In late 2009, the Dallas Theater Center moved into the new state-of-the-art Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, designed by Pritzker Prize-winner Rem Koolhaas. Its old home, the Kalita Humphreys Theater, is one of only three existing theaters designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, but the building had flaws and limitations.
DTC has been providing Dallas with high-quality productions of new plays, great musicals, and classics since 1959. DTC also has a free play-reading series called Fresh Ink, which allows playwrights across the country the opportunity to work with local talent.
The Creative Adventure backstage tour and workshop is an easy and inexpensive ($5 per person) way for student groups to get the DTC experience; they tour the facilities from dressing rooms to rooftop, then participate in a workshop dedicated to a discipline such as storytelling or movement. If that piques your child’s interest, DTC also has theater day camps that delve into creative theater, acting, musical theater, and pre-college actor training (financial assistance is available for these programs).
One of DTC’s coolest offerings is the DaVerse Lounge, a free open-mic night where anyone 21 and under can get up and read a poem or a spoken-word piece.
Dallas Theater Center Information
- Public Transportation: Average
- Public Transportation: Good
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Performance schedule is Tuesday–Sunday
- Ticket Prices: $15–$60; select preview Sunday-evening performances are pay what you can; $12 student Rush tickets sold one hour before performance. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more, corporations, and businesses
- Subscriptions: Subscriptions: Three-Play $48–$168, Four-Play $51–$219, and Five-Play $60–$270; subscribers save up to 25%. Only subscribers can exchange tickets.