Carson McCain Named STT Artistic Director

McCain becomes the new Artistic Director for Second Thought Theatre, which has changes in its 2020 season. 

published Thursday, April 30, 2020

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This just in from Second Thought Theatre:


Dallas — After a search that involved several of the leading artists of our theatre community, Second Thought Theatre is thrilled to announce Carson McCain as STT’s new Artistic Director.

“Carson has an incisive but human vision for STT’s art and aesthetic, a deep commitment to supporting our local artists, and a profoundly thoughtful approach to this organization’s mission and operations. I cannot wait to see where she takes our company, “ says STT Board President, Joshua D. Terry.

Most recently, McCain directed the STT hit productions of Empathitrax and Great God Pan, but she has been a member of the STT family for many years, going back to Booth in 2014. She’s also worked under the late Kat Owens at Undermain Theatre and is a graduate of SMU.

“I have long considered Second Thought Theatre my artistic home,” Carson McCain says. “Second Thought's aesthetic is clear, their taste is good, and I could not be prouder to join this team in an official capacity. I hope to build on the legacy of Second Thought, continuing to ask the honest and hard questions while reminding us all of what connects us as human beings.”

The search for a new artistic director began in the fall of 2019 when Second Thought Theatre announced that Artistic Director Alex Organ would transition out of his leadership position at the end of 2020. Organ’s leadership at STT has been exceptional, producing some of Dallas’s very best theatre and significantly growing STT’s stature, impact, and security.

Like everyone in the theatre world, Second Thought is faced with the extraordinary challenge of producing their 2020 season among the current circumstances. STT will now present A Streetcar Named Desire July 22 - August 15, 2020 (originally slated for May 20 - June 13). This performance will be followed by Endgame on September 16 - October 10, 2020. As of right now, STT has postponed the world premiere of Sweetpea by Janielle Kastner but hopes to produce the show in their 2021 season.

Second Thought Theatre’s 2020 updated season will be presented as follows: A Streetcar Named Desire (July 22 - August 15) and Endgame (Sept. 16 – October 10). All performances will take place at Bryant Hall next door to the Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3400 Blackburn Ave.

Tickets purchases are currently on hold until the official reopening of Second Thought Theatre. STT will be making a future announcement about tickets sales when that time comes.

Second Thought Theatre staff, board, and artists are looking forward to being back in the theatre soon.



Second Thought Theatre (STT) provides an intimate and unique theatrical experience by empowering top local theater artists to take risks, and by showcasing writers who boldly tackle the difficult and demanding questions of our rapidly changing world.


CARSON MCCAIN is thrilled to be joining the team at Second Thought Theatre. She is a born-and-bred Texas director and producer, with a heart for new and local work that serves to connect humans and foster empathy. She is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, where she studied acting and directing. There, she received a Meadows Exploration Grant to develop and produce the world premiere of Michelle with Wet Eyeballs by Claire Carson. She serves as the Supervising Producer for Spoke Media where she has produced and directed numerous audiobooks and podcasts, including The Left Ear with Dakota Johnson and Because I Watched: A Netflix Podcast. Second Thought Theatre audiences will recognize her work as the director of Empathitrax by Ana Nogueira and The Great God Pan by Amy Herzog. She has also directed at Undermain Theatre (Really by Jackie Sibblies Drury,) and Stage West (Lungs by Duncan McMillan). She served as associate director on Dallas Theater Center’s 2016 production of A Christmas Carol, on Second Thought Theatre's production of BOOTH by Steven Michael Walters, and as assistant director on Belleville by Amy Herzog and Kitchen Dog’s Production of I’m Gonna Pray for You So Hard. Other directing credits include Middletown by Will Eno, Delirium by Enda Walsh and Theatre O, and the world premiere of Ophelia Underwater by Janielle Kastner. To experience more of Carson's work, check out her most recent podcast, Untitled Dad Project with Janielle Kastner on whatever podcast app you use.


A Streetcar Named Desire

July 22 – Aug 15, 2020 by Tennessee Williams

Directed by STT Artistic Associate Blake Hackler

Blanche Dubois suddenly arrives in the French Quarter of New Orleans to visit her sister, Stella, but she appears to be running from something. The power struggle that unfolds between Blanche and her brother-in-law, Stanley, threatens to reveal dark secrets in her past and shatter the illusions she's created around her life. Directed by STT Artistic Associate, Blake Hackler, and widely considered to be among the top tier of great American plays, A  Streetcar Named Desire maintains its poignancy seventy years after its groundbreaking premiere. Featuring STT Artistic Associate Jenny Ledel as Stella.

Pay-What-You-Can Previews – Wednesday 7/22 and Thursday 7/23

PRESS OPENING – Friday 7/24

Regular Performances – Saturday 7/25, 8/1, 8/8; Thursday 7/30, 8/6, 8/13; Friday 7/31, 8/7, 8/14 Additional Pay-What-You-Can Performances – Monday 7/27, 8/3, 8/10

Closing Performance – Saturday 8/15




Sept 16 – Oct 10, 2020

By Samuel Beckett

Directed by STT Artistic Director Alex Organ

In the wake of some unexplained apocalyptic and catastrophic event, Hamm and his servant, Clov, continue the same impotent and stale routine from day to day. Yet master absurdist Samuel Beckett invites us to discover humor and comedy in the face of their hopelessness, despair, and even certain death. Directed by Artistic Director, Alex Organ, and starring STT mainstays Blake Hackler and Drew Wall, Endgame dares us to stare into the abyss at what it means to simply exist… and perhaps what it means to not.

Pay-What-You-Can Previews – Wednesday 9/16 and Thursday 9/17

PRESS OPENING – Friday 9/18

Regular Performances – Saturday 9/19, 9/26, 10/3; Thursday 9/24, 10/1, 10/8; Friday 9/25, 10/2, 10/9 Additional Pay-What-You-Can Performances – Monday 9/21, 9/28, 10/5

Closing Performance – Saturday 10/10 Thanks For Reading

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