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Open Studios + Panel Discussion: Art's Role in Social Change

  • Bakehouse Art Complex 561 Northwest 32nd Street Miami, FL, 33127 United States (map)







October 1, 2018, Miami, FL---Bakehouse Art Complex announces it is hosting a panel discussion on Tuesday, October 16, from 7-8pm, on the role arts play in social change. Before and after the discussion, Bakehouse artists’ studios will be open to the public. There is no admission fee for the evening. 

The panel, moderated by Olga C. Granda, Executive Director of Miami New Drama, will introduce the background and context for the play One Night in Miami... and its timely production during the current socio-political climate, exploring the use of various artforms as catalysts for social change while remaining agents for cultural preservation.

One Night in Miami…takes place on February 25th, 1964, when a young Cassius Clay emerges from the Miami Beach Convention Center as the World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. Unable to stay on the island, he celebrates at the Hampton House with his friends: activist Malcolm X, singer Sam Cooke, and football icon Jim Brown. As the Civil Rights Movement stirs outside, and the melody of “A Change is Gonna Come” hangs in the air, the four men set out to change the world. Written by Kemp Powers. Directed by Carl Cofield.

About the panelists:

Miami-native Carl Cofield is responsible for the award-winning world premiere of One Night In Miami… at the Rogue Machine Theater in Los Angeles for which he received the Los Angeles N.A.A.C.P award for Best Director. Cofield was a member of the New World School of the Arts inaugural class and received a BFA from the University of Miami. He is currently the Associate Artistic Director of the Classical Theatre of Harlem.

Jason Delane, a founding member of the Los Angeles based Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble will play activist Malcolm X in Miami New Drama’s production of One Night in Miami... He has also appeared on stage across the country and his film and television credits include Criminal Minds, Secret Lives of American Teenagers, and Make it or Break it.

 Karla Ferguson, the founder/CEO of Yeelen Group, is a contemporary art gallerist and advisor, art collector, creative designer, attorney and curator. Born in Kingston, Jamaica and educated at Florida International University, La Sorbonne, and Tulane University School of Law, she has curated ground breaking and important contemporary art exhibitions and works with critically important contemporary artists focusing on social practice and expanding the understanding of culture globally and its relation to the canon of Art History.

 Michel Hausmann is a Venezuelan-born theater director, producer, and writer. He is the co-founder and artistic director of Miami New Drama, in residence at the historic Colony Theatre in Miami Beach.  He is the book writer and director of The Golem of Havana, a critically-acclaimed new musical. At the Colony, he has produced and directed The Golem of Havana, Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, and Hilary Bettis’ Queen of Basel. Hausmann’s Off-Broadway credits include the New York premiere of Vassily Sigarev’s Black Milk and the New York premiere of The Color Of Desire, by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Nilo Cruz.

Olga C. Granda is the executive director of Miami New Drama, a producing and presenting organization committed to artistic excellence and groundbreaking work unique to this diverse and extraordinary city with a vision of theatre as a powerful form of social engagement, in residence at the Colony Theatre on Lincoln Road. A cultural entrepreneur passionate about Miami, she is a 2018 National Association for Latino Arts & Culture Advocacy Leadership Fellow.


About Miami New Drama

Founded by playwright and director Michel Hausmann and National Medal of the Arts winner Moises Kaufman, Miami New Drama is a producing and presenting organization committed to artistic excellence and groundbreaking work unique to this diverse and extraordinary city with a vision of theatre as a powerful form of social engagement. The troupe’s first show of its debut 2017-2018 season, a multilingual version of Thornton Wilder’s classic Our Town, was critically-acclaimed as “glorious, emotionally potent” and “inventive and touching…superb!” Past productions include the American premiere of Ferdinand von Schirach's Terror directed by Tony Award winner Gregory Mosher, The Golem of Havana, an original musical written and directed by Michel Hausmann, and The Queen of Basel, a new play by Hilary Bettis, commissioned and directed Michel Hausmann. Miami New Drama is the resident company and operator of the City of Miami Beach’s historic Colony Theatre on Lincoln Road and a two-time winner of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge.


About Bakehouse

Founded in 1985 by artists and for artists, in a former industrial Art Deco-era bakery, Bakehouse Art Complex provides coveted studio residencies, infrastructure, and community to enable the highest level of artistic creativity, development, and collaboration for the most promising talent. Bakehouse receives ongoing support from Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners and the Department of Cultural Affairs, Florida State Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Knight Foundation.

 From its inception, Bakehouse has provided emerging and mid-career artists with the opportunity to creatively explore and develop their artistic endeavors. It provides an engaging environment for artists to inspire and encourage each other and inform and attract new artists.

Bakehouse is located at 561 NW 32 Street, Miami, FL. To rsvp please email: For more information on Bakehouse visit


One Night in Miami… opens October 25 at the Colony Theatre on Miami Beach. For further on tickets visit