Profile: Stephanie Ansin

PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY YOU SHOULD KNOW: Stephanie Ansin – Brilliant Theatre for Kids

Who are you?
Founder and Artistic Director of The PlayGround Theatre

What do you do in real life?
Wake up before 6am to make breakfast for my daughter

What excites you visually and creatively?
THIS WEEK: The work of Ariane Mnouchkine, Pina Bausch, and Robert Wilson

What do you like most about what you do?
When I share an idea with a collaborator and they respond with a result that is even better than what I originally imagined

How do you choose the plays that the PlayGround will produce?
I look for stories that engage my imagination, introduce me to new worlds, and teach me about myself.

What are you doing to shake up the Miami Theater Scene?
Giving artists the opportunity to fly through the air, walk on stilts, dance to original music, wear stunning costumes, tell powerful stories, and cultivate a new generation of passionate theatre audiences.

What is it like to work with kids in theatre?
I direct adult actors in shows performed for kids – the most honest and appreciative audiences.

Who are your icons?
Ariane Mnouchkine & George Balanchine

How would you describe your personal style?
Rockstar edgy functional minimalist chic

What do you do now, that you did not do 5 years ago?
Watch small children take ballet and tennis classes

Something new, that you have just discovered about yourself?
When riding in a black, convertible Porsche, the sound is even scarier than the fury.

What are your guilty pleasures?
Baci ice cream from The Frieze

One luxury that you cannot live without?
Prada shoes

Three Words to describe you?
Whimsical, witty, worried


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