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Miami’s Turn to host Florida Dance Educati...

Written By Josie Gulliksen

The Florida Dance Education Organization is set to bring together both teachers and students from the dance community for their annual conference, which is in its 15th year. This is the second consecutive year that it’s being held in Miami — the conference will then move to a different part of the state. “Because we’re a state organization, we host

Theater Profile: Meet Area Stage Co.’s Joh...

Written By Josie Gulliksen

Theater is in their blood, that’s how husband and wife John and Maria Rodaz would describe their road to starting Area Stage Company

Theater Profile: Meet Mad Cat Theatre’s Pa...

Written By Josie Gulliksen

Creating more than just a theater company was Paul Tei’s mission when he founded Mad Cat Theatre Company in 2000. A homegrown South Floridian (he grew up in Hollywood), Mad Cat

Westchester Getting Cultural Arts Center a...

Written By Josie Gulliksen

Expanding the reach of the arts in Miami-Dade County, a groundbreaking ceremony was recently held for the planned Westchester Cultural Arts Center at the entrance to Tropical Park. Miami-Dade County Commissioner Javier D. Souto, District 10, along with Michael Spring,

​Theater Profile: Zoetic Stage

Written By Josie Gulliksen

Since 2010, Zoetic Stage has been presenting daring, award-winning productions garnering them widespread respect in the Miami theatre community. Award-winning because they’ve been racking up the Carbonell Awards for several years now. Calling the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts their home base since its start is beyond thrilling for founders Stuart Meltzer and Michael McKeever. Meltzer spoke to Artburst about the Zoetic journey from their start in 2010 to now. Artburst: How did Zoetic first get conceptualized and actually begin? Meltzer: In 2009, I was looking to start a theater company to fill in what I thought was missing in the South Florida landscape. I wanted to create a company where new work could be created and nurtured and a place where we could explore classics in a daring, contemporary way. Along with my partner, playwright Michael McKeever, we approached our good friends, playwright Christopher Demos Brown and

Miami’s Groups Nurture Future Artists Thro...

Written By Josie Gulliksen

The artistic talent that’s being nurtured in Miami and providing a never-ending stream of arts professionals is due in strong part to the many year-round and summer programs at various arts venues. In this blog post we speak with a trio of leaders from these programs to learn how their programs have grown and the talent they’ve produced: Miami Theater Center Camp Director Art Garcia, Thomas Armour Youth Ballet Executive Director Ruth Wiesen, and Rebekah Diaz-Fandrei, founder of Youth Arts

‘Pulse Points’ Pays Tribute to Victims of ...

Written By Josie Gulliksen

Serving as the lead cultural event during the 10-day global World Outgames Miami 2017 is Pulse Points, an artistic response to the Orlando massacre at the Pulse Nightclub last June. Billed as an experiential memorial, the four-hour event will fuse elements of dance, poetry, music, and visual arts via 49 artistic expressions in remembrance of the 49 lives lost during the massacre. The line-up of performers, curated by choreographers and dancers Octavio Campos and Cameron

Moving Multi-Disciplinary Show Closes Youn...

Written By Josie Gulliksen

The audience settled in for one last time at the open-air YoungArts campus courtyard to experience “Little Boy Lost: One Child’s Story of Life Behind Bars,” the final performance in the Outside the Box Series. The evening kicked off with a powerful spoken word performance by Simbaa Gordon, the 2016 YoungArts Winner in Writing, who

Meet the Artburst Writers: Orlando Taquech...

Written By Josie Gulliksen

Artburst Miami welcomes Orlando Taquechel to the team, the Cuban-born dance critic who began his career as an architect and later segued into a career in the health-care industry. His love of dance, though, has always been strong since a young age, so Orlando has had dual careers for most of his life. Artburst: Give