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Jonathan Norton Named DTC Playwright-in-Residence
Dallas native Norton, whose play Penny Candy has its world premiere at Dallas Theater Center in June, is the group's new resident playwright.

published Thursday, January 10, 2019
Photo: Courtesy Jonathan Norton
Jonathan Norton

DallasJonathan Norton, a Pleasant Grove native whose plays have become prominent on Dallas stages, has been named the new Playwright-in-Residence at the Dallas Theater Center. Norton's latest play, Penny Candy, which was commissioned by and workshopped at DTC, will have its world premiere at DTC in June.

Norton follows DTC's former playwright-in-residence, Will Power, who had that position for six years.

Norton's plays include Homeschooled for African American Repertory Theater, My Tidy List of Terrors and Mississippi Goddamn for South Dallas Cultural Center (the latter won him the Osborn Award in 2016), short plays for Bishop Arts Theatre Center and Soul Rep Theatre Company, and Solstice for Theatre Three. Another new work, A Love Offering, will be produced by Kitchen Dog Theater in a future season.

Penny Candy is autobiographical and is set in Pleasant Grove. It runs June 5-July 14 at the Wyly Theatre's Sixth Floor Studio Theatre.

DTC has announced announced details for applications for its upcoming Dallas Playwrights Workshop. That information is in the news release below.

 

Here is the DTC news release:

2017 Regional Theatre Tony Award® Recipient Dallas Theater Center welcomes newest Playwright in Residence Jonathan Norton, who will be leading the Dallas Playwrights Workshop. In September 2018, TACA (The Arts Community Alliance) announced Norton as the newest Dallas Theater Center Playwright in Residence, as a part of the TACA Bowdon Family Foundation Artist Residency Fund. Currently accepting applications, Norton will lead Dallas Theater Center’s free workshop program that is open to six participants. Applications must be submitted by January 27 and can be sent to literary.dtc@dallastheatercenter.org.

“I am thrilled that Dallas Theater Center will continue to deepen our relationship with Jonathan Norton as he steps into the large shoes Will Power has left behind, after serving as Dallas Theater Center’s inaugural Playwright in Residence for six years,” said Kevin Moriarty, Enloe/Rose Artistic Director at Dallas Theater Center. “Dallas audiences have already seen Jonathan’s work at theaters throughout North Texas in recent years, including African American Repertory Theater, Soul Rep, Theatre Three and many others. This season he will make his debut at Dallas Theater Center with the world premiere of his stunning play, Penny Candy. As Playwright in Residence Jonathan will write a new play for Dallas Theater Center, as well as lead our Dallas Playwrights Workshop and teach in our education programs. In the coming years, as Jonathan’s work will be seen on a larger, national scale, it’s a great joy for all of us who love new plays in Dallas to know that he’ll continue to have a creative home here in our community.”

“Dallas Theater Center is responsible for many game changing experiences in my creative and professional life,” explained Norton. “I saw my first play at Dallas Theater Center and it changed my life. I got my first commission from a [League of Resident Theatre] house thanks to Dallas Theater Center, and coming this June, Dallas Theater Center will produce the world premiere of my new play Penny Candy. Now thanks to Dallas Theater Center, my first role as Playwright in Residence!”

In 2015, TACA developed the TACA Artist Residency Fund in response to the 2014 Perforum symposium when the local arts community expressed a need for greater support of unique artist-community engagement opportunities. To date, the fund has distributed $300,000 to 13 residencies. The fund awards up to $50,000 annually to support the development of innovative artistic residency programs in Dallas County while fostering meaningful interaction among arts organizations, artists, and the greater community.

Norton said, “the residency means a lot because it gives me the opportunity to be deeply involved in the life of the company beyond a single production. But most especially, my time at Dallas Theater Center allowed me to work with and be mentored by Will Power. I was in the first cohort of the Dallas Playwrights Workshop. Will created the workshop to support DFW area playwrights, and I am so excited to carry on this very important work. I hope to create a supportive yet challenging environment freeing artists to do their best work.”

Dallas Playwrights Workshop was founded by Will Power in 2013 to support DFW area emerging playwrights. Over the course of the workshop, participants will write the first draft of a new play, develop strategies to strengthen their voice and build their knowledge about the business of playwriting. The workshop is comprised of two eight-week sessions and will conclude with participants identifying programs and theaters seeking their work, craft artistic and development statements, and dive into the revision process. A final showcase to DFW area artistic leaders will be scheduled to take place in fall 2019.

Dallas Theater Center is accepting applications for the Dallas Playwrights Workshop through January 27. The ideal candidate has written at least one full-length play (60 pages minimum), has some practical experience as a playwright either in readings or production settings, is an active participant in the DFW arts community and is ready to take the next step forward in their creative and professional journey. Applications can be sent to literary.dtc@dallastheatercenter.org.

Self-Injurious Behavior Headed to New York
Jessica Cavanagh's autobiographical play, which was workshopped at Theatre Three in 2018, will play Urban Stages in April.

published Thursday, January 10, 2019
Photo: Jeffrey Schmidt
Jennifer Kuenzer, Jessica Cavanah and Danielle Pickard in Self-Injurious Behavior

 

Dallas — Dallas actress and playwright Jessica Cavanagh's play Self-Injurious Behavior, which had a hit workshop run at Theatre Three's Theatre Too! in 2018, will move to New York for a showcase at Urban Stages in April.

The New York run, April 21-May 5, will feature the Dallas cast, and will again be directed by Marianne Galloway. Cavanagh, Galloway and local producer Bren Rapp are the NYC producers; the Associate Producer is former Dallas actor Montgomery Sutton. The cast features Madison Calhoun, Cavanagh, Ian Ferguson, Desiree Fultz, Jennifer Kuenzer, Danielle Pickard, and Jude Segrest.

The play is based on Cavanagh's experience with her severely autistic son, and will be showcased as part of National Austism Awareness Month.

 

Below is the official news release:

Photo: Jordan Fraker
Jessica Cavanagh

After an incredibly successful workshop run at Theatre Three’s Theater Too in Dallas, playwright Jessica Cavanagh’s SELF-INJURIOUS BEHAVIOR is headed for a New York showcase run at Urban Stages. Produced by the Dallas-based team of Cavanagh, actor/director Marianne Galloway, and producer Bren Rapp, the play will run in April during Autism Awareness Month and will feature the original workshop cast under Galloway's direction. Along with the cast of seven, which includes Dallas acting powerhouses Ian Ferguson, Danielle Pickard, Jennifer Kuenzer and Cavanagh, starring as a fictionalized version of herself, the orignal Dallas production and design team including set designer Jeff Schimdt (Artistic Director of Theatre Three) will be involved in transitioning the show from its local workshop phase to its New York showcase. Acting as associate producer, former DFW actor/artist now based in New York, Montgomery Sutton, will help to bring the play to the New York market. Thanks to initial investment, the team is already at work and the process of securing the rest of the showcase’s funding is underway.

The workshop run of SELF-INJURIOUS BEHAVIOR became a runaway hit playing to enthusiastic audiences last summer (May/June 2018) and garnering critical praise for its writing, its ensemble cast and its direction. Regionally acclaimed and awarded, Cavanagh, Galloway, and Rapp have all had enormously productive 2018’s in DFW and beyond, with involvement in several of the year’s standout productions. Galloway notably helmed the sold-out, smash-hit regional premiere of ONCE at Theatre Three in addition to appearing in critically acclaimed productions of THE REVOLUTIONISTS with Imprint Theatreworks and ANGELS IN AMERICA: PART TWO, PERESTROIKA with Uptown Players, while Cavanagh garnered praise for her performances in both SELF-INJURIOUS BEHAVIOR and the regional premiere of HEISENBERG at Theatre Three. Bren Rapp is currently co-producing an Off Broadway show about the life of iconic comedian Lenny Bruce, alongside its writer and star, award winning stage/TV/film actor Ronnie Marmo and directed by Tony winner Joe Mantegna. I’M NOT A COMEDIAN…I’M LENNY BRUCE opened to rave reviews last fall and has extended its run into 2019. As an award-winning producer, Rapp also brought her company’s Fun House Theatre and Film’s Dallas hit, Jeff Swearingen’s STIFF  to New York last spring at TBG as part of her ongoing mission to get Dallas playwrights and their work further exposure, bringing interest back to the city’s thriving artistic scene.

SELF-INJURIOUS BEHAVIOR is based loosely on Jessica Cavanagh’s own story of loss, love, and survival. When severely autistic, eleven-year-old Benjamin becomes a danger to himself, his divorced mother, Summer, makes the excruciating decision to admit him to a home for special needs kids. Seeking comfort, she visits her sisters in Portland who desperately and hilariously attempt to distract her with a weekend of escapism at the local renaissance faire. Plagued by haunting dreams of her son and memories of her marriage, Summer is forced to face the need to let go. Striking a chord across audience demographics thanks to its bittersweet and unique blend of honesty and humor, playwright and star Jessica Cavanagh has captured, in telling her own story, a voice that speaks to the qualities within us all not only to cope with our own “unimaginables” but to continue to live, making the work more than just a story about autism or motherhood, but one about the resiliency of human nature.

 

SELF INJURIOUS BEHAVIOR

New York  Showcase

Produced by Bren Rapp, Jessica Cavanagh, and Marianne Galloway

Written by Jessica Cavanagh

Directed by Marianne Galloway

Associate Producer: Montgomery Sutton/Salt Pillar Productions

 

April 21-May 5, 2019 (performance schedule TBD)

Urban Stages

259 West 30th Street-New York, New York 10001

Sign Up for Our Newsletter
Our new feature will have news, previews and ticket giveaways! Sign up now for a chance to win SEASON tickets to Firehouse Theatre, Second Thought Theatre, or Imprint Theatreworks. 

published Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Photo: Evan Michael Woods
The cast of In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play at Imprint Theatreworks

 

Dallas — In 2018, the website you're reading became a non-profit under the umbrella of the new 501(c)(3) company Metropolitan Arts Media, which has proven instrumental in the site's growth and our future plans. Over the next few weeks, you'll see significant changes, including a new website design that is more user-friendly, a mobile version, and the launch of a separate website, ContxtDFW, which will cover visual art in North Texas.

Also, we'll have an email newsletter. You can sign up for it here.

Something that has already changed is that our searchable calendar of performing arts events listings is being repopulated, and is on its way to being more comprehensive than ever. You can search for events by date range, discipline and arts organization (just click the red SEARCH THE CALENDAR box above the listings). On the new site, you'll see an improved calendar.

As perks for signing up for the email newsletter, we'll have a lot of giveaways for arts events in North Texas.

Photo: Firehouse Theatre
Three-fourths of the cast for The Glass Menagerie at Firehouse Theatre

For the current giveaway, you have a chance to win SEASON TICKETS to Firehouse Theatre in Farmer's Branch (the season opens Jan. 17 with Tennessee Williams' The Glass Menagerie); Second Thought Theatre in Dallas (season opens Feb. 1 with Nick Payne's Igcognito); or Imprint Theatreworks (season opens Jan. 11 with Sarah Ruhl's In the Next Room, or the Vibrator Play).

You'll see an option to sign up for any one or two of the three, or all of them (but you'd only win season tickets to one group). Click on the link on each theater's name to see our story with an announcement of the season.

We will notify the winners by noon on the following dates:

  • Imprint Theatreworks: Monday, Jan. 14 (you'll still have two weeks to see the first show)
  • Firehouse Theatre: Wednesday, Jan. 16
  • Second Thought Theatre: Friday, Jan. 18

Additionally, we'll soon add giveaways for the following:

  • Tickets to Ravenscroft from Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas, opening Jan. 18
  • Season passes for the remainder of the season at Undermain Theatre in Dallas
  • Tickets to opening night of Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie on Jan. 30
  • Tickets to Uptown Players' production of Spring Awakening at Moody Performance Hall, Jan. 31-Feb. 3
  • Tickets to Mass Transmission from Verdigris Ensemble, Feb. 8-10
  • Tickets to Doom McCoy and th Death Nugget at Ochre House Theatre, Feb. 9-March 2
  • Tickets to Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Eisemann Center in Richardson on Feb. 9
  • Tickets to Cirque Eloize Saloon at Irving Arts Center on Feb. 22
  • Tickets to Grease at Casa Mañana in Fort Worth on March 2
  • Tickets to Leslie Odom, Jr., presented by Dallas Symphony at the Meyerson Symphony Center, March 29-31
  • Plus tickets to Ochre House, Cara Mía Theatre Company, Avant Chamber Ballet, Teatro Dallas, Kitchen Dog Theater, and more.

Head's up: The first giveaway we'll do when the newsletter launches in early February will be for two tickets to see Hamilton at the Music Hall at Fair Park on Wednesday, May 1. Everyone who has signed up for the newsletter will get that info in the first edition of the newsletter, in all of our versions.

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Sign Up for Our Newsletter
We'll soon have a weekly newsletter. Sign up for news, previews and ticket giveaways! Sign up now and be entered for tickets to Everybody at Stage West. 

published Tuesday, December 18, 2018
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Dallas — This year, the website you're reading became a non-profit under the umbrella of the new 501(c)(3) company Metropolitan Arts Media, which has proven instrumental in the site's growth and our future plans. Over the next few months, you'll see significant changes, including a new website design that is more user-friendly, a mobile version, and the launch of a separate website, ContxtDFW, which will cover visual art in North Texas.

Also, we'll have an email newsletter. You can sign up for it here.

Something that has already changed is that our searchable calendar of performing arts events listings is being repopulated, and is on its way to being more comprehensive than ever. You can search for events by date range, discipline and arts organization (just click the red SEARCH THE CALENDAR box above the listings). On the new site, you'll see an improved calendar.

Oh, and we'll finally have an email newsletter. You can sign up for it here.

As perks for signing up for the email newsletter, we'll have a lot of giveaways for arts events in North Texas. The current giveaway is for the final weekend of A Very Judy Christmas, presented by Uptown Players at the Kalita Humphreys Theater in Dallas (any performance Dec. 13-16). Read our review here.

We'll also have some big giveaways coming up, including:

  • Season tickets for the 2019 season at Firehouse Theatre in Farmer's Branch
  • Tickets to the area premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Everybody at Stage West
  • Season tickets for the 2019 season at Imprint Theatreworks in Dallas
  • Season passes for the remainder of the season at Undermain Theatre in Dallas
  • Season tickets for the 2019 season at Second Thought Theatre
  • Tickets to opening night of Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie on Jan. 24
  • Tickets to Uptown Players' production of Spring Awakening at Moody Performance Hall
  • Tickets to Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Eisemann Center in Richardson on Feb. 9
  • Tickets to Cirque Eloize Saloon at Irving Arts Center on Feb. 22
  • Plus tickets to Mainstage Irving-Las Colinas, Casa Mañana, the Ochre House, Cara Mía Theatre Company, Avant Chamber Ballet, Teatro Dallas, Kitchen Dog Theater, and more.

 

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Jubilee Theatre Wins Big at Irma P. Hall Awards
The Fort Worth theater took 14 wins in the third annual Irma P. Hall Black Theatre Awards. Rudy and Marian Eastman honored for lifetime achievement.

published Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Photo: Cheryl Gilbert
Major Attaway and Sheran Keyton at the Irma P. Hall Black Theatre Awards

 

Dallas — DFW Black Arts, founded to highlight and celebrate excellence in the Dallas/Fort Worth Black Arts, presented the third annual Irma P. Hall Black Theatre Awards on Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018 at the Viva Event Center in Dallas. The awards ceremony honored 15 productions from seven theatre companies, and was hosted by Chester Gregory (Broadway’s Motown, Sister Act and Hairspray).

Leading the charge with a record 14 wins for the Irmas, Fort Worth’s Jubilee Theatre was nominated in almost every category. The Bishop Arts Theatre Center’s productions clipped in with three wins for the 2018 “Irma” Awards. Other theaters winning included African American Repertory Theater, WaterTower Theatre and Kitchen Dog Theater.

Fort Worth native Major Attaway, who has become a Broadway star as the current Genie in Aladdin, and has performed at local theaters such as Jubilee Theatre, Theatre Three, and Dallas Theater Center, received an Illumination recognition. The lifetime achievement award went to Jubilee founders Rudy and Marian Eastman. Margie Johnson-Reese was given the Arts Excellence award, and Guinea Bennett-Price, a co-founder of Soul Rep Theatre Company, took a mentorship award as a teacher at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

The third annual Irma P. Hall Black Theatre Awards also honored four Dallas/Fort Worth based individuals for their commitment to the arts with the Irma P. Hall Medal of Recognition.

The awards went to:

 

IRMA P. HALL MEDAL HONOREES

 

Lifetime Achievement in the Arts 

Rudy and Marian Eastman, Co-founders, Jubilee Theatre

 

Dallas/Fort Worth Illumination  

Major Attaway, Broadway’s Aladdin

 

Arts Excellence  

Margie Johnson-Reese, National Arts Administrator  

 

Arts Mentorship  

Guinea Bennett-Price, Arts Educator, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts

 

IRMA P. HALL WINNERS

 

Photo: Cheryl Gilbert
Regina Taylor, playwright of Bread, at the Irma P. Hall Black Theatre Awards

Best Play

Detroit '67 | Jubilee Theatre

 

Best Musical

A Motown Christmas | Jubilee Theatre

 

Best Director of a Play

Regina Washington | Too Heavy For Your Pocket | African American Repertory Theater

 

Best Director of a Musical

vicki washington | A Motown Christmas | Jubilee Theatre

 

Best Musical Director

Clark Joseph | Gospel...Hallelujah! | Jubilee Theatre

 

Best Choreography

Zebretta Johnson | Black Nativity | Bishop Arts Theatre Center

 

Lead Actor in Play

Elliot Marvin Sims | Bread | Watertower Theatre

 

Lead Actress in Play

Shundra Brown | Too Heavy for Your Pocket | African American Repertory Theater

 

Lead Actor in A Musical

Jamall Houston | Blues in the Night | Jubilee Theatre

 

Lead Actress in a Musical

Denise Baker | A Motown Christmas | Jubilee Theatre

 

Featured Actor in Play

Marcus Mauldin | The Royale | Kitchen Dog Theater

 

Featured Actress in Play

Kyndal Robertson | Stick Fly | Jubilee Theatre

 

Featured Actor in Musical

Joshua Blocker | Gospel...Hallelujah! | Jubilee Theatre

 

Featured Actress in Musical

Tiana Alexander | Gospel...Hallelujah! | Jubilee Theatre

 

Best Scenic Design of a Play

Amy Poe| Detroit '67 | Jubilee Theatre

 

Best Scenic Design of a Musical

Rhonda Gorman | A Motown Christmas | Jubilee Theatre

 

Best Costume Design of a Play

Bree Moore | Stick Fly | Jubilee Theatre

 

Best Costume Design of a Musical

Tina Washington | Black Nativity | Bishop Arts Theatre Center

 

Best Lighting Design of a Play

Jordan Smith | Detroit '67 | Jubilee Theatre

 

Best Lighting Design of a Musical

Nikki Deshea Smith | A Motown Christmas | Jubilee Theatre

 

Best Sound Design of a Play

David Lanza | Thurgood | Bishop Arts Theatre Center in partnership with Jubilee Theatre

 

Best Sound Design of a Musical

Darrell Williams | It Ain't Nothing but the Blues | Jubilee Theatre

Hugh Jackman Coming to Dallas
The award-winning actor brings his show The Man. The Music. The Show to American Airlines Center on June 19.
published Thursday, November 29, 2018
Photo: Ben Watts
Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman, the actor who is best known for his Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominated film work (Les Misérables, The Greatest Showman, Wolverine), but who has a Tony Award and was originally a song-and-dance man, is launching the American leg of his The Man. The Music. The Show in Houston on June 18, 2019. The second performance is in Dallas on June 19 at the American Airlines Center. The show travels around the country and ends at the Hollywood Bowl in L.A. in mid-July. Tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Dec. 7.

The complete news release is below:

 

Today, Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe- and Tony Award-winning performer, Hugh Jackman, announced his first world tour. The Man. The Music. The Show. will see Jackman performing hit songs from The Greatest Showman, Les Misérables and more from Broadway and film, accompanied by a live orchestra.  The Man. The Music. The Show will visit Dallas on June 19 at American Airlines Center.  The tour is produced by AEG Presents, TED-Dainty, and Robert Fox.

Following a run in the UK and Europe, the 22-city North American leg will begin Tuesday, June 18 at Toyota Center in Houston, TX, with stops in Chicago, Toronto, Boston, Las Vegas, and New York, with two shows at Madison Square Garden, as well as two performances at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.

Tickets for the North American shows go on sale beginning Friday, December 7 at 10 AM local time at HughJackmanTheShow.com.  A limited number of exclusive VIP packages will be available. These exclusive offers can include an amazing selection of reserved-seated tickets, custom merchandise (designed exclusively for package purchasers) and much more.  For more information please visit HughJackmanTheShow.com.

Hugh Jackman has made an impression on audiences of all ages with his multi-hyphenate career persona, as successful on stage in front of live crowds as he is on film. From his award-winning turn on Broadway as the 1970s singer/songwriter Peter Allen, to his metal claw-wielding Wolverine in the blockbuster X-Men franchise, Jackman has proven to be one of the most versatile actors of our time.

Jackman garnered his first Academy Award nomination, for Best Actor, for his performance in Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables, based on the popular stage show created from Victor Hugo’s famous novel of the same name. Jackman’s standout performance as protagonist Jean Valjean also earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical, as well as Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nominations, for both Best Ensemble and Best Male Actor in a Leading Role, and a BAFTA Award nomination. Most recently, he was nominated for his role as P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman. Sales for the soundtrack to the film have broken records the world over and reached multi-platinum status in many countries including the UK and America.

Joanie Schultz Resigns from WaterTower
As of her last day on Dec. 31, Schultz will have been artistic director for two years. Terry Martin to help with transition.

published Monday, November 5, 2018
Photo: Evan Michael Woods
Joanie Schultz

 

Addison — Nearly two years after she was announced as Artistic Director of WaterTower Theatre, Joanie Schultz has resigned. She will stay through the end of the year; her last day is Dec. 31, 2018.

Schultz replaced Terry Martin, who led the organization for 17 years, and left to run the arts department at the Greenhill School in Addison. According to the news release (which you can read below), Martin has offered to help in the transition period.

This news comes a few months after the resignation of managing director Nicholas Even, who was hired by the board shortly after Schultz started the post (and after previous MD Gregory Patterson resigned); and shortly after the mainstage at the Addison Theatre Space was renamed the Terry Martin Stage, having been previously named for the WTT donors of the Canterbury family. The Canterbury family reportedly pulled their name after Schultz's production of Robert Askins' Hand to God, which was critically well received, but was apparently too much for some donors.

Schultz accomplished some of the most daring programming in WaterTower's history. She championed writers, directors and artists from under-represented communities and demographics. The 2018-19 season, which opened with Schultz's adaptation of Ibsen's A Doll's House (that production closed Nov. 4), had women directors for all of its shows—which may have been the first time that a local professional theater with a full roster of shows programmed a season to be completely women-directed. Here's hoping that the season she put together, including a world premiere that emerged from the first Detour Festival, stays on the lineup.

Schultz also wrote a monthly column for TheaterJones about the experience of her first artistic director job, and adjusting to Texas from her longtime artistic home in Chicago. (The most recent edition is here, and it links to previous columns.)

Look for more on this development in the coming days on TheaterJones. For now, the full news release from WTT is below:

 

WaterTower Theatre Board President Grace Daniels announced today that Artistic Director Joanie Schultz will be leaving the organization on Monday, December 31, 2018. 

Schultz tendered her resignation to the Board of Directors on October 23 and is working with the Board and Staff to ensure an easy transition by helping to tie up the very few remaining loose ends in relation to the season. 

Schultz said “In my two years as Artistic Director, we have developed award-winning world premieres, produced regional premieres, and presented work that highlights voices of women, people of color, and Texas natives. WaterTower is a theatre with robust community support and is full of promise, and I have decided at this time it is best that I step aside so that the Board can reorganize in a way that is best for WTT’s future. I am incredibly proud of my leadership, which resulted in the support of diverse artists creating innovative work that speaks to our community. I am thankful for the time I’ve had here in Addison and I’m grateful to theatre practitioners of DFW, as I have cherished my collaboration with the inspiring artists and theatres here in this community.”

The Board of Directors, along with its recently formulated transition team, remain dedicated to finding someone to provide leadership for both the operational and artistic needs of the theatre. This person will help to support WTT’s vision to “connect the world to Addison and Addison to the world through developing and presenting innovative theatre that is artistically vital to our community locally and beyond.” 

Grace Daniels, Board President stated, "I joined the board around the same time that Joanie was hired and was able to witness the impact of her artistic vision. It was during these seasons the theatre was able to engage with existing and new audience members from a different creative perspective, all while garnering outstanding reviews and awards. 

We as a board have made a commitment to continue building on and protecting the theatre’s legacy, established in part by former Producing Artistic Director, Terry Martin. Martin has graciously extended his willingness to offer guidance during the transition and to help us honor relationships with our long-standing supporters all while continuing to introduce the theatre to new audience members. I would also like to thank the leadership of the town of Addison who continue to provide invaluable support and words of advice as we work through this time of transition.”

 

About Joanie Schultz

Joanie Schultz came to WaterTower Theatre in January 2017. Before WaterTower, Joanie served as Associate Artistic Producer at Victory Gardens Theater, as part of the Leadership U One-on-One Fellowship funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation administered through TCG, the national non-profit regional theatre service organization. She is also a freelance director, with recent productions at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Studio Theatre, The Cleveland Play House, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, and Victory Gardens Theater.

She was a Drama League Fellow, The Goodman Theatre Michael Maggio Director Fellow, the SDSF Denham Fellow, and Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab participant. She is an ensemble member at Steep Theatre, Artistic Associate at Victory Gardens Theater, and artistic cabinet member at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC. She has formerly served as adjunct faculty in directing at Columbia College and University of Chicago. She received her B.A. in Theatre/Directing at Columbia College and her M.F.A. in Theatre Directing from Northwestern University.

 

About WaterTower Theatre

Founded in 1996, WaterTower Theatre (WTT) is one of Texas' leading professional theatre companies and one of the flagship arts institutions in North Texas, having played an important role as a leader in developing new talent and encouraging the growth of the DFW artistic community through its commitment to hiring local artists. Led by Artistic Director Joanie Schultz and Managing Director Nicholas Even, it is consistently recognized for its artistic excellence by the Dallas Theatre League, DFW Theatre Critics Forum, The Dallas Morning NewsThe Dallas ObserverD Magazine, and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others.  WaterTower Theatre has a subscription base of more than 2,000 subscribers and serves an audience of over 24,000 patrons annually.

WaterTower Theatre is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  WaterTower Theatre relies on its ticket income and generous donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, and government organizations to produce world-class live professional theatre and to offer community engagement and arts education programs. WaterTower Theatre gratefully acknowledges the support of the Town of Addison, The Shubert Foundation, TACA, Communities Foundation of Texas, Edgerton Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. WaterTower Theatre’s 2018-2019 Season is also supported, in part, through the generosity of its Producers Circle, including civic, corporate, and foundation donors AMLI Residential, Atmos Energy, FASTSIGNS Carrollton, Frost Bank, Liberty Capital Bank, Pinnacle Family of Companies, Slalom, Veritex Community Bank, Whole Foods, and individual donors Don and Barbara Daseke, The Bob Downs Family, Stan Graner and Jim McBride, and Gary Goodwin, Janiece and Jimmy Niemann, Karol Omlor, Paul and Norma Shultz, and Deborah and Craig Sutton.

Join TJ and Rupert Everett
The British actor will appear in a TheaterJones-led Q&A after screenings of his movie The Happy Prince at the Angelika Film Centers in Plano and Dallas.

published Tuesday, October 9, 2018

 

Dallas — British actor Rupert Everett will appear at the Angelika Film Centers in Plano and Dallas on opening day, Friday, Oct. 19, of his new film The Happy Prince, which he wrote and directed, and stars as Irish playwright/novelist/wit Oscar Wilde. Everett will give a 20-minute Q&A after the 5:30 p.m. screening in Plano and after the 8 p.m. screening in Dallas. At both locations, the Q&A will be moderated by TheaterJones co-founder and editor Mark Lowry. (That's me.)

The Happy Prince is bookended with Wilde on his deathbed in a Parisian hotel, after he had served two years hard labor in prison after being convicted of "gross indecency," or sodomy. Though a series of flashbacks, we see moments from when he was the most famous man in London thanks to literary masterpieces like The Importance of Being Earnest and The Picture of Dorian Gray, as well as his relationships with his wife Constance (Emily Watson), his lover Alfred Douglas (Colin Morgan) and friend Robbie Ross (Edwin Thomas). The film also features Colin Firth and Tom Wilkinson.

In the 1990s, Everett became a mainstream film star playing the "gay best friend" in films like My Best Friend's Wedding and The Next Best Thing, and was known for saying he'd like to be the first gay James Bond after her publicly came out. His theater and film career started in the '80s, with his first lead role in the LGBT classic Another Country, which is adapted from the play by Julian Mitchell, in which he starred in London (that film also includes a young Colin Firth). Everett's other films include two Wilde adaptations, An Ideal Husband (1999) and The Importance of Being Earnest (2002); and he played Christopher Marlowe in Shakespeare in Love.

Get your tickets now to the screenings, which are co-presented with TheaterJones.com. You can purchase tickets for the Plano showing at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 19 here; and for Dallas showing at 8 p.m. on Oct. 19 here.

Hope to see you there.

TACA Awards New Works, Residencies
Four arts organizations receive a total of $150,000 for new works; and three get $50,000 for artist residencies. Cara Mía receives one of each.

published Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Photo: Bob Emmott
Rennie Harris
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Ricardo Pérez González
Photo: Kent Barker
Playwright Jonathan Norton

 

 

 

 

Dallas — Six arts organizations are recipients of awards from two funds administered by TACA (The Arts Community Alliance): the New Works Fund and the Bowdon Family Foundation Artist Residency Fund. The New Works Fund increased to $150,000 this year, up from the $100,000 in each of the previous six years. The Artist Residency Fund totals $50,000.

Of the two awards, only one organization received one of each, Cara Mía Theatre Company, bringing its total to $60,500, the largest sum of this TACA awards cycle. The $37,500 from the New Works Fund is for the premiere of Don’t Eat the Mangos by Ricardo Pérez González, which is a collaboration with the Sol Project and will have a reading in December 2018, and a production in the 2019-2020 season. The Residency Award of $23,000 is for a residency with playwright KJ Sanchez, whose Grandma's Empanadas will have a reading in March 2019, and a potential subsequent production.

Also winning New Works Fund grants are Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas, $25,000, for This is Key and Song to the Moon, by Alan Bullard; Dallas Symphony Orchestra, $37,500, for Caravan: A Revolution on the Road, by Terence Blanchard, Andrew Scott, and Rennie Harris; and The Dallas Opera, $50,000, for a soon-to-be-named world premiere

The other residency awards go to Dallas Theater Center, $20,000, for Residency of playwright Jonathan Norton for the world premiere of his play Penny Candy in 2019 (DTC has already received New Works Fund money for it); and Fine Arts Chamber Players, $7,000, for a Residency of the Baumer String Quartet.

 

 

The complete TACA news release, with more info and a list of jurors, is below:

TACA (The Arts Community Alliance) has announced the 2018 recipients of the TACA New Works Fund and the TACA Bowdon Family Foundation Artist Residency Fund. Six arts organizations will receive seven grants totaling $200,000 to create new works or to support artist residencies in North Texas. 

“TACA is thrilled to provide an unprecedented $200,000 to support the creation of new works and fund artist residencies in North Texas,” said Wolford McCue, TACA Carlson president and executive director.“We offer our sincere gratitude to the Hersh Foundation, Sapphire Foundation, and Donna Wilhelm Family Fund for their support of the New Works Fund and the Bowdon Family Foundation for their support of the Artist Residency Fund. For the first time our New Works funding has increased because of the generosity of two new supporters – the Hersh Foundation and the Sapphire Foundation. Thanks to our visionary donors, we are cultivating compelling new works that add to the vibrancy and richness of North Texas’ arts and culture scene.”

Launched in 2012, the TACA New Works Fund was established to support the development and performance of innovate new works of music, dance, and theater in Dallas County. To date, the New Works Fund has provided $650,000 in grants to support 21 new works including Everest by Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer at The Dallas Opera and Homeschooled by Jonathan Norton at African-American Repertory Theatre. This year the New Works Fund is awarding an unprecedented $150,000—an increase of $50,000 from previous years. 

 

Photo: Twitter
Composer Alan Bullard

The four 2018 New Works Fund grantees are:

 

Cara Mía Theatre Company: $37,500

Don’t Eat the Mangos, by Ricardo Perez Gonzalez

 

Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas: $25,000

This is Key and Song to the Moon, by Alan Bullard

 

Dallas Symphony Orchestra: $37,500

Caravan: A Revolution on the Road, by Terence Blanchard, Andrew Scott, and Rennie Harris

 

The Dallas Opera: $50,000

Support for a not-yet-announced world premiere production

  

“Commissions like these are not just expanding the repertoire for young voices but are playing a dynamic role in the ever-evolving world of music. Next April, CCGD’s youngest singers - more than 130 4th and 5th graders from diverse backgrounds and communities - will give life to these two new works on the Meyerson Symphony Center stage. We are so thankful to TACA and its generous donors for recognizing the importance of commissioning pieces for young artists. These two new works will give further credibility to child’s voices as serious instruments capable of performing the highest quality music and will allow our singers to participate in the creative process of art-making.” said Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas Executive director, Megan Heber.

“SOLUNA has always been a festival in which the Dallas Symphony pushes beyond its traditional genres and performances to engage and connect with audiences in new ways,” said Kim Noltemy, Dallas Symphony Orchestra President & CEO. “Caravan is an extension of that and directly discusses important and tragic events from Dallas’s recent history. We are grateful to TACA for their generosity and support in demonstrating how music and art can be the catalyst for positive and meaningful social change.”

Both Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra are first-time recipients of support from the TACA New Works Fund in 2018.

In 2015, TACA developed the TACA Artist Residency Fund in response to the 2014 Perforum symposium when the local arts community expressed a need for greater support of unique artist-community engagement opportunities. To date, the fund has distributed $300,000 to 13 residencies including the Hart Institute for Women Conductors at The Dallas Opera and Dr. Sandra Snow’s residency at the Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas. The fund awards up to $50,000 annually to support the development of innovative artistic residency programs in Dallas County while fostering meaningful interaction among arts organizations, artists, and the greater community.

 

Photo: Mark Kitaoka Photography
Baumer String Quartet

The three 2018 Artist Residency Fund grantees are:

 

Cara Mía Theatre Company: $23,000

Residency of playwright KJ Sanchez

 

Dallas Theater Center: $20,000

Residency of playwright Jonathan Norton

 

Fine Arts Chamber Players: $7,000

Residency of the Baumer String Quartet

 

"We are honored to receive this grant award from the TACA Bowdon Family Foundation Artist Residency Fund for our work with the nationally renowned KJ Sanchez,” said Cara Mía Theatre Company Executive artistic director, David Lozano. “KJ specializes in writing plays based on the words of people from grassroots communities while exploring innovative theatrical possibilities. I can't think of a better match for Cara Mía Theatre to further expand our aesthetic and continue deepening our relationships with neighborhoods throughout Dallas.” Cara Mía Theatre Company has been involved in five TACA New Works and Artist Residency Fund grants – more than any other organization to date.

A panel of local and national artists and arts managers narrowed applicant organizations through a competitive application and review process followed by interviews by local nonprofit and arts experts.  Panelists selected the recipients based on the innovativeness and merit of their project, the inclusion of artistic collaborations, and the quality of engagement of target audiences.

In addition to these two funds, TACA provides general operating and project-related grants to nearly 50 performing arts organizations each January. Since its founding, TACA has distributed more than $28 million to over 160 arts organizations.

 

About the Jurors

Matt Albert – Chair of Chamber Music, School of Music, Theatre & Dance at the University of Michigan*

Sarah Allen – Associate Professor, Music Education, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University^

Laura Barbee – Adjunct Faculty, Dance, College of Fine Arts, Texas Christian University^

Steven Birch – Managing Partner, Flying Crown Land Group^

Stefany Cambra – Artistic Director, Proper Hijinx Productions*

Nikki Cloer – Actor; Account Manager, The Marketing Arm*

Melinda Cotton – Children’s Choir Master, The Dallas Opera^

Emily Ernst – Director, Lincoln Community Playhouse*

Sheyna Ferraro – Director, Texas Dance Conservatory*

Anne Marie Gan – Operations Research Analyst, City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs^

Anna Wittstruck Gottlieb – Director of Orchestra, University of Pudget Sound^

David Grogan – Associate Professor, Music, University of Texas at Arlington^

Zac Hammer – Dance faculty, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts^

Sam Holland – Dean, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University*

Emily Hunter – Dance faculty, Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts*

Lauren D. Kelley – Director and Chief Curator, Sugar Hill Museum of Art & Storytelling^

Parisa Khobdeh – Dancer, Paul Taylor Dance Company*

Peter Kupfer – Associate Professor, Musicology, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University*

Emily Lyon – Director and Dramaturg*

Carmen Menza – Artist, Menza Art Studio*

Shlynn Sims – Dancer; Financial Associate, Thrivent Financial^

Bridget L. Moore – Founder and Artistic Director, B. Moore Dance^

Kristy Morrell – Associate Professor of Music, Thornton School of Music, University of Southern California*

Boski Sharma - Consumer Adoption and Marketing Strategies, ARTSonepass^

Suzanne Smith – Founder and CEO, Social Impact Architects^

Brandon Tijerina – Theatre Director, Rowlett High School^

Christopher Treviño – Assistant Technical Director, University of Texas at Dallas*

Rachel Wade – Dancer and Choreographer; Director, Dance Department, Arlington Heights High School*

Katie Whitton – Actor; Director of Marketing and Communications, Southwest Transplant Alliance^

Lily Cabatu Weiss – Executive Director, Dallas Arts District^

 

On the listing above, (*) denotes New Works Fund jurors and (^) denotes Artist Residency Fund jurors.

Ticket Giveaway: DSO Remix
Win two tickets to Friday or Saturday night of the Dallas Symphony's Remix series, conducted by Ruth Reinhardt.

published Thursday, September 20, 2018
Photo: DSO
Ruth Reinhardt

Dallas — Ticket giveaways are coming back to TheaterJones! Soon, you'll be able to get them weekly in our forthcoming email newsletter. But to whet your appetite, we're kicking off the new era of giveaways with tickets to the Dallas Symphony's Remix series, happening Friday and Saturday night, Sept. 21 and 22, at Moody Performance Hall. This is the DSO's more casual, shorter concerts with no intermission and meet-and-greet with the musicians after the performance.

The shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. We have one pair for each night.

DSO Assistant Conductor Ruth Reinhardt conducts the program, which features Ravel's Le Tombeau de Couperin, Bacewicz's Concerto for String Orchestra, and Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4, "Italian."

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. each night; the concert is 7:30-8:30, and a chat with friends and DSO musicians follows.

Additionally, the evening will include photo opportunities with Alfa Romeo luxury vehicles - a Quadrifoglio Giulia and Stelvio, provided by Alfa Romeo of Dallas. Along with the chance to win one of the vehicles for the weekend.

On Saturday, at the post-concert, celebrate the Grand Opening of The Artisan, the Dallas Arts District's newest casual experience with chef-inspired food and handcrafted cocktails. Show your ReMix ticket stub for 10 percent off drinks and enjoy live entertainment. The Artisan is located right across from the Meyerson Symphony Center on the Terrace Level of KPMG Plaza.

 

HOW TO WIN TICKETS:

Email tickets@theaterjones.com with the subject line DSO REMIX FRIDAY or DSO REMIX SATURDAY, depending on the day you want to attend. If you want to try for both days, send two separate emails.

Include your name, address, phone number and best email contact. You have until 10 a.m. Frday, Sept. 21 to enter. We'll notify the winners shortly after that.

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