City Theatre is a professional theatre company in Miami, FL that is celebrating its 21st season of developing and producing new work, specifically in the short play genre. Since its inception, the company has received over 15,000 national script submissions (with over 900 submitted for this season alone) and produced over 400 original short plays by established playwrights and important new voices in the theatre industry. Best known for its award-winning Summer Shorts – America’s Short Play Festival, City Theatre also presents in its annual programming the CityWrights: A Professional Weekend for Playwrights Conference, Island Shorts, free county-wide play readings and the LGBT-themed Shorts Gone Wild Festival. The company fulfills its educational mission with the Short Cuts Educational Tour that introduces students throughout South Florida to (1) the art of theatre, (2) theatre as literature, and (3) theatre as a medium for increasing awareness of and discussing solutions to issues facing society.

The Bill Von Maurer Award

The Bill Von Maurer Award for Theatrical Excellence, established in 2006 and named for the late theater writer and journalist for the Miami News and South Florida Sun Sentinel, is given to the theater company that exemplifies excellence for the totality of its programming: productions, educational outreach, developmental programs and audiences served.

2015: CITY THEATER

  • City Theatre was honored with The Bill von Maurer Award, for its dedication to preserving and promoting the short form play.  Since its inception, the company has received over 15,000 national script submissions (with over 900 submitted for this season alone) and produced over 400 original short plays by established playwrights and important new voices in the theater industry. Best known for its award-winning Summer Shorts–America’s Short Play Festival, City Theatre also presents in its annual programming the CityWrights: A Professional Weekend for Playwrights Conference; Island Shorts, free county-wide play readings; and the LGBT-themed Shorts Gone Wild Festival. The company fulfills its educational mission with the Short Cuts Educational Tour that introduces students throughout South Florida to the art of theater, theater as literature, and theater as a medium for increasing awareness of and discussing solutions to issues facing society.

CITY THEATRE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kelly Ruane Melchiondo, Chairwoman
Stearns Weaver Miller et al, Attorney

Alan Fein, Chairman Emeritus
Stearns Weaver Miller et al, Attorney

Janet Chase, Treasurer
Director – Forensic, Advisory & Valuation Services, Kaufman, Rossin & Co.

Christine Biggers, Secretary
Senior Consultant, IBM Financial Services (Retired)

Gentle L. Barnett, Esq.
Law Office of G. Barnett

Dr. Clint Bush
Medical Director, Occupational Medical Center

Christine M. Chavers
Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Magnet Lead Teacher/Project Director
AEMDD: HeARTS & Minds USDLE Grant

Andy Elisburg
Senior Vice President, General Manager, Miami HEAT

Gail Garrisan
Stage Director/Literary Artistic Consultant

Stetson Glines
President, Project Management International, Inc.

Allison Goldberg
Marketing Director, The Related Group

Eric C. Jellson
Area Director of Sales & Marketing
EPIC Hotel – A Kimpton Hotel

Cristina Blanco-Kulisic
Senior VP Marketing, Gibraltar Bank

David Rothstein
Dimond Kaplan & Rothstein, P.A.

Jane Marie Russell
Associate, Holland & Knight

Geri Satin
Co-Founder/Senior Trial Consultant, Focus Litigation Consulting

Patricia Woodson
Community and Arts Advocate


 

STAFF

Executive Director
Bruce Leslie
305-755-9401 ext. 13
bruce@citytheatre.com

Literary Director & Co-Founder
Susi Westfall
305.755-9401 ext. 10
susan@citytheatre.com

Literary & Programs Manager
Amy Coker
305-755-9401 ext. 11
amy@citytheatre.com

Director of Development
Melody Fakhourie
305-755-9401 ext. 12
Melody@citytheatre.com

Accountant
Ernest Porter
Ernest@citytheatre.com

Marketing Director
Brooke Noble
pr@citytheatre.com

Festival Artistic Director
Margaret Ledford

Short Cuts Project Director
Jessica Farr

Island Shorts Project Director/Special Projects
Gail Garrisan

Kenneth Wynn
Webmaster