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City Theatre's mission is to develop and produce works that engage, reflect, and impact our community. We strive to reach our mission by leveraging theatrical resources with innovative programming to provide artistic and educational opportunities for the continued development of our community.



City Theatre is an award-winning professional theater company founded in Miami. Launched in 1996 by Susan J. Westfall, Stephanie Norman, and Elena Wohl, City Theatre is now entering its 28th season.

Dedicated to the development of new works, City Theatre has produced hundreds of short plays by well-known and emerging writers discovered through its National Award for Short Playwriting Contest. It commissions plays by South Florida-connected playwrights for its SHORT CUTS Middle School Tour. CITY READS, presented in partnership with Books & Books, invites the community to enjoy a selection of short plays and participate in a conversation about the works and issues presented. The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation at the Miami Foundation recently funded HOMEGROWN, a program launched to nurture, elevate, and promote Miami’s BIPOC writers. This dedicated playwright initiative aims to develop new plays authentic to Miami’s multicultural voices and presents them as part of City Theatre’s 2022-2023 season.

City Theatre has made its main stage home at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts’ Carnival Studio Theatre since 2007. The signature SUMMER SHORTS FESTIVAL enjoyed its milestone 25th Anniversary in 2022. City Theatre produces full-length plays as part of the Arsht Center’s Theatre Up Close Series, including JACOB MARLEY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL by Tom Mula in 2021 and Bekah Brunstetter’s THE CAKE in 2019. In 2016, City Theatre was honored by the Carbonell Committee with the prestigious Bill Von Maurer Award, in recognition of significant contributions to South Florida theater development for the company’s dedication to the short form play format and fostering new play development. The company was recognized by Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine-Cava in honor of “City Theatre 25th Anniversary Day” on June 9, 2021.

The program cover  of our very first production, the 1996 SUMMER SHORTS


This is the title page from our very first program book from our very first production!  SUMMER SHORTS in 1996.

The names on this page reflect a bit of our communty's theater history.

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