OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Create quality professional theatrical experiences focused on the LGBT+ community for a universal audience
YOU LOVE THEATER. WE LOVE THEATER.
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 LGBT 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.
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.
Founded in 2012, 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!
Island City Stage is 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 five short 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 recognitions.
Carbonell Awards and Nominations
Best Ensemble nomination – The Twentieth Century Way
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
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
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
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