Summer Shorts; America's Short Play Festival, is considered a theatrical event unlike anything else produced in South Florida. Running annually, it's considered 'the official kick-off of the summer theatre season'. An acclaimed series of original "shorts", Summer Shorts is presented at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and features a selection of brand new productions and introduces exciting discoveries including new commissions and works culled from the City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Contest. Summer Shorts reaches out to veteran audiences who fondly recall the Festival's origins, and introduces itself to an ever-growing population looking for Summer Shorts fun for the first time. With its annual Summer Shorts Festival, City Theatre plays an important leadership role in the South Florida cultural community, the State of Florida and indeed in our nation producing innovative performances of original works that 'enlighten, inspire and entertain.
CityWrights Professional Weekend for Playwrights is a comprehensive theatre symposium dedicated to the art, business, inspiration, mentorship, technology, and training of dramatists and the development of new work. CityWrights is earning a regional and national reputation as an event that brings together Master artists, playwrights at all levels of experience, students, educators, theatre-makers, actors, industry professionals, national arts partners, and audiences for creative master classes, professional development sessions, readings, performances, networking opportunities, and relationship-building that serves City Theatre and a wider theatrical community. The goal of CityWrights is to create an organic forum for the purpose of integrating meaningful and exciting artistic education, connections and collaborations. Through the various sessions, playwrights make art, explore trends, technologies and business practices impacting how playwrights create and manage their work today.
Short Cuts Educational Tour
Short Cuts is an educational and entertaining outreach school tour program comprised of age and theme-appropriate short plays. This "Anti-Bullying & Self-Respect" program brings thematic short drama INTO Miami-Dade County public and private schools, camps, and inner-city community venues. Short Cuts provides live theatre performances, post-show discussions and study guides; and an interactive link is programmed on our website as well. The post show discussion is an important opportunity for youth to engage with the cast and director in meaningful dialogue about the plays and their subject matter, and as literature and theatre. Students also have the opportunity to join the cast and try their hands at being actors right up on the stage, and learn about careers in the arts. This program is growing by leaps and bounds due to the involvement of an increasing number of Miami-Dade County School Board Members who bring this wonderful cultural theatre experience to their Districts.
Shorts Gone Wild
Launched to provide voice to the unique challenges facing South Florida's large divergent community, Shorts Gone Wild consists of short, provocative, funny and thoroughly entertaining plays that are tailored to explore the values, issues and humor that are relevant to the LGBT and Progressive communities. Shorts Gone Wild is a response to an outcry, which opens space for empathy while building bridges between different communities to promote social justice. This production provides an opportunity for theatergoers to address social issues through a creative process, by engaging in respectful and meaningful dialogue about the many cultural and sexual identities of others within our communities to promote tolerance and acceptance. Named as the outstanding LGBT Theatre piece of the season, Shorts Gone Wild received the 2013 Silver Palm Award for Theatrical Excellence.
City Reads for CityWrights: Play Reading Series
Year-long fun and informal evenings of new play readings presented by City Theatre and its acting company, gives our audience a first-hand role in the process scripts go from page to stage. Audiences serve as critics and supporters or even as actors, while having a peek inside Summer Shorts and learning what makes City Theatre a center for fresh, new works. These evenings, where community venues transform into our literary living room, are an entertaining way for our supporters to help us find great plays among the hundreds of submissions we get for the Summer Shorts Festival.