Extraordinary Stories for an Extraordinary City
We believe in the transformative power of theater. Theater is a tool for change, empathy, reflection, and exploration. We make theater that is ALWAYS in conversation with our unique multicultural and multilingual community and is relevant to national discourse for social change. Since 2016, Miami New Drama has been the resident company at the historic Colony Theatre on Lincoln Road.
Miami New Drama is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 presenting and producing organization. We are committed to theatrical excellence and theater-making as a means of social engagement, cultural conversation and human interaction. We present world-class work by American, Latin American, and international artists designed for Miami’s unique multicultural 21st century audience. By sharing work where cultures, dialogues, and communities intersect, we aim to reach audiences as diverse as the city itself.
Our programming includes an eclectic mix of original plays, musicals, classics and world premieres – featuring work commissioned specifically for Miami New Drama. Our productions utilize a mix of the best local, national, and international talent to incubate work from a mere idea to a full-fledged performance. Actors, directors and designers, culled from the Miami community and beyond, create work that reflects our extraordinary city and highlights some of the best theatrical talent in the world.
We focus on world premieres commissioned by our organization as well as others that provide partnerships with top national organizations such as Tectonic Theater Project and Asolo Rep. The first show of our debut 2017-2018 season was a multilingual version of Thornton Wilder’s classic Our Town. It was critically-acclaimed as “glorious, emotionally potent” and “inventive and touching…superb!”
Past productions include the American premiere of Ferdinand von Schirach’s Terror directed by Tony Award winner Gregory Mosher, The Golem of Havana, an original musical written (book) and directed by Michel Hausmann, Queen of Basel, a new play by Hilary Bettis, directed by Michel Hausmann, One Night in Miami, by Kemp Powers, directed by Carl Cofield, the world premieres of Fake by Carmen Pelaez, directed by Carl Andress, Confessions of a Cocaine Cowboy by Billy Corben and Aurin Squire, directed by Michel Hausmann, and Viva La Parranda! by Betsayda Machado y La Parranda El Clavo in collaboration with Juan Souki, Thornton Wilder’s Bridge of San Luis Rey adapted and starring David Greenspan, world premiere of The Cubans by Michael Leon, and the world premiere of a new Louis Armstrong musical A Wonderful World by Aurin Squire and directed by Christopher Renshaw.
Miami New Drama’s 7 DEADLY SINS was the largest live professional theater production during the COVID-19 shutdown, transforming 6 vacant storefronts and the Colony Theatre loading dock into 7 unique theater spaces, and invigorating an entire block of Miami Beach’s historic Lincoln Road, one of the world’s most renowned and trafficked pedestrian thoroughfares. Its acclaimed run was extended twice, playing 54 performances.
THE COLONY THEATRE is located in the heart of South Beach on Lincoln Road. It first opened on January 25, 1935 as a Paramount Pictures movie house. Recently, the building underwent a three-year $6.5 million renovation to restore its original Art Deco grandeur and update its stage and technical equipment. Its impressive art deco design makes it one of the crown jewels of Miami Beach.
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Awards & Recognition
Carbonell Awards (2023): Elian & Anna in The Tropics, nomination for outstanding production
Silver Palm Awards (2023): Create Dangerously, outstanding cultural contribution
Miami New Times Best Play (2023): Create Dangerously
Carbonell Awards (2022): For participating theaters, Miami New Drama topped the list with 24 nominations.
Miami New Times Best Theater Company (2022)
Drama League Award (2021): 7 Deadly Sins, Outstanding Interactive or Socially-Distanced Theater.
Miami New Times Best Theater for Drama (2018)
Knight Arts Challenge Award, Knight Foundation (2017 and 2018)
Knight New Works Miami Award, Knight Foundation (2018)