Our Mission/ Our History
New Theatre is a multi-cultural theatre producing a season of Nouveau Classic works, blending classics and new works, which speak to and about a diverse contemporary audience by stimulating, provoking, challenging, and entertaining since 1986.
Entering our 28th Anniversary Season, our theatre has flourished under the energetic Artistic Direction of Ricky J. Martinez and Managing Director, Eileen Suarez refining its focus on works which speak of social/religious/humanistic interests, relevant issues of discrimination based on race, gender and sexual orientation, the immigrant's plight, the role of youth in our community, and for stories from the heart and for the soul which celebrate the mosaic that makes up our South Florida community.
We embrace the voices of early and mid-career playwrights. Many talented artists would not have a forum for their work without our unflagging commitment to "new voices-new work." We have commissioned and/or produced over fifty world premieres including Nilo Cruz's 2003 Pulitzer Prize and Steinberg award-winning play Anna in the Tropics, Steinberg and Osborn award nominated Just A Kiss by Catherine Bush, recently published works such as Clarence Darrow's Last Trial by Shirley Lauro, Elaine Romero's Barrio Hollywood, and David Caudle's Sunken Living Room.
Our theatre has been home to several World Premieres of local professional playwrights Michael McKeever, Susan Westfall, Dr. Richard Janaro, Alfred Allan Lewis, Lauren Feldman, and David Caudle which later exhibit nationally and internationally. For the past twenty years, New Theatre has housed, in its modest-sized theatre, over fifty world premieres, and as many Florida premieres.
Our artists have received many honors and awards, including the Key to the City of Coral Gables, Carbonell awards and nominations from the South Florida Theater Critics Association, Best of Miami awards in Miami New Times and SunPost, Best of the Year listings in The Miami Herald and The Sun Sentinel, South Florida Theatre League Silver Palm Awards and 2008 South Florida Theatre Festival Audience Favorite for Miami-Dade County and others to boot!
Our company has been the recipient of funding from The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the City of Coral Gables, The Division of Cultural Affairs of the State of Florida, and The National Endowment for the Arts. New Theatre is a proud member of The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, Theatre Communications Group, The Theatre League of South Florida, The National New Play Network (NNPN) and the Dade Cultural Alliance.
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