June 2019 Newsletter


Creating quality professional theatrical experiences focused on the LGBT+ community for a universal audience.


The goal of Island City Stage is to create quality theatrical experiences that focus on the LGBTQ community, but have a heart and soul that is truly universal.

The LGBTQ+ community is rich with history, with characters, with stories. And, at Island City Stage, it has found a place where a strong and vibrant voice is being given to those stories—ones of love and loss, of struggle and humor, of fear and courage.

In 2012, Island City Stage was created by members of the Greater Fort Lauderdale LGBT+ community who saw a need for a local, professional theater that explored all aspects of the LGBT+ experience—accurately, creatively, and compassionately. And it was also important that the plays presented spoke to both LGBT+ individuals and heterosexuals. Plays that fostered interaction, understanding and acceptance of every individual’s unique perspective.

Since our founding, Island City Stage has gained the reputation of being a multi-award winning professional theater that provides stellar performances for those in the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Wilton Manors/Oakland Park communities. We specialize in developing new work in addition to featuring the works of playwrights who expose audiences to different voices and experiences. These works are brought to life on stage through the talents of professional artists, both union and non-union, whose credits include Broadway, Off Broadway, National Tours, major regional theatres, film and television.

Island City Stage is a place where you will laugh and cry and cheer. It’s a place to call our own—with plays to call our own. We look forward to seeing you when the curtain goes up!

Theater Experience


Island City Stage offers a no-distance-between-audience-and-play-experience. The stage and six rows of stadium seating foster a feeling of intimate participation in the theatrical event.


In the ten years since our founding, Island City Stage has been nominated for more than 20 Carbonell Awards and has won 10, including two for “Best Production of a Play”! Additionally, we have numerous, Silver Palm Awards and many “Best Of” media xxx.

Carbonell Awards and Nominations

2012 Season

Best Ensemble nomination – The Twentieth Century Way

2013 Season

The Timekeepers won all 6 awards it was up for:

Best Production of a Play – W0n

Best Actor in a Play – Michael McKeever – W0n

Best Director of a Play – Michael Leeds – W0n

Best Scenic Design – Michael McClain – W0n

Best Sound Design – David Hart  – W0n

Best Lighting Design – Preston Bircher – W0n

2014 Season

Best New Play Nomination – Have I Got a Girl for You

Best New Play Nomination – POZ

Best Supporting Actress in a Play Nomination – Christina Groom, Have I Got a Girl for You

2015 Season


Best Production of a Play – Daniel’s Husband – W0n

Best Actor in a Play – Antonio Amadeo, Daniel’s Husband – W0n

Best New Play – Daniel’s Husband – W0n


Best Director of a Play – Andy Rogow, Daniel’s Husband

Best Actress in a Play – Mia Matthews, The Little Dog Laughed

Best Supporting Actress in a Play – Laura Turnbull, Daniel’s Husband

Best Supporting Actor in a Play – Alex Alvarez, Daniel’s Husband

Best Supporting Actor in a Play – Kristian Bikic, Octopus

Best Scenic Design – Michael McClain, Octopus

Best Lighting Design – Preston Bircher, Octopus

Best Sound Design – David Hart, Octopus

2016 Season


Best Costume Design – Peter Lovello, Perfect Arrangement – Won


Best Actress in a Play – Rita Joe, The Submission

Best Supporting Actress in a Play – Christina Groom, Perfect Arrangement

Best Sound Design – David Hart, Perfect Arrangement