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.
$1500 to $3000
City Theatre Board Member