Labrat Music, Miami’s experimental sound design and music production studio was co-founded by singer-songwriter, Keba Williams, and producer, Erik Nuñez in the heart of the Historical Studio District in North Miami. The two young entrepreneurs met each other while working on jingles at Animal Music for international brands and companies, a business they have continued with Labrat Music, having worked on commercials for Coca-Cola, Honda, McDonalds, and many more. Their successful TV, radio, and film work has allowed them the freedom and capital to house and nurture independent artists. They are committed to servicing talented musicians and helping them build a name for themselves while allowing them to retain the rights and ownership of their own material.

“At Labrat, we create opportunities for the independent artist. From our young artist workshop to artist production, we offer a range of services for artists developing in the digital age.”

Like many in Miami, Keba and Erik are both immigrants bringing a fusion of cultures to their work. A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Keba moved to Miami, FL at the age of 16 to attend Florida International University where she earned a degree in Chemistry and later, a B.A. in Vocal Performance. Keba grew up performing since she was eight years old on the clarinet, piano, and steel drums.

Born and raised in Argentina, Erik Nuñez began his music career at age 17, directing and playing bass in the rock band, Bravo, which rose to international fame in most of South America. In 2003, he migrated to the United States with the dream of producing original music on a grander scale. Since then, he has worked with artists such as John Minnis (Diamond girl), Donna Allen (The Voice), and Pitbull. He also produced the soundtracks for the cultural documentaries, Celia the Queen and War at Guam.

In 2013, Keba independently released her first studio album, Wildfire, which was co-written by Erik. This was the first independent project the duo had undertaken together and it served to solidify their musical partnership. The success of Wildfire led to an international tour hitting several states in the U.S and European countries. Keba’s sophomore album, Filmstrip, will be released this Fall.

Through their collaboration on the brand, Keba Musik, Keba and Erik have been able to build Labrat Music, offering production and sound engineering services accessible to the independent artist. With the studio and network they have created, Labrat is focused on expanding opportunities for independent artists. They are a beacon of hope for the rising artist community in Miami.

This Friday, August 26th, Keba and Erik will be performing live at Villain Theater during TGIF with the Villain cast of Musical Tales from the Magic City. Doors open at 7:30pm. August birthdays get in free with valid ID.

This Saturday, Villain Theater hosts the showing of Don’t Think Twice at O Cinema Wynwood.

When a member of a popular New York City improv troupe gets a huge break, the rest of the group – all best friends – start to realize that not everyone is going to make it after all.”

Finally, a film comes along that demonstrates the heart and soul of improv. As the home of long-form improv, Villain Theater is excited about this film and will be having a special performance at 9:15pm on Saturday, August 20th at O Cinema Wynwood. There will be a Meet & Greet for those interested in meeting the Villains.


Rotten Tomatoes‘ Critic’s Consensus, which rated the film with a whopping 100%, says “Don’t Think Twice offers a bittersweet look at the comedian’s life that’s as genuinely moving as it is laugh-out-loud funny — and a brilliant calling card for writer-director Mike Birbiglia.”

Produced by Ira Glass of “This American Life,” it features an amazing cast with Mike Birbiglia (Sleepwalk with Me), Keegan Michael Key (Key & Peele, Playing House, MadTV), Chris Gethard (The Heat, The Chris Gethard Show), Kate Miccuci (Garfunkel & Oats), Tami Sagher (Girls, Inside Amy Schumer, MadTV), and Community’s Gillian Jacobs

O Cinema is a non-profit, independent movie theater that features independent, foreign, art, and family films.

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villain-theater-familyVillain Theater is the home for improvisational theater and sketch comedy in South Florida. The company opened with eight students in May 2015 and performed at different venues in Miami before moving into the coworking space Made At The Citadel in August 2015.

miami-improv-showLess than a year later, with over 160 students and alumni, Villain Theater brings in audiences for five weekly show nights including Teatro Villano: Impro en Español, TGIF: Sketch & Improv Comedy, and Saturday Gigantic. The booming success of Villain Theater can be attributed to its community integration, recognition from respected publications, and amazing performances.

saturday-giganticVillain’s board of directors, Jeff Quintana, Peter Mir, and Sheela Dominguez, strive to better the community around them by collaborating with local organizations and small businesses including The Prism Music Group, Reach Design Co., Roots Collective, Distilled Opera, and FEAST Miami.

villain-loves-communityThey have held fundraising and outreach events such as Women in Comedy: A Love Letter To Myself, a women’s networking event and all-female comedy show that raised money for the Chicago based organization, Women in Comedy, which strives to empower and connect women in the industry.

orange-is-the-new-wackMore recently, Villain Theater’s YAAAS! partnered with Miami’s LGBTQIA+ talent for a benefit showcase, No Fear, We’re Queer, in order to raise funds for the victims of the Pulse shooting in Orlando, Florida. The highly anticipated event was featured on NBC 6 and inspired goodwill when morale was low.

YAAASEvery Thursday night, Villain Theater hosts BYOT: Bring Your Own Team, an Improv-Stand Up- Sketch-Solo open mic where improvisers, actors, and comedians from South Florida come together to perform on a single stage, connect, and support each other. It is one of the most eclectic show nights at Villain and serves as an outlet for local artists to grow and perform.

villain-theater-stageVillain has also brought some of the best talent in the industry to train their actors and students, offer workshops open to the community, and perform on the Villain stage to sold out houses.

villain-ticketsMick Napier, Second City director and owner/ director of The Annoyance Theater in Chicago and New York who trained industry greats such as Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, and Bob Odenkirk, offered a three hour workshop with 100 students at Villain Theater and performed on two show nights. His touring improv team, Trigger Happy, accompanied him and also performed on the Villain stage.

annoyance-takeoverTJ Jagodowski, known for his work on the Sonic Commercials and The Wizard Of Oz, and Dave Pasquesi, known for his work on The Da Vinci Code and Veep, were recently brought down from Chicago. Together, they are known as TJ & Dave and are often cited as “the best improvisers in the world.” Their show was sold out months in advance and their workshop was sold out within minutes of being posted.


In August 2016, one of the most respected names in improv, Jimmy Carrane from Improv Nerd will bring his podcast to Miami to interview Villain Theater Artistic Director, Jeff Quintana. His previous interviews have included improv giants Jon Favreau, Nia Vardalos, and Cecily Strong. He will also offer a workshop at Villain Theater that is open to the public.

jimmy-carraneVillain Theater has been featured in multiple publications including The New Tropic, Miami New Times, and Tropicult, all of which covered the grand opening of Saturday Gigantic in August 2016. Miami New Times also covered Women in Comedy: A Love Letter to Myself, Mick Napier at Villain Theater, and No Fear, We’re Queer. Most recently, in June 2016, Miami New Times crowned Villain Theater Best New Theater. The title represents Villain Theater’s commitment to it’s students and audiences.

villain-theater-lovesHowever, the attention Villain receives from the media is only possible because of great shows every night. The professional company is comprised of 35 actors who rehearse weekly, with over 130 additional students and alumni. The cast and students are comprised of people from all walks of life, careers, and industries. The training center curriculum teaches a mix of the best from Chicago training centers, brought together to form Villain’s own unique approach to improvisation, acting, and sketch. The five level system teaches improv, acting, sketch writing, film production and directing.

villain-theater-classThe Villain Theater Comedy Network on YouTube showcases video sketches and improv shows.

video-sketchVillain Theater has nurtured a community of artists and an audience to appreciate it. Villain Theater’s mission is to build a supportive, inclusive, and diverse comedy community, create the highest quality theater through our training and performance program, and produce theater that is affordable and accessible for South Florida.


Villain Theater’s one year anniversary is a few days away. We could not be more grateful for the overwhelming support from all of you. It is because of our outstanding audiences, dedicated performers, and fearless leaders that Villain Theater has become such a powerhouse for entertainment in such a short amount of time!

Come celebrate with us and our special guest, Jimmy Carrane on August 13th. Not only will he be offering workshops during the day, but he will be conducting his nationally-recognized podcast, Improv Nerd, and then performing with our Villains in Tales From The Magic City at Villain Theater Presents: Saturday Gigantic.

Ticket information available here.


Zach Myers premieres “Yes, And…“at Villain Theater this Thursday, June 9th, at 8pm. Under the new direction of Jeff Quintana, the Artistic Director of VIllain Theater, the solo performance piece is a reincarnation of Myers’ one man show performed at Florida International University in April of 2015.

Zach Myers hails from Washington DC where he will be returning in July of this year to perform Yes, And… at Capital Fringe, a festival by the non-profit business focused on expanding cultural awareness and appreciation for the performing arts. Myers has been living in South Florida for over a decade. During this time, he received his BFA in Theater performance from FIU and joined Villain Theater’s professional cast, performing regularly with So Fresh And So Green Green. He is also known for his shenanigans as the host of Villain Theater’s BYOT (Bring Your Own Team), a weekly show that invites performers from across South Florida to perform on the Villain stage.

In Yes, And…, Zach Myers pays tribute to the improv legend, actor, writer, and director, Del Close(1934-1999). Widely known as a comedy guru, Del Close is credited for popularizing long form improvisation with the creation of the Harold, an improv format that was well received and favored by audiences at its inception. The Harold is currently the staple of Chicago long form improv and performed by improv groups internationally. Among his impressive collection of accolades, Del Close co-founded Chicago’s famous iO Theater, formerly Improv Olympic, with Charna Halpern.

According to Myers, in this rebirth of Yes, And…, Quintana’s direction helped him bring out four distinct facets of Del’s character. Quintana has been a prominent figure in the South Florida improv community since 2003 and is an alumnus of iO Theater where he also taught and performed the Harold for five years.

“All  we have is ourselves to give, I’m going to make my mark on this world and bring about change through my art and through laughter.” – Zach Myers

Villan Theater is located at 8325 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33138 on the second floor of Made At The Citadel


This Wednesday night, June 8th, Distilled Opera presents Zarzuela Spanish Opera at Villain Theater.

Distilled opera is not your typical opera production of majestic proportions, ornate costumes, and a far away stage. At Villain Theater, Distilled Opera singers are just as likely to make their entrance by jumping on stage from the audience as they are to appear from the mysterious backstage. The audience is up close and personal in this cabaret-style venue. Recurring with a brand new show on the second Wednesday of every month, June’s theme is Zarzuela.

Zarzuela is a collection of Spanish opera alternating between spoken and sung scenes. It originated in Spain during the Baroque era, and after evolving through the Romantic period, was brought to the Spanish colonies, such as Cuba, in the 19th century. A lot of these Zarzuela’s, especially Cuban zarzuela, convey a commentary on society from the time they were written. Some of the political and cultural themes are still relatable today. This monthly collaboration of South Florida’s professional opera community uncovers an enchanting world of classical music presented in a contemporary fashion.

Doors open at 7:30pm. A full liquor bar, courtesy of Gramps Wynwood, will be serving drinks and munchies all night. Villain Theater is located on the second floor of Made At The Citadel at 8325 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33138.


Distilled Opera Cast

Héctor Manuel Mir hails from Miami, FL. He is the tenor section leader at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Miami Beach where he recently sung in duet with Andrea Bocelli. Héctor received his BM from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston preceded by studies at Miami’s New World School of the Arts.

The lovely Megan Barrera is a local Miami soprano. She has sung with Miami Lyric Opera and Miami Music Festival. Megan has been described as having “a lovely, dark lower register, and when she swept into the higher registers of the melody…a voice of real strength emerged.”

A native of New York City, pianist, Caren Levine has gradually established a reputation as one of today’s most compelling young artists. She has won acclaim for her musicality, charm and sensitivity, and is known for her intense and impassioned performances. The San Francisco Chronicle described her as “a petite powerhouse.” An alumna of the Metropolitan Opera’s Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, she has been on the roster of the Metropolitan Opera House as Assistant Conductor and Prompter since 2003. In 2012, she received a Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording for The Met Opera’s DVD of John Adams Doctor Atomic Live in HD and received her second Grammy Award for The Met Opera’s DVD of Thomas Adès The Tempest Live in HD in 2014.

Andres Penalver is a Venezuelan-born, American-educated lyric tenor with a fast-growing slate of exciting roles and impressive accolades. He recently sang with the company “Pro-Arte Gratelli”. Andres began his Opera training privately in 2009 while working towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture. He will be singing Rodolfo in La Boheme with Miami Music Festival this summer and is looking forward to attending Grad School in Voice Performance in the fall.

Miami native and soprano, Betsy Diaz, was recently seen singing the role of Donna Anna in the Miami Music Festival’s production of Don Giovanni to great acclaim. While at the MMF, Betsy stepped in last minute for an indisposed Deborah Voigt in the festival’s Opening Concert. Prior to that, Betsy was a young artist with Florida Grand Opera for two years. She will be singing Mimi in Puccini’s La Boheme this summer alongside Andres Penalver.

Coloratura soprano, Sydnee Waggoner was born and raised in Alaska. Sydnee was recently seen as a soloist with Miami City Ballet’s 2016 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Sydnee has been featured as Gabriel in Die Schöpfung under the baton of Kent Tritle at Manhattan School of Music where she completed her master’s, and in 2011, made her professional debut with Opera Fairbanks in L’elisir d’amore. In 2009, she represented her home state as Miss Alaska at Miss America, and was recognized the same year with the 2009 Young Alaskan Artist of the Year Award.

Bass baritone, John Cabrali, was recently seen at Fort Worth Opera in the roles of Sciarrone in Tosca, Bion in Adamo´s Lysistrata, and Figaro (cover) in Le nozze di Figaro. He also performed in the world premier of Hamlet by Carson Kievman with the SoBe Arts Institute at Miami Beach, FL. John has also performed with the Seagle Music Colony as the title role in Le nozze di Figaro and Alidoro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola.

Mezzo-Soprano, Stephanie Paige Newman, is a native of Miami. She performs in opera and concert performances across the United States, but most recently, Stephanie performed the title role in Pinocchio as a young artist with Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Flora in La Traviata in honor of Barry University’s 75th anniversary and covered Carmen at the Natchez festival of Music. This coming season, she will also be appearing with the Miami Music Festival performing as Elizabeth Procter in The Crucible as well as in scenes in the Miami Wagner Institute concert.