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THE GREENHOUSE is a play development program at FIU Theatre supporting Florida playwrights. Three playwrights were selected for one-week intensive residencies in June and July to workshop/revise a draft of a full-length play. A director, a dramaturg, and age-appropriate actors will work with the playwright over Zoom. The week will culminate in a streamed public reading of the revised work.

Readings will stream live on Zoom and Facebook. Links to the Zoom webinar for each reading can be found below. You can also find the readings on our Facebook page.

Friday, June 17 at 8:00 pm 

While We Wait
by Rudi Goblen

Rudi Goblen is a playwright, poet, and performer who has created solo theater, devised theater works, and plays for two decades. He is also an acclaimed B-Boy; and has toured internationally, competing, adjudicating, and teaching with his award-winning group Flipside Kings.

Rudi is a recipient of the Future Aesthetics Artist Re-grant funded by the Ford Foundation in conjunction with the Future Aesthetics Cohort, the Miami-Dade County’s Choreographers Award (2013 & 2018), a FEAST Grant for his book of poems “A Bag of Halos and Horns,” and a Theater Masters’ TAKE TEN 2021 Playwright.

He has trained and worked with DV8 Physical Theater and Cirque De Soleil. And is a founding member of Teo Castellanos/D-Projects and Rosie Herrera Dance Theatre.

He is currently attending the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale for an MFA in Playwriting (2023).

Friday, July 15 at 8:00 pm 

The Lion Tamer
by Ivan R. Lopez

Ivan R. Lopez (he/him)is a Cuban-American theatre artist and educator. He has directed, acted, written, and produced theatre in Miami, Atlanta, Denver, and New York over a 15 year career. His short plays have been produced by New Theatre, Microteatro, White Rose Miami, aMios NYC, and the One Minute Play Festival. The Lion Tamer is his first full-length play. Most recently, Ivan directed the world premiere of Swindlers at the Aurora Theatre. He is also proud to work for Healthy Humor as a therapeutic healthcare clown using classic clowning, improvisation, and magic to create moments of joy and laughter for hospitalized children and their families at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Ivan is on the theatre faculty at Florida International University and has an MFA from the National Theatre Conservatory.

Friday, July 22 at 8:00 pm

by Sheila Cowley

Sheila Cowley is a playwright and audio producer based in St. Petersburg FL. She collaborates with actors, dancers, scientists, musicians and visual artists on performance works aimed at inspiring audiences to look up, to reach out and embrace this complicated world. Dramatists Guild, New Play Exchange, Association of Independents in Radio.

Questions? Contact Michael Yawney, Greenhouse Managing Director, at

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Uneven Sides of a Triangle by Marj O’Neill Butler
The Words of Dead Men by Izzy Garcia

Poolside Glow by Luis Roberto Herrera
Overactive Letdown by Gina Montet
Little Boy/Little Man by Rudi Goblen

Rev. Nathaniel’s Daughter by Andie Arthur
Malvolio by Betty Shamieh
Investments in Time and Money by Israel Garcia