'In the Heights' for Eighth- to Twelfth-Graders

Actors' Playhouse Productions

Date Awarded
Grant Period
10/01/12 to 09/30/14
Focus Area
Knight Arts Challenge

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  • Miami, FL

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To culturally enrich Miami-Dade Schools ninth grade students by making 3,000 seats available to the Tony winning musical In the Heights, coupled with a rap-writing contest.

To enrich Miami-Dade Schools eighth- through 12th-grade students, Actors’ Playhouse Productions will make 3,000 seats available to the Tony-winning musical In the Heights, and engage them through a rap-writing contest. Students will prepare with study guides on the show’s plot line and will participate in discussions with the director, actors and creative team to better understand the performance and possibilities for arts careers. Students will then write their own personal or family story that mimics the play’s musical score or is in a style appropriate to their cultural background. Finalists will perform their works at the Miracle Theater.

Actors’ Playhouse is the nonprofit resident theater company and managing agent of the historic Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables. Winner of 75 regional Carbonell Awards for artistic excellence, Actors’ Playhouse is a Florida Presenting Cultural Organization and one of 22 major cultural institutions in Miami-Dade County. In addition to its Mainstage season, Actors’ Playhouse offers Musical Theatre for Young Audiences, a National Children’s Theatre Festival, a theater conservatory and summer camp program, as well as outreach programs for underserved youth. It is led by executive producing director Barbara S. Stein and artistic director David Arisco.

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Barbara Stein

Executive Producing Director

BARBARA S. STEIN co-founded Actors’ Playhouse with her husband Dr. Lawrence E. Stein in 1987. For the past eighteen years, under her stewardship, Actors’ Playhouse has grown into the second largest not-for-profit professional Equity Theatre in Miami-Dade County, and one of South Florida’s major cultural institutions. Ms. Stein, a resident of Miami for over 50 years, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and is an active member and leader in many community organizations. She has written, produced and directed a series of educational plays for children and is proud of initiating the children’s educational programming at Actors’ Playhouse and the National Children’s Theatre Festival and one of few National Call To Competitions for new children’s work in the nation.  

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