Over 30 years of theatrical excellence!
Founded in 1989 by John and Maria Rodaz, pioneers of the Miami arts community, Area Stage Company (ASC), a 501-c3 Nonprofit organization, quickly “changed the perception and standards of what South Florida’s theatres can and should be,” and is “one of the most influential theatres in the region,” according to the Sun Sentinel. For three decades this award-winning organization has staged provocative, world- class theatre and original productions and musicals, becoming one of South Florida’s most influential theatre companies. In addition to housing a professional theatre company, ASC operates a professional-level youth arts conservatory offering classes, workshops, and performance opportunities, and a theatre education program for individuals with developmental disabilities, the Inclusion Theatre Project.
ASC’s achievements include:
- Earning over thirty-four Carbonell Award nominations.
- Being the only theatre company ever featured on ABC’s Nightline with Ted Koppel.
- Being featured as one of Miami’s premiere theatre companies in Travel & Leisure, Miami New Times’ “Best Of”, WLRN, ABC, NBC, CNN, Univision, and Telemundo.
Inclusion Theatre Project (ITP)
ASC believes that theatre is a transformative force. ITP sends acting and music coaches to various “ASC partner schools”, specialized for students with disabilities to conduct theatre classes and workshops. ITP students present 1-4 fully produced stage musicals to the public each year. Through ITP, ASC aims to broaden the scope of artistic education available to students with disabilities, and to promote a greater understanding of and appreciation for the disabled community and their artistic abilities. ASC currently serves over 130 students through ITP.
Theatre for the Next Generation
ASC’s Conservatory Program offers young actors, singers, and dancers, professional arts training and prepares them for higher education programs and/or a professional career. ASC students have performed for the privileged residents of The World, the only private residential community-at-sea. A collaboration with Miami Music Project in 2017 resulted in the world premiere of The Rise of the Titans, presented at the Arsht Center. In 2016, ASC students were invited to perform at the TEDxYouth at the Arsht Center. The Ballad of Janis Mathews and The Dodo Scouts, an original play written and developed at ASC, was nominated by BroadwayWorld.com as The Best New Work in New Jersey for the Hoboken Children’s Theatre production. ASC students were also invited to the Arsht Center by The Children’s Trust to perform in a video presentation to honor child victims of violence.
In an effort to make the arts accessible to all, ASC provides 50-60 student scholarships each year. Our theatre education program emphasizes creativity, discipline, and professionalism. To date, over 2,500 ASC students have received training in acting, singing, dance, directing, design, and technical theater, helping stage over 160 musicals and plays. Over 340 ASC students have gone on to university theatre programs and/or professional careers. During 2018 alone, ASC awarded more than $70,000 in scholarships. Around 12,000 K-12 students in public schools from Homestead to Hialeah have attended free, public access performances. Another 500 have attended free workshops at their schools.