Performing Arts

City Theatre assembles a team of women leaders

Margaret M. Ledford is the new artistic director of City Theatre’s Summer Shorts Festival.
Margaret M. Ledford is the new artistic director of City Theatre’s Summer Shorts Festival.

Happening on South Florida’s theater scene: There’s news of a new leadership team for City Theatre and its Summer Shorts Festival, recipients of the Remy Award from the South Florida Theatre League are announced, and a radio theater version of It’s a Wonderful Life will be done at the Broward Center.


Celebrating two decades of presenting short-form comedies, dramas and musicals, City Theatre has put together a new artistic team led by women.

“Putting more women theater professionals into play is an important part of the need for parity within the industry, supporting more women and playwrights,” says Susan J. Westfall, the company’s co-founder and literary director.

Award-winning director Margaret M. Ledford will be artistic director of City Theatre’s anchor project, its popular annual Summer Shorts Festival at Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. Gail S. Garrisan, who was City Theatre’s founding artistic director, will be in charge of Island Shorts and special projects. Actor-playwright Jessica Farr will head the company’s Short Cuts project, which tours short plays into schools.

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The South Florida Theatre League will honor nine people with its annual Remy Award for service, leadership and pioneering efforts on behalf of the region’s theater community. The recipients will be honored Dec. 7 during the organization’s annual holiday party at Stache, 109 SW Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale. The annual Silver Palm Awards will also be presented during the gathering.

The 2015 honorees are William Hayes and Sue Ellen Beryl, co-founders of Palm Beach Dramaworks in West Palm Beach and recipients of the pioneer award; Ann Kelly Anthony, a leader whose volunteer efforts with City Theatre and Mad Cat Theatre are being recognized with the service award; Jody Horne-Leshinsky of the Broward Cultural Division, recipient of the civic arts leadership award; Michael Spring, director of Miami-Dade County’s Department of Cultural Affairs, who will receive the Jay Harris arts leadership award; Sean Cutler, producing director at the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre, honored for his contribution’s to children’s theater; Michael and Lillian Andron, founders of the Jewish Cultural Arts Theatre, recognized for their contributions to community theater; and Carlos Rodriguez, GableStage’s technical director, honored for his behind-the-scenes work with the company.

Admission to the party is free for Theatre League members and honorees, $25 for others. For information, call 954-557-0778 or visit


The beloved holiday classic It’s a Wonderful Life will take the stage in the Broward Center’s Abdo New River Room in a performance that combines classic radio drama and theater. The Arts Radio Network Theatre Project and the Broward Center are teaming to tell the story of George Bailey, a discouraged family man who needs help from an angel-in-training to realize just how much he has meant to so many people.

The performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4-5 at the Broward Center, 201 SW Fifth Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $25. Call 954-462-0222 or visit