​​About The Vanguard


Nicole Stodard, Founding Executive Director

Alyiece Moretto-Watkins, Operations Manager 

Mark Duncan, Artistic Associate

Carey Brianna Hart, Artistic Associate

Casey Dressler, Artistic Associate


The Vanguard is an intimate, versatile black box performance space located in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale.  Formerly a church when first erected in 1939, the freshly remodeled venue will be a modern sanctuary for the arts.  The Vanguard will serve as the permanent residence for Thinking Cap Theatre, a local award-winning theatre company, and as a creative hub to showcase a range of artistic offerings, including the work of other local and visiting theatre companies, stand-up comedy, dance, film screenings, art installations, and live music. 


Founding Executive Director, Nicole Stodard, and her creative team have given the  decor of the venue a mid-century flair with a mod color palette, Sputnik chandeliers and pop art reminiscent of Warhol adorning the lobby lounge.  However, they have preserved the original 30-feet Dade County pine ceiling in the central room that is now the performance area.


The Vanguard is also available for rental for corporate and private events.  For more information, call 954-610-7263.