Kitchen Dog Theater

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Kitchen Dog Theater was formed in 1990 by five graduates of the MFA Theatre Program at Southern Methodist University. The co-founders' decision to remain in Dallas represented their commitment to the city and the valuable role of regional theaters in our society. KDT has a resident company of 35 of the area’s best theater artists, from playwrights and designers to actors and technicians, and over 76% have been members for at least 10 years. Committed to cultural diversity, in the past five years 63% of KDT's mainstage shows were written by BIPOC and/or LGBTQ+ playwrights. Over the last 3 seasons, over 58% were paid to Global Majority artists. KDT has staged over 160 productions and received over 400 awards and honors. 

KDT impacts the development of new works both locally and nationally. KDT is a founding core member of the National New Play Network (NNPN), an alliance of 37 core member and 95 associate member theaters nationally recognized for championing new work. Thus far, KDT has produced 40 world premieres, including 15 plays written by artistic company members, seven of which were company developed. In the last 5 years, 100% of KDT productions were regional or world premieres. 

In 1994, KDT was invited to become the resident theater at The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC), which ended up being the company’s home for twenty years. In 2015, The MAC was repurposed and KDT initiated a capital campaign for a new home. In October 2016, KDT purchased a 10,000 SF property. KDT is now 1 of only 4 theaters in Dallas to own their own space. KDT will soon break ground on renovations to add a black box theater, rehearsal hall/cabaret space, and scene shop to the property and plans to open its next season in its new, permanent home. Once completed, KDT's permanent home will lower occupancy overhead, generate new revenue streams, and allow for expanded artistic and educational programming.


It is the mission of Kitchen Dog Theater to provide a place where questions of justice, morality, and human freedom can be explored. We choose plays that challenge our moral and social consciences, and invite our audiences to be provoked, challenged, and amazed. We believe that the theater is a site of individual discovery as well as a force against conventional views of the self and experience. It is not a provider of answers, but an invitation to question.

Equity Statement

Kitchen Dog Theater (KDT) believes that theater is an art form, where the work can and should be challenging, experimental and bold. Freedom of artistic expression is essential. Kitchen Dog Theater has been a socially conscious, mission-driven theater since its founding in 1990 and holds steadfast in its belief that if the theater is truly a place to raise questions of the world in which we live, then all voices must be present and safe in the room where it happens.

To that end, KDT is committed to providing a safe, diverse and inclusive environment in which all persons can interact comfortably and productively.

KDT is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants from all populations underrepresented in the theater field are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, familial status, sexual orientation, national origin, ability, age or veteran status.

Since its inception, KDT has believed the theater should be affordable and accessible to all who wish to attend. In 2017, KDT pivoted its long-standing Pay-What-You-Can program to the Admit:ALL initiative, which provides 20 free tickets to every KDT mainstage performance. These tickets are available to anyone who requests one, seeking to remove an economic barrier that may have made it difficult for KDT’s community to experience the work.

Organization Data


Organization name

Kitchen Dog Theater

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Arts, Culture & Humanities

Operating Budget

$250,000 - $499,999

Counties Served


Equity Statement

Equity Statement


4774 Algiers St
Dallas, TX 75207



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