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ABOUT PUBLIC WORKS DALLAS

Public Works Dallas, produced by Dallas Theater Center in collaboration with Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts and AT&T Performing Arts Center, is a groundbreaking community engagement and participatory theater project designed to deliberately blur the line between professional artists and Dallas community members. Public Works Dallas is affiliated with the ongoing Public Works initiative of The Public Theater in New York that seeks to engage the people of New York by making them creators and not just spectators.

Lear deBessonet, who created Public Works, was awarded the SMU Meadows Prize in 2015 to bring the program to Dallas. Under the leadership of the founding Director of Public Works Dallas, Dayron J. Miles, the program launched in 2017 with a production of The Tempest at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, directed by DTC Enloe/Rose Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty. Public Works is a national and international initiative affiliated with peer theaters throughout the U.S. and Europe who share a vision for creating ambitious works of participatory theater in the Public Works model. Current theaters include Dallas Theater Center, Seattle Repertory Theatre and The National Theatre in London.

PUBLIC ARTISTS


TATIANA GANTT
Jubilee Park Public Artist


TAYLOR HARRIS
Cohen Clinic Public Artist


IVAN JASSO
Bachman Lake Together Public Artist


JONATHAN NORTON
Playwright in Residence at Dallas Theater Center, Beckley Saner Recreation Center


TIFFANY SOLANO
Brierley Resident Company Actor,
Janie C Turner Recreation Center Artist

WORKSHOPS

Participants of all ages engage year-round in free theater classes at community partner locations throughout the city, offered in partnership with our Public Works Dallas Community Partners. These workshops are tailored for the specific community and their interests. Led by professional artists, participants explore a variety of theater skills from acting fundamentals, to storytelling, to scene study. Workshops are free to participants while striving to provide the needs of the participants to make the workshops as accessible as possible, including meals and childcare at several locations.

ABOUT PROJECT DISCOVERY

Dallas Theater Center’s flagship educational program, Project Discovery, builds bridges between the theater’s theatrical programming and the educational work being taught in local schools. Project Discovery serves students and adults with a variety of onsite and virtual programs, volunteer and internship opportunities, and a commitment to both social justice and opportunities for students to explore theatrical craft. As the Public Works Dallas department continues to evolve, all educational programming, including Project Discovery, will now fall under the umbrella of Public Works Dallas and will continue to expand to reach more teachers and students. As this transition is underway, you can reach out to Director of Public Works Dallas, Stephanie Cleghorn Jasso, at stephanie.cleghorn@dallastheatercenter.org.

ABOUT PUBLIC WORKS DALLAS

Public Works Dallas, produced by Dallas Theater Center in collaboration with Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts and AT&T Performing Arts Center, is a groundbreaking community engagement and participatory theater project designed to deliberately blur the line between professional artists and Dallas community members. Public Works Dallas is affiliated with the ongoing Public Works initiative of The Public Theater in New York that seeks to engage the people of New York by making them creators and not just spectators.

Lear deBessonet, who created Public Works, was awarded the SMU Meadows Prize in 2015 to bring the program to Dallas. Under the leadership of the founding Director of Public Works Dallas, Dayron J. Miles, the program launched in 2017 with a production of The Tempest at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, directed by DTC Enloe/Rose Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty. Public Works is a national and international initiative affiliated with peer theaters throughout the U.S. and Europe who share a vision for creating ambitious works of participatory theater in the Public Works model. Current theaters include Dallas Theater Center, Seattle Repertory Theatre and The National Theatre in London.

PUBLIC ARTISTS


TATIANA GANTT
Jubilee Park Public Artist


TAYLOR HARRIS
Cohen Clinic Public Artist


IVAN JASSO
Bachman Lake Together Public Artist


JONATHAN NORTON
Playwright in Residence at Dallas Theater Center, Beckley Saner Recreation Center


TIFFANY SOLANO
Brierley Resident Company Actor,
Janie C Turner Recreation Center Artist

WORKSHOPS

Participants of all ages engage year-round in free theater classes at community partner locations throughout the city, offered in partnership with our Public Works Dallas Community Partners. These workshops are tailored for the specific community and their interests. Led by professional artists, participants explore a variety of theater skills from acting fundamentals, to storytelling, to scene study. Workshops are free to participants while striving to provide the needs of the participants to make the workshops as accessible as possible, including meals and childcare at several locations.

ABOUT PROJECT DISCOVERY

Dallas Theater Center’s flagship educational program, Project Discovery, builds bridges between the theater’s theatrical programming and the educational work being taught in local schools. Project Discovery serves students and adults with a variety of onsite and virtual programs, volunteer and internship opportunities, and a commitment to both social justice and opportunities for students to explore theatrical craft. As the Public Works Dallas department continues to evolve, all educational programming, including Project Discovery, will now fall under the umbrella of Public Works Dallas and will continue to expand to reach more teachers and students. As this transition is underway, you can reach out to Director of Public Works Dallas, Stephanie Cleghorn Jasso, at stephanie.cleghorn@dallastheatercenter.org.