UPDATED: Arsht Lays Off Staff, Cuts Salaries And Slices Upcoming Season Budget In Half

The Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami, one of the most high profile performing arts venues in the state, is cutting its coming fiscal year’s $42 million budget in half and just laid off, furloughed or cut salaries for its entire staff in anticipation of an $11 million loss this season.

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Theatre League Summerfest Goes Virtual & Adds Workshops

The South Florida Theatre League is adapting its seventh annual Summer Theatre Fest of play readings across the region in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s also expanding the event’s scope and purpose to include a slate of online professional development workshops.

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Coconut Grove Playhouse Back In Court For Key Hearing

Fourteen years after the Coconut Grove Playhouse shuttered and almost exactly one year after another round of court proceedings began, opposing attorneys from Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami argued complex details of their dispute Tuesday before appellate judges.

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Delayed Carbonells To Be Awarded In Online Gala August 3

The virus-delayed 44th annual Carbonell Awards will be presented August 3, but the usually boisterous “Theater Prom” will be held online and include an acknowledgment of the current tumult about racism in America. The virtual pre-recorded program will be released at 7:30 p.m. on the Carbonell’s Facebook page and through the YouTube channel of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

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GableStage Opens Commissions For Brand-New Online Works

GableStage is coping with the death of Joseph Adler plus the shuttering of live performances, but it has started new initiative meant to originate new material and support artists financially. Engage@GableStage is commissioning original world premieres for online works that mirror the theater’s vein of thought-provoking stories. Proposals/applications for the grants will be accepted through June 12.

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Breaking News: Broward To Allow Some Theaters To Reopen

Theaters and performing arts venues in Broward County can apply for permission to reopen as early as June 15 – decided case by case based on meeting undisclosed guidelines. Also, the county estimated $14.2 million in losses for non-profits arts organizations for March and April. The county also announced $428,000 in grants given for operational expenses.

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Local Theater Students Honored With Silver Knight Awards

Two high school seniors, including the co-author of the anthem memorializing the Parkland High School shooting, won the Silver Knight Award in the drama category last week recognizing efforts that went beyond on-stage productions.

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Students Get South Florida Cappies Awards In Online Gala

The COVID-19 virus did not rob this high school generation of the chance to honor each other’s work in the South Florida Cappies organization’s slickly-produced online celebration livestreamed Tuesday night in the 18th annual presentation of the awards.

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COVID’s Effect On Miami-Dade Arts Persists And Worsens

New figures show that the COVID-19 pandemic continued to gut punch the arts community in Miami-Dade County through last month with a total loss estimated at nearly $43 million and costing more than 5,300 jobs across the non-profit and cultural organizations, the county reported Tuesday.

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See Around The World Theater From Your Living Room

All the world’s a stage, in the case of Long Distance Affair, literally. Sitting in your living room in South Florida late this month, theater fans will be able to watch short plays beamed to them from Singapore, London, Paris, Madrid, New York City, and, oh, yes, Miami in an innovative experimental paradigm from Juggerknot Theatre Company.

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