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Project Discovery, Dallas Theater Center’s signature education program, provides in-depth theater experiences for thousands of teens (many of whom are considered “at-risk”) from 30 North Texas high schools. Since 1986, Project Discovery has helped over 265,000 students and teachers to experience and study the finest in live, professional theater. Dallas Theater Center provides this program in full, at no charge to the school (including tickets, teacher training, study guides, student pre-show workshops and buses) for every production during the school year.

►  Project Discovery schools represent communities across North Texas, from inner-city Dallas to rural towns. Students travel distances as little as half a mile to more than 80 miles to participate.

►  Half of the students who participate in Project Discovery will see a professional theater production for the first time.

►  Project Discovery builds student confidence. Over the season, virtually all students report increased confidence in their own abilities, including theatrical skills and voicing their opinions. 

► Every year, 99% of students report a desire to participate in Project Discovery again.

►  Teachers give Project Discovery artistic workshops 4 ¾ stars out of 5.

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Project Discovery
2019-2020 Participating Schools 

Arlington High School
Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy
Bryan Adams High School
Coleman Middle School
Conrad High School
David W. Carter High School
Garland High School
Hillcrest High School
IGNITE Middle School
Irma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School
Irving High School
Jack E. Singley Academy
Lamar High School
Lancaster High SchoolNimitz High School
L.V. Stockard Middle School

MacArthur High School
Mansfield Timberview High School
Moises E. Molina High School
North Garland High School
Permenter Middle School

Ranchview High School
RL Turner High School
Seagoville High School
Spruce High School
Thomas Jefferson High School

Universal Academy
Uplift Infinity Preparatory
W.E. Greiner Exploratory Arts Academy
W.T. White High School

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Project Discovery is a catalyst for young people to explore their place in the world. Built around performances at Dallas Theater Center, this yearlong afterschool program brings together diverse teens from at-risk high schools across North Texas and cultivates them as patrons, artists and thinkers. Through on-your-feet activities, students improve their creativity, engage in teamwork, and build their confidence. Through curriculum-related content, students explore literary themes and historic aspects of wide-ranging dramatic works. As they experience plays among an adult audience, participating students learn to be engaged arts patrons, with the self-assurance to discuss ideas with peers and adults alike.

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DISDs Emmet J. Conrad Extra Mile Award

Our signature education program, Project Discovery, was recognized on April 23rd, 2015 with the Dallas Independent School District’s Emmet J. Conrad Extra Mile Award for outstanding ongoing support of the district….  Read More

TCG Circle: Discover Project Discovery

On November 22, 2013 Dallas Theater Center’s education program, Project Discovery, received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from First Lady Michelle Obama and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH). The award recognizes exemplary after-school and out-of-school time programs from across the country and is the highest national honor awarded to such programs.  Read More

DTC Education Program Honored by Louis Vuitton

On Wednesday, February 26, Louis Vuitton hosted an event in its NorthPark Center location to honor DTC’s education program Project Discovery (PD) with the 2013 Louis Vuitton Inspiration Award–an award given to only one of the 12 winners of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.  Read More

DTC Celebrated Project Discovery’s National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award on January 27!

On Monday, January 27, DTC staff, trustees and donors joined Project Discovery’s past and present teachers and students for an event to celebrate the program’s recent award from Washington D.C.— the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.  Read More

 PROJECT DISCOVERY’s Trip to Washington, D.C.

As you may have read in the Dallas Morning News, Dallas Theater Center’s Project Discovery recently received siginificant recognition! On November 22, Rachel Hull, Director of Education and Community Enrichment and Emily Sanchez, a senior at participating W.H. Adamson High School, were at the White House receiving…  Read More


National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
Project Discovery, Dallas Theater Center’s 27-year-old flagship education program, is one

of 50 finalists out of more than 350 applicants for the President’s Committee on the Arts
and the Humanities National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award.  Read More