Dallas Theater Center

A nonprofit organization

$14,408 raised by 86 donors

100% complete

$10,000 Goal

Founded in 1959, Dallas Theater Center is one of the oldest and leading regional theaters in the country and the 2017 Regional Theatre Tony Award® recipient. For more than 60 years, DTC’s innovative, dynamic programming has made a significant mark in Dallas and the American theater at large, highlighted by its sustained focus on producing new works, supporting a resident acting company, and utilizing theatrical space in surprising ways. From classic scripts to new plays, from epic to intimate, DTC continues its tradition of excellent theater well into the 21st century. 

Dallas Theater Center (DTC) is a resident company of the AT&T Performing Arts Center and presents its mainstage season in two extraordinary buildings designed by legendary architects: designed by Joshua Prince-Ramus and Rem Koolhaas, the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, a unique multi-form, flexible theater, which can easily transform between proscenium, thrust, arena stages; and its original home, Kalita Humphreys Theater, the only freestanding theater designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright.

With equity, diversity, and inclusion as core values, DTC dedicates its mission to expanding access and breaking down barriers for all people in its diverse North Texas community. In 1986, DTC's award-winning in-depth educational program “Project Discovery” was created and has since served over 300,000 students and teachers from across North Texas at little to no cost to them. In 2015, DTC launched Public Works Dallas, a groundbreaking community engagement and participatory theater project that blurs the line between professional artists and community members, culminating in an annual production featuring over 200 Dallas citizens performing alongside professional artists in large-scale musical.


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 is to 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.


Dallas Theater Center is proud to present its 2023-2024 season: The Rocky Horror Show, A Christmas Carol, I AM DELIVERED’T, Every Brilliant Thing, Dial M for Murder, Fannie: The Music & Life of Fannie Lou Hamer, and Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

In addition to a season of Tony Award-winning theater created for our Dallas community, we are also committed to breaking barriers and making art accessible for our community. DTC’s Department of Public Works welcomes participants of all ages to experience the joy of theater through our free city-wide community workshops. Our award-winning educational program, “Project Discovery,” will offer 500 students the opportunity to participate in free workshops and attend a season of live performances at DTC. Our summer camp will provide theater training for children and teens, and our post-show Stay Late conversations will engage thousands of audience members in lively dialogue with DTC’s professional artists.

We cannot make this happen alone. Your donations help us create experiences where high school students see professional theater for the first time in their lives, help us welcome community members of all ages and backgrounds to explore their own artistry, and help us enrich the lives of our community by creating an environment in which strangers become neighbors.

Dallas Theater Center highlights the amazing talent Dallas has to offer from the backstage crew and onstage cast to the playwrights whose diverse stories are told onstage. But what does it take to actually make a play or musical happen? We all know about the cost of costumes, sets, and artist salaries, but what about the little things? When you donate your dollars aren’t just going towards the cost of production, but also help to create the theater magic that happens off stage. Here’s a little "part of our world”...

- $3 is the average cost of a meal for a single community participant during rehearsals of Public Works Pageant. While rehearsing for the shows, we eliminate extra barriers of participation by providing meals at no cost to participants.

- $5 is the average cost of a DTC t-shirt provided to a community member participating in free Public Works Community Workshop.

- $10 is the average cost to stock one dressing rooms with tissues, hand sanitizer and soap before each show to help our performers stay healthy.

- $25 is the average cost of paper to copy scripts, call sheets, cast notices etc during rehearsals and performances.

- $100 is the average cost to stock coffee and tea in the break room for cast and crew during rehearsals and performances.

- $500 is the average flight cost for traveling guest artists, directors, designers or actors. We are grateful to bring world renowned artists to Dallas for our audiences and especially grateful to share Dallas’ talent with them.

- $1500 if the average rental car costs for a visiting director for 1 month.

- $2500 - $5,000 is the average cost of materials to build wigs and design makeup for a single production.

- $10,000 is the cost of shipping the set for a co-production, like the world premiere of Dallas playwright Jonathan Norton’s I AM DELIVERED’T, which will premiere at DTC and then travel to Actors Theatre of Louisville, giving Dallas artists greater visibility and expanded opportunities for everyone involved.

- $10,000 - $15,000 is the average cost of building materials for a new set.

- $40,000 - $90,000 is the average cost of the salaries for the people that make it all possible- from the marketing team, the fundraisers, the box office, the office managers, our financial team, and more!

Dallas Theater Center is only able to make this happen by incredible donors like you! Every penny counts to help us provide the highest quality theatre we can for all of North Texas. Thank you for your donation and we will see you at the theatre very soon.

Equity Statement

ALL ARE WELCOME! At Dallas Theater Center, we want to be the best place to work and see theater, and to be a positive and transformational force in Dallas and beyond. We stand-up for equity, diversity, and inclusion across our company and community. As a leading national theater, we recognize that building an equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment is central to our relevance and sustainability in the community we serve and love.

EQUITY means recognizing that not everyone starts at the same place, addressing inequities in access and opportunity, and allowing for full and fair participation.

DIVERSITY means acknowledging and respecting human qualities that are different from our own and outside the groups we are a part of or with which we are associated. These qualities include but are not limited to: ethnicity, race, color, country of origin, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual or relationship orientation, family structure, religion, beliefs, political affiliations, experiences and ability differences.

INCLUSION means honoring and accepting the gifts, backgrounds, experiences, and wisdom that every individual brings with them, so that every stakeholder feels valued by Dallas Theater Center. Our stakeholders are staff, artists, board members, donors, audiences, and community members.

We will strive to create a culture of inclusion where individuals can thrive, succeed, are able to participate in, and contribute to the progress and success of Dallas Theater Center, while growing both professionally and personally.

We recognize and value individual differences, and we acknowledge structural and systemic racism and other access barriers that prevent full and fair participation of people outside the dominant culture and power dynamics. We acknowledge the complexities of becoming a fully inclusive and anti-racist organization, and we accept the challenge to build an organization where full and fair participation is the norm.

We commit to providing fair treatment, access, opportunity, and advancement and to creating space for culturally diverse voices to be heard and power to be shared. Together, we are even better.

Organization Data


Organization name

Dallas Theater Center

Tax id (EIN)




Arts, Culture & Humanities

Operating Budget

$3,000,000 - $9,999,999

Counties Served

Dallas, Denton, Hunt, Tarrant

Equity Statement

Equity Statement


2400 Flora Street
Dallas, TX 75201