Now in its twenty second season and thirteenth at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, Uptown Players has gathered a dedicated following and is providing an opportunity for a wide diversity of gender styles to come together and explore life choices through great theatre themes such as relationships, family, prejudice, and values. We provide a safe place for LGBTQ+ patrons and their allies to fellowship, and to be enlightened and entertained through the performing arts by depicting stories that create acceptance, tolerance and understanding by breaking down barriers. Uptown Players is the city's only LGBTQ+ focused professional theater and has grown to be one of the largest LGBTQ+ focused theaters in the nation.
The response from the community and critics has been remarkable, including over 30 Theater Critics Forum Awards in its first twenty seasons. Uptown Players has also been named the best theatre company by the Dallas Voice Readers and by the Dallas Observer and was also featured in D Magazine and on WFAA's Daybreak and Good Morning Texas programs.
The LGBTQ+ community and its allies is made up of many cultures, gender identities, and lifestyles. When you attend an Uptown Players production, you see this intersection of all races, gender identities, sexual orientation, and social status represented on our stage, in our front of house staff and in our audience.
Uptown Players provides work to nearly 200 local artists, designers, directors, musicians, and technicians each season. It is extremely important to keep local artists working because theatre opportunity is what keeps local talent from moving to other cities.
Uptown Players is currently seeking funds to develop and produce its 2023-2024 season at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. It is also seeking funds to continue modernizing its stage lighting with new efficient LED stage lighting and intelligent (moving) lights and newer technology audio equipment.