning director and current Associate Artistic Director of the Classical Theatre of Harlem, Carl Cofield, for some insight into directing the classics.

Classes to Go, Enjoy a 20-minute singing, acting, dance or improv class from the comfort of your own home with a different Broward Center teaching artist each week. Mondays at 4:30 PM.

5/19 South Florida Theatre League Relief Fund Update

The South Florida Theatre League is pleased to announce that the South Florida Theatre League Relief Fund has raised over $12,000 and is in the process of giving out the first $10,000 to artists in need


Donate to the Relief Fund Today

For Immediate Release
Contact: Andie Arthur
andie@southfloridatheatre.com or 954-557-0778

May 19, 2020:

MIAMI, FL: On March 25, the South Florida Theatre League announced the South Florida Theatre League Relief Fund to help theatre companies provide compensation to artists and other contractors that had to be laid off due to the cancellation of shows and events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In under two months, the League has raised over $12,000 and is currently in the process of distributing the first $10,000 to artists and contractors laid off from productions scheduled to happen in March and April of 2020. In the first round of funding, the South Florida Theatre League collaborated with ten theatre companies to distribute $10,000 into small stipends to the workers they had to lay off. While no stipend can replace a steady income, the funds help artists buy groceries, pay bills, and make it to the next month.

“One recipient told me that it was the first income she’s had had since March,” said Andie Arthur, executive director of the South Florida Theatre League.

The Relief Fund helps theatre companies pay independent contractors. Most small business assistance programs focus exclusively on employees, but in the performing arts, many of our workers are independent contractors who have fallen through the cracks.

Most of the funds raised are from small donations, ranging from $25 to $100. The League is still raising money as we already have applications from theatre companies to help their artists and contractors for productions that were cancelled or postponed in May and June. As the situation evolves, the application process will be evaluated and adjusted.

Here is a direct link to donate to the South Florida Theatre League Relief Fund. Donations can be made via OvationTix or PayPal.

South Florida Theatre League Surveys

The South Florida Theatre League has created two surveys to help measure the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our theatre community.

We know that many organizations are doing surveys right now, but the South Florida Theatre League is unique in collecting data specifically for theatre companies in the South Florida area.

There are two surveys: one for theatre companies and one for theatre artists. You can take both. They are 10 and 9 questions respectively and should only take a few minutes to complete. You do not need to be a member of the South Florida Theatre League to complete the survey. 

Survey for Theatre Companies

Survey for Theatre Artists

Thank you so much for your time and input.

South Florida Theatre League Relief Fund

The South Florida Theatre League has started a brand new program, The South Florida Theatre League Relief Fund, in light of how the COVID-19 pandemic has effected live theatre workers in South Florida. The purpose of the fund is to help theatre companies provide compensation to artists and other employees that had to be laid off because shows and events were cancelled.

The League is seeding the fund with money that was originally budgeted for their annual Soiree, informally called the After Party, a major networking event that normally happens right at the end of the annual Carbonell Awards. The board hopes that between this funding and donations from people in the community, including those who have donated to the South Florida Theatre League before, that a sizeable fund can be created for those in need.

The application process will be for theatre companies only with the intent for them to pay laid off artists and other employees during this epidemic. The board of the League and executive director Andie Arthur are currently putting it together and will release it once there is a sizeable fund to allocate for this purpose.

Even when this crisis is over, the League plans for the South Florida Theatre League Relief Fund to be an operational fund that can be used in future crises, such as hurricanes and other natural disasters.

You can donate to the South Florida Theatre League Relief Fund directly here.

If you prefer to donate via PayPal, please click here.

 

Resources for Theatre Companies

Newly added resources will be listed at the top of their category. Last updated 5/21/2020 at 1:05 PM.

South Florida Theatre League Survey for Theatre Companies

Please fill out our survey for theatre companies on the impact of COVID-19 on your organization. We know you’re filling out a lot of surveys these days, but this information helps us get a better look at how this event is impacting our theatre community across county lines.

Lists of Multiple Resources

Resources for Navigating the CARES Act

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was the federal response to the current crisis, which has multiple opportunities for organizations to find relief. Here will be a list of articles and information on navigating the various parts of that system. Some of this was previously listed under “Emergency Funds for Organizations.”

The CARES Act National Endowment for the Arts Grant Guidelines

Axis South Florida has a program called gener8tor which offers step by step help in applying for CARES Act loans, including one on one meetings.

Webinar on Navigating the CARES Act for Non-Profits — Hosted by The Miami Foundation, The Community Foundation of Broward, The Jewish Federation of Broward County, United Way of Broward and United Way of Miami-Dade, 4/3/2020 at 10:00 AM 

Independent Sector Guide on Navigating the CARES act for both small and large non-profits

US Chamber of Commerce Video on How Non-Profits can benefit from the CARES Act.

A Forbes Article on Navigating the Paycheck Protection Program as a Small Business

United States Small Business Administration Disaster Assistance

Emergency Funding for Organizations

Our Fund offers assistance to LGBTQ organizations in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties

GrantSpace List of Financial Resources

Facebook Small Business Cash Grants

The Miami Foundation Community Recovery Fund

State of Florida Short Time Compensation Program — a way for theatre companies to help compensate employees instead of laying them off

Upcoming Webinars for Organizations

Fundraising During COVID-19 — an online workshop from the Arts and Business Council of Miami, 5/26/20 9:30 AM

Previous Webinars for Organizations

Building Blocks for Financial Health — from SMU Data Arts. As cultural organizations work to sustain their critical role in their communities through this crisis, the basics of financial planning are more important than ever.

All of the Americans for the Arts Previous Webinars on COVID-19 related issues

Boot Camp for the Arts — from Capacity Interactive, a livestream on leadership, marketing, and fundraising during this crisis

Small Business Continuity Resource Webinar Amid COVID-19  — Led by the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau

Come Together: The Art of Gathering in a Time of Crisis — Led by the folks who put together the COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources and earlier webinars

Economic Impact Surveys

Filling out these surveys helps advocates secure emergency funding for the industry as a whole.

The State of Florida has a survey on business damage assessment.

Americans for the Arts has an interactive dashboard of the economic impact across the country that can be filtered to see the impact locally. Please fill out their survey to be included.

Resources

In It for the Long Haul — SMU Data Arts presents smart questions for organizations to consider as we prep for the long term effects of COVID-19 on arts organizations

Rebuilding a Better Theatre Industry Post Pandemic
— Genevieve Beller’s essay takes an in depth look at what theatres can do now to plan for a better future

Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide

Audience Outlook Monitor — WolfBrown has started an international ongoing surveying process to check in with audiences about when they will feel safe returning to arts spaces.

Financial Urgent Care — Pentacle is offering free financial advice (not funding) to arts organizations. This includes budgeting, bookeeping, etc.

Security and Privacy Tools for Artistic Collaboration Online— a resource from Fractured Atlas

Fractured Atlas has a list of 10 resources/articles on how to work from home and still support your own mental health.

HowlRound has a page devoted to information on getting started with livestreaming events.

GoldStar is offering their clients the opportunity to ask for donations via their platform. This link is the front end donation link for companies, but if you are a client, sign in to get registered to accept donations.

Principles for Ethical Cancellations — From Springboard for the Arts

Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs Cultural Community Status Report

Miami Arts Marketing Project Facebook Group — The Miami Arts Marketing Project (which is run by the Arts and Business Council of Miami) has created a Facebook group for local arts organizations to gather together online. They are also moving their workshops online for the near future.

Nonprofit Resources on Remote Work

ArtsReady Preparation Check List

Video of the Theatre Communications Group’s Webinar on How to Prepare

Document Library

This section includes links to messaging from various theatre companies and related organizations (both local and national) that others can use as a jumping off point to craft their own messages.

3/24/2020 — The Management Center’s COVID-19 Policy Changes, includes sample policies and communications.

3/20/2020 — Artistic Director Timothy Mark Davis’ message to New City Players patrons

3/19/2020 — Letter from Michael Kaiser and Brett Egan to Foundation Funders

3/17/2020 — Artistic Director Matt Stabile’s message to Theatre Lab Patrons

Resources for Artists

Newly added resources will be listed at the top of their category. Last updated on 6/10/2020 at 2:45 PM.

South Florida Theatre League Survey for Individual Artists

Please fill out our survey on for individual artists on the impact of COVID-19. We know you’re filling out a lot of surveys these days, but this information helps us get a better look at how this event is impacting our theatre community across county lines.

Lists of Multiple Resources

Florida Professional Theatres Association Coronavirus Resources

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources (Recently Overhauled!) — a comprehensive list of resources for individual artists, including a video and transcript of a webinar on this topic hosted by HowlRound. Resources include funding, how to teach online, etc.

Dramatists Guild COVID-19 Resources Page — This is aimed at playwrights, particularly Dramatists Guild members, with resources on handling livestreaming royalties and handling show cancellations as a playwright.

The Fountainhead List of Artist Resources — includes some Miami specific ones

Arts and Business Council of Miami’s COVID-19 Resource Page

North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents List of Resources

Americans for the Arts Resources Page — includes funding options, preparedness advice, and other links

Creative Capital’s List of Arts Resources — includes funding options, preparedness advice, and how to hold virtual events resources

Funding Resources

These are some options for funding, as many artists will be hurting from lost income.

Miami-Dade Artist Support — for artists in Miami-Dade County only, from the Department of Cultural Affairs

Engage@GableStage — a project based grant to create digital performances for GableStage

Pet Project Grant — open to all playwrights

III Points Miami Artist Initiative — Small grants for Miami-Dade County based artists of all disciplines

Hillary Teachout Memorial Fund

National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures has launched Actos de Confianza to support Latinx artists and culture workers.

Artist Relief — A Major Fund ($10M) created by multiple national grant makers for artists

Emergency Grants for Female Artists Over 40 from Anonymous was a Woman.

Cultured Magazine has a list of multiple funding opportunities.

GrantSpace has a page listing multiple emergency grants for artists and small businesses.

Artist Relief Project

Independent Sector has a Guide for Navigating CARES Act Funding for Individuals.

 ArtServe’s Relief Fund will give $500 grants to artists in Broward County who make under $50K a year. The application will open when their fund reaches $10,000.

Creative Sonoma has a list of multiple funding opportunities.

Women Arts has a list of multiple emergency funding opportunities for artists.

3Arts (based out of Chicago) has a long list of funding opportunities.

CERF+ The Artist’s Safety Net COVID-19 Response Fund

Artists Relief Tree

Arts and Culture Leaders of Color Emergency Fund

Artist + Activist Relief Fund — Created by the Soze Foundation, offering $250 grants to artists and activists

Rauschenberg Emergency Grants — These grants are for unexpected medical emergencies, not to replace lost income.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund — for both visual and performing artists doing experimental work

EqualSound Corona Relief Fund — Open to musicians who have lost work

MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund — Open to musicians who have lost work

Emergency Funds for Freelance Artists — A page listing multiple emergency funds for artists

Florida Unemployment — If you have lost a gig due to the coronavirus, you are eligible for unemployment.

Actors Fund Eligibility Page — Despite the name of the organization, the Actors’ Fund supports artists and backstage workers of all disciplines.

Dramatists Guild Fund — The Dramatists Guild Fund offers emergency grants to playwrights, lyricists, and composers.

Upcoming Webinars for Individual Artists

South Florida Creatives Emergency Response Program Webinars

Creative Capital is offering multiple online workshops for individual artists
, including coping with COVID-19 workshops around time management and financial implications.

Previous Webinars for Individual Artists

It Was Always Possible: Centering the Leaders Who Were Here All Along— Led by the folks who put together the COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources. Happened on 4/7/20. “What can we learn from folks who have been developing strategies for combating isolation and cultivating online, digital, and transmedia practices all along? How can we follow the lead of those who have been advocating for a shift in the way our cultural sector values artists?”

Come Together: The Art of Gathering in a Time of Crisis— Led by the folks who put together the COVID-19 Freelance Artist Resources.

Other Resources

A PDF Guide to how to apply for Florida Unemployment

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts is offering free resume reviews and job interview coaching sessions.

Dance Magazine has A Freelancer’s Guide to Unemployment Benefits.

COVID-19 Resources for Teaching Artists — a multidisciplinary resouce

Government COVID-19 Relief Flowchart— A PDF created by theatrical unions to show you can access unemployment as a 1099 worker

Teaching Theatre Online — A Facebook Group of professional theatre teachers sharing tips, tricks, and resources on how to teach theatre online as many schools move to remote instruction.

Teaching Theatre Online — A document created by Dr. Daphnie Sicre of Loyola Marymount University addressing shifting theatre courses online

Resources for Artists to help their craft during this time of social distancing

10 Things Student Actors Can Do During COVID-19 School Closures— The article title says student actors, but they’re good ideas for all actors and many can be useful for all artists.

Playwright Young Jean Lee will be teaching an online playwriting workshop for free on Sunday March 22, 2020.

 

COVID-19 Show Postponements and Closings

While the South Florida Theatre League originally kept all of our COVID-19 updates one page, we’re now splitting out cancellations and postponements from resources for the community.

Below is a list of programming known to be cancelled or postponed by theatre companies in the South Florida area. The list is now alphabetical by theatre company or venue.

If you cannot attend the rescheduled performance, please consider donating your ticket instead of asking for a refund. This pandemic is going to hit the artistic community very hard and any little bit you can help out with will be extremely valued.

Updated as of 4/20/2020, 12:40 PM

Actors’ Community Theatre of Davie has postponed Always a Bridesmaid indefinitely.

Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre has postponed Camelot.

All programming at the Adrienne Arsht Center has been postponed or cancelled until 5/10/2020. This includes Zoetic Stage‘s production of A Little Night Music.

Broward Center has been postponed or cancelled a variety of performances through May. This includes Slow Burn Theatre‘s production of Ragtime, which has been postponed until March 2021 and Footloose, which has been postponed until August 2020

Carbonell Awards and Nominee Ice Cream Social are postponed.

All programming at Coral Springs Center for the Arts has been cancelled until further notice.

Curtain Call Playhouse’s production of Mid-life! The Crisis Musical has cancelled all performances. The show was scheduled to perform at the Sunrise Civic Center, the Herb Skolnick Center, and the Pompano Beach Cultural Center.
Their production of Terms of Endearment has also been canceled. The show was scheduled to perform at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, the Sunrise Civic Theatre, and at the Willow Theatre.

Epiphany Theatre‘s upcoming productions of Celebrity Songbook, Stepping Out, and Nunsense Amen have been cancelled. They currently hope to reschedule Stepping Out in June and Nunsense Amen in August.

All programing by Fantasy Theatre Factory and at the Sandrell Rivers Theatre has been postponed.

GableStage’s production of The Price has been cancelled.

J-CAT’s production of The Miracle Worker has been postponed indefinitely.

Juggerknot Theatre Company’s Miami Motel Stories has been postponed.

All programming at the Kravis Center has been cancelled. This includes MNM Theatre Company‘s Production of Cabaret.

All programming at the Lake Worth Playhouse has been cancelled.

All programming at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center has been cancelled, including the Carbonell Awards and Nominee Ice Cream Social.

Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s production of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and An American Salute with Jeffrey Siegel have been postponed.

All programming at MDC Live Arts has been cancelled.

Measure for Measure’s production of Island Song at the Sunrise Civic Center has been postponed.

All programming at Miami Light Project has been postponed.

Miami New Drama’s production of A Wonderful World at the Colony Theatre has been postponed.

MNM Theatre Company‘s Production of Cabaret has been postponed.

All Programming at Palm Beach Dramaworks has been postponed.

The Pembroke Pines Theatre of the Performing Arts’ (PPTOPA) production of Urinetown has been cancelled.

Pigs Do Fly’s Helen on Wheels at Empire Stage has been rescheduled for October.

Primal Forces’ production of Warrior Class at Sol Theatre has been postponed.

Theatre Lab’s production of To Fall in Love has been postponed.

Slow Burn Theatre‘s production of Ragtime, which has been postponed until August.

West Boca Theatre Company has cancelled Barefoot in the Park.

The Willow Theatre has cancelled all programing until further notice.

Zoetic Stage‘s production of A Little Night Music has been postponed.

Coronavirus Updates

As the situation with COVID-19 rapidly changes for the South Florida Theatre Community, the South Florida Theatre League has split our previously one collective response page into multiple pages:

Show Cancellations and Postponements

Resources for Individual Artists

Resources for Theatre Companies

The South Florida Theatre League has also just launched the South Florida Theatre League Relief Fund, which will give money to theatre companies to give to the artists and other employees that they have had to lay off during this time.

The South Florida Theatre League has also launched two internal surveys to get a better sense of how this pandemic has affected our community. One is a survey for theatre companies and one is a survey for individual artists.

We will continually update these pages with information to help our community as we find it. If you have a good resource for anyone, please email me at andie@southfloridatheatre.com.

Sincerely,

Andie Arthur
Executive Director
South Florida Theatre League

2019 Remy Awards Photos

CPhotos from the 2019 Remy Awards held at ArtServe on Monday August 26, 2019

Photo Credit to Betty Alvarez

Hurricane Dorian Show Closings and Postponements

As Hurricane Dorian approaches Florida, the South Florida Theatre League is compiling information about show cancellations, postponements, and box office closings for the wider community. As we receive more information, we will update this list.

Shows Cancelled or Postponed (Alphabetical by Show Title)

Driving Miss Daisy at J*CAT (Jewish Cultural Arts Theatre) has postponed its opening to Sunday September 8 at 2:00 PM, with added performances later in the run.

Starmaker at Island City Stage has cancelled its Sunday performance at 5:00 PM.

Box Offices Closed (Alphabetical by Theatre)

Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre will be closed Sunday and Monday.

Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s box office will be closed from Friday through Tuesday, with plans to reopen on Wednesday, unless there is damage to the building.

Palm Beach Dramaworks’ box office will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, with the hope to return to normal operations on Wednesday.  

2019 Remy Awards

The South Florida Theatre League
Announces the 2019 Remy Awards

The South Florida Theatre League
celebrates the theatrical community’s
Unsung Theatrical Heroes
in a community fundraiser

For immediate Release
Contact:  Andie Arthur
andie@southfloridatheatre.com
/ 954-557-0778

August 6, 2019

MIAMI, FL:  The South Florida Theatre League is
excited to announce the return of the Remy Awards in 2019. The Remy Awards,named in honor of Remberto Cabrera, the former Miami-Dade County Department
of Cultural Affairs’ Senior Cultural Administrator and Chief of Cultural
Development, are given to the unsung heroes who provide outstanding service
behind the scenes of the South Florida Theatre League Community.

For 2019, the Awards will be presented as part of an evening fundraiser for the South Florida Theatre League at ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale. The evening will begin with a reception, where industry members and audience members can mingle and enjoy light refreshments and partake in a silent auction. The evening will progress with integrated performances and awards presentations. The performers will be selected by winners of the awards, to further honor their contributions.  

The 2019 Remy Awards will conclude Summer Theatre Fest on August 26, 2019 at 7:30 PM at ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale.

 The Remy Awards have been a part of the South Florida Theatre League since its first year (1994) – with the Service Award dedicated to those who have provided outstanding service to the League and the Pioneer Award dedicated to those who have changed the landscape of South Florida Theatre. In 2014 the Board of the League made the decision to increase the number of categories to honor the breadth of those in our community whose contributions are often overlooked.

Tickets for the 2019 Remy Awards event are $10 and are available here: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/1016024

ArtServe is located at 1350 E Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304.

The South Florida Theatre League is an alliance of
theatrical organizations and professionals dedicated to nurturing, promoting,
and advocating for the growth and prestige of the South Florida theatre
industry.  For more information about the South Florida Theatre League
visit http://southfloridatheatre.org/
.

For more information about the South Florida Theatre League
and/or the Remy Awards, please contact Andie Arthur at andie@southfloridatheatre.com or
954-557-0778

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This Year’s Remy Award Recipients Are:

The Pioneer Award: Edward Allen and Mimi Schultz

The Pioneer Award is bestowed upon individuals who have, over the years, taken the lead and contributed substantially to the health, growth and development of the South Florida theatre community.

The Service Award: R. Kent Chambers-Wilson

The Service Award is given to either individuals or organizations in recognition of their invaluable and outstanding contributions made through time, talent, service, and expertise by taking the initiative and actively participating and contributing to the growth and development of the South Florida Theatre League.

The Jay Harris Arts Leadership Award – Harvey Burstein

Named in memory of one of South Florida’s most dedicated arts patrons, the Jay Harris Arts Leadership Award honors those who have made a substantial contribution to the theatrical community in the ways that Jay Harris did – through leadership, on-going volunteerism, and financial support.

Civic Arts Leadership Award — ArtBurst Miami

Outstanding
Behind the Scenes Contribution – James Danford

Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Theatre – The Members of the Miami
Children’s Museum Theater Troupe

Led by Bree-Anna Obst

Diana Garle
Robert Fritz
Peter Kisiluk
Travon Pierre
Seth Trucks
Krystal Millie Valdes

Two New Workshops

The South Florida Theatre League and MDC Live Arts Lab are excited to present two professional development workshops with Hope Chavez and Corinne Woods of the Alliance of Resident Theatres New York!

Introduction to Grant Writing
and
What’s Next? Sustainable Growth for Small Organizations

Saturday June 8, 2019
at MDC Live Arts Lab
Building 1, 300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132

Introduction to Grant Writing – 10 AM to 1PM
Break
What’s Next? Sustainable Growth for Small Organizations – 2PM to 5PM

$20 per workshop, $30 for both
Half Price Tickets for South Florida Theatre League Members with Code SFTL

Tickets Available Here.


Intro to Grant Writing

This workshop explores the basics of grant writing,
including crafting a narrative, building a project budget and budget notes, and
selecting work samples and additional documentation.

What’s next: Sustainable Growth for Small Organizations

You’ve started a theater company, built an audience, and
have dedicated supporters–what now? How do you grow and stabilize your
organization? This workshop is for organizations with limited (or no) staff and
small budgets who are interested in learning how to plan for sustainable growth
and/or capacity building. We will discuss identifying and building your
community of supporters, financial best practices, and addressing opportunities
and challenges that allow you to create the art you want for years to come!

About The Workshop Instructors

Hope Chavez is a seasoned creative producer,
arts administrator, and activist in New York City. Proud member of Women of
Color in the Arts (WOCA) and former mentee in their Leadership Through
Mentorship Program. Experienced grant manager, program officer, producer,
managing director, and educator. Deeply committed to centering the voices and
experiences of those who are historically marginalized and creating a vibrant
environment that acknowledges artists’ full dignity and allows them to
flourish. Focused on using arts admin and producing to create equity, justice,
and joy in the world.

Corinne Woods is the
Director of Programs at A.R.T./New York where she oversees the short term and
real estate loan programs, six grant programs including the Andrew W. Mellon
New York Theater Program, Access A.R.T./New York increasing accessibility in
NYC’s non-profit theatres, and the creation and launch of Body Autonomy, a
program to address and respond to abuse and harassment. Prior to joining
A.R.T./New York, she worked as the General Manager of Ma-Yi Theatre, and the
Managing Director of All For One, where she started as an intern before the
company had produced its first show. She has also worked throughout New York,
and occasionally beyond, as a freelance producer, general manager, and/or
production manager for companies including Keen Company, Snorks and Piñs, The
Pool, and Untitled Theatre Company No. 61. Occasionally she directs and creates
performance work with her queer theatre company Not Without Rage. She also
teaches workshops on budgeting and financial basics for non-profit theatres.

2019 Carbonell After Party

What becomes a legend most? Why a party of course!!  Celebrities of the performing arts from Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade will gather on Monday, April 8th for the 43rd Annual Carbonell Awards. The Carbonells honor excellence in theater across the South Florida region.  To top off a wonderful evening of excitement, the South Florida Theatre League will once again host our annual Carbonell After Party.  This year’s After Party will be held in the lobby of the Broward Center’s Au-Rene Theater. Dancing will begin at the end of the awards ceremony and you only need walk across the courtyard.

To accompany dazzling music spun by a first-class DJ and a professional photographer to capture distinctive memoirs for the party goers, a ticket to this affair will include great food with fabulous desserts. A cash bar is available for those that want to toast their favorite local stars, with the drink prices having been lowered to $7 a drink, signifigantly cheaper than drinks normally are at the Broward Center.

Don’t wait to get your tickets, past events have sold out quickly. Tickets are $30 with Carbonell Nominees receiving a half-off discount. In order to purchase a nominee ticket, please contact Andie Arthur at andie@southfloridatheatre.com to make arrangements.

Theatre League Members recieve a SPECIFIC TIME LIMITED DISCOUNT! Check your SFTL email for details.


Non-members of the South Florida Theater league can join now and recieve the discounted price. Theater League membership includes:

  • Weekly Email Updates: filled with news, audition notices, job opportunities, discount ticket offers, and other valuable information.
  • Discounted Tickets: Individual members of the Theatre League are often offered complimentary and discounted tickets to member theatre productions.
  • Your headshot and resume will be posted in our online database, frequently accessed by regional artistic directors and casting agencies.
  • Unified Auditions: Every February, the League hosts Unified Auditions where members can audition for many of our member theatres at one time.
  • Workshops: The South Florida Theatre League hosts professional development workshops for producers, directors and performing artists on any number of topics to enhance your craft.

Buy Tickets Now!

Florida Candidate Survey Answers

In 2018, the South Florida Theatre League’s Arts Advocacy Committee put together a short, four question survey for every single Florida State House and Florida State Senate candidate in our service area of Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Broward, and Monroe Counties. This was done in light of the massive arts funding cuts that happened in the 2018 legislative session.

The four questions are as follows:

1. What is the role of the arts in your life?
2. What should be the role of the arts in your community?
3. The state recently slashed its arts budget by 89%.  On a scale of 1 – 5 (5 being the most likely) how likely would you be to reinstate funding for the arts.
4. What action will you take to support the arts if elected?

While we sent out surveys to all the candidates, we’ve only received responses from five candidates. Those answers – along with information about the district the candidate is running in and the party they represent are below. Districts are listed in numerical order. In order to find out if any of responding candidates are in your district, you can use the following site: https://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Representatives/myrepresentative.aspx

Please use this as additional information as your consider your vote in the upcoming midterm elections on November 6, 2018.

Florida House District 87

David Silvers
Democratic Party

What is the role of the arts in your life?

As a life-long supporter of the arts, I understand the importance of the arts community, whether it is through theatre, music, or film. I have been on the Board of the Young Friends of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts for more than a decade and actively support charities associated with the Kravis Center, to help bring the arts to every student who may have an interest in the arts.

I have also seen how the arts, especially through music, can reach people who may be suffering certain mental or psychological setbacks, thus there is so much more to the arts than just entertainment. It can ultimately lead to real results when trying to help people.

What should be the role of the arts in your community?

The arts should have a meaningful role in the community because they can provide opportunities to so many people, when the arts community is thriving it can be a boost to the local economy. For example, the Kravis Center is the 2nd most visited tourist location in Palm Beach County outside of the Palm Beach Zoo. When people visit Palm Beach County to attend a performance at the Kravis Center they are  more likely to visit a local restaurant which helps with our local economy.

The state recently slashed its arts budget by 89%.  On a scale of 1 – 5 (5 being the most likely) how likely would you be to reinstate funding for the arts.

I would be at a 5, because I understand the importance of the arts to our local community.

What action will you take to support the arts if elected?

Well, since I believe film is part of the arts community, I have already filled legislation to support the arts. In my first term in the legislature I filed 2 bills to help resurrect the film and television industry here in Florida. We had a program here in Florida for about a decade that helped bring episodic television shows as well as films here but that program sunset in 2014 and ever since then the film industry has disappeared to Georgia and Louisiana. I want to bring those opportunities back to Florida. I have heard from so many people in the film and television industry that they will have to move because there are just not enough jobs to be sustainable.

Florida House District 98

Michael Gottleib
Democratic Party

What is the role of the arts in your life?

My wife and I have season tickets at the BCPA and regularly attend shows with our children. Likewise we have supported the arts, by attending performances and charitable donations.

What should be the role of the arts in your community?

Freedom of expression, freedom to dream and the opportunity for all to share in that is what is important about the arts. Rich or poor we can all enjoy the ability to perform, to paint and to be able to express oneself thru the arts. Being able to share one’s life experience thru arts is also valuable. I feel that we need to save the arts and continue to allow this form of expression to flourish in our community.

The state recently slashed its arts budget by 89%.  On a scale of 1 – 5 (5 being the most likely) how likely would you be to reinstate funding for the arts?

5

What action will you take to support the arts if elected?

I fully support the arts. Funding for all significant areas of life is a major priority. We need to insure that the legislature gives our county the proper allocation of our tax dollars back. Being a donor county has harmed our ability to inspire community minded programs. I hope to be able to insure our fiscal responsibility to the arts.

Florida House District 112

Rosy Palomino
Republican Party

What is the role of the arts in your life?

The role of the arts serves to uplift, educate and enrich our lives. I enjoy productions large and small in my personal life.

What should be the role of the arts in your community?

The arts are a valuable part of the cultural fabric of our community. I am firm believer that the arts should be taken into serious consideration in economic development.

The state recently slashed its arts budget by 89%.  On a scale of 1 – 5 (5 being the most likely) how likely would you be to reinstate funding for the arts?

5.

What action will you take to support the arts if elected?

My priority as a legislator in regards to the arts is to restore the Coconut Grove Playhouse into a working regional theater and promote the arts in coordination with local and state agencies.


Florida House District 113

Michael Grieco
Democratic Party

What is the role of the arts in your life?

I grew up doing musical theater up until college and my wife is an avid theater goer.

What should be the role of the arts in your community?

As a Miami/Miami Beach resident, I strongly believe that the arts play a key role in a fully thriving community, especially in education.

The state recently slashed its arts budget by 89%.  On a scale of 1 – 5 (5 being the most likely) how likely would you be to reinstate funding for the arts?

4 I only say 4 because I cannot do it alone. Between these budget cuts and the elimination of tv/film incentives, those currently controlling the state government have made clear where their priorities lie.

 What action will you take to support the arts if elected?

I want to see most of the funding reinstated, but I also want to see STEAM funding, which includes the arts, brought back into the education budget.

Jonathan Parker
Republican Party

What is the role of the arts in your life?

Theatre has been part of my life since I was a small child.  In high school I participated in student productions and honed skills in theatre lighting.  After considering a career in television production, I ultimately became a lawyer with a deep appreciation for the arts.

What should be the role of the arts in your community?

It’s always about abundant availability and reasonable cost so that it is affordable to all to enjoy.

The state recently slashed its arts budget by 89%.  On a scale of 1 – 5 (5 being the most likely) how likely would you be to reinstate funding for the arts?

5, but it certainly depends on the details.

What action will you take to support the arts if elected?

Support well orchestrated legislation that affects the arts, whether financially or for availability whether to the general public or by supporting educational institutions.

The 2018 Remy Awards

The South Florida Theatre League Announces the 2018 Remy Awards

The South Florida Theatre League
celebrates the theatrical community’s
Unsung Theatrical Heroes
in a community fundraiser


The South Florida Theatre League is excited to announce the return of the Remy Awards in 2018. The Remy Awards, named in honor of Remberto Cabrera, the former Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs’ Senior Cultural Administrator and Chief of Cultural Development, are given to the unsung heroes who provide outstanding service behind the scenes of the South Florida Theatre League Community.

For 2018, the Awards will be presented as part of an evening fundraiser for the South Florida Theatre League at Fantasy Theatre Factory at the Sandrell Rivers Theatre in Miami. The evening will begin with a reception, where industry members and audience members can mingle and enjoy light refreshments and partake in a silent auction. The evening will progress with performances by Eytan Deray, Casey Dressler, Sabrina Gore, and Villain Theater, with Theatre League Board member Vanessa Elise as the master of ceremonies. After the performances, the awards will be presented.

The Remy Awards have been a part of the South Florida Theatre League since its first year (1994) – with the Service Award dedicated to those who have provided outstanding service to the League and the Pioneer Award dedicated to those who have changed the landscape of South Florida Theatre. In 2014 the Board of the League made the decision to increase the number of categories to honor the breadth of those in our community whose contributions are often overlooked.

After much debate and research the Board of Directors of the South Florida Theatre League unanimously decided that there will be no Civic Arts Leadership Award given this year. This decision reflects the League’s – and the entire Florida Cultural Community’s – concern and dismay regarding the Florida Legislature’s drastic 89% cut to Arts funding in the state.

Tickets for the 2018 Remy Awards event are $10 and are available from the Fantasy Theatre Factory website. https://tickets.ftfshows.com/TheatreManager/1/tmEvent/tmEvent218.html
Fantasy Theatre Factory at the Sandrell Rivers Theatre is located at 6103 NW 7th Ave, Miami, FL 33127.

This Year’s Remy Award Recipients Are:

The Pioneer Award: Tony Finstrom

The Pioneer Award is bestowed upon individuals who have, over the years, taken the lead and contributed substantially to the health, growth and development of the South Florida theatre community.

The Service Award: Conor Walton and Mark Traverso

The Service Award is given to either individuals or organizations in recognition of their invaluable and outstanding contributions made through time, talent, service, and expertise by taking the initiative and actively participating and contributing to the growth and development of the South Florida Theatre League.

The Jay Harris Arts Leadership Award – Scott Roberts, Florida Children’s Theatre

Named in memory of one of South Florida’s most dedicated arts patrons, the Jay Harris Arts Leadership Award honors those who have made a substantial contribution to the theatrical community in the ways that Jay Harris did – through leadership, on-going volunteerism, and financial support.

Outstanding Board Member – Clara Lyzniak, Main Street Players

Outstanding Behind the Scenes Contribution – Rachel Chin, Storycrafter Studio

Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Theatre – Larry Fields, Fantasy Theatre Factory

Outstanding Contribution to Community Theatre – Fern Katz, ACT of Davie

 

Summer Theatre Fest 2018

The South Florida Theatre League is excited to announce the return of Summer Theatre Fest. For the sixth season in a row, the League has sponsored readings of new plays by local playwrights at our member theatres from Jupiter to Key West.

It’s a great way for audience members to try a new to them location. All readings are free and open to the public.

The South Florida Theatre League launches Summer Theatre Fest with our annual membership meeting and this year will close the festival with the Remy Awards. Every Monday in-between is a reading of a new play (or multiple short plays).

For a map of locations, check out the Summer Theatre Fest brochure.

Summer Theatre Fest Reading Schedule:

Please note that some days will have multiple readings. Reading start times also vary by location.

June 4: Annual South Florida Theatre Meeting and Networking Event at Miami New Drama at 7:30 PM

June 11: Pale Blue Dot by Luis Roberto Herrera at Main Street Players at 7:30 PM

June 18: Cassie by Jessica Farr at City Theatre at the Adrienne Arsht Center, 7:00 PM

June 25: Stages of the Sun: Readings of New Plays by South Florida Theatre League Playwrights at MicroTheater Miami, various times

This reading will be done in the traditional MicroTheater set up, so multiple readings of short plays will be running concurrently within storage containers. Audience members can see as many or as few plays as they would like.

July 2: Student Stages of the Sun: Plays by Student Playwrights at Fantasy Theatre Factory at the Sandrell Rivers Theatre at 7:30

July 9: When a Baby Cries by Bonita Alane Cornick at TheatreSouth at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center at 8:00 PM.

July 9: Sideways by Rex Pickett, TheatreXP at Red Barn Theatre, 7:30 PM

July 16: Titled Glass by Michael Aman, Zoetic Stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center, 7:00 PM

July 23: Malvolio by Betty Shamieh, the Cutler Bay Community Theatre at Thalatta Estate at 7:00 PM

July 23: The Unfinished Mystery by Various Playwrights at Mystery on the Menu at Empire Stage at 8:00 PM

July 30: Dinner at the End of the World and Other Small Bites by Andie Arthur, Primal Forces at Sol Theatre, 7:00 PM

August 6: Eyes That Don’t See, Corazon Que No Siente by Michael Leon at Miami New Drama at 7:30 PM

August 13: Radar Range by Maura Campbell, Fugitive Sister Productions at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center at 7:00 PM

August 20: The August 20th reading at GableStage has been cancelled.

August 27: The Remy Awards at Fantasy Theatre Factory at the Sandrell Rivers Theatre

The Remy Awards will close out Summer Theatre Fest. There is a $10 charge for the event. There will be a reception with a cash bar and a silent auction.

Theatrical Intimacy Education Workshop

The South Florida Theatre League is excited to present a workshop on Staged Intimacy with Laura Rikard.

Theatrical Intimacy Education imparts directors, performers, production designers/crew/management and teaching artists/educators with the knowledge and tools for approaching sensitive material (for stage, film, and television) safely and ethically. In this workshop, participants will learn best practices for discussing and staging intimate content in class, rehearsal, and coaching without sacrificing creative vision and maintaining the joy of the creative process. All participants will be provided with the clear, specific vocabulary necessary to discuss sensitive or sexual content
and will learn how to resolve potential moments of conflict in a positive, productive, collaborative manner. Participants will engage in active discussions and exercises on the spectrum of intimacy in a theatrical context, both on and off stage, covering casting through production.
Participants should be aware that there are exercises that will ask participants to engage in physical touch with a partner. These exercises are voluntary and participants may choose to work on their own or observe.
No photography, audio recording, or video recording. Notes must be taken by hand and not on an electronic device.

Theatrical Intimacy Education Workshop
Saturday May 5
1:00 to 5:00 PM
Suggested Donation $10

at the University of Miami
Hecht Residential Hall
Second Floor
1231 Dickinson Drive
Coral Gables, 33146

Parking is available around the building. Any space except for those marked reserved.

Laura Rikard is (SAG-AFTRA/AEA) is a director, actor, stage movement specialist, intimacy choreographer, Assistant Professor of Acting, Directing and Movement at the University of Miami and a founding member of Theatre Intimacy Education. Directing credits include: The Seagull, Dead Man’s Cellphone, Spring Awakening, 13, the Musical, Romeo and Juliet, and others. Acting Credits include: A Streetcar Named Desire, By the Bog of Cats, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Macbeth, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Rhinoceros, and others. Stage Intimacy Choreography includes: Butterfly Kiss, Spring Awakening, Memory of Water, Refuge, Tall Grass Gothic, Lady Aoi, Agatha Christie’s The Patient, and The Red Paint. She has worked in film and television, NYC, regionally, on national tours, internationally and devised solo performance productions. She has been coaching and teaching for 18 years. Former students have won the National Shakespeare Competition at the Lincoln Center, been accepted to top training programs and are currently working on and off Broadway, in professional theatres in Chicago, Los Angeles, London, at top regional theatres and her students can also been seen in numerous films and television series. Learn more about Laura at www.laurarikard.com. She taught workshops and presented on Staging Intimacy at the ATHE Conference, the ATHE Directing Pre-Conference, Rose Bruford Conservatory, Brown University, Bucknell University, Temple University, Elon University, Emory/Henry University, Dell’ Arte, and University of Utah.

Hurricane Irma

Dear Theatre Lover,

We hope that you and your loved ones made it through hurricane Irma safely. If you are still without power, we hope that you get it back quickly.

We’re happy to report that the member theatres who have checked in are all doing well, including one of our member theatres in Key West, the Waterfront Playhouse. Most have sustained no damage, some have some minor damage, and as of Thursday September 15, quite a few still don’t have power.

Because of this, we are compiling information of show schedule changes due to the disruption from Hurricane Irma.

The list is in alphabetical order by theatre company, as our normal OnStage Now blasts are. We plan to update this part of our website as we learn more and Florida Theater OnStage, a local theatre journalism website, is also tracking updates.

We hope that you are doing well in the aftermath and if you haven’t yet received power back that it will come back quickly.

Sincerely,

Andie Arthur
Executive Director
South Florida Theatre League

CHANGES IN SCHEDULE DUE TO HURRICANE IRMA
As of Monday 9/18 at 4:00 PM

The opening of Area Stage’s An Octoroon has been postponed to September 24 at 5:00 PM with previews on September 23 and 24 at 8:00 PM.
An Octoroon: A Slave-Era Dramedy Where Nothing is Black or White
The Area Stage Company announces its final production of the 2016-17 season, the Florida premiere of “An Octoroon” by Obie Award-winning playwright Branden JacobsJenkins. This work takes the plot of Dion Boucicault’s 1859 antebellum melodrama, “The Octoroon”, and smashes it with a 21st-century sensibility.
1560 s dixie highway  coral gables fl 33146   l   305 666 2078    l   areastagecompany.com
Directed by John Rodaz (Carbonell Award-winner) and designed by Giancarlo Rodaz (Carbonell Award-nominee) this production will feature choreography and original music to create a theatrical event that is equally hilarious and moving, subversive and provocative.
Area Stage Company 1560 S Dixie Hwy Coral Gables, FL 33146
TICKETS  Adults: $45, Senior Citizens (65+): $40, Students (up to 25 years old with ID): $20 for SFTL Members Please call (305) 666-2078 or visit us at areastagecompany.com

Brazilian Voices at Broward Center Rescheduled
The majority of the Broward Center performances are back on schedule. The performance of Brazilian Voices scheduled for Friday 9/15 has been rescheduled to Friday 12/1. All previous ticket holders will be honored.

City Theatre’s Building the Wall Opening Postponed
BUILDING THE WALL
by Robert Schenkkan, Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright
Due to Hurricane Irma, the first performance will now be on Saturday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m.
September 23 – October 8, 2017
Tickets: $34, $39, $44 & 54*
Carnival Studio Theater in the Ziff Ballet Opera House
City Theatre (@citytheatremia) and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (@arshtcenter) have announced a new opening date for the South Florida premiere of BUILDING THE WALL, a National New Play Network rolling world premiere written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan (The Kentucky Cycle, All the Way, Hacksaw Ridge). Due to Hurricane Irma, the first performance of BUILDING THE WALL has been rescheduled from its original date of Thursday, September 21 to Saturday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m. Guests who had tickets for performances taking place before September 23 should contact the Arsht Center Box Office at (305) 949-6722 to exchange their tickets for a new date. The updated performance schedule can be viewed at www.arshtcenter.org.

Florida International University Theatre changes the dates of upcoming shows.
FIU Theatre is announcing an updated performance schedule for our fall shows after Hurricane Irma disrupted the rehearsal and production schedules.
Ubu Rex, our first show of the season, will run October 6 – 15. Tickets are available at http://go.fiu.edu/ubu.
Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None now runs November 17 – 19 and November 29 – December 3 with a dark week in between for Thanksgiving.
Patrons that already purchased tickets for the shows will be contacted in the next couple of days to make an exchange.

Proyecto Teatral Las Mercedes (in Spanish) Directed by Alejandro Milián,with Musical Direction by Damaris Torres at Main Street Players has been rescheduled to Saturday,  October 28th @ 8pm. Tickets are $20 at the door only.
Mainstreet Players & Proyecto Teatral Las Mercedes presenta;
Tres Actos En Español:
La Canción de Cecilia/Cecilia’s Song- performed by Ariana Begue-
( A Cuban mother who fights for her own destiny)
Mujeres de Crystal/Crystal Woman -performed by Alejandro Miliàn
( A women dies of poetry)
Peores, Las Demas/Worse, Are The Others- performed by Araina Beautiful ,Odel Iglesias & Grettel Perez
(A different musical- a lesbian mother fights for her son and her lover, the
decision is cruel and uncertain)
Performed in Spanish.
show length: 1:30
tickets at door only: $20
At: Main Street Playhouse
6766 Main Street
Miami Lakes FL 33014
305 558 3737

Palm Beach Dramaworks closed and An Evening With Charles Busch Rescheduled
Due to lack their phones and internet still being down, Palm Beach Dramaworks’ box office remains closed. The performance of An Evening With Charles Busch slated for Saturday the 16th has been rescheduled to Saturday, January 13, 2018.

Storycrafter Studio Changes Dates of One Show and Announces Another
Orchids and Mud Fish will not go on in October of 2017. It will  open April 19, 2018.
In replacement of Orchids and Mud Fish, Storycrafter Studio will be present Mono Howard’s original play in Nov. 2017 details TBA.

Straight White Men at Thinking Cap Theatre Postponed
Due to power outages and unanticipated delays as a result of Hurricane Irma, Thinking Cap Theatre will have to postpone their production of Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men. The new dates are December 14, 2017 to January 7, 2018. If you have immediate questions, please call the box office at 954-610-7263.

 

 

Summer Theatre Fest Returns for Fifth Year!

Summer Theatre Fest 2017
The South Florida Theatre League
Invites patrons to attend
Free Play Readings
Every Monday Evening
From June through August

For Immediate Release
Contact: Andie Arthur
andie@southfloridatheatre.com /954-557-0778

May 15, 2017

MIAMI, FL:  The Theatre League’s Summer Theatre Fest has become an integral part of South Florida’s cultural landscape, and in its fifth year South Florida audiences will once again have the opportunity to see theatre for free, and check out new plays in development by South Florida playwrights.  The program’s continued and growing success over of past four years has indicated to the League that theatre patrons are ready and willing to try new theatrical experiences, and even cross county lines to do it.

Every Monday from June 1 to August 31, a South Florida Theatre League member theatre will host a reading of a new play by a local playwright.

Playwrights range from established local favorites, including Carbonell Award-winners and nominees, to emerging talents, with plays vastly ranging in subject matter and style.

“Over the past four years, Summer Theatre Fest has grown significantly. We’ve helped our member theatres incubate new plays that go on to have a life long after the reading is over. Just last week, I received a published copy of a collection of plays by Bob Bowersox – two of the plays in the collection had their start in the first two years of Summer Theatre Fest,” says Andie Arthur, executive director of the South Florida Theatre League.

“And our audiences have grown,” says Board Member and Marketing Chair Carol Kassie.  “We’ve seen full theatres – which is always exciting – and a good number of patrons who attend multiple readings.  We’ve also found that patrons who attend a reading a particular theatre often return to that theatre to attend a paid performance. So we consider the program a great success on both sides of the footlights!”

In addition to the reading series, this year, Summer Theatre Fest will launch on June 5 with a full day of theatre artist focused activities. Michael Leeds and Caryl Fantel, award winning director and musical director, will be leading a day long workshop on how to audition – which includes advice on choosing pieces that are right for you, how to prepare your audition material, and finding the right key for your song. The musical theatre workshop will run from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM and the straight acting workshop will run from 2:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Actors can participate in either individual workshop for $20 or attend both for $30. Participants must be members of the South Florida Theatre League and please contact Andie Arthur, executive director, at andie@southfloridatheatre.com to sign up.

The day of workshops will end with an evening networking mixer for theatre professionals. This is free and open to the public and a great way for theatre artists to get to know each other in a casual setting.

The traditional reading series begins on Monday June 12 with readings every Monday until August 28, when Summer Theatre Fest will close with readings of plays by South Florida Theatre League Playwrights at the Miramar Cultural Center.

For more information on upcoming readings, please visit www.southfloridatheatre.com. Please note that additional information will be added for readings as it is received.

South Florida Theatre League Summer FestReading Schedule:

June 5 – Summer Theatre Fest Launch Day at ArtServe – with two audition workshops led by Michael Leeds and Caryl Fantel (Musical Theatre from 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM and acting from 2:30 PM to 6:30 PM) and a Networking Mixer at 7:00 PM

June 12 — Storycrafter Studio, “A Tale of Africa” by Tyler Powell, 8:00 PM

June 19 — GableStage, “1,000 Miles” by Vanessa Garcia, 7:30 PM

June 19 — Maltz Jupiter Theatre, “Goy Toy” by Hannah Benitez, 7:30 PM

June 26 — Area Stage, “The Ballad” and “Brotherly Love” by Ean Kessler, 7:30 PM

July 3 — Mad Cat Theatre at the MTC Sandbox, “Expiration Date” by Jessica Farr, 7:30 PM

July 10 — TheatreXP at the Red Barn Theatre, “Heartbeat” by Georgia Searle Morris, 7:00 PM

July 10 — Lost Girls Theatre at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami, “The Secret of the Biological Clock” by Andie Arthur, 7:30 PM

July 17 — Sociedad Actoral Hispanoamericana, “Pepe el Romano” by Ernesto Caballero, 8:30 PM (This reading will be in Spanish)

July 17 — Mystery on the Menu at Andrews Living Arts, “It Happened on July 17” by Various Playwrights, 7:00 PM

July 24 — Outre Theatre Company, “The Big Island” by Bob Lind, 7:30 PM

July 31 — Actors’ Playhouse, “All Together Now” by Philip Middleton Williams, 7:30 PM

July 31 — Primal Forces at Andrews Living Arts, “Ayn’s Sister” by Jennie Franks, 7:30 PM

August 7 — Conundrum Stages at the Betsey Hotel, “Play it By Ear” by Mo Schneider and Joe Feinstein, 7:30 PM

August 14 — Fugitive Sister Stage and Screen at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, “Seagull Invasion” by Maura Campbell, 7:30 PM

August 14 — Main Street Playhouse, “To Life” by Robert Coppel, 8:00 PM

August 21Evening Star Productions, “Watchful Eyes: Part 2” by Jefferson. 8:00 PM

August 21 — Zoetic Stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center, “Ascended” by Chaz Mena, 7:00 pm

August 28 — Miramar Cultural Center, “Stages of the Sun: New Plays by SFTL Playwrights” at 7:00 PM

Theatre League’s Carbonell After Party Photos 2017

Did you get your picture taken at the League’s After Party on April 3, 2017? Then find your picture here!

Photography by Clay Wieland.

 

Rescheduled: Copyright Law and Its Application to the Theatre and Performing Arts Community

The South Florida Theatre League
to present a workshop on
Copyright Law and Its Application to the Theatre and Performing Arts Community
January 28, 2017

In keeping with its mandate to provide education and support to its membership and community, the South Florida Theatre League will present Copyright Law and Its Application to the Theatre and Performing Arts Community – a workshop dedicated to copyright law considerations for theatre professionals, on Saturday, January  28, 2016 at ArtServe from 1-5 pm.  The course will be conducted by two local attorneys, Susan Dierenfeldt-Troy and David Rogero, who between the two of them, have over fifty years of combined experience in the area of intellectual property law. This is the same workshop that was previous scheduled for October 8, 2016, but had to be postponed due to Hurricane Matthew.

The course will focus on matters of concern to various professionals within the theatrical community – from producers to playwrights – and will be comprised of a lecture and a workshop.  For the workshop, attendees will be asked to address a hypothetical copyright law-related problem confronting a fictional theater. Workshop topics to be covered include protecting one’s copyright, avoiding infringement of another’s copyrighted work, and copyright licensing agreements.

The target audience for the Copyright Law and Its Application to the Theatre and Performing Arts Community workshop includes playwrights, producers, directors, performing artists, and anyone who wishes to learn more about copyright law in general from both a theoretical and practical standpoint.    It will be open to both South Florida Theatre League members and non-members.

Cost for the Copyright Law and Its Application to the Theatre and Performing Arts Community workshop will be $10 for League members, and $25 for non-members. Tickets are available on line; tickets will also be available for purchase at the door, the day of the event.

The Florida Bar will award 4 CLE credits for taking this course.

South Florida Theatre League is an alliance of theatrical organizations and professionals dedicated to nurturing, promoting, and advocating for the growth and prestige of the South Florida theatre industry. The League unites member theaters at all levels from the professional organizations that hire Equity actors to community theatres that give amateurs a chance to test their skills. Everyone who works in the theatre industry in South Florida is eligible to be a member of the League.

Copyright Law and Its Application to the Theatre and Performing Arts Community

Presented by the South Florida Theatre League
Led by Susan Dierenfeldt-Troy and David Rogero

Saturday, January 28, 2016

1 – 5 pm

Buy Tickets Here

Susan D. Troy is a partner with the Miami-based law firm of Troy & Schwartz, LLC.  She specializes in intellectual property law matters pertaining to copyrights, trademarks, patents, trade secrets, and entertainment law.  She is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. patent bar.  In the area of copyrights, Ms. Troy has assisted clients with the formal registration of copyrights in music, literature, the visual arts, software, and television programs.  She has also conducted copyright and trademark clearance searches and written opinion letters on behalf of television show producers. She has prosecuted copyright infringement suits in numerous courts, largely as the counsel for defendants in such lawsuits and written and negotiated numerous copyright licensing agreements on behalf of copyright owners.

Ms. Troy is also an instructor at Miami-Dade College’s Continuing Education Department where she teaches a course on risk management for new and growing businesses. Susan is a magna cum laude graduate of St. Thomas School of Law where she was a member of the law review.

David M. Rogero is an AV Preeminent-rated attorney specializing in copyright and trademark matters and business litigation. He has 40 years’ experience, and is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Florida.  Mr. Rogero has assisted clients with the registration of their copyright claims in music, literature, photographs, and other visual arts and television programs. He has prosecuted numerous copyright infringement suits in federal courts throughout Florida.

Mr. Rogero has served as chairman and as an active committee member in the Florida Bar’s Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section. He has also served several terms on the board of directors of the Dade County Bar Association, as well as the chairman of the Legal Aid and Public Service Committee, and as chairman of the board of the Greater Miami and the Keys Chapter of the American Red Cross.  David graduated from the University of Florida School of Law with honors.

Hurricane Matthew Related Show Closings and Postponements

As South Florida prepares for Hurricane Matthew, the South Florida Theatre League will update this post with postponements and cancellations of shows of our member organizations as we find out about them. We are not the only local theatre related organization doing this, so please also check out Florida Theater OnStage in addition to our site in order to have the most complete picture of what is happening.

Shows and Events Cancelled or Postponed (Last Updated 10/7/2016 at 10:30 AM):

  • UPDATE: Entr’Acte Theatrix has postponed the opening weekend of Peter and the Starcatcher until Thursday October 13. Additional shows and times have been added to the run.
  • UPDATE: Outre Theatre Company will be cancelling Thursday and Friday night’s performances of The Normal Heart.
  • MicroTheater Miami has cancelled Thursday night performances.
  • Stage Door Theatre has cancelled the Friday night performances of The Rothschilds and Kevin Black’s Swing! Swing! Swing!
  • Arts Garage is cancelling Thursday and Friday night’s performances. The opening of The Mystery of Love and Sex has been postponed until next Thursday night. If there is power this weekend, there will be preview performances on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Lake Worth Playhouse is cancelling the opening weekend of Urinetown, which will be rescheduled.
  • Main Street Players is changing their schedule for their production of Clybourne Park this weekend to only two shows on Sunday October 9th, one at 2PM and one at 7PM.
  • UPDATE: Mad Cat Theatre Company’s Thursday and Friday night performances of Why Not? With Richard Nixon has been cancelled. All tickets will be reimbursed. Two shows have been added to the schedule, on Monday Oct 10th and Tuesday Oct 11, both at 8PM.
  • GableStage has cancelled Thursday Night’s performance of Hand to God. Friday night’s performance will go on as scheduled.
  • The South Florida Theatre League has cancelled this Saturday’s workshop on copyright. We will keep you posted on when we plan to reschedule.
  • UPDATE: Theatre Lab is postponing two events schedule for this weekend with playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer. The Playwright’s Master Class will be moved from Sunday, Oct 6th to Sunday, Oct 16th at 11am. The Playwright’s Forum originally scheduled for Thursday evening at 7:30 has been moved to Thursday Oct 13 at 7:30 PM.

Copyright Law and Its Application to the Theatre and Performing Arts Community

The South Florida Theatre League
to present a workshop on
Copyright Law and Its Application to the Theatre and Performing Arts Community
October 8, 2016

 

 

For Immediate Release
Contact: Andie Arthur
andie@southfloridatheatre.com /954-557-0778
Carol Kassie
ckassie@gmail.com / 561-445-9244

September 8, 2016
MIAMI, FL:  In keeping with its mandate to provide education and support to its membership and community, the South Florida Theatre League will present Copyright Law and Its Application to the Theatre and Performing Arts Community – a workshop dedicated to copyright law considerations for theatre professionals, on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts from 1-5 pm.  The course will be conducted by two local attorneys, Susan Dierenfeldt-Troy and David Rogero, who between the two of them, have over fifty years of combined experience in the area of intellectual property law.

 

The course will focus on matters of concern to various professionals within the theatrical community – from producers to playwrights – and will be comprised of a lecture and a workshop.  For the workshop, attendees will be asked to address a hypothetical copyright law-related problem confronting a fictional theater. Workshop topics to be covered include protecting one’s copyright, avoiding infringement of another’s copyrighted work, and copyright licensing agreements.

 

The target audience for the Copyright Law and Its Application to the Theatre and Performing Arts Community workshop includes playwrights, producers, directors, performing artists, and anyone who wishes to learn more about copyright law in general from both a theoretical and practical standpoint.    It will be open to both South Florida Theatre League members and non-members.

 

Cost for the Copyright Law and Its Application to the Theatre and Performing Arts Community workshop will be $10 for League members, and $25 for non-members. Tickets are available on line; tickets will also be available for purchase at the door, the day of the event.

The Florida Bar will award 4 CLE credits for taking this course.

South Florida Theatre League is an alliance of theatrical organizations and professionals dedicated to nurturing, promoting, and advocating for the growth and prestige of the South Florida theatre industry. The League unites member theaters at all levels from the professional organizations that hire Equity actors to community theatres that give amateurs a chance to test their skills. Everyone who works in the theatre industry in South Florida is eligible to be a member of the League.

For more information about the Copyright Law and Its Application to the Theatre and Performing Arts Community workshop and/or the South Florida Theatre League, contact Andie Arthur at andie@southfloridatheatre.com /954-557-0778 or visit the League’s website at http://southfloridatheatre.org.

Copyright Law and Its Application to the Theatre and Performing Arts Community

Presented by the South Florida Theatre League
Led by Susan Dierenfeldt-Troy and David Rogero

Saturday, October 8, 2016

1 – 5 pm

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts
201 SW Fifth Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33312
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Susan D. Troy is a partner with the Miami-based law firm of Troy & Schwartz, LLC.  She specializes in intellectual property law matters pertaining to copyrights, trademarks, patents, trade secrets, and entertainment law.  She is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. patent bar.  In the area of copyrights, Ms. Troy has assisted clients with the formal registration of copyrights in music, literature, the visual arts, software, and television programs.  She has also conducted copyright and trademark clearance searches and written opinion letters on behalf of television show producers. She has prosecuted copyright infringement suits in numerous courts, largely as the counsel for defendants in such lawsuits and written and negotiated numerous copyright licensing agreements on behalf of copyright owners.

Ms. Troy is also an instructor at Miami-Dade College’s Continuing Education Department where she teaches a course on risk management for new and growing businesses. Susan is a magna cum laude graduate of St. Thomas School of Law where she was a member of the law review.

David M. Rogero is an AV Preeminent-rated attorney specializing in copyright and trademark matters and business litigation. He has 40 years’ experience, and is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Florida.  Mr. Rogero has assisted clients with the registration of their copyright claims in music, literature, photographs, and other visual arts and television programs. He has prosecuted numerous copyright infringement suits in federal courts throughout Florida.

Mr. Rogero has served as chairman and as an active committee member in the Florida Bar’s Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Section. He has also served several terms on the board of directors of the Dade County Bar Association, as well as the chairman of the Legal Aid and Public Service Committee, and as

chairman of the board of the Greater Miami and the Keys Chapter of the American Red Cross.  David graduated from the University of Florida School of Law with honors.

 

Summer Theatre Fest Returns in 2016

Summer Theatre Fest 2016
The South Florida Theatre League
Invites patrons to attend
Free Play Readings
Every Monday Evening
From June through August

For Immediate Release
Contact: Andie Arthur
andie@southfloridatheatre.com /954-557-0778
Carol Kassie
ckassie@gmail.com / 561-445-9244

May 24, 2016
MIAMI, FL:  The Theatre League’s Summer Theatre Fest has become an integral part of South Florida’s cultural landscape, and in its fourth year South Florida audiences will once again have the opportunity to see theatre for free, and check out new plays in development by South Florida playwrights.  The program’s continued and growing success over of past three years has indicated to the League that theatre patrons are ready and willing to try new theatrical experiences, and even cross county lines to do it.

Every Monday from June 1 to August 31, with the exception of July 4, a South Florida Theatre League member theatre will host a reading of a new play by a local playwright.

Playwrights range from established local favorites, including Carbonell Award-winners and nominees, to emerging talents, with plays vastly ranging in subject matter and style.

“It’s a great to see so many new playwrights participating in Summer Theatre Fest,” says Carol Kassie, the League’s president. “We’re becoming an incubator for new plays. Glenn Hutchinson’s The Pot had a reading in our inaugural Summer Theatre Fest and has gone on to multiple productions.
“And our audiences have grown as well,” she continues.  We’ve seen full theatres – which is always exciting – and a good number of patrons who attend multiple readings.  We’ve also found that patrons who attend a reading a particular theatre often return to that theatre to attend a paid performance. So we consider the program a great success on both sides of the footlights!”

South Florida Theatre League Summer FestReading Schedule:

June 8

Entertain/Local – A Celebration of 21 Years of Working With Local Playwrights
City Theatre at the Arsht Center
7:00 PM

Summer Theatre Fest publically launches with Enterain/Local presented by City Theatre at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Come join us as we celebrate 21 years of City Theatre developing and launching local playwrights, with readings of celebrated and new short plays. Come early or stay late for Happy Hour at Books & Books with ½ price drinks and snacks.

June 13

Thirteen is Murder by Local Playwrights
Mystery on the Menu at Andrews Living Arts Studio
7:00 PM

ACT ONE—   The Thirteenth Vote
A one woman interactive murder mystery featuring Barbara Fox and several members of the audience who will read the parts of thedifferent characters  competing for the nomination for president.
ACT TWO
Five different ten minute mysteries by local playwrights, all of them having something to do with the number thirteen.
Faust: A Gay Romantic Comedy By Vyvian Figueredo
Lost Girls Theatre at the Deering Estate
8:00 PM

Faust is a young gay man still living with his mother and doesn’t have a car. All he really wants is for Ben, his crush, to pay attention to him. So he makes a deal with the Devil to get Ben to like him. However, Ben is far more interested in Mephistopheles than Faust — causing an unconventional romantic comedy to ensue.

June 20

The Goldberg Variations by Stuart Meltzer
Zoetic Stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center
7:00 PM

“If I Were You” And Other Elvis Presley Songs by Leah Roth Barsanti
Thinking Cap Theatre
Time TBA

It is the Spring of 1978, and Brett and his sister Sadie still don’t feel at home in Bakersfield California. Homesick for Tupelo, Mississippi, the town his family left two years ago, Brett has developed a secret life that’s causing him to act more and more like a sullen teenager and less and less Sadie’s old childhood playmate; but Sadie is not the type to let secrets stay hidden for long. She follows him to a clandestine clubhouse where she learns the truth: Brett has joined a club of Elvis impersonators, and is becoming more and more like “The King” by the minute. But there’s a danger in Brett’s new found obsession, one that Sadie doesn’t trust. Can she save him before he loses himself to Elvis entirely.

June 27

A Gray Divide by Juan C. Sanchez
Outre Theatre Company and Showtime Performing Arts Theatre
7:00 PM

When Jason starts a conversation with Anna Maria about the book she’s reading, the classical play Medea, there’s an immediate connection between them. One thing leads to another and they end up at her place, discovering each other in-between bouts of heavy kissing and petting. When she suddenly remembers meeting him two years earlier at a party — and the circumstances of that meeting — the romance comes to an abrupt end. With elements of the Medea myth woven into the story, the play asks if we have the right to decide who we are and want to become, or whether we are only the sum of our experiences and forever tied to them.

July 4

No Reading Due to the Holiday

July 11

The Return By Bob Bowersox
Theatre XP at the Red Barn Theatre
7:00 PM

Venerable World News Network anchorman David Steele announces at the end of his Friday night broadcast that while they have known him as David Steele for the past 35 years, he is actually the returned Jesus Christ of Nazareth, here to fix up the problems Mankind has created. Needless to say, all hell breaks loose. So to speak.

July 18

The Ballad of Janis Mathews and the Dodo Scouts by Giancarlo Rodaz and Rachel Dean
Area Stage
Time 7:30 PM

July 25

Stet by Kim Davies
Arts Garage
Time 7:00 PM

Journalistic ethics are called into question as Rolling Stone magazine jumps the gun on a story involving a fraternity’s savage attack on a college student. Cast includes Elizabeth Price, Clay Cartland, Connie Fernandez, Jacqueline Laggy and Peter Librach.

August 1

At the End of the Exodus by Hannah Benetiz
Main Street Players
8:00 PM

A multi-generational and multi-cultural family forced together on three major holidays, unified by a tragedy.  A dark comedy about the American experience.

August 8

The Sword Bride by Cynthia Joyce Clay
Storycrafter Studio
8:00 PM

August 15

Merde De Canard by Ken Kurtz
GableStage
7:30 PM

The focus is on Jacques de Vaucanson, whose wondrous mechanical creations — especially the famous shitting duck — delighted Parisians of the mid-eighteenth century, and foreshadowed the workings of modern computers. There are mistaken identities, lovelorn chases, sex desired but never obtained, and a randy robot running amuck. A farce-comedy, based on the unflappable yet unpredictable logic of automatons.

More Shorts Gone Wild! by Various Playwrights
Island City Stage and City Theatre
7:00 PM

An evening of readings featuring New LGBTQ shorts

August 22

Pyscho and Dummy by Cliff Burgess
Mad Cat Theatre
7:30 PM

Two duffle bags crammed with cash. Two guns gripped in the palms of sweaty hands. Two masks hiding the faces of two amateur criminals who attempt to rob a bank, trap themselves in the bank vault and slowly tear each other apart. Two brothers forced to deal with past resentment, pain and unfinished family business. Who are they? They are Psycho and Dummy.

Three Man by Todd Bruno
Evening Star Productions
8:00 PM

Tom and Dill are best friends and roommates, trying to navigate the complicated world of modern relationships. Tom wants a stable woman with a good head on her shoulders, while Dill craves excitement and distraction. Both men get more than they bargained for when Dill invites Vicki and Dee to play a drinking game one night. Tom is immediately entranced by Vicki, the girl-next-door who harbors a secret. Dill gravitates to the boisterous Dee, whose overpowering personality forces him to face the exact issue he wants desperately to avoid. Relationships are torn to shreds, as Tom is drawn deeper and deeper into Vicki’s abyss, and Dee drives Dill into self-imposed exile, leaving everyone wishing they could shove the genie right back into the bottle.

August 29

Stages of the Sun: Readings of Plays by South Florida Theatre League Playwrights
Miramar Cultural Center
Time 7:00 PM

Summer Theatre Fest ends with a celebration of our membership. We will be reading eight short plays by South Florida Theatre League playwrights.

South Florida Theatre League launches Front Row

The South Florida Theatre League
Introduces
Front Row
An Audience Development Program

 

Front Row is a program for everyone who wants to support theatre in South Florida!

 

For Immediate Release
Contact: Andie Arthur
andie@southfloridatheatre.com /954-557-0778
Carol Kassie
ckassie@gmail.com / 561-445-9244

March 29, 2016
MIAMI, FL: On April 1st Front Row, the South Florida Theatre League’s new audience development program will make its debut. Front Row has been designed to appeal to people who enjoy attending all types of theatre in all types of settings – from large professional playhouses to intimate performance spaces; from Equity companies to Community Theatre. The program includes South Florida Theatre League member theatres and theatre companies in Miami Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Monroe Counties.

During its 22 years of representing theaters and working professionals in the industry – from actors and directors to stagehands and box office personnel – the South Florida Theatre League has never had a “friends of” organization to support its efforts.

Front Row promises to ‘bring inside information about what goes into creating a theatrical production, and will offer theatre patrons the chance to get a little bit closer to the mysteries of how theatre works!’ The program’s benefits will include opportunities not often offered to ‘regular’ theatre goers, including back stage tours, talk backs, and meetings with actors, directors, and playwrights. Other benefits will be added as the Front Row evolves, however reduced price tickets will not be part of the program.

All the special benefits available to Front Row members will be listed on the League website (www.southfloridatheatre.com).

“I think Front Row is an excellent way to engage and grow our audiences,” says the League’s president, Carol Kassie. “It will offer patrons a unique opportunity to learn more about the many aspects of the production side of our industry. I believe it will enhance their theatrical experience, and provide them with a deeper appreciation and understanding of what goes into the making of a show.”

Revenue generated by Front Row will help support the South Florida Theatre League in its mission to nurture, promote, and advocate for the South Florida theatre industry

The South Florida Theatre League unites member theaters at all levels from the professional organizations that hire Equity actors to community theatres that give amateurs a chance to test their skills. Everyone who works in the theater industry in South Florida is eligible to be a member of the League.

Front Row memberships will be available to the general public for $75 per person or $125 per couple on the League website (www.southfloridatheatre.com) beginning April 1st, 2016.

For more information about Front Row and/or the South Florida Theatre League, contact Andie Arthur at andie@southfloridatheatre.com /954-557-0778 or visit the League’s website at www.southfloridatheatre.com.

The South Florida Theatre League Announces its 2015 – 2016 Executive Committee and Board

The South Florida Theatre League
Announces its
2015-2016 Executive Committee & Board

For Immediate Release
Contact: Andie Arthur
andie@southfloridatheatre.com /954-557-0778
Carol Kassie
ckassie@gmail.com / 561-445-9244

December 1, 2015
MIAMI, FL: The South Florida Theatre League has added a number of new faces to its 2015-2016 Board of Directors, and by doing so has increased its size as well its make-up – both important factors in making sure the organization reflects the multi-faceted and wide-spread community it serves.

The League, which is an “alliance of theatrical organizations and professionals dedicated to nurturing, promoting, and advocating for the growth and prestige of the South Florida theatre industry,” serves as the umbrella organization for over 80 theatres between Key West and Jupiter.

Carol Kassie, who joined the Board in 2012 and has served as chairman of the League’s Marketing Committee as well as on the executive committee as Recording Secretary, has taken on the presidency of the organization. Kent Wilson (joined 2013) will serve as Vice President, Michael Yawney (joined 2010) will act as Treasurer, and immediate past president Christopher Jahn (joined 2012) will continue to serve on the Board’s executive committee as Recording Secretary.

New board members are Mary Damiano, Carlos Garrido, Patricia Wakely Wolf, and Nicole Stodard. Returning members are Susan Dierenfeldt-Troy, Dr. Alma Kadragic, and Les Wharton.

The South Florida Theatre League provides support to its member theatres in a number of different ways, including advocacy, education promotion, and support.

The League’s Summer Theatre Fest has become an integral part of South Florida’s cultural landscape, offering audiences the opportunity to see theatre for free, participate in the development of new plays by South Florida playwrights – fledgling and well known, and discover and visit theatres they might not have considered attending had the opportunity not been presented.

The League also offers workshops for its members and its member theatres given by experts in their various fields. Audition workshops – musical and dramatic, are held, preliminary to the League’s Unified Auditions, during which member actors are able to present themselves to local producers and directors. A Critics Panel for member theatres has proven to be useful for both member theatres and the journalists who write about them. The League’s weekly eblast contains information about current and upcoming productions, as well as audition notices and other theatrical job opportunities. And The South Florida Theatre League’s prestigious Remy Awards, given to individuals who often go unrecognized but whose contributions to the region’s theatrical community are absolutely necessary for its survival will be awarded at the League’s gala holiday party, which will take place on Monday December 7th at Stache in downtown Ft. Lauderdale from 7:30 to 10:00.

For more information about the South Florida Theatre League, including a list of member theatres and their current and upcoming productions, visit: http://www.southfloridatheatre.com/ or contact Andie Arthur at: andie@southfloridatheatre.com or Carol Kassie at ckassie@gmail.com .

South Florida Theatre League Executive Committee Bios:

Carol Kassie (President) has had a deep and abiding love for the arts, particularly theatre, since she was a small child and her parents presented her with an original Broadway cast recording of “My Fair Lady”.  Armed with a degree in Theatre from Sir George Williams University (now Concordia University) in Montreal, Canada, she became …a librarian. She spent 30 years in Ottawa, Canada, raising two children with her husband, Ralph, working first as a librarian and then in the family’s Army/Navy business, all the while actively participating in many of the Ottawa Community’s cultural events. She served as president of the Ottawa Section of National Council of Jewish Women, as well as National Vice President of that organization. She also was a longstanding board member of the Ottawa Jewish Community Center, and eventually became the organization’s first female president. A move to South Florida in 2001 offered her an opportunity to return to her first love, theatre, and she jumped at the chance – she currently does freelance theatrical marketing, public relations, and audience growth and development for various local and national theatres, theatre companies, and cultural organizations. She served on the board of directors of the South Florida Theatre League as chairman of the Marketing Committee and on the executive committee as Recording Secretary before taking on the position of president.

Kent Wilson (Vice President) lives in a world that includes diverse theatrical involvement and proficiency in the medical software industry. He balances these biospheres by utilizing his understanding of human behavior cultivated at Southern New Hampshire University earning a B.A. in Forensic Psychology. Kent has served as president of the Southeastern Arts, Media, and Education Project, which produced plays, original films, and the publication of Amethyst,a journal of creative writing and visual arts. He is currently on the Ambassadors Council for the National New Play Network, a judge for the Carbonell Awards, and is a member of two South Florida theatre companies. Kent has a firm belief in the talented artists and craftspeople of South Florida as a brilliant regional artistic force. He is proud to support this community as a board member of the South Florida Theatre League. Through its workshops, forums, and more, the League positions itself as a cornerstone in the recognition of our community thereby fulfilling its mission to nurture, promote, and advocate for the growth and prestige of the South Florida theatre industry.

Christopher Jahn (Immediate Past President/Recording Secretary) began his South Florida theatrical career in 1986 when he joined the resident company of The Actors’ Repertory Company. For the next few years, he appeared at several theaters across Palm Beach County, and still works as an actor, dubbing movies and telenovellas for several studios. He quickly added set design to his resume, and eventually started to pursue a more technically oriented career at the Burt Reynolds Jupiter Dinner Theatre, and soon joined the stage management team at Florida Stage back when it was still The Theatre Club of the Palm Beaches.   In 1994 he joined the staff of the Jupiter Theatre as Master Carpenter, becoming Technical Director for its final two productions in 1996. He joined the Actors’ Playhouse staff in 1998 as Associate Technical Director, and served as Production Manager from 2002 to 2008It was during this period that he started the South Florida Theatre Scene, a blog dedicated to pulling together news articles and reviews of South Florida theatre production. For his work on the blog, he was presented with a Remy Award for Service. Since 2008, he has worked at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts as a Production Supervisor, coordinating the wide range of productions coming into the Amaturo Theater and the Abdo New River Room. He is immensely proud to be serving on the board of the South Florida Theater League.

Michael Yawney (Treasurer) is a director/playwright dedicated to creating work that is purely theatrical, expressing itself in an idiom that only possible in the context of live performance.
Yawney’s play Exile Jesus Starbucks debuted at Miami Light Project in 20015. He directed Rudi Goblen’s PET at Miami Light Project in 2013. He dramaturged and directed Heather Woodbury’s 12-hour stand-up novel As the Globe Warms, which was seen at Austin’s Vortex Rep, L.A.’s Redcat. Other recent productions include Juan C. Sanchez’s Catherine’s Wheel and Kenny Finkle’s A Thousand Years at FIU’s Alternative Summer Theater Festival, Noye’s Fludde, Amahl and the Night Visitors and Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale for Orchestra Miami, as well as Cardenio and The Liar for Florida International Univesity. Yawney was a fellow in Miami-Dade County’s Playwright Development Program 2010-2012. His play 1,000 Homosexual was developed in a residency at New York Stage and Film and premiered at the Arsht Center (which had commissioned the work) in 2008. He co-curated the international Iranian Theater Festival in New York in 2011, which presented his production of Assurbanipal Babilla’s Something Something Uber Alles.
His production of Assurbanipal Babilla’s Three Angels Dancing on a Needle was named Best Theatrical Production of 2007 by Miami New Times. This production went on to be named Best Foreign Language Production at the Brooklyn Brick Theater’s Pretentious Festival. Yawney has directed plays by Heather Woodbury, Honor Kane (Honor Malloy), Madeleine Olnek, Deb Margolin, Georg Osterman and this work has been seen at New York’s Public Theater, Dixon Place, BMI Musical Theater Workshop, HERE, Downtown Art Co. Ensemble Studio Theater, Indiana University, and the Pittsburgh Performance Art Festival. Yawney’s writing has appeared in Theater Week, Propaganda, Playgirl OutTraveler and OFF as well as in the book, Michael Chekhov: Critical Issues, Reflections, Dreams. He has a BFA from the Experimental Theater Wing of New York University and an MFA in Directing from Columbia University. He currently teaches theater at Florida International University.

 

2015 Remy Awards

For Immediate Release

 

November 20, 2015

Media Contact:

Andie Arthur: andie@southfloridatheatre.com / 954-557-0778
Carol Kassie:  ckassie@gmail.com / 561-445-9244

 

THE SOUTH FLORIDA THEATRE LEAGUE

ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF THE 2015 REMY AWARDS

Nine Unsung Heroes to Be Honored December 7 at Holiday Party

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—Nine individuals will be honored with the South Florida Theatre League’s Remy Awards, which will be presented at the League’s annual holiday celebration on December 7, 2015 at Stache in Fort Lauderdale.

The Remy Awards are named in honor of Remberto Cabrera, the former Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs’ Senior Cultural Administrator and Chief of Cultural Development. The awards are given annually for Outstanding Service and for Pioneering in South Florida regional theatre.

“We are honored to present the Remy Awards to individuals who are such important members of our community,” says League President Carol Kassie.  “These are the unsung heroes of South Florida theatre, whose contributions are absolutely essential to the success of our theatres and productions, but who often work behind the scenes and go unrecognized.  This is our opportunity to say ‘Thank you’ for all that they do for the South Florida theatrical community.”

Along with the Service and Pioneer Awards, Remys will be presented for Outstanding Contributor to Community Theatre, Outstanding Contributor to Children’s Theatre, and Outstanding Behind-the-Scenes Theatre Professional, Civic Arts Leadership Award, and the Jay Harris Arts Leadership Award.

Theatres and theatre producers were asked to nominate individuals they felt were deserving of recognition, and a Theatre League committee was tasked with choosing the winners.

This year’s Remy Award recipients are:

The Pioneer AwardSue Ellen Beryl and William Hayes, Palm Beach Dramaworks

The Pioneer Award is bestowed upon individuals who have, over the years, taken the lead and contributed substantially to the health, growth and development of the South Florida theatre community.

Sue Ellen Beryl is Managing Director and a co-founder of Palm Beach Dramaworks, a professional theatre company created in September of 2000. As an artist, Sue Ellen made her professional debut as a dancer in New York City at nine years old, and performed on stage and screen with such great theatrical artists as Zero Mostel, Theodore Bikel, Paul Sorvino, and Peter Genarro. A graduate of Pace University, Sue Ellen began her career in theatrical management as Managing Director of the Schimmel Center for the Arts, and Box Office Manager and Publicity Director for Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. In addition, her business experience includes 10 years in the New York advertising industry and several years managing a family-owned business on the New York Commodity Exchange. Among her proudest achievements are her children, stepchildren, and grandchildren, in addition to her “baby”, Palm Beach Dramaworks. She is proud of her service to the community as a member of the Town of Palm Beach United Way Allocations Committee, past Chair of the Palm Beach County Cultural Council Cultural Executives Committee and is a “National Ambassador” for The Actors Fund.

 

William Hayes is a founding member of Palm Beach Dramaworks. Originally from Syracuse, William has an extensive list of directing credits, including such acclaimed PBD productions as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (five Carbonell Award nominations, including Best Director and Best Play), American Buffalo (three Carbonell Award nominations, including Best Director and Best Play), A Delicate Balance (four Carbonell Award nominations, including Best Director and Best Play), Exit the King (three Carbonell Award nominations), The Lion in Winter (five Carbonell Award nominations, including Best Director and Best Play) and, most recently, My Old Lady starring Estelle Parsons. He is a 35-year veteran actor: PBD highlights include Cradeau in No Exit and Norman in The Dresser (Curtain Up Award and Carbonell Award nomination, Best Actor). Also a playwright, he is the recipient of the Charles M. Getchell Award, a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, and has served as a playwriting adjudicator for the Southeastern Theatre Conference and the Samuel French OOB Festival.

Locally, he adjudicates the drama portion of the annual Pathfinders Awards sponsored by the Palm Beach Post, is a member of the board of directors of the Economic Forum of Palm Beach County, and served on the City of West Palm Beach Cultural Affairs Council. He is the recent recipient of the 2014 Clyde Fyfe Award, presented by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, and a 2014 Silver Palm Award, presented by the South Florida Theatre League, “for his outstanding work as Producing Artistic Director” of PBD. William also serves as President of the Florida Professional Theatres Association and is a National Ambassador for The Actors Fund.

 

The Service AwardAnn Kelly Anthony

The Service Award
is given to either individuals or organizations in recognition of their invaluable and outstanding contributions made through time, talent, service, and expertise by taking the initiative and actively participating and contributing to the growth and development of the South Florida Theatre League.

Ann Kelly Anthony is a former Chairman and board member of City Theatre as well as the former Chairman and Executive Director of Mad Cat Theatre Company.   During her tenure at City Theatre, she was the Chairman during the organizations pivotal move from the Ring Theatre at the University of Miami to what is now known as the Carnival Studio Theater at the Arsht Theater.  Along with business partner Paul Tei, with Paul at the helm on the artistic side of the company, Ann was responsible for the day to day and many nights management of Mad Cat, which included more duties that can be listed.   Ann is also a past officer and board member of the South Florida Theatre League and served on the board for eight years.  Her involvement in the South Florida Theatre community goes beyond these organizations, and she has always been available as a consultant at no charge and donor to many other arts organizations, as well as attending as many South Florida plays as possible.  Ann is a current member of Funding Arts Network and will be servicing on the FAN screening committee for grants that will be awarded in 2016.  All of Ann’s involvement in the arts has always been on a 100% volunteer basis.  Ann is a member of the Coral Gables chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and is a founder and co-owner of Skymar Capital Corporation where is responsible for commercial real estate loan originations and acquisitions across the U.S.  Ann is happily married to actor and musician, Stephen G. Anthony.

 

The Civic Arts Leadership Award – Jody Horne-Leshinsky

The Civic Arts Leadership Award
is given to individuals in public service who have significantly supported the arts.

 

Jody Horne-Leshinsky is responsible for assisting the Director with the operations of the Broward Cultural Division.  Community Development, as a critical liaison to other divisions, departments, municipalities, 823 not-for-profit arts and cultural organizations and 10,000 artists, under Jody’s leadership, is a catalyst for collaborations, entrepreneurial ventures and artistic development. She received her bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University. A County employee since 1981, Jody joined the Cultural Division in 1988. During her tenure she has won numerous awards from the Advertising Federation of Fort Lauderdale, the National Association of County Information Officers, the National Association of Counties and Golden Pen Awards from the International Association of Business Communicators for the Cultural Quarterly magazine, logo design for the Cultural Information Center and the Cultural Division website. She lives in Lauderhill with her husband, Joel, and two daughters, Rachel and Adina, and is pursuing photography as an art form and passion. With multiple years with Broward County, coupled with her dedication and commitment to the arts and culture of this growing community, Jody continues to hone her strengths and leadership toward an area of economic stimulus through arts and culture, in the belief that this is a cornerstone for the success of any metropolitan area.

The Jay Harris Arts Leadership Award – Michael Spring

Named in memory of one of South Florida’s most dedicated arts patrons, the Jay Harris Arts Leadership Award honors those who have made a substantial contribution to the theatrical community in the ways that Jay Harris did—through leadership, on-going volunteerism, and financial support.

As Director of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Michael Spring is responsible for supervision of a public arts agency with an annual budget of more than $30 million. In 2014, Mayor Carlos Gimenez expanded his responsibilities by appointing him to serve as a Senior Advisor for the County’s Cultural Affairs and Recreation portfolio, including the arts, parks and libraries. He represents the County and the Department on numerous cultural and civic organizations including service as Secretary of the board of directors of Americans for the Arts (the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America), a founding board member and officer of Americans for the Arts Action Fund, member and past President of the United States Urban Arts Federation, chairman of the board of the Florida Cultural Alliance, chairman of the 5-county regional arts alliance, the South Florida Cultural Consortium, director of the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council and member of the board of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. Over the almost 30 years that he has served the Department of Cultural Affairs, Michael Spring has helped build Miami-Dade County’s cultural community into a more than a $1 billion annual industry comprised of more than 1,000 non-profit cultural groups and thousands of artists. This work has encompassed: providing comprehensive support for the entire cultural community from artists to major institutions and grassroots and multicultural arts groups with a focus on neighborhood activities; establishing an ongoing cultural facilities improvements program, with more than $100 million of public funds devoted to improving existing and building new theaters county-wide; and developing initiatives to increase more participation in cultural activities for Miami-Dade’s residents and visitors. Michael Spring has a B.A. degree from the University of Miami and earned an M.A. in painting from New York University, involving studies in Venice, Italy. He continues to paint and develop his interests as a visual artist.

 

Outstanding Contributor to Children’s Theatre – Sean Cutler, Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre
Sean Cutler began his career as a member of Ruth Foreman’s Pied Piper Players in Miami, where he acted in children’s theatre productions beginning when he was eight years old.   He first acted professionally at age 12, and received his Equity card at age 14 playing the role of Eugene in Brighton Beach Memoirs, for which he was nominated for a Carbonell Award.  He is a graduate of the New World School of the Arts, where he was a Dean’s Award recipient in Theatre and holds a BFA in Film and TV production from NYU.   After spending 15 years in New York and LA, working professionally off-Broadway and in regional theatre, Sean returned to South Florida where he presently serves as the Producing Director at Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre.  As the senior resident show director and lighting designer, Sean has directed and designed over 20 main season productions including Sweeney Todd, Les Miserables, Through The Looking Glass, Starlight Express (performed entirely on roller skates), Seussical, and many more.

Outstanding Contributor to Community TheatreMichael and Lillian Andron, Jewish Cultural Arts Theatre (JCAT)

Michael Andron is the Founding Artistic Director of JCAT, the J’s Cultural Arts Theatre, in NMB, now in its 9th season. A true renaissance man, Michael is an ordained Mohel, a Tai Chi Grand Master and 7th Degree Black Belt in Chinese Martial Arts, and director of Kodesh Center, a non-profit foundation for personal growth, Body-Mind-Energy development and Jewish Mindfulness. Michael is co-author—with his son Ben—of The Essential Guide to Energy Healing from Penguin/Alpha Books. He appeared in the long running, off-Broadway production of The Fantasticks, in its original home on Sullivan Street. He will be reprising his role as the old actor (Henry) later this season at JCAT. Prior to returning to Miami, he was Founding Artistic Director of the Oconee Community Theatre in South Carolina, now in its 43rd year, and served as the Founding Artistic Director of the Hillel Community Theatre in North Miami Beach for 20 years. He has taught at New World School of the Arts, North Carolina School of the Arts, and at New York University’s Department of Educational Theatre. His focus, in all of these institutions, centered on Martial Arts and Yoga as a Psycho-Physical Training Method for the Performing Artist.

 

Along with her husband, Michael, Lillian Andron is a co-founder and a driving force at JCAT and the other community theatres that Michael founded. As part of this life-long team, she is involved on some level with every single production, from administrative duties to backstage assistance, to training actors, to on-stage roles (her favorite). Lillian trained at NYU, the American Academy for Dramatic Arts and was certified by the True Acting Institute with the world-renowned teacher, Larry Silverberg, in the Meisner Approach to Acting. It all began when Michael met Lillian at an NYU audition (Michael directing, Lillian acting); she got the part and the rest is history. When she learned that Michael had graduated from Yeshiva University, she blurted, “Then why aren’t you in Medical School?” Her favorite role, however, is as Michael’s soul mate, Ben’s mom, Mich’s mother-in-love and grandma to Sarah, Joseph, Elchanan and Jacob.

 

Outstanding Behind the Scenes Contributor – Carlos Rodriguez – GableStage

 

Carlos Rodriguez was born in Pereira, Colombia and raised in Bogota.  He came to the United States in 1993 and started working for GableStage in 1999.  His first responsibility was working as Assistant to the Technical Director and within two years he became the Technical Director. Joseph Adler, Producing Artistic Director, says, “In the 16 years Carlos has been with us, he has become virtually indispensible.  I don’t know anyone who has ever been more hard-working or committed.” Carlos enjoys the variety of work involved producing a new play every two months, because, “Each play is a new set of challenges, new things to research, new opportunities to learn and grow.”

 

The South Florida Theatre League’s Annual Holiday Party promises to be an exciting event, as the Silver Palm Awards will also be presented that evening.   The party will take place at STACHE at 109 SW 2 Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, on Monday, December 7, at 7:30 pm.  Admission is $25 for non-Theatre League members; there is no charge for League members in good standing.

For further information about the South Florida Theatre League and The Remy Awards, please contact Executive Director Andie Arthur at 954-557-0778 or at andie@southfloridatheatre.com.

2015 Remy Award Recipients:
Service Award – Ann Kelly Anthony
Pioneer Award – Sue Ellen Beryl and Bill Hayes
Civic Arts Leadership Award – Jody Horne-Leshinsky
Jay Harris Arts Leadership Award – Michael Spring
Outstanding Behind the Scenes Contribution – Carlos Rodriguez
Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Theatre – Sean Cutler
Outstanding Contribution to Community Theatre – Michael and Lillian Andron

 

From Scratch: A Festival of Readings

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From Scratch: New Plays from Miami
A Festival of Readings

The Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the South Florida Theatre League and the Deering Estate are excited to present From Scratch: New Plays from Miami. For the past three years, local playwrights Andie Arthur, Chris Demos-Brown, and Juan C. Sanchez have been developing work in the Playwright Development Program with Master Playwright Sheri Wilner. During the weekend of August 22 and 23, you have the chance to witness three new plays in progress.

Such Tremendous Faith
By Andie Arthur
Saturday August 22 at 5:00 PMat the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami
7701 SW 76th Ave, Miami, FL 33143

Abigail Parker, daughter of the celebrated, late Rev. Nathaniel Parker, is returning to her hometown in Ohio after attempting suicide. Back at home, she finds herself attending services at her father’s old Unitarian Universalist Church, where she is drawn to the new minister, Rev. Miriam. However, the congregation hasn’t warmed up to Rev. Miriam in the same way Abigail has. As the congregation tears itself apart over its relationship with their minister, Abigail is forced to make a choice between an idealized past and an uncertain future. Andie Arthur’s Such Tremendous Faith is a drama about issues of power and privilege in congregational life, chosen family, depression, and Christmas Eve Services that are too Jesus-y.

A Gray Divide
By Juan C. Sanchez
Sunday August 23 at 3:00 PM
at Area Stage Company
1560 S Dixie Hwy, Coral Gables, FL

When Jason starts a conversation with Anna Maria about the book she’s reading, the classical play Medea, there’s an imme-diate connection between them. One thing leads to another and they end up at her place, discovering each other in be-tween bouts of heavy kissing and petting. When she suddenly remembers meeting him two years earlier at a party — and the circumstances of that meeting — the romance comes to an abrupt end. With elements of the Medea myth woven into the story, the play asks if we have the right to decide who we are and want to become, or whether we are only the sum of our experiences and forever tied to them.

Wrongful Death
By Chris Demos-Brown
Sunday August 23 at 5:30 PM
at Area Stage Company
1560 S Dixie Hwy, Coral Gables, FL

When a plane crashes shortly after takeoff killing all aboard, struggling personal injury lawyer, Laura Mendes, scampers to sign up the case of her life. Wrongful Death takes a wry, satirical look at the crude ways our legal system places value on human life.

The Playwright Development Program, an initiative from the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs in conjunction with the South Florida Theatre League and The Deering Estate at Cutler, is a series of weekend workshops over the span of two years led by nationally renowned playwrights. Started in 2001, the Program provides intensive support for cultivating new work from Miami’s growing and diverse community of playwrights. It has successfully served as an incubator for new works that have been produced by major theatres nationally, including Vanessa Garcia’s The Cuban Spring at New-Theatre, David Caudle’s “Visiting Hours” at the Rising Shiners Theatre Company and Juan Sanchez’s “Buck Fever” at the Blue Heron Arts Center in New York City.

The Dana Plays Return on August 31 at the Vanguard

The Dana Plays
Return
August 31, 2015
at 8:00 PM
at the Vanguard Sanctuary for the Arts
$15
All Proceeds Will Benefit the Broward County Humane Society

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Dana Castellano was a treasured supporter of the South Florida Theatre Community, who passed away from cancer in November 2014. Last year, during Summer Theatre Fest, Antonio Amadeo coordinated the first Dana Plays, an evening of short plays about hope, which raised over $2,000. Playwrights, actors, and directors from the community all contributed their time and talent towards supporting someone who had always gone above and beyond in supporting them. This year, the South Florida Theatre League wants to continue the efforts, even though Dana is no longer with us, by raising money for one of Dana’s favorite charities, the Broward County Humane Society.

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Summer Theatre Fest Returns — All Programing Detailed Here

The Theatre League’s Summer Theatre Fest has become an integral part of South Florida’s cultural landscape, and this year, South Florida audiences will once again have the opportunity to see theatre for free, check out new plays in development by South Florida playwrights, and tell the world what the arts – and theatre – mean to them.  The success of last summer’s Come Under Our Umbrella program and play reading series indicated to the League that theatre patrons are ready and willing to try new theatrical experiences, and even cross county lines to do it.

The theme governing this year’s Summer Theatre Fest activities is Step Onto Our Stage.  A unique ‘step and repeat’ has been created especially for the program, featuring theatrical curtains in front of a wall imprinted with the League’s logo.  Patrons will be invited to Step Onto Our Stage to be photographed or videoed ‘on stage’ as they are interviewed about their theatrical experiences, and the significance of the arts in their lives.  The step and repeat, which made its ‘debut’ at the South Florida Theatre League sponsored Carbonell Awards ‘after party’, will travel to participating theatres throughout the summer.

Summer Theatre Fest:  Each Monday from June 1 to August 31, a South Florida Theatre League member theatre will host a reading of a new play by a local playwright. Playwrights range from established local favorites, including Carbonell Award-winners and nominees, to emerging talents, with plays vastly ranging in subject matter and style. Continue reading

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