Stephanie Ansin: Founder and Artistic Director
A native of Miami, Stephanie Ansin spent 14 years studying, acting, and directing in New York and Boston before returning to South Florida where she founded Miami Theater Center (formerly The PlayGround Theatre). She has served as Assistant Director for three off-Broadway productions: The It Girl (The York Theatre); Hard Feelings (Women’s Theatre Project); and Creation of the World and Other Business (Stari Repertory Theatre). New York City directing credits include: The Seven Year Itch, Abingdon Square, and Twelfth Night (Columbia University); Taylor Mac’s Okay (Spring Theatreworks); and scripts by emerging writers at Fordham University. Ansin holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Brown University and an MFA in Theatre Directing from Columbia University.
Ansin’s professional career in South Florida began with directing Matterhorn for City Theatre’s Summer Shorts 1999 (Carbonell Award for Best Ensemble). Her credits at Miami Theater Center (2005-present) include: Co-Writer/Director for Inanna and the Huluppu Tree; The Red Thread; and Everybody Drinks the Same Water (Spring 2014); Adapter/Director for The Love of Three Oranges; Co-Adapter/Director for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Three Sisters (Silver Palm Award for Outstanding Creative Staging and Production); and Director for A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, by Gabriel García Márquez, adapted by Nilo Cruz.
Fernando Calzadilla: Resident Artist
(Co-Writer/ Set, Costume & Lighting Designer). Also at MTC: Resident Artist; Co-Adapter/ Set, Costume & Lighting Designer, Three Sisters and Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland; Co-Writer/Set, Costume & Lighting Designer, Inanna and the Huluppu Tree; Lighting Designer, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings & The Love of Three Oranges. Teaching credits include: Performance (Florida International University); Performance Art (Design and Architecture Senior High – DASH); East Coast Artists Performance Workshop (New York University); lead professor of the first Taller Telemundo: Escritores de Telenovela (Miami-Dade College); and rasaboxes workshops (US and abroad). He has won 14 regional and national design awards in Venezuela, including: Best Costume Design, Salieri and Best Set Design, Happy Days. He earned a BFA in Scenic Design and MA/PhD in Performance Studies at New York University.