Tag Archives: Jan McArt
Radio producer-host Caroline Breder-Watts recorded interviews with theater professionals over the years. Among them was this conversation likely recorded in around 2011 between the actress-impressario Jan McArt and her brother, the actor Don McArt.
Larger-than-life, effusive, generous and driven Jan McArt, a show business legend who helped push South Florida theater out of its infancy and through its adolescence with flair and verve, died Sunday morning at her Boca Raton home, her daughter confirmed.
Other than two crippling developments, South Florida theater 2019 was marked by a wide array of what seemed like points on a volatile stock market chart marking the ebb and flow of an evolving arts community. Welcome to our annual idiosyncratic highly-subjective look back on the year.
Lots of news about Palm Beach Dramaworks’ new play festival, Lois Pope teams up with Jan McArt, Playgroup LLC to close, fundraisers for Slow Burn, GableStage and Insight for the Blind
Some show business legends say they were born in a trunk offstage in between the matinee and evening performances. Daisy O. Tanner can’t quite say that. But the two-month-old daughter of acclaimed local actors Shane and Amy Tanner will make her stage debut on Friday, June 10 in a staged reading of Tony Finstrom’s new play with music Wave Your Flag at Lynn University.
The charismatic Jan McArt may be one of crucial developers of South Florida’s cultural past as creator of the mainstream Royal Palm Dinner Theatre, but her focus today is firmly on its future by nurturing the writing of new plays. A look at her past, present and future.
Jan McArt’s New Play Reading Series at Lynn University, which mounts staged readings of new plays in progress by local authors opens another season this fall with four works.
When Fort Lauderdale playwright Tony Finstrom met Florida’s First Lady of Theater Jan McArt three years ago, he felt like he had already “known her forever.” She felt the same camaraderie. It was this initial spark that led to Finstrom’s new musical Glamour Girl! The Jan McArt Story, which will be presented in a staged reading Monday at Lynn University.
Jan McArt’s Theatre Arts Guild Florida New Play Workshop will give a platform through this spring to four playwrights: Tony Finstrom, Michael McKeever, Dan Clancy and Jay Stuart. The productions at Lynn University in Boca Raton are an expansion of the play reading series that McArt hosted recently including Murder on Gin Lane by Finstrom.
A Facebook fan page for former employees of the Royal Palm Dinner Theatre has led to a planned reunion of employees, supporters, fans and friends to honor founder Jan McArt on July 8 connected to the production of Jesus Christ Superstar by Entr’acte Executrix and Palm Beach Principal Players.