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|About||(FLCT) is a not-for-profit organization that provides cultural and educational opportunities for children, ages 4 through 18.|
"Teaching the art of life through the magic of theatre"
Florida Children's Theatre (FLCT), the new name of Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, is an educational center for theatre arts serving children and families across South Florida. The oldest documented children's theatre in the state of Florida, FLCT was founded in 1952 by two mothers in a garage and was later incorporated in 1959. The theatre quickly grew to be the first cultural organization in Broward County to purchase its own building and the first to perform at Parker Playhouse, the Broward County Main Library Theatre and Dillard Center for the Arts.
FLCT's Mission: Teaching the art of life through the magic of theatre.
The theatre's goals are to:
DEVELOP the full potential of young people as members of the community
ACHIEVE the highest possible standards of theatre through artistic excellence
CELEBRATE the diversity of South Florida's population through collaboration and the arts
ENCOURAGE public appreciation of the art form while developing future audiences and patrons of the cultural arts
The theatre accomplishes it goals as it continues to provide this region's residents and visitors a source of enrichment and enjoyment in the cultural arts. FLCT provides opportunities for young people to participate regardless of economic, cultural or ethnic backgrounds. Each year, over 30,000 children and adults are impacted by FLCT's programming.
All programming is education based and includes:
Classes designed to provide formal theatre training and to develop self-esteem, discipline and creativity in children ages 4 to 18 years old. Classes take place at the FLCT Studio Theatre at the Galleria Mall in Fort Lauderdale and at our Weston satellite.
Productions provide a forum for youth and adults to create and collaborate during the main stage shows of youth performing for the public, the young repertory productions for teenage actors, and the family productions where parents, children and community leaders can audition
FLCT has been recognized by theatre and business organizations around the county, state, and region for theatre programming excellence, including being the recipient of:
AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
2014 Broward Family Life Family Favorite Award for After School Program
2013 Honored as an Extraordinary Arts Education program by Josh Groban’s Find Your Light Foundation
2013 Broward Family Life Family Favorite Award for Family-friendly Live Theatre
2012 Executive Artistic Director recognized as Woman Extraordinaire by South Florida
2011 Executive Artistic Director recognized by Femfessionals and Spring for the Arts
2011 Gold Coast Magazine “Best Theater Troupe for Children
2010 South Florida Theatre League honors for Executive Artistic Director and Resident
2008 Best of Fort Lauderdale Award in the Theatres category by the U.S. Local Business Association
2008 Recognized by the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce through the Small Business of the Year Awards
2007 Best Live Entertainment for Children, Gold Coast Magazine
2007 Best Live Entertainment for Children, South Florida Parenting Magazine
2006 Programming Director nominated for an Onyx Award for Contributions in Education
2005 Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award
2004 Executive Artistic Director received City of Hope South Florida Businesswoman of the Year Award
2003 FLCT received Southeastern Theatre Conference's Sara Spencer Child Drama Award
2002 50th Anniversary Season and Gala
2001 Cultural Foundation of Broward's Moretti Award for Cultural Achievement
2000 South Florida Business Journal's Small Business of the Year Award in $2 million and under budget category (first non-profit and first cultural organization to win)
1998 South Florida Parenting Magazine's "Best Live Entertainment for Children" Award
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