Box Score: Folded Companies Since 1975, Recent Start Ups

The ever-morphing statuses and a lack of historical records guarantee that the following lists will be incomplete or even inaccurate. If you have additional or more accurate information, please email us at bill@floridatheateronstage.com and we’ll update this.

PROFESSIONAL/PRODUCING THEATER COMPANIES THAT HAVE CLOSED SINCE
1975 —  72
There have been several community and children’s theaters as well not listed here that have closed. The exact number is difficult to assess since several theater companies have occupied the Coconut Grove Playhouse and several have morphed into each other such as what became GableStage and Florida Stage. Some closing years are sketchy because boards continued to try to reorganize although no productions ever resulted.

26th Street Theater, Wilton Manors (Waldman-Troutman edition) (2009)
A Repertory Company/The Theater Company of Plantation) (1985-1997)
Actor’s Project Theatre Company (1997-1999)
Actors’ Workshop  and Repertory company (professional incarnation), West Palm Beach (1980-1983)
Acme Acting Company, Miami Beach (1984-95)
Act V Dinner Theater
Akropolis Acting Company  (1995-?)
Al Hirschfeld Theater, Miami Beach (1985-1990)
Anne White Theatre, Fort Lauderdale (1990-1992)
Area Stage Company, Miami (1989-1999)
Atlantis Playhouse, Boynton Beach (2003-2005)
Broadway Arts Theatre (2003-2004)
Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre, Jupiter (1979-1989 with Reynolds as operator, Richard Atkins edition closed in 1996)
Burt Reynolds Institute for Theatre Training, West Palm Beach (1996-97)
Bridge Theatre, Miami Beach (1988-2001)
Caldwell Theatre Company, Boca Raton (1975-2012)
Coconut Grove Playhouse (under various administrations 1953-2006)
Cuillo Theater, West Palm Beach (1999-2009) )
Drama 101, Miami (1997-2002)
Drama Center, Deerfield Beach (1990-1999)
Dreamers Theatre, Miami Beach (2000-2003)
The Ensemble Stage,  Davie (1990)
Florida Jewish Theatre (1993-?)
Florida Playwright’s Theatre, Hollywood (1993-1998)
Florida Repertory Theatre, West Palm Beach (1983-1991)
Forum Playhouse (1970s?)
Florida Stage / Theatre Club of the Palm Beaches /Pope Theatre Company, Manalapan-West Palm Beach (1987-2011)
Footlights Inc. Theater Company, Fort Lauderdale (2000-2001)
Hollywood Boulevard Theater (1994-2005?)
Hollywood Performing Arts
Hollywood Playhouse (1967-2003)
Inside Out Theatre (adult productions ), Fort Lauderdale (2005-2008)
Juggerknot Theatre Company, Miami (1999-2003)
Lunatic Theatre, Miami (1992-1995)
Miami Repertory Theatre (1984-1986)
Shores Performing Arts Theatre, Miami Shores (1991-2003)
Miami Skyline Theater (1991-4, may not have produced a show)
Minorca Playhouse, Coral Gables (1989-1992)
New River Repertory Company, Fort Lauderdale (1992-1996)
New Vista Theatre Company, Boca Raton (2006-2009)
New World Repertory, Miami (1995)
New World Theatre, Miami Beach (late 1980s)
Next Stage, Miami (1996-1997)
Oakland West Dinner Theater (1977-1982)
Off-Broadway On E. 26th St., Wilton Manors (1988-99)
On The Boards Theatre Company, Dania Beach  (2001-2003)
Opus Playhouse, Coral Springs (turned professional 1988-1997)
Players Repertory of Greater Miami (late 1960s-1976 when it became….)
Players State Theatre (hpused in he Coconut Grove Playhouse (1976-1986)
Promethean Theater Company, Davie-Fort Lauderdale (2004-2012)
Public Theatre of South Florida, Fort Lauderdale-Sunrise (1987-2007)
Quest Theatre & Institute, West Palm Beach  (1987-1996)
Repertory Library Theatre, Miami (1985)
Royal Palm Dinner Theater (two stages plus a Key West outpost), Boca Raton (1997-2001)
Ruth Foreman Theatre, North Miami (1981-1989)
Ruth Foreman Theatre West, Sunrise (1987-1989)
Sea Ranch Dinner Theater, Fort Lauderdale
Shores Performing Arts Theatre, Miami Shores (1990-2003)
Sol Theatre Project, Fort Lauderdale (2001-2009)
South of Broadway, Miami (1981-1986)
South End Alternative Theatre, Miami Springs (1986-1988)
Stage Company of the Palm Beaches, West Palm Beach (1981-1983)
The Stage Company at the CoCo Plum Theater, Miami
Standing Room Only Productions
Theatre 24, Miami (1988)
Theater Ex, Miami
Third Street Black Box, Miami (1996-1997)
Trap Door Theatre, Miami (1992-1997)
UpGrove Festival Theatre, Miami
Upstage Theater (1985)
Vinnette Carroll Repertory Theatre, Fort Lauderdale  (1986-1990)
Wilton Playhouse, Wilton Manors (1999-2000)

Start Up Companies Over The Past Three Years – 15

Andrews Living Arts
Area Stage Company
Arts Garage
Empire Stage
Infinite Abyss
Kutumba Theatre Project
Man Theatre Group
Outré Theatre Company
Parade Productions
Plaza Theatre
Slow Burn Theater
State Theatre Project
Thinking Cap
What If Works
Zoetic Stage

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