About Us

Florida Children’s Theatre, Inc. (FLCT), a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is an educational center for theatre arts serving children and families across South Florida. The oldest documented children’s theatre in the state of Florida, FLCT was founded in 1952 by two mothers in a garage and was later incorporated in 1959. The theatre quickly grew to be the first cultural organization in Broward County to purchase its own building and the first to perform at Parker Playhouse, the Broward County Main Library Theatre and Dillard Center for the Arts. Each year, FLCT produces a season of five mainstage productions and offers year-round classes in acting, creative drama, and other theatre-related skills. A full range of arts and educational outreach programs, a vibrant summer camp, and a variety of other performances round out the programming. FLCT is headquartered at the Galleria Mall and offers programming at locations across Broward County and beyond, impacting over 25,000 individual each year.

FLCT’s Mission: Teaching the art of life through the magic of theatre.

The theatre’s goals are to:

  • DEVELOP the full potential of young people as members of the community
  • ACHIEVE the highest possible standards of theatre through artistic excellence
  • CELEBRATE the diversity of South Florida’s population through collaboration and the arts
  • ENCOURAGE public appreciation of the art form while developing future audiences and patrons of the cultural arts

The theatre accomplishes its goals as it continues to provide this region’s residents and visitors a source of enrichment and enjoyment in the cultural arts. FLCT provides opportunities for young people to participate regardless of economic, cultural or ethnic backgrounds. Each year, over 25,000 children and adults are impacted by FLCT’s programming.

All programming is education based and includes:

  • Classes designed to provide formal theatre training and to develop self-esteem, discipline and creativity in children ages 4 to 18 years old. Classes take place at the FLCT Studio Theatre at the Galleria Mall in Fort Lauderdale.
  • Productions provide a forum for youth and adults to create and collaborate during the main stage shows of youth performing for the public, the young repertory productions for teenage actors, and the family productions where parents, children and community leaders can audition to perform together.
  • Outreach Programs serve residents and visitors to Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties who would otherwise be unable to participate in programs due to financial, geographic or cultural constraints. Programs include arts infusion residency programs, festivals for the diverse multicultural South Florida audience, special appearances, family and cultural expos, etc.

AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

2017 Broward Family Favorite After School Program

2016 Carbonell Ruth Foreman Award

2016 Broadway World Award Winner Carrie The Musical (Best Musical, Best Director, Best Choreographer, Best Lighting, Best Ensemble)

2016 Broward Family Life Broward Family Favorite Award Best Place for Kid’s To Express Themselves, Florida Parenting Kid’s Crown Award Best Kid’s Theatre Program

2015 and 2014 Broadway World Award Best Community Theatre – Miami Region

2015 Broadway World Award (Miami Region) Best Director – Sean Cutler for Sweeney Todd

2015 South Florida Theatre League Remy Award for Producing Director Sean Cutler For Outstanding Contributions To Children’s Theatre

2015 and 2014 Broadway Family Favorite – Favorite After School Activity (Broward Family Life)

2014 Exceptional Arts Education Organization, Arts Ed Forever, Broward Cultural Division

2014 Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education Award for Executive Artistic Director, Arts Ed Forever, Broward Cultural Division

2014 Broadway World Award Best Community Theatre – Miami Region

2014 named one of “12 Great Children’s Theatre Across the US” by Backstage.com

2014 National Recognition for Executive Artistic Director as Honorable Mention, Characters Unite, NBC Universal

2014 Broward Family Life Family Favorite Award for After School Program

2014 Broward New Times Best Summer Camp

2013 South Florida Parenting Kid’s Crown Award Judge’s Choice Theatre

2013 Honored as an Extraordinary Arts Education program by Josh Groban’s Find Your Light Foundation

2013 Broward Family Life Family Favorite Award for Family-friendly Live Theatre

2012 Executive Artistic Director recognized as Woman Extraordinaire by South Florida Business Leader

2011 Executive Artistic Director recognized by Femfessionals and Spring for the Arts for leadership and service

2010 South Florida Theatre League honors for Executive Artistic Director and Resident Scenic Designer

2008 Best of Fort Lauderdale Award in the Theatres category by the U.S. Local Business Association

2008 Recognized by the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce through the Small Business of the Year Awards

2007 Best Live Entertainment for Children, Gold Coast and South Florida Parenting magazines

2006 Programming Director nominated for an Onyx Award for Contributions in Education

2005 Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award

2004 Executive Artistic Director received City of Hope South Florida Businesswoman of the Year Award

2003 FLCT received Southeastern Theatre Conference’s Sara Spencer Child Drama Award

2002 50th Anniversary Season and Gala

2001 Cultural Foundation of Broward’s Moretti Award for Cultural Achievement

2000 South Florida Business Journal’s Small Business of the Year Award in $2 million and under budget category (first non-profit and first cultural organization to win)