ARCA Images contributes to Miami’s diverse cultural community by creating, producing, and promoting fresh, exciting tales for the stage, with a special emphasis on Bilingual Theater productions that serve English and Spanish speaking audiences. Arca is committed to working with local artists, producing works of the highest artistic excellence that reflect Miami’s cultural heritage and contribute to the growth and expansion of theater as a contemporary art form.
Florida Grand Opera stands as one of the oldest performing arts organizations in Florida. FGO was formed in June 1994 by the merger of Greater Miami Opera, founded in 1941, and The Opera Guild Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, founded in 1945.
Florida Grand Opera has a rich history of presenting internationally acclaimed artists such as Robert Merrill, Dorothy Kirsten, Richard Tucker, Renata Tebaldi, Roberta Peters, Franco Corelli, Renata Scotto, Montserrat Caballé, Jon Vickers, Sherrill Milnes, Nicolai Gedda, Birgit Nilsson, Anna Moffo, Plácido Domingo, Beverly Sills, Joan Sutherland, Evelyn Lear, James Morris, Thomas Stewart, Diana Soviero, Justino Diaz, Simon Estes, Elizabeth Futral, Helen Donath, Deborah Voigt, Lauren Flanigan, and Fernando de la Mora. Luciano Pavarotti made his U.S. debut in 1965 with the company’s production of Lucia di Lammermoor.
With the arrival in 2012 of Susan T. Danis as FGO’s General Director and CEO, the company instituted a “Made for Miami” series—modern works aimed at connecting with South Florida’s diverse communities. Company premieres in this series include Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Consul, Marvin David Levy’s Mourning Becomes Electra, Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s The Passenger, Jorge Martín’s Before Night Falls, Daniel Catán’s Florencia en el Amazonas and in 2019, Robert Xavier Rodriguez’s Frida, based on the life of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.
Florida Grand Opera offers several highly successful outreach and educational programs, including the internationally recognized Studio Artist Program. Offering aspiring artists the opportunity to train and enhance their professional skills, the program reaches more than 20,000 South Floridians annually through educational initiatives and community outreach programs. In addition, the young artists perform and cover lead roles in main-stage productions throughout the season.
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:
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.
Launched in 1996 to develop and produce new work, City Theatre is known as one of Florida’s most distinctive professional theater companies. It is among Miami’s most established cultural institutions, and is recognized as the only theater company in the US dedicated to developing and fully producing “shorts”, a unique genre comprising complete plays and musicals running ten minutes or less. These tiny works pack a big theatrical punch when curated by City Theatre into lively, surprising, provocative and entertaining programs and productions. City Theatre also produces full-length work it considers impactful to the community.
City Theatre’s year round productions and programs have something for everyone and include:
The signature Summer Shorts Festival runs throughout the month of June and is produced at Miami’s landmark Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in the Carnival Studio. The production features a number of short plays and musicals by well known and emerging playwrights, composers and lyricists, performed by an ensemble of regional all-stars. Considered the official kick-off of the summer theatre season (Christine Dolen, Miami Herald and Artburst), Thousands of audiences In June 2020, Summer Shorts will celebrate its 25th continuous season.
The Short Cut’s program: which tours Miami Dade schools performing appropriate themed short plays for students. City Theatre produces a study guide to accompany each of the plays in the Short Cuts program. Students can interact with actors and can discuss the plays after the performances
City Reads: free readings of short plays at various locations around Miami Dade county
City Shorts features a collection of entertaining classics from City Theatre’s 24 seasons, along with world and Florida premieres. Each performance is followed by a post-show discussion with the cast.
As the only theatre in the nation dedicated to the solicitation, development and production of the short play and short musicals genre, City Theatre has received thousands of submissions as part of the annual City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Contest. The contest is followed by CityWrights, a weekend that was developed for theatre industry professionals.
City Theatre Scholars; Giving Voice to the Next Generation of Playwrights,
or more simply, NextGen. During the school year, aspiring high school playwrights are invited to participate in intensive workshops that span multiple weekends. Student playwrights work with professional playwrights, directors, and actors to create, rehearse, and present original work during readings at Summer Shorts.