GableStage at the Biltmore

History of GableStage

Founded in 1979 as Florida Shakespeare Theatre, GableStage originally performed the plays of Shakespeare in repertory, using the outdoor Casino Gardens at Vizcaya. From 1987 to 1992, Florida Shakespeare Theatre was housed in the Minorca Playhouse in Coral Gables, until it was destroyed by Hurricane Andrew. But the theatre’s mission could not be destroyed, and it continued to produce at the Carousel Theatre in Coral Gables in 1993 and 1994. In 1999, the theatre moved to its current home, the historic Biltmore Hotel, and became GableStage.

GableStage is now one of South Florida’s longest running and most highly acclaimed theater companies and is at the cutting edge of theatre in South Florida, striving to present the most vital works of contemporary playwrights worldwide as highlighted in the current season¬†as well as our past seasons.

GableStage has mounted six plays every year since the move to the Biltmore Hotel in 1999, and has consistently received excellent reviews, as well as winning the Carbonell Award for Best Play eight times and Best Musical Carbonell Award twice. Overall, we have been nominated for 203 Carbonell Awards and received 60.

In addition to our Mainstage productions, each year we present a robust series of Educational Programs to Miami-Dade County Public Schools, with both in-house and school tour productions. We also mount several free productions in offsite venues every year to provide theatre to underserved communities throughout Miami-Dade County.

GableStage is proud to be a member of the thriving South Florida theatre and business community. We are long-time members of Theatre Communications Group, Theatre League of South Florida, Americans for the Arts, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, and the Miami-Dade Gay & Lesbian Chamber Commerce.

GableStage relies upon the continuous and outstanding efforts and generous contributions of the many dedicated individuals, foundations, corporations and sponsors who have given GableStage their loyal support throughout the years, and to whom we are extremely grateful. If you have enjoyed or been moved by what you have seen at our theatre, please consider contributing, or joining as a subscriber.

Mission Statement

The mission of GableStage is to provide the South Florida community with classical, contemporary and new theatrical productions of artistic excellence. We challenge our multicultural audience with innovative productions that entertain as well as confront today’s issues and ideas. By emphasizing nontraditional casting and employing the best of our local creative force, GableStage endeavors to meet the needs of our diverse community. GableStage is committed to the enrichment of the local actor, director, designer and technician by providing the opportunity to achieve artistic acclaim in this region. GableStage believes the future of theatre can be assured only by the development of young audiences. Therefore, our in-house mainstage and in-school touring Educational Programs are major components of our theatre. Furthermore, GableStage welcomes the opportunity to support as many worthy causes as possible through our theatrical production benefits and making the theatre available for use to other cultural and community groups.

For questions or further information call 305.446.1116 or e-mail us at contact@gablestage.org.

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