Performing Arts

Here 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 fifteen to thirty minute experiences.  We don’t mind if your children have the wiggles, call out during a show, or want to move onto a different Museum exhibit, we just want to give you a taste of the arts and open your child’s senses to world of theater.  So come Play, Learn, Imagine and Create with our in house theatrical troupe, the MCM Players.  Watch storybooks come to life, let loose on the dance floor, meet characters around the museum and catch a show that connects with our Museum exhibits.

We place children at the heart of our art, making theater for and with kids, creating original shows based on picture storybooks or Museum exhibits.  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 MCM Players 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 MCM Players.  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 Our MCM Players

Robert Fritz, MCM Player

Robert Fritz is thrilled to be a part of the MCM Players! A recent 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 Bud Frump in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Connecticut Repertory Theatre), Slank/Hawking Clam in Peter and the Starcatcher (Adrienne Arsht Center) and Segeant Lombardi in Passion (Adrienne Arsht Center). He teaches and directs with Sol Children Theatre in Boca Raton. Robert lives in Little Havana with his amazing girlfriend Amy and their two cats, Pancake and Besos.

Diana Garle, MCM Player

Diana Garle has been part of the MCM Players ensemble since 2015. She is a teaching artist with Miami Theater Center, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Arts for Learning and Hollywood Art and Culture Center. 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. Recent theatre credits include; Juliet Among the Changelings (Lost Girls Theatre), Soundbite:South Beach, Hip Hop Wont Save You (The Project [theatre]), Short Cuts (City Theatre), The Seven Year Itch, Hedda Gabler, Three Sisters (Miami Theater Center), Don’t Take it Personally (Micro Theater) and The Plough and The Stars (O’Reilly Theatre Company,Dublin)Her Commercial/Film credits include; Prudential Life InsuranceTaco Bell, 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.

Peter Kisiluk, Senior Resident Artist

Peter Kisiluk joined MCM in 2006 and has 30 years of experience directing, acting in and writing for children’s theater both in New York City and South Florida. He holds a B.A. in Theatre from Pomona College in Claremont, California, where he performed as part of a national recognized ensemble theater group. It was in college that Peter became interested in Japanese Classical Kabuki, which he subsequently studied at the Tachibana Dance School in NYC. While in New York, Peter also studied Kyogen at the East West Fusion Theater under the direction of Walter Fairservice. Peter has studied mask dance at the Balinese American Dance Theater and became a member of the Balinese Gamelon “Dharma Swara”. He performed with Gold Coast Theater for several years appearing in several Traditional British pantomimes with Mike Winters and Davey Jones. These experiences has informed Peter’s performances and work at MCM.

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

Bree-Anna Obst has been part of the MCM Player team since 2014 and is an experienced performer, specializing in Shakespeare, children’s theatre, physical comedy, characterizations and 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.  Bree-Anna recently performed as Puck and as Juliet (Shakespeare Miami), Soundbite: South Beach (The Project [theatre]) and toured extensively with internationally renowned 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.)

Dominic Smith, MCM Player

Dominic Smith is a recent graduate of Barry University who has wanted to be an actor since he was a child. He was in school productions starting in 2nd grade, but really caught the bug when he played Oliver Twist at 12 years old. Since then, he has taken every opportunity he could to keep acting, and encourages any child who wants to act and play and never grow up. As an actor, he loves being able to play make-believe and have fun for a living.

Krystal Valdes, MCM Player

Krystal Millie Valdes received her BFA in Theatre from nwsa/Univeristy of Florida. Professional credits include Laura in The Glass Menagerie (New City Players) Corie in Barefoot in the Park (Delray Beach Playhouse), Alice in Alice In Wonderland (Stringlight theatre co), 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).