Performing Arts

Miami Children's Museum Theater Troupe

Miami Children's Museum Theater Troupe

At Miami Children’s Museum we believe in the right of children to experience theater which is made especially for them, and therefore offer children and families a gateway into theater appreciation through short 15-30 minute experiences. Our in-house theater troupe places children at the heart of our art, making unique theatrical experiences for and with kids, creating original shows based on picture storybooks and Museum exhibits. Our shows are performed onsite and out int he community in schools, preschools, camps and major events such as Buskerfest Miami, Coconut Grove Pumpkin Patch, Miami Book Fair and The Children’s Trust Family Expo. As a team, we are professional, versatile actors, theater makers and teaching artists with a passion for sharing our art and zest for play.

Our interactive ‘Show Times’ have your favorite story book characters burst off the page straight to the stage, introduce educational concepts and take you one wild and wacky adventures.  By introducing children to participatory theater at a young age, we are able to help develop their language, social, emotional and problem solving skills, as well as their creativity, imagination and empathy.

The Museum’s Theater Troupe engage our guests in lively ‘Story Times,’ that are guaranteed to have you and your little ones laughing, and leaving with a zest for reading.  We love books here at the Museum, and all the good that comes with reading them, from developing language skills to promoting listening, imagination and comprehension.  We want our guests to share in our passion for reading and storytelling, so join us as we turn the pages to find out what happens next!

At our ‘Dance Parties’ dance like no-one is watching, whether you are a child or a child at heart, like our our Museum Theater Troupe.  Movement and dance help to develop our gross motor skills such as balancing, jumping and walking as well as our confidence to be ourselves.  So groove, let yourself go and move to the music.

Check out our events calendar for Show Times, Dance Parties, Story Times and more.

Get to Know The Team

Stephon Duncan, Performer

Stephon Duncan is making her children’s theater debut with the Miami Children’s Museum Theater Troupe! A Florida native, she has received a BA in Theatre Design and Technology and Intercultural Communication from Florida Atlantic University. Along with acting, she is an improviser, performing with improv troupes all over South Florida. Her recent credits are Louise in Seven Guitars (M Ensemble), Dido in An Octoroon (Area Stage Company), Sophie in Ruined (Thinking Cap Theatre), Charlene in Dreamgirls (Broward Stage Door), and a film credit as Magnolia in the short film, Give Me Trouble. She would like to thank her mom and for her love and support.

Robert Fritz, Performer

Robert Fritz is thrilled to be a part of the Miami Children’s Museum’s Theater Troupe! A graduate of the University of Miami’s musical theatre conservatory, he is so excited to share his expertise and particular brand of silliness. Not a Miami native, Robert wishes he grew up with a place as cool as the Miami Children’s Museum. When he’s not making a fool of himself for the benefit of kids, he’s trying to make his mark as an actor, director, and teacher. Recent credits include Prentiss in Peter and the Starcatcher (Slow Burn Theatre), Orsino in Twelfth Night (New City Players), Bud Frump in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Connecticut Repertory Theatre), and Sergeant Lombardi in Passion (Zoetic Stage). Robert lives in North Miami with his amazing fiancé Amy and their two cats, Pancake and Besos.

Diana Garle, Performer

Diana Garle has been part of the Miami Children’s Museum Theater Troupe since 2015. She is a teaching artist with Miami Theater Center, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, The Institute for Contemporary Arts, Arts for Learning as well as coaching private theatre lessons. She specializes in creating children’s shows and using theatre arts to promote critical thinking in real life situations. As an actor, Diana has worked all over South Florida and internationally including Mexico and Ireland. Some of Diana’s favorite theatre credits include; The Humans (Gablestage), Juliet Among the Changelings (Lost Girls Theatre), Soundbite:South Beach, Hip Hop Wont Save You (The Project [theatre]), Short Cuts (City Theatre), Hedda Gabler, Three Sisters (Miami Theater Center),and The Plough and The Stars(O’Reilly Theatre Company,Dublin)Her Commercial/Film credits include; Bond of BrothersPrudential Life Insurance, Blackberry GenerationFor Family Sake (Best Narrative Short Film at New York City International Film Festival), as well as several Telenovelas in South America. Diana was featured in the January 2016 edition of American Theatre Magazine as one of the 7 Theatre Workers You Should Know. 

Ernesto Gonzalez, Performer

Ernesto Gonzalez is a BFA Graduate from Florida International University and a Puerto Rican native. His previous Children’s Theatre productions include Miss Nelson is Missing and Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe with Actor’s Playhouse’s Theatre for Young Audiences. Recent South Florida performance works include Miami Motel Stories: Little Havana with Juggerknot Theatre Co. and Twelfth Night with New City Players. He’s excited to be working with the Theater Troupe in his debut at Miami Children’s Museum in creating and executing these projects for the youth. He wants to thank all his friends and family for the continued support and push needed to follow this wonderful path in life.

Peter Kisiluk, Senior Resident Artist

Peter Kisiluk joined Miami Children’s Museum in 2006 and has 30 years of experience in children’s theater both in New York City and South Florida. He holds a B.A. in Theatre from Pomona College in Claremont, California. In college his favorite roles were Mr. K in The Trial by Franz Kafka and Oberon in Midsummer Night’s Dream. He traveled to NYC and became involved in the Asian theater scene, studying Classical Japanese Dance, Japanese Kyogen, Balinese masked dance and the Gamelon orchestra, He toured with the Grumbling Gryphons doing Native American shows and creating an original musical about ocean pollution called, The Ghost Net. In South Florida he has worked with Fantasy Theater Factory, Gold Coast Theater (mime troupe) and Actor’s Playhouse Theater for Young Audiences. Memorable performances in South Florida have been, Mother Goose goes to Mars, a traditional British Pantomime, The Gospel According to Keisha, an original work based on stories that homeless children tell about God, and playing Jesus Christ in The Passion Play, produced by the Miami Shores Baptist Church. He loves the opportunity to create magic here at the Miami International Book Fair.

Bree-Anna Obst, Manager of Theatrical and Early Childhood Experiences

Bree-Anna Obst has been part of the Miami Children’s Museum Theater Troupe since 2014. An Australian lost in translation in Miami, Bree-Anna is an experienced performer challenging herself to anything which requires her to tap into her inner child. She has performed on some of the world’s leading stages including Shakespeare’s Globe (London, UK), The Lincoln Center (New York, USA), The Kennedy Center (Washington, USA), Hi Seoul Festival (Korea) and Arts Centre Melbourne.  Local theater credits include Puck and Juliet (Shakespeare Miami), Amy in Soundbite: South Beach (The Project [theatre]), and Clown in Twelfth Night (New City Players.). Bree-Anna has toured extensively with internationally renowned, Australian, interactive children’s theatre company Polyglot, in their productions of We Built This City, Paper Planet, Ants, Muckheap, and Tangle.  Bree-Anna studied Creative Arts and Education at The University of Melbourne (Australia) and has received various training over the years including with Shakespeare’s Globe (London, UK.) Bree-Anna gives a shoutoutshout out to her boys, Harrison, Will and Joshy, who have her heart and keep her going.

Travon Pierre, Performer

Travon Pierre is currently enrolled at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus, where he serves as a student government Senator.  In addition to serving as a student representative, Travon is an intern for Deputy Mayor Benford, the State Director for Unified Democracy, Millennial driven Political Action Committee. Travon’s passion of civic engagement stems from his years served on the Miami Dade County Youth Commission, for Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan. After working as a Field Organizer in the 2016 Democratic Presidential Campaign, Travon switched his degree pathway from  BFA Music Theater to BA Public Administration. Travon’s favorite quote is ” Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead.

Seth Trucks, Performer

Seth studied experimental theatre at New York Universities Tisch School of the Arts and classical theatre at The British American Drama Academy and The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.  In New York, Seth performed with Fractured Atlas, Synaesthetic Theatre, and worked as a freelance fight choreographer.  He also spent five years as a writer/performer with the NY based physical comedy troupe, The Six Characters.  In Florida, Seth has performed with The Palm Beach Shakespeare Festival, Outre Theatre Company, Sol/Evening Star, Entre’acte Theatrix and Shakespeare Miami.

 

Krystal Valdes, Performer

Krystal Millie Valdes is an ensemble member of the Miami Children’s Museum Theater Troupe and she loves it! She received her BFA in Theatre from NWSA/Univeristy of Florida. Professional theatre credits include Molly in Peter and the Starcatcher (Slowburn), Catherine in Proof and Laura in The Glass Menagerie (New City Players), Corie in Barefoot in the Park (DB Playhouse), Zelda Fitzgerald in Ladies Are Never Fools (original one-person show), Mrs.Brown in Resevoir Dolls (Outre Theatre Company), Columbia in Rocky Horror (Tampa Theatre), Kat in SoundBite (The Project Theatre), Izzy in Rabbit Hole (New City Players), Ophelia in Hamlet (New World Studio), Dottie in Killer Joe (ALA Studio), Rosie in Cabaret (Stage Door Theatre), Martiro in The House of Bernarda Alba (New World Studio) and Thelma in Gypsy (Stage Door Theatre). Film credits include lead roles in 93 Miles, Why Leah Left, Maya, Dark Deco and Embalmed. She is also Company Manager and a founding member of New City Players. She spends her free time attempting to surf and bike riding with Ian.