Terri Ferguson

Faces of FIT: Terri Ferguson

The next video in our series with 20 Faces of the Festival of Independent Theatres, with managing artistic director of Echo Theatre, which has only missed two years of FIT.

published Friday, July 6, 2018


Dallas — To celebrate two decades of the Festival of Independent Theatres, the organization has launched a #MyFITStory campaign, and is highlighting the 20 Faces of FIT. These are 20 people, or groupings of people, who have made a significant impact on the festival—as the festival has had on them. Each made a video focused on their FIT story at a media day event on June 5.

TheaterJones is showcasing one of the Faces each day through the beginning of the festival, which runs July 13 to Aug. 4 at the Bath House Cultural Center. The videos were shot by FIT.

Next up: Terri Ferguson.

Terri is now the managing artistic director of Echo Theatre, which was one of the six companies in the first FIT in 1999, and one of two that are still around (the other is WingSpan Theatre Company). Echo has only missed two years of FIT.

Echo, whose mission is to produce works by women playwrights, has long been one of DFW's stronger independent theaters, staging plays and musicals by local and national writers, from 20th century classics like Caryl Churchill's Cloud 9 and Maria Irene Fornes' Fefu and Her Friends, to newer titles by Five Lesbian Brothers, Lynn Nottage and Madeleine George. The theater's budget has grown and we now get three mainstage productions from Echo in a season, plus the FIT title.

"We’ve been able to experiment within FIT," Ferguson says. "Because it was all about sharing audiendes and resources so we weren't all struggling to get an audience. It has been a big asset to us."

For FIT's 20th, Echo is bringing back one of FIT's big hits: Elizabeth Swados' song cycle Bible Women, which tells biblical stories from the perspectives of women who are well known in the Bible, and some who aren't.

In the video above, Ferguson tells her two favorite FIT stories, one from an Echo production, and another that was not.


» The shows in the 2018 Festival of Independent Theatres and a grid schedule are below. You can read descriptions and see a full schedule here.

Camp Death ProductionsJimmy Pine by Ben Schroth

Danielle Georgiou Dance GroupJust Girly Things by Danielle Georgiou, Justin Locklear, Ruben Carrazana, Trey Pendergrass and Cory Kosel

Eccentric Bear ProductionsThe Book of Gabe by Isaac Young

Echo Theatre: Bible Women by Elizabeth Swados and Vicki Caroline Cheatwood

Imprint Theatreworks: Suckers by Devin Berg

Laughter League: Where Do I Sit? by Dick Monday

Prism Movement TheaterBruNO and lOUIe by Jeffrey Colangelo

WingSpan Theatre Company: Landscape by Harold Pinter




The 20th Festival of Independent Theatres

July 13- August 4, 2018

Bath House Cultural Center,

521 E. Lawther Drive, Dallas

Tickets and passes go on sale in late June

Call 800-617-6904 or visit

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