Artistic Icon: Carol Wartenberg

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Carol Wartenberg. Photo by Carina Mask.

In high school, Carol Wartenberg became a member of the National Thespian Society and in her junior year she became a member of the student theater troupe associated with Buffalo’s professional theater, The Studio Arena. She also directed her first play in high school, a 10-minute condensed version of “Moby Dick.” While an undergraduate, Carrol performed in and assisted local community theaters.

In 2020 Wartenberg founded Lesbian Thespians while associated with the Plays of Wilton. Wartenberg wanted to bring more women, like herself, back into the theater and to produce performing arts events for women, and by women. Recently Lesbian Thespians became the theater company in residence at ArtServe. She is also the artistic director of it.

Prior Related Employment and/or Education: Clinical Psychologist.

Mission Statement: Lesbian Thespians Inc. is an innovative performing arts group founded and led by women. We are dedicated to bringing a wide range of diverse performances to the stage while offering opportunities to up-and-coming playwrights, directors, and artists. LT is focused on inclusivity, broad appeal, and maintaining strong relationships within the greater South Florida LGBTQ+ community, as well as other performing arts groups.

What would you say is the most rewarding part of your job?

Working with women dedicated to the performing arts in South Florida and making sure that we have a place here in the local community theater scene.

What would you say is the most challenging part of your job?

As with most theater companies, funding, and finding adequate rehearsal and performance space.

What would be a “dream come true” for your organization?

We would love to have our own small theater! That would be heaven!

Where would you like to see your organization in 10 years?

Wow! Never thought we would get this far! We hope to get better and better, and to keep women / LGBTQ+ theater alive and well here in our community.


LGBTQ Performing Arts Leaders


Phone: 954-514-7095
Hours: Monday - Friday 9AM - 2PM


2520 N. Dixie Highway,
Wilton Manors, FL 33305



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