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In the Company of Women Awards announces Arts and Entertainment winner

MIAMI ( January 17, 2019 )

Colleen Stovall has been selected as a 2019 In the Company of Women awardee in the category of Arts and Entertainment. She is among 15 winners to be honored at the awards ceremony dinner on March 7 at the Coral Gables Country Club, 990 Alhambra Cir., in Coral Gables.

Stovall is Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Florida Shakespeare Theatre, (Founded as Shakespeare Miami in 2005) Florida’s professional theater dedicated to the works of William Shakespeare.

Her work at the nonprofit is dedicated to promoting culture, a passion for the arts and open access to the arts in Miami-Dade as well as to ensuring that all programming remains free and open to the public. Under Stovall’s leadership, the company has grown to be nationally recognized and respected for providing unique opportunities for local actors to perform classical theater and hone their craft. Stovall is a woman of clear purpose and vision who has made great strides in getting people of all social, educational and cultural backgrounds to experience the thrill of live theatre by combining it with her passion for public parks to create Shakespeare in the Park. She has grown Florida Shakespeare Theatre from a local theater company performing in Coconut Grove’s Peacock Park to a tricounty, monthlong regional Shakespeare festival that provides free performances for more than 10,000 people a year at public park venues. 

Stovall is an artistic force, champion of women and absolutely deserving of the In the Company of Women Awards’ Arts and Entertainment recognition. Advocating free access to the arts as well as mentoring women in the South Florida Theatre community is what brings her the most joy.

Among her accomplishments, Stovall is a member of the Florida Shakespeare Theatre Educators, the Shakespeare Association of America, the National Shakespeare Competition – South Florida Advisory Board and the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Theatre Partnership. She also serves as fundraising chair for the Barnacle Historic State Park.

This marks the 31st year for the In the Company of Women Awards presented by the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department in partnership with the Miami-Dade Commission for Women and the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade. The prestigious awards honor women who have excelled professionally and civically, and have contributed to women’s progress through their leadership and vision. 

The event commemorates March’s Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, and will be extra special this year, as it is a signature celebration for the Parks Department’s 90th anniversary! Proceeds support The Women’s Park and the Girls Empowerment and Mentoring (G.E.M.) Summer Arts Program.

For more information, including awards venue, tickets, sponsorship opportunities and a complete list of 2019 winners, visit the In the Company of Women web page

About The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women
The Commission for Women falls within the purview of Miami-Dade’s Office of Community Advocacy, a division of the Office of the Chair of the Board of County Commissioners.  The Miami-Dade County Commission for Women was created in 1971 as an advisory board to the Board of County Commissioners, the County administration and the public at large for issues pertaining to the status of women.  The Commission for Women also advocates for women in the community and strives to improve their quality of life. For more information, call 305-375-4967, email [email protected] or visit the website at

About Miami-Dade Parks
Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 270 parks and 13,573 acres of land. It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world and focused on placemaking, health and fitness, and conservation and stewardship. The nonprofit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade supports Miami-Dade Parks’ efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.