The Business of Theater & Short Performance
You are invited to a special event that includes a backstage tour of the Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theater, a business of theater presentation, and a performance excerpt from an upcoming production. First, Barbara Stein and David Arisco will speak about the challenges of running a theater company in South Florida. Second, you will get a backstage tour of the Miracle Theater. Finally, you will enjoy a short performance from the upcoming Murder Ballad. While there, enjoy complimentary wine, hors d’oeurves and of course, excellent conversation. There is plenty of metered and garage parking. I hope to see you there for this program.
Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Time: 6:30 – 9:30pm
Location: Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theater. 280 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables, Florida 33134
Cost: $15 for HBS South Florida Members/Harvard Miami Members; $25 for Non-Members
Hosted By: Ohad Jehassi, HBS 1999
Note: Attendance is open to EVERYONE. Please RSVP to secure your registration. Please respond by 7pm, Tuesday, September 30.
6:30 PM – Wine reception begins
7:00 PM – Backstage tours begin for small groups
8:00 PM – Presentation, including Q&A
8:30 PM – Short Performance from the upcoming Murder Ballad
Barbara Stein, Executive Producing Director
Co-founded Actors’ Playhouse with her husband Dr. Lawrence E. Stein in 1988. Under her stewardship, Actors’ Playhouse has grown into the largest self-producing not-for-profit professional Equity Theatre in Miami-Dade County, a Florida Cultural Presenting Organization, and one of 13 Miami-Dade County major cultural organizations. Barbara Stein was instrumental in creating the role model private public partnership with the City of Coral Gables to renovate and restore the historic Miracle Theatre, on Miracle Mile, into a three-stage performing arts facility in an eight million dollar project. The re-birth of the Miracle Theatre, which was implemented and funded by Actors’ Playhouse, was the catalyst in the revitalization of the downtown district in 1995. Ms. Stein is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and is an active member and leader in many community organizations including Trustee Member of both the Coral Gables and the Greater Miami Chambers of Commerce. She has written, produced and directed a series of educational plays for children and is proud of initiating the children’s educational programming at Actors? Playhouse with the National Children’s Theatre Festival celebrating its 17th year and the Young Talent Big Dreams county-wide talent contest for youth ages 8-17.
David Arisco, Director
Artistic Director of Actors’ Playhouse for 26 years. His diverse career spans 40 years as director, actor, musical director, stage manager, symphonic conductor and instrumentalist. Mr. Arisco has directed over 135 shows here at Actors’ Playhouse, including the Carbonell awarded productions of In the Heights (2013), Les Miserables (2009), AIDA (2005), Floyd Collins (2003), Violet (2001), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor? Dreamcoat (2000), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (1998), West Side Story (1997) and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1991), all of which won for Best Production of a Musical. In 2009, Mr. Arisco was the recipient of the George Abbott Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts. In 2010 he was awarded the Richard G. Fallon Award for Excellence in Professional Theatre from the Florida Professional Theatre Association. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut.