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Public Works Dallas 
creates ambitious works of participatory theater through long term partnerships city wide.


ENGAGE Partnerships + collaborations are the bedrock of Public Works Dallas. Deep and sustained relationships with organizations and individuals who share our collective vision.

ENTERTAIN Producing the highest quality works of participatory theater with members of our diverse community.

INSPIRE Building community through theater to revitalize civic life and stir our collective imaginations. Theater at the heart of every community, community at the heart of every theater.        

December 2018

Literacy Instruction For Texas (LIFT)
Public Works Dallas - People




Public Artist working with Literacy Instruction For Texas (LIFT)

Ace is a member of DTC’s Brierley Resident Acting Company, where his credits include Inherit the Wind; the Public Works Dallas inaugural production of The TempestA Christmas Carol (‘16); The Houston Trials (workshop); All the Way; and King Lear. Ace is a Dallas-based actor who is represented by The Campbell Agency, and is also the owner of The Striped Heart, a graphic design company. As a multidisciplinary artist and alum of Southern Methodist University (Acting BFA ’13), he has traveled the country as a spoken word poet and is most inspired by his collaborative work with Bill T. Jones in Masterclass on HBO.  His other theater credits include The Shipment (Undermain Theatre), Radio Golf (AART), Blues For Mister Charlie (SMU), and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (Jubilee Theatre) as Levee Green for which he won Best Actor 2014 (BroadwayWorld.com).  Follow Ace @AceShotThat.









Public Works Dallas Manager and
Public Artist working with Jubilee Park and Community Center

Leah is a Dallas native with a BA in Theatre Arts from St Edwards University, a small school on a hill in the beautiful city of Austin, TX! She has dedicated the past five-and-a-half years living and learning in a world of theater that includes: teaching; directing; sharing; writing; producing and administration. Working in Community Engagement at Dallas Theater Center has brought many opportunities of tremendous growth for Leah; becoming the Public Works Dallas Manager has definitely been the ultimate gift. In addition to teaching at Jubilee for Public Works, Leah is most excited to see this program take off in Dallas and make a more connected city through the arts.




Public Artist working with
Bachman Lake Together

Ivan is a member of Cara Mía Theatre’s Resident Artistic Ensemble where his credits include: Blood Wedding; Lydia; References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot; Zoot Suit; Teotl; The Magic Rainforest; Nuestra Pastorela; Tina’s Journey; The House on Mango Street; and Crystal City 1969. Ivan has worked with several local theater companies including: Dallas Theater Center; Ochre House Theater; Shakespeare Dallas; Kitchen Dog Theater; Undermain Theatre; Amphibian Stage Productions; Contemporary Theatre of Dallas; Garland Summer Musicals; and Dallas Children’s Theater. Mr. Jasso is represented by the Mary Collins Agency.








Public Artist working with the
City of Dallas, Janie C. Turner Recreation Center

Tiana is an MFA graduate of Southern Methodist University and a Brierley Resident Acting Company member. DTC: Hood: The Robin Hood Musical Adventure; A Christmas Carol; Dreamgirls; The MountainHair; top; The Book Club Play. SMU: Look Homeward, Angel (Eliza Gant). Prairie View A&M University: Once on This Island (Madame Armand/Andrea/Storyteller), To Be Young, Gifted and Black (Lorraine Hansberry), and Jelly’s Last Jam (Anita). Tiana is a proud company member of Progress Theatre Touring Ensemble based in Houston, Texas. She enjoys serving the community and inspiring social change through the arts.








Public Artist working with the
City of Dallas Park and Recreation Active Senior Adult Programs (ASAP)

Liz is a member of DTC’s Brierley Resident Acting Company. Selected DTC: Bella: An American Tall Tale; Romeo and Juliet; Medea; School for Wives; The Rocky Horror Show; A Raisin in the Sun; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat; The Wiz; Dividing the Estate; A Christmas Carol; Death of a Salesman; Give It Up!; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2009, 1991); The Who’s Tommy; Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Crowns. Broadway and Off-Broadway: Lysistrata Jones. Regional: American Repertory Theater; The MUNY; The Cape Playhouse; A Contemporary Theater; Arkansas Repertory Theater. Local: Casa Mañana Theatre; Dallas Children’s Theater; Jubilee Theater; Theatre Three; WaterTower Theatre. TV/Film: Get On Up; Dallas; The Secret Life of Walter Mitty; Straight A’s; Past Life; Friday Night Lights; Sordid Lives: The Series; and Welcome Home, Roscoe Jenkins. Awards: Leon Rabin, DFW Theater Critics Forum, D Magazine, Dallas Observer, Dallas Voice, and multiple Column Awards. 2015 Lunt Fontanne Fellow.









Director, Public Works Dallas

Originally from Toledo, OH, Dayron has been involved in theatre since he was five years old. At an early age he knew that a career in sharing the performing arts was his mission in life. After graduating from the Performing Arts School of Metro Toledo, he went on to obtain a degree in theatre from Wright State University in Dayton, OH. Upon graduating from Wright State, he received the Kenny Leon Artistic Fellowship at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, GA. While there, he discovered the joy of sharing a theatrical experience among diverse people. It was then that he decided to focus his career on making theatre accessible to as many people as possible. After five years of building a community engagement department at the Alliance Theatre, he relocated to Dallas, TX and Dallas Theater Center where he is currently the Director of Public Works Dallas.









Public Artist working with
Literacy Archives

Sally is a member of DTC’s Brierley Resident Acting Company. For the past 25 years, Sally has been fortunate to act in a wide range of roles at DTC. Favorite recent shows/roles at DTC include: Linda Loman in Death of A Salesman, Fraulein Kost in Cabaret, Annette in God of Carnage, Bev/Kathy in Clybourne Park, and Medea in Medea. Most recently, Sally appeared in Electra as Clytemnestra. Sally is a 2011 Lunt-Fontanne Fellowship Award recipient, Co-Founder of Dallas’ Kitchen Dog Theater, and she works extensively in broadcast/voice over. Sally is proud to serve the University of North Texas Department of Theater as Associate Professor of Acting and Voice. She is represented by The Mary Collins Agency.






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Public Works Dallas - Program Partners


The Public Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, is the only theater in New York that produces Shakespeare, the classics, musicals, contemporary and experimental pieces in equal measure. Celebrating his 10th anniversary season at The Public, Eustis has created new community-based initiatives designed to engage audiences like Public Lab, Public Studio, Public Forum, Public Works, and a remount of the Mobile Shakespeare Unit. The Public continues the work of its visionary founder, Joe Papp, by acting as an advocate for the theater as an essential cultural force, and leading and framing dialogue on some of the most important issues of our day.  Creating theater for one of the largest and most diverse audience bases in New York City for nearly 60 years, today the Company engages audiences in a variety of venues—including its landmark downtown home at Astor Place, which houses five theaters and Joe’s Pub; the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, home to free Shakespeare in the Park; and the Mobile Shakespeare Unit, which tours Shakespearean productions for underserved audiences throughout New York City’s five boroughs. The Public’s wide range of programming includes free Shakespeare in the Park, the bedrock of the Company’s dedication to making theater accessible to all; Public Works, an expanding initiative that is designed to cultivate new connections and new models of engagement with artists, audiences and the community each year; and audience and artist development initiatives that range from Emerging Writers Group and to the Public Forum series. The Public is located on property owned by the City of New York and receives annual support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; and in October 2012 the landmark building downtown at Astor Place was revitalized to physically manifest the Company’s core mission of sparking new dialogues and increasing accessibility for artists and audiences, by dramatically opening up the building to the street and community, and transforming the lobby into a public piazza for artists, students, and audiences. The Public is currently represented on Broadway by the Tony Award-winning Fun Home and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s acclaimed American musical Hamilton. The Public has received 47 Tony Awards, 167 Obie Awards, 52 Drama Desk Awards, 48 Lortel Awards, 31 Outer Critics Circle Awards, 13 New York Drama Critics Awards, and four Pulitzer Prizes.  www.publictheater.org  


Meadows School of the Arts, formally established at SMU in 1969 and named in honor of benefactor Algur H. Meadows, is one of the foremost arts education institutions in the United States. The Meadows School offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in advertising, art, art history, arts management and arts entrepreneurship, communication studies, creative computation, dance, film and media arts, journalism, music and theatre. The goal of SMU Meadows School of the Arts, as a comprehensive educational institution, is to prepare students to meet the demands of professional careers. The Meadows School is a leader in developing innovative outreach and community engagement programs, challenging its students to make a difference locally and globally by developing connections between art, entrepreneurship and change. Meadows is also a convener for the arts in North Texas, serving as a catalyst for new collaborations and providing critical industry research. For more information, visit www.smu.edu/meadows.

Inaugurated in October 2009, the Meadows Prize is presented annually to up to two pioneering artists. It includes support for a residency in Dallas, in addition to a $25,000 stipend. In return, recipients are expected to interact in a substantive way with Meadows students and collaborating arts organizations, and to leave a lasting legacy in Dallas, such as a work of art that reminds in the community, a composition or piece of dramatic writing that would be performed locally, or a new way of teaching in a particular discipline.


The AT&T Performing Arts Center is a nonprofit foundation that operates and programs a 10-acre campus comprised of three premier performance venues and a park in downtown Dallas. Opening in October 2009, the Center helped complete the 30-year vision of the Dallas Arts District. Audiences enjoy the best and most recent from Broadway and off-Broadway; the finest dance companies from across the globe co-presented with TITAS Presents; top concerts and performers through Center Presents; cutting-edge speakers from the #hearhere series; and a five-year initiative to present The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. The Center has also become known as a platform for world premieres, including new creations from Twyla Tharp, Kyle Abraham, St. Vincent and Pharrell Williams, as well as acclaimed new works from its five resident companies. They are among the city’s leading arts institutions: Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, The Dallas Opera, Dallas Theater Center and Texas Ballet Theater. The Center’s iconic venues include the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, Annette Strauss Square and Elaine D. and Charles A. Sammons Park. The Center offers free programming for audiences from every part of the community and produces the expansive, biannual light-based art event Aurora across the Arts District. Thousands of students explore and more deeply experience the arts through the Center’s education program, Open Stages. The Community Partners program works with local service agencies to provide free tickets to underserved individuals and families. These programs are made possible by the ongoing support of donors and members. The Center’s mission is to provide a public gathering place that strengthens community and fosters creativity through the presentation of performing arts. www.attpac.org



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