ig things have happened and
are continuing to happen at
the Maltz Jupiter Theatre. In an
industry given to hyperbole, the
changes are truly stupendous.
No exaggeration necessary. Even
their slogan proclaims, “Believe we can make it
happen.” And it does.
But just what has happened?
In addition to doubling the audience to
over 100,000 attendees and increasing
subscriptions to 7,600 (up from 2,300), the
Maltz is becoming widely known as not only
the home for Broadway-scale productions, but
also the birthplace of productions which have
gone on to be produced by other theaters
across the country. It is quite a feat – especially
considering the very short timespan in which
this has occurred.
“It is a very exciting time to be at the Maltz
Jupiter Theatre,” says Dana Munson, the
Theatre’s Director of Marketing.
Then there are the awards.
The Theater’s 2015/2016 season was awarded
seven Carbonell Awards. The Carbonell is
South Florida’s answer to Broadway’s famed
Tony Awards®, encompassing theatres and
performances in Miami-Dade, Broward, and
Palm Beach counties. One of the oldest and
most prestigious regional theatre awards, the
Carbonell predates the famous Helen Hayes
Award in Washington D.C.
With 21 nominations for the 2015/2016
season, the Maltz Jupiter Theatre had the
most nominations of any nominees in South
Florida – and also had the most wins – with
seven. Awards included Best Musical (Les
Miserables); Best Director of a Musical (Mark
Martino, Les Miserables); Best Actor in a
Musical (Aloysius Gigl, Les Miserables); Best
Choreography (Greg Graham, Billy Elliott The
Musical); Best Supporting Actress in a Musical
(Elizabeth Dimon, Billy Elliott The Musical); Best
Sound Design (Marty Mets); and Best Ensemble
(Glengarry Glen Ross).
In addition to staging consistently award-winning productions here in Jupiter, the players
and playwrights at the Maltz have created four
plays that have gone on to star turns at other
“It is our goal to create plays that ultimately go
to Broadway,” says Munson.
In order to attract the star-power and to foster
creativity, the Board of Directors and staff at
the Maltz have been executing a well-thought-out plan, in a series of careful stages.
With local support, they have designed,
fundraised, and constructed a $2.5 million
expansion known as “The Green Room Club
Level Lounge.” This first floor space is intended
to double as lobby space, be used as an
additional Club-Level lounge, can be cordoned
off and filled with seats, adding 62 seats to
their 617-seat capacity limit. This growth was
accomplished in the scope of one year – from
concept to ribbon cutting – thanks in large part
to a major contribution from the Roe Green
Foundation, as well as contributions from
other generous donors.
There are other big names that have helped
make the Theatre’s dreams reality. The
Paul and Sandra Goldner Conservatory of
Performing Arts opened on the Theatre’s
campus in order to provide 600 local students
with after-school, weekend, and summer
educational opportunities in the Theatre.
“The Conservatory helps foster that love
for performing and the arts that is so crucial
in a community,” Munson says. “Even if the
students don’t go on to perform for a living,
they will learn valuable life skills.” Paul Goldner
himself echoes this. Speaking at the time of
the endowment he stated, “It is so important
for young people to have the opportunity to
be able to get up in front of a group and sing,
act, dance, perform,” he continued. “No matter
what these children decide to do, they will take
something away from their experience here at
the Conservatory that will serve them for the
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(clockwise from top)
the new entrance
to the Goldner
Conservatory, the first
entrance lobby, and
the second floor