Mission

Your Home for Theater and Culture

Led by Miami native and Artistic Director Stephanie Ansin, Miami Theater Center creates and produces stimulating, inspiring, and thought-provoking productions for audiences of all ages and abilities. We are committed to offering our community high quality culture at an affordable price. At MTC, it is our goal to ensure that everyone who enters our venue or engages with our organization feels the warmth of our welcome and experiences the transformational power of live theater.

MTC’s initiatives include: MTCperformance – innovative new works, fresh interpretations of classics, and dynamic resident companies and visiting performers; MTCeducation – learning experiences for students, professionals, and the general public; and MTCfilm – a partnership with O Cinema that screens the best in independent cinema several nights a week.

MTCperformance

Ever-committed to exploring the vanguard of transformational theater, we at MTC aspire to present a wide variety of captivating works to our audiences. We do this through MTCproductions, SandBox Series, the works of our Resident Companies, and MTCpresents.

MTCproductions

Our creative team at MTC mounts provocative, exquisitely executed original works, and well-researched, innovative adaptations on the MainStage of our beautiful theater.

SandBox Series

Just next door to our MainStage discover our SandBox, a black-box theater that is home to our cutting-edge SandBox Series. Here, artists create, rehearse, and perform new work. Thanks to the generous support of a Knight Arts Challenge Grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, we’re thrilled to offer artists the opportunity to present their work here. If you would like to apply for our 2016-17 SandBox Series, applications can now be downloaded by clicking on our Call to Artists button on the menu bar.

Resident Companies

As we expand and grow, MTC will be host and home to some of the most talented, extraordinary theatrical artists and companies. We’re excited to open our doors to Resident Companies who share our passion for exceptional theater.

Mad Cat Theatre Company

Mad Cat Theatre Company’s mission is to provide theatre that provokes its audience to reimagine its surrounding world. Mad Cat Theatre Company is committed to deconstructing itself and its environment through original works, adaptations, multi-media, live music, dance, puppetry, and poetry.

MTCpresents

Whenever we encounter innovative, exceptional works that demand to be seen and shared, we will host them on our stages as MTCpresents. We look forward to sharing our discoveries with you.

Learn more about our MTCproductions, SandBox Series, Resident Companies, and MTCpresents wherever you see this icon.

From classes, to camps, to our inclusive community engagement, this icon marks MTC’s educational initiatives.

This icon leads you to our independent film screenings, made possible by our partnership with O Cinema.

Creative Team

MTC Staff

stephanie ansin

Stephanie Ansin

Founder and Artistic Director

“At this point, founding MTC is — to me — my most important credit.”

Stephanie – born in Miami and educated at Brown and Columbia – brought her talents home in 2004, when she returned to Miami after 14 years studying, acting, and directing in New York and Boston. She came home to found Miami Theater Center (formerly The PlayGround Theatre) and immediately began building a reputation for writing and producing powerful new plays, and staging irreverent and provocative adaptations of classic works.

Whether it’s an actor she’s been hoping to work with, a specific text she’s been hungry to interpret, or a topic of human interest she wants to explore and bring to light, Stephanie is never short of sources of inspiration for the work she presents at MTC. She brought the world’s first known heroine to life when she co-wrote and directed Inanna and the Huluppu Tree; she created a stir and received rave reviews for her shared adaptation of Chekhov’s Three Sisters (Silver Palm Award for Outstanding Creative Staging and Production); and she’s excited to explore the common human experience of loneliness, desire and loss of self in this season’s presentations of Hedda Gabler and The Seven Year Itch.

Stephanie’s thrilled to have you become a part of the MTC family, and hopes to meet you out front after the final curtain sometime soon.

More on Stephanie: Miami Theater Center (2005-present): Co-Writer/Director for Everybody Drinks the Same Water, The Red Thread, and Inanna and the Huluppu Tree; Adapter/Director for The Love of Three Oranges; Co-Adapter/Director for The Seven Year ItchHedda GablerThree Sisters (Silver Palm Award for Outstanding Creative Staging and Production), and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; and Director for A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, by Gabriel García Márquez, adapted by Nilo Cruz. Assistant Director, off-Broadway: The It Girl (The York Theatre); Hard Feelings (Women’s Theatre Project); and Creation of the World and Other Business (Stari Repertory Theatre). Director, New York City: 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. Education: BA in Theatre Arts, Brown University; MFA in Theatre Directing, Columbia University.

Yolima De Avila

General Manager

Yolima manages all of MTC’s theater rental events. She began her career at MTC in 2007, and was recently promoted to General Manager. Prior to her career at MTC, she worked as Office Manager of the ... Yolima manages all of MTC’s theater rental events. She began her career at MTC in 2007, and was recently promoted to General Manager. Prior to her career at MTC, she worked as Office Manager of the Broward County Public Schools and also spent three years as the Admissions Coordinator at the Hillel Community Jewish School. She received her BS in Education from Florida International University. Read More

Idalmis “Dallie” Leyva

Finance & Office Manager

Dallie brings more than 15 years’ experience to MTC as an Accounting and Human Resources professional. Prior to her role at MTC, she worked at U.S. Cardiovascular, LLC and Millennium Management.... Dallie brings more than 15 years’ experience to MTC as an Accounting and Human Resources professional. Prior to her role at MTC, she worked at U.S. Cardiovascular, LLC and Millennium Management. She holds a BS in Political Science with a Minor in Finance from Florida International University. Read More

Fersson Vega

Production and Facility Services Manager

Fersson has been with MTC since 2011, during which time he has worked on the following productions: Everybody Drinks the Same Water, The Love of Three Oranges, Three Sisters, The Red Thread,... Fersson has been with MTC since 2011, during which time he has worked on the following productions: Everybody Drinks the Same Water, The Love of Three Oranges, Three Sisters, The Red Thread, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, and Inanna and the Huluppu Tree. His credits in Venezuela include: Producer at TNJ Fundarte (National Juvenile Theater), Compañia Rajatabla, and Festival del Hatillo de Musica; Associate Producer at Teresa Carreño Cultural Complex, and Production Assistant at La Compañia Nacional de Teatro. He has also worked as a producer for the Coca Cola Art Bottles Tour and for various international theater festivals. Fersson holds a BFA in Photography from Pittsburgh Filmmakers. Read More

Naomi Zapata

Stage Manager

Naomi joined us as our Stage Manager in 2012. Since that time, she has worked on MTC’s Everybody Drinks the Same Water, The Red Thread, Inanna and the Huluppu Tree, The Love of Three Oranges, Three ... Naomi joined us as our Stage Manager in 2012. Since that time, she has worked on MTC’s Everybody Drinks the Same Water, The Red Thread, Inanna and the Huluppu Tree, The Love of Three Oranges, Three Sisters, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Additional South Florida credits include: Florida Grand Opera, New World Symphony, five seasons with Mosaic Theatre, and six seasons at Coconut Grove Playhouse. Her New York City credits include: Brooklyn Academy of Music, La MaMa E.T.C., and the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. National credits, as part of Maestro Michael Tilson Thomas’ “Thomashefsky Project,” include: the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and The Philadelphia Orchestra. She holds a BFA in Stage Management from North Carolina School of the Arts and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. Read More

Giselle Kovac

PRESIDENT

Visual Artist
Miami Shores, FL

Stephanie Ansin

TREASURER

Artistic Director
Miami Theater Center
Coral Gables, FL

Aaron Glickman

SECRETARY

Media Producer
Sunny Isles Beach, FL

Sarah Arison

 

Arts Advocate
New York, NY

Juan Luis Betancourt

 

Humantelligence, Inc
Miami Beach, FL

David Coviello

 

Shutts & Bowen LLP
Biscayne Park, FL

Lynn Martinez

 

WSVN Channel 7
Miami, FL

Olga Melin

 

Arts Advocate
Sunny Isles Beach, FL

Kevin Miller

 

Wells Fargo
Miami Shores, FL

Susan J. Toepfer

 

Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler
Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.
Miami Beach, FL

Mary Newman

 

Ex-Officio:
Shores Performing Arts Theater Society
Miami Shores, FL

Toby Ansin

 

Special Advisor
Founder of Miami City Ballet
Coral Gables, FL

Lilia Garcia

 

Arts Advocate
Miami, FL

Rhoda Levitt

 

Former Chairman,
Florida Arts Council
Coconut Grove, FL

Anne Bogart

 

SITI Company
New York, NY

Richard Carter

 

Consultant
Miami Shores, FL

Charles Cinnamon

 

Charles Cinnamon
Public Relations
Coconut Grove, FL

Nilo Cruz

 

Pulitzer Prize-winning
Playwright
Miami, FL & New York, NY

Elysze Held

 

Style Out of the City
Key Biscayne, FL

Larissa Kokernot

 

Chalk Repertory Theatre
Los Angeles, CA

Robert Leider

 

WSVN Channel 7
Miami, FL

Robin Reiter

 

Reiter & Associates, LLC.
Miami, FL

Terry Schechter

 

Arts Advocate
Miami Beach, FL

Nora Weinreich

 

Arts Advocate
Miami, FL

FAQ

1. When are your show times?

Really, that depends on the show you’re interested in. We’ve got performances Tuesday through Sunday, but why not visit our interactive calendar now, and see what’s on that works with your schedule?

2. How long are your shows? Are there intermissions?

In general, our shows run 90 minutes with no intermission, or two hours with one intermission. But check out What’s On now to see the actual running time of the show you’re interested in.

3. What time should I arrive for the show?

You can join us in the lobby up to an hour before show time – we have a lovely concession and gift shop to keep you occupied. The theater usually opens 30 minutes before curtain for general admission seating.

4. Is there parking nearby?

Yes! Parking is plentiful and free. Can you believe it? There’s a free parking lot on 98th street on the south side of the theater, and limited street parking as well.

5. Is it true that your seating is General Admission?

Yes, it’s true! “First come, first served” guides our seating plan, so please plan ahead.

6. How much do tickets cost?

We are one of the best values in theater in Miami. Prices for MTC MainStage productions start at $35 per person. Tickets to our SandBox Series productions are $25. There is a 20% discount for groups of 10 or more.

7. Do you offer reduced ticket prices for students?

Of course! Student-priced tickets may be purchased in-person at the box office with a student ID. Student tickets for MTC MainStage productions are $25 (for multigenerational shows) or $30 (for adult shows) and student tickets for our SandBox productions are $20.

8. Do you serve food?

Sure – we have a yummy concession stand that operates on weekends, so treat yourself! We serve a variety of sweet and savory snacks, freshly-popped Kosher popcorn, water, soft drinks, coffee, wine, and beer.

9. Are your shows accessible to differently-abled audiences?

Yes, in fact, we lead the way in making theater accessible to all. MTC is fully accessible to patrons in wheelchairs, and select performances are audio described, open captioned, and/or American Sign Language interpreted. Assistive listening devices are also available through the House Manager before performances. We also offer Sensory-Friendly performances for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

10. Can I see one of your performances at another theater?

Unfortunately, not at this time. This is our home, and we hope you’ll make it yours and join us here at MTC soon.

11. Can I throw and event or party at MTC?

Please do! We can provide the perfect space for your meeting, party, wedding or own production in our MainStage or SandBox theaters. Just check out our rental information.

12. Can I audition?

Certainly – we’d love to consider any talented, professional, adult actors to join our cast and the MTC family. Check out our audition information!

13. Do you offer acting classes?

We do! When school’s out, we get our act on at MTC. Join us during the school year for our minicamps at Winter and Spring Breaks, and in the summer for our fantastic, extremely popular Musical Theater Summer Camp.