Outside the Box

The Outside the Box event series features performances by YoungArts alumni on the YoungArts Plaza. The multidisciplinary series brings original performances and new works to YoungArts' campus.

El Ciclón

On May 12, 2018, director, filmmaker and choreographer Yara Travieso (2005 YoungArts Winner in Dance) combined elements of theater, dance, cinema and music, “El Ciclón” is a “wild neo-feminist mythology trapped inside a 1950s B-movie psychological thriller with singing, dancing, and just enough alligators”. Transforming the YoungArts Plaza into a South Florida swamp, Travieso set the stage for heroine Ava, who finds herself in a precarious situation facing an impossible moral decision.




On May 20, 2017, YoungArts held its final Outside the Box performance of the 2016-2017 season, Little Boy Lost: One Child’s Journey of Life Behind BarsDirected by composer Daniel Bernard RoumainLittle Boy Lost was a site-specific retelling of the life experiences of 20-year-old Damien Duncan, a Miami native who was incarcerated twice in his teens. The multidisciplinary performance included the screening of a short documentary directed by journalist Lisa Armstrong with assistance by YoungArts alumni Nilo Batle (Director of Photography; 2017 Winner in Cinematic Arts) and JeanCarlo Ramirez (Film Crew; 2016 Winner in Cinematic Arts). 

Transformations Film Project

On November 5, 2016, YoungArts presented Outside the Box: the world premiere of the Transformations film series. Capturing the transformative power of creativity on film, these five commissioned shorts connected YoungArts alumni across disciplines, genre, and generations.

Jay Scheib's Carmen

On June 4, 2016, YoungArts presented Outside the Box: Jay Scheib’s Carmen featuring YoungArts alumni India Carney (2011, Theater, Voice + U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), Aaron Casey (2011, Voice), D’Angelo Lacy (2005, Theater), Asia Stewart (2014, Theater), Wes Goodrich (2015, Theater) and Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner (2015, Music). The performance was a glimpse into a new adaptation of Carmen based on the opera of Bizet - an homage to the adaptations of Godard, Preminger, and the spirit of Hemingway.

Jason Moran & Mark Gonzales

On February 6, 2016, YoungArts presented Outside the Box featuring alumnus Jason Moran (1993 Winner in Jazz) with special guest Mark Gonzales. Merging the skateboard memories of his youth in the ‘80s and his vocation as an acclaimed jazz pianist, composer and educator, Moran payed homage to these trailblazing genres with an interdisciplinary work that sits at the nexus of American subculture.

Complexions Contemporary Ballet

On November 7, 2015, YoungArts presented Outside the Box featuring Complexions Contemporary Ballet. Co-founded by Tony Award-nominated Broadway performer Desmond Richardson (1986 YoungArts Winner in Dance and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), Complexions Contemporary Ballet created and performed an original work by Master choreographer Dwight Rhoden at YoungArts’ Outside the Box.

Romeo & Juliet

On May 8, 2015, YoungArts hosted Romeo & Juliet Outside the Box, directed by MacArthur Genius and YoungArts alumnus Tarell McCraney (1999 Winner in Theater). McCraney and filmmaker Andrew Hevia (2003 Winner in Cinematic Arts) brought together some of Miami's electric performance artists, including dancers from Miami City Ballet as well as YoungArts alumnus Gentry George (2008 Winner in Dance). 

The Langston Hughes Project

On April 18, 2015, YoungArts hosted an Outside the Box: The Langston Hughes Project in honor of National Poetry Month. Directed by YoungArts Master Teacher Ron McCurdy, this epic jazz poem suite in music and verse about the struggle for artistic and social freedom featured the Ron McCurdy Quartet, YoungArts Alumnus Kenyon Adams (1997 Winner in Theater and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts). 

Borscht Film Festival

On December 19, 2014, YoungArts hosted its second Outside the Box event with the Borscht Film Festival, founded by alumni Andrew Hevia (2003 Winner in Writing), Lucas Leyva (2005 Winner in Writing), Chat Travieso (2003 Winner in Visual Arts and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts) and Yara Travieso (2005 Winner in Dance), featuring an outdoor screening of films by YoungArts alumni and "The Multiverse," a DIY sketch of a theme park with rides, food, games and more movies. 

The Inaugural Outside the Box

The inaugural Outside the Box event, which took place on October 25, 2014, featured a free performance by YoungArts alumni, including musical prodigy Dave Eggar (1987 Winner in Music and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), dancer Michele de la Reza, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Kate Davis (2009 Winner in Jazz and U.S. Presidential Scholar in the Arts), dancer and filmmaker Ernest Baker, drummer Jake Goldbas, dancer Andrew Nemr, dancer Brittanie Brown, and dancer Allysen Hooks.

Support for Outside the Box is provided by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; National Endowment for the Arts; Wells Fargo and the Miami Downtown Development Authority.