Meet City Theatre’s Gladys Ramírez

📸 Photo courtesy of Gladys Ramírez

Hi Gladys! Who are you and what do you do?

I am a first-generation American born to parents from Peru. My greatest passion in life has always been theatre. I started at the age of 10 playing Miss Hannigan in “Annie,” and I’ve been at it ever since. I’ve gone from acting to directing, to producing, and now I’m the Executive Director of City Theatre, a non-profit theatre company based in Miami.

I love the collaborative nature of theatre, being creative, and getting to be among artists every day. The most important part of my job is providing the infrastructure and support for our art and artists, but my favorite part is when I get to play.

What neighborhood(s) are you reppin’?

Currently Miami Shores! Originally Hialeah, but I’ve lived everywhere from North Beach to Kendall.

What brings you most alive about the 305?

The traffic! These people get me heated, bro!

What’s your favorite Miami memory?

I love winter in Miami. As a child, I loved going to Santa’s Enchanted Forest, driving around Kendall to see all the houses with crazy Christmas lights, and buying churros from the old man who sold them outside of Sedano’s.

If you could eat only one meal from a local restaurant for the rest of your life, what would it be?

My hands-down favorite restaurant in Miami no longer exists. It was Sushi Deli, a Japanese market on the Causeway. Michio Kushi started it, and his daughter Erika was always working alongside him. The food was absolutely delicious and so carefully crafted. I always ordered a few pieces of sushi, two sweet shrimp, JB Roll with scallions, and the tuna tartare with a quail egg on top. I went there all the time for years until they closed, but now his daughter has opened Sushi Erika, so that’s my new favorite!

Outside of the obvious stop above, share your other top three destinations for where you’d go on your perfect Miami day.

1. Getting sun on North Beach.
2. Tropical Chinese for pushcart dim sum.
3. Versailles, the bakery side.

What’s your favorite local social media account and why?

Tough question, it’s a tie between @billycorben and @onlyindade. Between those two, I’m covered on all things local politics, the latest news, and toda la bobería que pasa en Miami.

If you could give any one piece of advice to locals, what would it be?

Don’t assume everything from elsewhere is better. We’ve got tons of talent here — support local!

How does Miami help you do what you do or influence your work?

Miami is a constant source is inspiration for me. I love connecting with different people from all around the world and sharing stories. Miami is such an international hub for arts and culture, it’s a great way to see what is new and next from all over the world.

If there was one thing you could change, address, etc. about Miami, what would it be?

I’d make everyone have a lot more empathy and a little more chill. I think that would fix a lot of our issues.

What are you looking forward to between now and the end of the year?

The upcoming opening of our production of Carmen Rivera’s “La Gringa” on Nov. 30 at the Arsht Center, which I’m directing.

It’s a poignant and hilarious story about a first-generation Puerto Rican American woman’s search for identity in her parents’ homeland. It resonates with me, and with so many people that I’ve encountered while producing the play. It’s a story that’s so familiar to us in Miami — many of us are caught between two worlds, or forced to leave where we’re from and start over — wrapped in this hilarious and lively family story. Creating experiences that connect, that’s what I love, that’s what I do. It’s been such a collaborative and fun journey, I feel so lucky to be part of it.

After that, sleep.

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