Scott Douglas Wilson and Annemaria Rajala  in WINTER
New Theatre
8567 Coral Way #355
Miami, FL 33155

Performing at
South Miami-Dade
Cultural Arts Center
10950 SW 211 Street
Cutler Bay, FL 33189

(786) 573-5300

Join New Theatre Mailing List

Visit New Theatre on Follow us on TwitterWatch us on YouTubeWatch us on Vimeo
Miami 1-Acts Festival

July 4 - 6, 2014

HELP SUPPORT NEW THEATRE in continuing to provide
16 Playwrights, 16 Directors & over 45 Actors & Crew
donate their talents for

$12 per program or $20 per 2 program pass
HAPPY HOUR an hour before shows
DJ spinning ** Mingle with Theatre Folks
Beer @ $3* Sangria & Wine @ $4*
*all food and drinks by donation.

July 4th Celebration starting at 5 pm with traditional Independence Day fare
* burgers, hot dogs, beers, music, fireworks, and much more *

Program A: Friday, July 4@ 8 pm & Sunday, July 6 @ 5:30 pm

(in no specific order)

  • Soulmates by Matt Stabile; directed by Aly Pentangelo
  • Aliens, Mr. President! by David Victor; directed by Erik J. Rodriguez
  • Truvada Whore by Josh Mesnik; directed by Mike Englemann
  • Railing It Uptown by Shirley Lauro; directed by Patrice DeGraff-Arenas
  • All This Time by Alexis Roblan; directed by Kenya Moore
  • Conversation On A Couch by Brian Cohen; directed by Will Cabrera
  • Last Exit by Philip Middleton Williams; directed by Jerry Jensen

Program B: Saturday, July 5 @ 8 pm & Sunday, July 6 @ 1 pm

(in no specific order)

  • Friends With Monsters by Ruben R. Diaz; directed by Stephanie Sandoval
  • Shooting Stars by Todd Caster; directed by Jennifer Lehr
  • Burying Shakespeare In Hialeah by Will Cabrera; directed by Stephanie Rodriguez
  • Multiple Choice by Frannie Nejako; directed by Amanda Ortega
  • A Million Things To Be by Dani Diaz; directed by Michael Leyte-Vidal
  • Frailty by Clint Hooper; directed by Harold Clinton Archambault
  • Lasso by Vanessa Garcia; directed by Matthew P. Garcia
  • Dar A Luz by Raquel Almazan; directed by Jair Bula

Performers & Support Staff (in no specific order)
Gabriel Bonilla * Hector Lombillo * Lucas Hood * Karen Figueredo * Danny Cruz * Yarelis Chavez * Natalie Brenes * Barbara Garafalo * Steven Eisenberg * Christina Groom * Jenn Veranes * Joe Ferrarelli * Danny Reyes * Vanessa Thompson * Sammantha Hernandez * Isabel Bacigalup * Francesca N. Toledo * Krystal Joseph * Danijela Nenezic * Stephanie Sandoval * Michael Engelmann * Emely Suarez * Idelsy Rodriguez * Andres Carballido * Veronica de la Torre

New Theatre at Artistic Vibes
12986 SW 89 Avenue, Miami, Fl 33176

Raquel AlmazanRaquel Almazan (Playwright) – writer, performer, educator. M.F.A. Candidate Columbia University. Her work has been produced/developed at Theatre Row, La Mama, The Lark, INTAR, Labyrinth Theatre Company, Womens Playwriting International Conference, Roma Tre University World Theatre Day, P.S. 122, Dixon Place, Iati and Miami Light Project. Recepient of the Kate Neal Kinley Playwriting Fellowship.

Patrice DeGraff ArenasPatrice DeGraff Arenas (Director) was born and raised in Miami, Florida and took her first drama class in high school at the urging of her mom, a drama teacher in DCPS. "I remember thinking, I wouldn't like performing and I was right, I didn't like it; I LOVED it." She auditioned and was accepted in PAVAC, which is now New World School of the Arts. Upon graduation from high school, she earned a BFA from FSU and a MFA from the University of Pittsburgh. Patrice's regional theatre and film credits include: Ariel, Tempest, Tartuffe, Tartuffe, Teacher, The Jackson's: An American Dream, ABC movie, Yemaya, Shango De Ima, Cherry, Exit, feature, Tribe, Hair, Sr. Shantell , Bare, Amanda McKinney, Working, Denise, The Rant, Hawa, In Darfur, and the mother in I know What I Am... She is proud member of AEA/SAG/AFTRA. When she is not on stage, Patrice teaches Beginning Drama and Advanced /Dual Enrollment: Theatrical Elements at American Sr. High and St. Thomas University. SHe's inspired by the love and support she receives from her family, friends, and students. "Gifts are meant to be shared; I am eternally grateful to my mama, Maria who will never be forgotten and is always in my heart."

Clinton ArchambaultClinton Archambault (Director) is very excited to be directing Frailty, and working with the very gifted members of New Theatre. Clinton just finished participating in the Miami 48 Hour Film Festival with a Lead Acting role in Grill Time. He can currently be seen on a Web Series, Angelica and has just won a Best Supporting Actor Award at The Bright Minds Film Festival, for his work in The Perfect Stroke. He was last seen at New Theatre in the One Act Play, Brunch Soon. He also was seen in the role of Jim in LA MIGRA TACO TRUCK. Recent Film credits include Professor Cole Parrish in Summoning, Richard Morris in Mind Balance and The Rabbit in Frank & The Rabbit where he won The Best Actor Award for The 48 Hr. Film Project. He was recently seen on Stage as George in Til the End at The New Theatre, Warren in The Mystery of Attraction and Leo Davis in Father's and Other Strangers. He has studied with Tom Todoroff, William Esper, and at The Juilliard School in NYC.

Gabrielle Arias (Actor) is a recent graduate of New World School of the Arts' Music Theater track. Her recent credits include Gypsy, The Laramie Project, Legally Blonde, I Love You..., Once on this Island, SideShow, and Ragtime. In the fall, she will attend Florida State University to pursue a career in psychology.

Isabel BacigalupoIsabel Bacigalupo (Actor) started her training with theater group Prometeo participating with them in several plays. Consequently she joined theatre group Actor's Arena, where she has portrayed La Novia for Bodas de Sangre among others. Her latest venture has been as Mabel for Made in Argentina with La Cuarta Pared Productions.

Toby Barton (Actor) is a senior at NSU where he is double majoring in BA Theatre/Musical Theatre. Previous works include: Cabaret, Once on This Island, Everyman, Irish Dracula, and Blind Date. Toby would like to thank the midget for making all of his choices for him.

Lito BecerraLito Becerra (Actor) is thrilled to participate in this year's 1-Acta Festival. Recent roles include Jeffrey Hatcher's recent adaptation of the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in which he played four different characters including Mr. Hyde, Lennox and Siward in Macbeth, Rocco Gummare in Real Housewives of the Mob at this theatre, Howie in Rabbit Hole, and Ben in Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight. He has also recently worked as an Imagineer (acrobat/actor performer) for Cirque Dreams Productions. With the mind of an engineer and the heart of an artist, Lito works as an Information Technology Manager, earning his Master's degree at FIU, balancing his technology career with his acting. He also enjoys martial arts, writing, salsa dancing, and talking about himself in the third person. His inspiration was Patrick Stewart in his role as Gandalf when he says: "Use the force Harry".

Natalie BrenesNatalie Brenes (Actor) is currently pursuing a BFA in performance at Florida International University. Some notable roles include Ross in Macbeth, Soothsayer/Strata in Julius Caesar, and Simonetta in Cardenio. She is thrilled and grateful for the opportunity to participate in New Theatre's Miami 1-Acts Festival and would like to thank her family and friends for their constant support.

Tanya BravoTanya Bravo (Actor) is thrilled to be working with New Theatre again. Some of her stage credits include BUMP (Juggerknot), Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams (New Theatre), LAND (Juggerknot), Electra (New Theatre), Cloud Tectonics (New Theatre), Arrivals and Departures (Area Stage), As Bee's and Honey Drown (Caldwell Theatre), The Book of Ruth (New Theatre), Communicating Doors (Actors Playhouse), I am a Camera (New Theatre), How I learned to Drive (New Theatre), Speed The Plow (AreaStage), Oleanna (Area Stage), Savage in Limbo (Little Stage), All About Eve (Township Center), Fool for Love (the Studio), Tanya is also the Artistic Director of Juggerknot Theatre Company.

Jair BulaJair Bula (Director) is a South Florida director and actor. This is his second time participating in Miami 1-Acts Festival and feels very blessed to be a part of this event. Jair thanks his wife Vanessa Elise and his family for all their love and support, and for never letting him give up on his dreams.

Will CabreraWill Cabrera (Director) has been seen on stage and off at New Theatre's Miami 1-Acts Festival. Having recently directed Gizmo Love by John Kolvenbach for FIU's Alternative Theatre Festival he is once again flexing that directorial muscle (as well as his fingers, given that he wrote one of the plays as well). He is a poet, which means he is a romantic, which means he enjoys stargazing and long walks on the beach with that special someone (once he finds her that is). He was only allowed a hundred words for this bio.

Todd CasterTodd Caster (playwright) Todd Caster is a local playwright who co-founded Theatre Arts Group (Hudson Valley) and The Palm Beach PlayMakers (Delray Beach). His plays Into Wishin', Northbound and Down and From Across a Crowded Room were seen at past M-1-A's. Todd lives in West Palm Beach.

Yarelis ChavezYarelis Chavez (Actor) Chavez is a Cuban-American actor based in Miami who graduated from F.I.U. with a BFA degree in Theatre Performance. She was in several productions there and has also participated in Micro Theatre. She's excited to debut in this festival and thanks everyone for their support.

Danny CruzDanny Cruz (Actor) is a senior at NWSA, appearing in several plays/short films throughout South Florida, and honored to be a part of such a worthy cause to the arts, as the Miami 1-Acts Festival. You can catch him at NWSA this August in the student directed production of Closer.

Dani DiazDani Diaz (Playwright) is a writer and graphic designer working in Miami and she is thrilled about being a part if Miami 1-Acts for her very first time! She received her BFA at SVA in New York and her MFA in creative writing at University of Miami. She likes salt in her dark chocolate, her dog's crazy golden eyes, reading her talented friends, and watching her kids do anything.

Ruben R. DiazRuben R. Diaz (Playwright) has been a writer for more than 10 years, working as a copywriter, web content writer, and journalist. Recently he has written a play for Miami's 1-Acts Festival, an award-winning short film, and a soon-to-be published comic book called Mystery Road. Currently, he is working on writing a feature length horror film for Creature Entertainment and scripting a video game for Dust Studios.

Hector DominikHector Dominik (Actor) was born and raised in Miami. He enjoys working part-time as a barista at a local coffeehouse in the Gables. After attending Miami Dade College, he's going to start working towards earning his B.F.A. at New World School of the Arts. He proudly represents Troupe 0476.

Michael EngelmannMichael Engelmann (Actor) is very excited to be a part of Miami 1-Acts. He received his B.A. in Theater from Florida International University. Recent theater credits include Macduff in Macbeth, Dr. Cukrowicz in Suddenly Last Summer, Philiste in The Liar, and Barrabas in The House of the Spirits. He has also built and designed props and sets for over 20 different plays Ranging from severed heads to Technicolor moving furniture and everything in between.

Joe FerrarelliJoe Ferrarelli (Actor) is a recent graduate of New World School of the Arts with a B.F.A. in Acting. Past roles include The History Boys (Dakin), Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Tom), Cabaret (Cliff), and Balm in Gilead (Joe). Last seen in NYC as Maurice in The Sarah Play at The Davenport Theatre. Thank you Will!

Vanessa GarciaVanessa Garcia (Playwright) is an multi-media and cross-genre writer, journalist, and playwright. She's written and reported for various publications including The New York Times; The LA Times; The Miami Herald; HowlRound; The Southern Humanities Review; and The Art Basel Magazine, along with numerous other journals, magazines, newspapers, and online media. She is also a Huffington Post Blogger. Her play, Lasso, was just recently named a finalist for City Theatre's National Short Playwriting Award. Her full length play, The Cuban Spring, will receive its world premiere at New Theatre -- which she is ecstatic about. Her CV can be found:

Matthew GarciaMatthew P. Garcia (Playwright) is writer whose poetry has been recently featured in Skidrow Penthouse, Caliban and River Poets Journal. His play, First Man/First Woman is forthcoming in Clarion. Directorial credits include Social Drinkers or The Humanists and the forthcoming full-length play, 14 Bones 32 Teeth due out this fall.

Barbara GarofaloBarbara Garofalo (Actor) began her acting career in her native Venezuela. She studied Theatre and Film at the University of Miami, where she graduated last year. Other credits include Lina in Gum and Emmy in Jailbait. She's thrilled to be a part of this exciting festival!

Henry Gendron (Actor) is 17 years old and is currently attending Coral Reef High School in the Visual and Performing Arts Choir strand. Past credits include How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Wally Womper/featured dancer) and Catch Me If You Can (Agent Dollar/featured dancer). He is very excited to be performing in his first straight play under the direction of Michael Leyte-Vidal.

Jerry JensenClint Hooper (Playwright) is an actor and writer and he is thrilled to be working with New Theatre again having previously worked with them on such productions as A Streetcar Named Desire, Fizz, Jack Goes Boating, Taming of the Shrew and A Nervous Smile. Clint started his career as a writer several years ago writing for local PBS affiliate WLRN Television's acclaimed Teen Scene series as well as the hour-long mystery show The Key to Murder. As a Theatre Arts Teacher at Southwest Miami High, Clint wrote and produced several play including This Mortal Coil, Mor(t)ality Rate, Cease and Desist, Masks, and the farce Two Guns, Bank Robbers, Money and One Hostage.

Jerry JensenJerry Jensen (Director) is returning for his fourth Miami 1-Acts. Previously he directed Passing Through, From Across a Crowded Room and A Kiss Between Friends and acted in the award-winning 75 Cents. Jerry is a New Theatre Company Member, was Production Stage Manager for two seasons, and also directed Saving the Swanford for NT's Miami Stories. At other Florida theaters, he's directed The Lion in Winter, A Thousand Clowns, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Biloxi Blues, My Fair Lady, All The Great Books, 2 Boys in a Bed on a Cold Winter's Night, The Dining Room, Private Lives and Rumors.

Krystal D. JosephKrystal D. Joseph (Actor) is an FIU theater alumnus, currently living in Hollywood, FL. Her first main stage show at FIU was, In the Next Room (The Vibrator Play). Ever since she was a young girl, she has always had a knack for the arts, a renaissance woman in her own heart. She is an advocate for art with a cause, and has been a part of Phillip Church's stage reading of Body and Sold, which is to bring awareness for human sex trafficking. It's an honor to be a part of this festival as well as this play, Dar a Luz by Raquel Almazan.

David JuraDavid Jura (Actor) would rather be a cat. But until medical science makes it possible for trans-species transplants, he's pretty okay with muddling through the absurdities of life as a mostly competent, semi-stable, rarely-medicated naked mole rat. I mean, human. Recently, David has performed in the Florida's Funniest Comedian Competition, Casa de Ha-Ha, The Comedy Womb, and many other tiny venues with small audiences that no-one has ever, or will ever, hear of, ever again.

Allegra Kaufman (Actor) is very excited to be participating in this festival. She is seventeen and a near-senior at Gulliver Preparatory. Past credits include John Lennon and Me (Sally), Cinderella (Godmother), Bye Bye Birdie (Margie), Spelling Bee (Logainne), See Rock City (Dodi) at school and Godspell (Chile), Chicago (Ensemble), and Urinetown (Ensemble) at Area Stage. Past credits at MCT include 13 the Musical (Molly), Hair (Ensemble), Gypsy (Elecktra), 42nd Street (Phyllis), and Little Shop of Horrors (Crystal).

Shirley LauroShirley Lauro (Playwright) Recent work -- THE RADIANT. World Premiere: New Theatre, 2012. Published, 2014.(Sloan Science Foundation: Commission, 2 "Production Grants", TCG Edgerton Award, NY Premiere, 2013.) CLARENCE DARROW'S LAST TRIAL: World Premiere: New Theatre plus Publication,2010.(Carbonell nomination, NEA "Access to Excellence" Grant, Honoree:"New American Play Prize".) ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT: World Premiere: Chicago,2006. Published 2010. (Chicago's Jeff Nomination, NY Premiere 2010.Subsequent major productions: Saskatoon, Phoenix, Seattle.) Major Fellowships: The Guggenheim, 3 NEA's, NY Foundation for the Arts. Major Affiliations: a director of The Dramatists Guild Fund; Playwrights Unit-The Actors Studio; League of Professional Theatre Women/NY; Ensemble Studio Theatre; PEN; Writer's Guild East; Author's Guild.

Jennifer LehrJennifer Lehr (Director) is over the Moon EXCITED to be a part of this festival of awesome plays, actors, directors and everyone involved! A B.F.A. graduate of NWSA College & U. Of Florida, Jennifer has portrayed such roles at GableStage as Velvet in POPCORN, Debbie in THE REAL THING, and Anne Frank in THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK; as well as Jennifer 'O Jenny in SHEPARD'S PIE, Jillian in HELL-AVA-HALLOWEEN and ensemble cast in RETCH for MAD CAT Theatre and Puddy Cat Productions. During the last 8 years, Jennifer has worked as a Special Education Evaluation Specialist for MDCPS; but above all, being a part of the theatre is where her heart and soul belong! All my love to this incredible cast! Charlie Sothers and Erick Rodriguez for penning this impeccable play! Jane Rosenbaum for coming in as Stage Manager and keeping us on our toes! Ricky J. Martinez for, again, taking the helm and challenging me with grace, conviction, humor, and LOVE! And mom... because you know why! I like you AS much as I adore and love you! Break legs NRFP!!!

Michael Leyte-Vidal (Director) is 19 and is very excited to be making his directorial debut at Miami 1-Acts Festival. Previous acting credits include Tequesta in Full Circle at last summer's 1-Acts Festival as well as Audrey 2 in Little Shop of Horrors, Father in Violet, and Roger Strong in Catch Me If You Can. Michael is currently a sophomore studying Theatre at Miami-Dade College and is interning at MoonAmie Productions Conservatory. He hopes to pursue directing by getting his MFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon University.

Josh Mesnik (Playwright) is thrilled to have his short play Truvada Whore included as part of the Miami 1-Acts festival. He is the playwright of Have I Got a Girl For You which recently enjoyed rave reviews and a sold out run at Island City Stage. Mr. Mesnik is also the recipient of the TheatreMania Audience Favorite Award for the 2012 NY International Fringe Festival. Josh is currently putting the finishing touches on his upcoming play The Penzance Project.

Frannie NejakoFrannie Nejako (Playwright) is excited to work with the Miami 1-Act Festival again, this time on her play Multiple Choice. She loves many aspect of the theatre, especially playwriting. She is currently a senior at James Madison University in Virginia studying Theatre & Dance, Media Arts & Design, and Creative Writing.

Frannie NejakoJuanita Dilia Olivo (Actor) is a BFA Major at FIU and has previously worked in their Alternative Theatre Festival in The Bachelorette as Gena, as well as their productions of June Moon as Ms. Rixey and The Vagina Monologues. This is her first time participating in Miami 1-Acts and is very enthusiastic to work with this wonderful team.

Alexis RoblanAmanda Ortega (Director) is a recent FIU theatre performance graduate. Though she received her BFA in Acting she has recently started to focus on directing. Previous directing projects have been a one man show 110 and Voyeurs & Women which is part of Micro Theatre's first English Season. She am very excited to be a part of the Miami 1-Acts as a director of Multiple Choice. "I hope you all enjoy the show!"

Aly PentangeloAly Pentangelo (Director) graduated from Nova Southeastern University (BA Theatre) and previously studied at Marymount Manhattan College and Broward College. Previous works include: Meat (Wendy), Regrets Only (Spencer), Fuddy Meers (Gertie), Once on This Island (Andrea), Everyman (Kindred), Batmitzva Boy (Stacey), Autogoal (Marian), and she directed Baby Food by David Lindsay-Abaire.

Alexis RoblanAlexis Roblan (Playwright) is a Brooklyn-based playwright, originally from Oregon, by way of Los Angeles. Her plays have been produced and developed in the US, the UK and Australia, and include AND IT SPINS TWICE (FringeNYC) and DAUGHTERS OF LOT (Edinburgh Fringe). More info at

Sharbel SakerSharbel Saker (Actor) is a current theatre major at Broward College. His previous works include: Glory (Edwin Valero), The Story of Li Ming and Wei Long (Evil Sorcerer), and he has helped behind the scenes of numerous shows. Sharbel is extremely excited to be a part of the Miami 1-Acts!

Matt StabileMatt Stabile (Playwright) is a Miami native who became addicted to Theatre after hearing Peter Pan promise to "never grow up". A high school graduate of NWSA, Matt later earned his BFA in Theatre Studies from SMU in Dallas, TX. His work has been produced in Dallas, South Florida, Seattle, and Williamstown, MA. Currently, Matt can be found performing onstage with companies throughout South Florida and working closely with Educational Outreach programs including: Theatre at Arts Garage, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, and more. Matt would like to thank everyone involved for helping to make this event a reality – and his wife, Niki, for making his life a dream.

Stephanie SandovalStephanie Sandoval (Director) is a FIU Theatre Performance graduate. At FIU she made appearances on stage and was able to dip her toes in directing. Since graduating, she has been seen in Rocky Horror and Cabaret, but always finds time to participate in M1A. She would like to thank Ricky, Eileen and everyone from New Theatre for the opportunity.

Francisco Jose Segredo Jr.Francisco Jose Segredo Jr. (Actor) is twenty six years old; born and raised in Miami Florida. His first acting class was sophomore year of high school where he instantly fell in love with the beautiful art. Today it is what he's most passionate about in life with martial arts being a close second.

Kava StewartsonKava Stewartson (Actor) is delighted to make her 1-Acts debut with Railing it Uptown as Mrs. White. Some of her other credits include Katherine from Taming of the Shrew and Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing. She holds an M.F.A. in Acting and has had the privilege of studying at the Moscow Art Theatre School. Currently, she can be seen teaching in our fabulous educational system.

Francesca N. ToledoFrancesca N. Toledo (Actor) is a proud member of the New Theater Company and The American Laboratory Theatre, ( She was last seen with New Theater's World Premiere of My First, My Fist, My Bleeding Seeded Spirit playing Magdalena/Amelia and participated in Miami's 1-Act Winter Festival in the piece, Social Drinkers written by Matthew P.Garcia. She is a teaching artist and you can find her leading youth acting/movement workshops at Artistic Vibes. She would like to thank the New Theatre Family and her ensemble for allowing warm creativity flourish among the New Theatre 1-Act festival!

Jenn VeranesJenn Veranes (Actor) who plays the role of Melanie in Conversation on a Couch, is extremely excited to be performing on the main stage again after a long hiatus from her first love, Theatre. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Jenn has been acting since the young age of 6. Some of her theatrical credits are performing children's theatre, playing the role of Dorothy in Amateurs, and participating as stage crew at Miami-Dade College. She would like to thank her friends and family for love and support in her acting and singing/songwriting efforts.

David VictorDavid Victor (Playwright) Dave's plays have been seen at the past three Miami 1-Acts. The film version of his play 75 Cents, first seen at A1A last June, won Best Drama at Lake Worth Film Festival. Another short film, won awards at 2005 FLIFF and 2006 GCFF. Both can be seen on YouTube.

David VictorElisa Welch (Actor) studied theatre at Broward College where she appeared in numerous plays including Cinderella (Cinderella), God (Doris), and Princess & The Pea (Queen). Since, she's been cast in Slow Burn's Rent and Little Shop of Horrors for next season. Elisa has also been a part of many films such as: Rock of Ages. She is so excited to be a part of the Miami 1-Acts, and wants to thank Aly and New Theatre for the opportunity.

Charlie Yelin (Actor) is 17 and a rising senior at Ransom Everglades School. He has been acting in school productions since sixth grade. Some of his past roles include Robert in The Rimers of Eldritch and Doc O'Connor in The Laramie Project. He is very excited to be a part of A Million Things to Be.

Home |  On Stage |  Current Season |  Tickets & Seating |  Membership |  Readings/New Plays |  Auditions
Special Events |  Awards/Accolades |  Playwright Testimonials |  Press Room |  Sponsorship |  Donations |  Playography
Newsletters |  Photo Gallery |  Map to Us |  Links |  Board & Staff |  Mission/History |  New Theatre Gives Back