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    Posted February March 28, 2007

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Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Broward County Has A New Equity Theatre

By Marjorie O'Neill-Butler

FAITH HEALER with Sandra Ives and Stephen G. Anthony
Photo courtesy of Inside Out Theatre

Broward County's newest Equity theatre is the Inside Out Theatre in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida ( and Founded by Robin Braun, Executive Artistic Director in 1998, the theatre began as a program for children and teens. Classes in theatre and musical theatre led to performances. Robin and her husband Josh Braun created ten musicals for young people with socially relevant themes, including respect, teamwork, building good character and moral values. IOTC (Inside Out Theatre Company) produced over 130 performances, all performed by young actors.

The long-term vision, however, was to expand to include a professional main stage theatre company. Robin hired AEA actress Sandra Ives to teach with IOTC, and this led to the establishment of the adult company. Sandy, who now serves as Producing Artistic Director and trained at Ohio State University, has always had a dream to start a repertory company-to work with people who have a stake in the company. The two producers worked for three years to develop an AEA company and to find a performance space. IOTC is currently a partner with the Museum of Art in Ft. Lauderdale and works out of the museum's theatre space.

When asked why they signed on to a union contract for their first production, Robin said, "We were looking for quality performers. Actors should be paid."

IOTC's first production, under an SPT contract, was the new version of Brian Clark's WHOSE LIFE IS IT ANYWAY? (Sandra Ives, who played Claire, was recently nominated for a Carbonell Award as Best Actress in a Play, 2006.) The company just produced its second show, a production of Manuscript by Paul Grellong.

Inside Out Theatre is dedicated to building character, raising awareness and inspiring introspection in the South Florida community by offering thoughtful and provoking socially relevant theatre. They are committed to producing works that stimulate personal and social change.

The long-term goals of IOTC include having a space of their own, a full season of main stage and children's productions and an actors' company.

Marjorie O'Neill-Butler is a member of the South Florida Area Liaison Committee.

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