Our History

In August of 2009, Slow Burn Theatre Company was born. We noticed a theatrical void in South Florida and made the commitment to do what we could to fill it. We are a locally based professional theatre company with a mission of providing South Florida’s diverse population with opportunities to experience high quality, daring, contemporary and intelligent works of musical theatre through attendance, employment, and/or educational and community outreach programs. In the years since opening our first show (Bat Boy: The Musical on Feb. 18, 2010) we’ve grown beyond our expectations.

Audiences, peers and critics alike have embraced us, supported us and made us what we are today. It’s because they appreciate the shows we select, the talent and musicians we work with and the risks we take. In her review of Urinetown: The Musical, the Miami Herald’s Christine Dolen put it better than I ever could. She said:

“Slow Burn is a musical theater company with moxie. It dares to do full productions of Stephen Sondheim’s works ( Into the Woods is up next, with Sweeney Todd set for next season), shows that fall into the just-fun category (this summer’s Xanadu, a musical performed on roller skates, and next summer’s The Wedding Singer) and unusual pieces like Side Show, about conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, coming next season. Sometimes, the choices tax Slow Burn’s resources, but somehow Fitzwater and Korinko manage to deliver musicals that entertain, provoke or do both.”

Thanks for checking out our website. It means something we’ve done, something we plan on doing, or what we want to accomplish has struck a chord with you. That’s why we do this and we promise to keep the fire burning!

Patrick Fitzwater

Artistic Director and Co-founder

Patrick is from St. Louis, Missouri where he started performing at a young age as a dancer in professional theatre and was a host on local television with the Disney afternoon. Patrick also served as Choreographer for Six Flags St. Louis and then became resident Choreographer and Assistant Director for Spirit Cruise Lines in Chicago. From water to touring across the land in Broadway touring companies, Patrick has worked in every aspect of the creative process. His Directorial debut was aboard the Historic Goldenrod Showboat in St. Charles, Mo., where he led several large cast musicals to critical acclaim.

Matthew Korinko

Company Manager

Matthew grew up in Wisconsin and has been in the theatre since the second grade.  On a Technical Theatre Scholarship, he attended the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point and graduated with a BFA with a performance emphasis. While at Stevens Point he was nominated for an Irene Ryan Award for his potrayal of John Hancock in “1776″. Before moving to Florida, Matthew spent 3 years as a member of New Line Theatre’s repertory company in St. Louis, Mo. where he received a Kevin Kline Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical in the world premiere of “Johnny Appleweed”. He has also spent time at sea as Production Manager for Cunard Cruise Lines.

Board of Directors

Mark Traverso, President

Lee Rubin, Secretary

Peter Kaldes, Treasurer

David Diaz, Director

David Jobin, Director

Deborah Marks, Director

Margarita Orta, Director

Barbara Valle, Director

Contact Us

Broward Center for the Performing Arts
201 SW 5th Ave
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312

Broward Center’s AutoNation Box Office
Fax 954.468.2555

Slow Burn Theatre Co. Business Office
201 SW 5th Avenue Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312-7112