Three members of the Miami Children’s Museum Theater Troupe onstage performing the original play “Simama Nami”.

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 upcoming events for Show Times, Dance Parties, Story Times and more.

Bree-Anna Obst has helmed the award-winning Miami Children’s Museum’s Theater Troupe, as Associate Director of Theatre Education and Arts since 2016.  During this time she has developed, written, directed, and designed over eighteen original productions with her team of theater makers.   In 2019, the Theater Troupe was awarded the South Florida Theatre League’s Remy Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Theatre.  

Being inspired by the famous director John Allison, I travelled around the world. This led me to a decades long study of Asian Theater forms, principally Japanese (Kabuki, Kyogen and Noh), Balinese ( Topeng and Gamelan), and Indian (Kathakali). I was one of the founding members of Arden Party theater group with Karin Coonrod in NYC where I also worked with the Balinese-American Dance Theater, the Bali-Java Dance theater and studied Japanese Nihon-Buyo with Sahome Tachibana. I started working in Children’s Theater with the East-West Fusion Theatre and Grumbling Gryphon’s Traveling Theater in the Northeast. In Florida I worked with the Gold Coast Theater Company (Mime) and Actor’s Playhouse Children’s Theater. I also worked at Wannado-City before coming the the Miami Children’s Museum 17 years ago.

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.

Bree-Anna Obst has helmed the award-winning Miami Children’s Museum’s Theater Troupe, as Associate Director of Theatre Education and Arts since 2016.  During this time she has developed, written, directed, and designed over eighteen original productions with her team of theater makers.   In 2019, the Theater Troupe was awarded the South Florida Theatre League’s Remy Award for Outstanding Contribution to Children’s Theatre.  

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.

Diana Garle has been part of Miami Children’s Museum’s 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 Brothers, Prudential Life Insurance, Blackberry Generation, For 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.

Robert Fritz is thrilled to be a part of 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 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.

Stephon Duncan is making her children’s theater debut with Miami Children’s Museum’s 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.

Miami Children’s Museum is committed to supporting the full access and participation of all guests. If you require accommodations to attend, please contact us at 305-373-5437 ext. 130 or with your request a minimum of one week in advance of your visit.

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