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ABOUT DTC

One of the leading regional theaters in the country, Dallas Theater Center (DTC) performs to an audience of more than 90,000 North Texas residents annually. Founded in 1959, DTC is now a resident company of the AT&T Performing Arts Center and presents its mainstage season at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in the Dallas Arts District. DTC also presents at its original home, the Kalita Humphreys Theater, the only freestanding theater designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright. DTC engages, entertains and inspires a diverse community by creating experiences that stimulate new ways of thinking and living by consistently producing plays, educational programs and community initiatives that are of the highest quality and reach the broadest possible constituency.

Our Mission

Dallas Theater Center will engage, entertain, and inspire our diverse community by creating experiences that stimulate new ways of thinking and living. We will do this by consistently producing plays, educational programs, and other initiatives that are of the highest quality and reach the broadest possible constituency.

Our Vision

Dallas Theater Center will be recognized, both locally and nationally, as a top-tier arts organization, as a cultural destination for Dallas and the surrounding region, and as a collaborative artistic force that values diversity and practices inclusion.

OUR VALUES

The following values, which support our mission and vision, will guide our programmatic, financial, and other choices and will be at the center of all our decisions:

 

ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE

We believe in creating theater, learning experiences, and associated programs that are consistently of the highest quality and that reflect the breadth and depth of theatrical art. In so doing, we will engage, entertain, educate, and inspire our patrons.

FINANCIAL HEALTH

We believe in financial stability and will operate Dallas Theater Center in a financially responsible manner, with our goal being that the projected expenses for each year will be balanced with the projected revenue for that year. We will secure and maintain the human, financial, and other resources necessary to support long-term stability and excellence. We will engender community confidence, trust, and support and will be worthy of corporate, foundation, government, and individual investment that increases over time.

EFFECTIVE UTILIZATION OF RESOURCES

We accept our responsibility to be good stewards of the resources entrusted to us and to make wise and efficient use of those resources. We will hold those resources in the public trust and will be prudent in using them for their intended purpose. We will operate Dallas Theater Center as a valued community asset and for purposes that are consistent with our mission and in keeping with sound business practices.

OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE

We are committed to the highest standards in our governance, management, and operational practices. We believe in developing an engaged, informed Board of Trustees, an experienced and accomplished staff, and a working environment that attracts trustees, staff, volunteers, and local and national artists of the highest caliber.

COLLABORATION AND INCLUSION

We believe that collaboration with the community we serve is central to our purpose and that our best results can be achieved when we partner with others in our community, including arts organizations, educational institutions, governmental agencies, and other groups.

We will operate Dallas Theater Center as a public forum, supporting interaction that engages our community, introduces new ways of thinking, and inspires new perspectives in those we serve. We will be inclusive of diverse peoples, ideas, cultures, and traditions and, by so doing, will enrich our work and our relationships with others.

Our commitment to collaboration and inclusion will also be evidenced by our respect for our trustees, staff, volunteers, and artists, all of whose input and experience will positively shape our working environment and our operating perspective.

HISTORY

FOUNDED IN 1959, DALLAS THEATER CENTER WAS ONE OF THE FIRST REGIONAL THEATERS IN THE UNITED STATES AND WAS MARKED BY THE BUILDING OF THE KALITA HUMPHREYS THEATER, DESIGNED BY THE LEGENDARY FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT.

Dallas Theater Center was founded primarily as an educational institution under the leadership of Paul Baker, who envisioned Dallas Theater Center as a conservatory with a well-rounded resident company of writers, directors, designers, and actors. During Baker’s tenure, Dallas Theater Center became one of the nation’leading producers of experimental interpretations of classics and world premieres, with 35 plays premiering on the Kalita Humphreys Theater stage during his time, including The Latent Heterosexual, Shadow of an Eagle, Blood Money, and Preston Jones’A Texas Trilogy.

In 1982 as Baker transitioned out of the theater, Mary Sue Jones, his longtime creative partner, served as Interim Artistic Director. The sole female ever to hold this position, Jones took the reins for one year to lead Dallas Theater Center in the search for Baker’s replacement.

With the arrival of Adrian Hall in 1983, Dallas Theater Center was transformed into a fully professional theater with a resident company of actors. During this time Dallas Theater Center built the Arts District Theater, a dynamic, flexible space in downtown Dallas designed by scenic designer Eugene Lee (the space was closed in 2005 in preparation for construction of the Wyly Theatre). With access to three separate performance spaces (the basement of the Kalita Humphreys was also used as a theater), Hall produced an eclectic array of work ranging from classics to world premieres, such as his adaptation of Robert Penn Warren’s All the King’s Men. During Hall’s tenure, Dallas Theater Center also began its annual production of Charles Dickens’A Christmas Carol.

Adrian Hall’s tenure at Dallas Theater Center was followed by the leadership of Ken Bryant, who tragically died in 1990 before completing his first full season as Artistic Director. Although he was Artistic Director for less than a year, Bryant’s contributions had informed the artistic life of Dallas Theater Center since 1984, when he joined the staff as a stage manager.

Following a series of guest directors, Richard Hamburger joined Dallas Theater Center as Artistic Director in 1992. Hamburger’s 15-year tenure saw some of Dallas Theater Center’s most provocative and important productions to date, as well as the introduction of The Big D Festival of the Unexpected and the new works series FRESH INK/Forward Motion. Under Hamburgers leadership, Dallas Theater Center’s educational outreach flagship program Project Discovery celebrated its 20th consecutive season in 2006-2007. More than 200,000 middle and high school students from across North Texas have attended mainstage productions at Dallas Theater Center through this outstanding program. Hamburger was named Dallas Theater Center’s first Artistic Director Emeritus in 2007.

In September 2007, Kevin Moriarty joined Dallas Theater Center as the organization’s sixth Artistic Director. Since then, Dallas Theater Center has seen significant growth and change, including the move into the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the fall of 2009; the creation of the Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company; an extensive series of new play productions, workshops and commissions; an expanded commitment to producing musicals, including the launch of summer musical theater programming; community collaborations with North Texas Food Bank, Dallas Holocaust Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, Sixth Floor Museum, and most of the region’s theater companies; national collaborations with Public Theater and Playwrights Horizons in New York, Goodman Theatre in Chicago and Alley Theatre in Houston; educational partnerships with Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts, South Oak Cliff High School and SMU Meadows School of the Arts; and the launch of Public Works Dallas.

Dallas Theater Center continues to grow in stature as one of the most exciting regional theaters in the country, while remaining fully responsive to the time and place in which we live; to the issues that shape our lives and thoughts; and to people who populate our diverse community.

For close to 60 years, Dallas Theater Center’s innovative, dynamic programming has made a significant mark on the Dallas community as well as the American theater at large. From classic scripts to new plays, from epic to intimate, Dallas Theater Center continues its tradition of excellent theater well into the 21st century.

PAST PLAYS

2021-2030
2011-2020
2001-2010
1991-2000
1981-1990
1971-1980
1969-1970

PAST PLAYS

2021-2030
2011-2020
2001-2010
1991-2000
1981-1990
1971-1980
1969-1970