The Wyly Theatre and the Winspear Opera House

Submissions Sought for Elevator Project

In January, AT&T Performing Arts Center will take proposals for its fourth Elevator Project, for small and emerging arts groups.

published Friday, December 15, 2017

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A press conference for the 2017-18 season of The Elevator Project



Dallas — Heads up: AT&T Performing Arts Center will accept submissions for the fourth season (2018-19), of the Elevator Project, which gives small and emerging arts groups a chance to perform in various spaces in the Winspear Opera House, Wyly Theatre and on the grounds of the center. The third Elevator Project season has had several recent performances, with more coming in 2018.

The submission period is Jan. 2-31, 2018. Read below for instructions from the news release, and get those proposals ready.


The nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center today announced that submissions for the Elevator Project 2018/2019 season will be accepted beginning Tuesday, January 2, 2018 and through Wednesday, January 31, 2018.  The Elevator Project is a program that presents small, emerging and/or culturally specific Dallas-based arts groups and artists in performance space on the Center’s campus in the Dallas Arts District. Additionally, the submission process will now be completely online.

Through the Elevator Project, the Center pays performers a negotiated fee to present their work. The current 2017/2018 season of 8 shows includes American Baroque Opera Company, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, Jake Nice, Bandan Koro African Drum & Dance Ensemble, Adam Adolfo, Soul Rep Theatre Company, Therefore Art & Performance Group and Cry Havoc Theater Company.

“The Elevator Project helps support and showcase some of the brightest performers and performances being created in Dallas,” said David Denson, director of programming at the AT&T Performing Arts Center and creator of the Elevator Project. “Our local artists are responsible for work that is on par with some of the best performances from around the world and the goal of the Elevator Project is to raise awareness and celebrate these homegrown performers with our audiences at the Center, and in the Arts District.”

Chadi El-Khoury, Executive Director of Dark Circles Contemporary Dance said Elevator Project provided critical resources and support that allowed them to launch important new work here at home.

“Our U.S. premiere of Big Bad Wolf and world premiere of Les Fairies brought together new and existing audiences, and culminated in two packed performances at over 80% capacity, one sold out performance at 115% capacity, and an added fourth performance to accommodate ticket demand,” said El-Khoury. “None of this would have been possible without the Elevator Project.”

Most works are performed in Hamon Hall, a flexible performance space in the Winspear Opera House, or the Studio Theatre, a black box space on the sixth floor of the Wyly Theatre. However, artists are encouraged to consider creating work for other spaces on the Center’s campus such as Sammons Park, the donor reflecting pool, Sammons Community Stage, spaces within Strauss Square, the Brierley Esplanade in front of the Wyly Theatre and more. Center support includes venue management, operations, ticketing and promotion. Each annual season is now curated through a multi-level review and approval process that includes panels of arts professionals, educators, advocates, the Center and the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.



Participating artists and organizations must be based in the city of Dallas.

January 2 – 31, 2018: Applications will be accepted at

Priority will be given to submissions: 

  • From arts groups and artists that help create a diverse season for Elevator Project. 
  • For new, original and experimental work.
  • For works unique to the performance space.
  • For works designed to engage diverse audiences and geographic communities.
  • From artists and groups without an official performance venue or home.




Submissions will first be reviewed by the Elevator Project Advisory Panel, a group of 3-5 panelists jointly chosen by the Center and the Office of Cultural Affairs.

  • These panelists may include arts professionals from Dallas or other cities, arts educators and advocates.
  • The names of the panelists will remain confidential until the selections are announced.
  • No artist/group with a submission, or with an immediate family member or partner with a submission, can participate on the Advisory Panel.


The panelists will select and prioritize submissions.

The recommendations will then be reviewed by the Center, the Office of Cultural Affairs and the Chair of the Cultural Affairs Commission. They will make the final selections.

Center staff will take those recommendations and begin discussions with the artists/groups to establish the fee paid for each performance and secure the space and calendar.

Applicants who have participated in two consecutive seasons must take a year off before applying again.

Questions or requests for the technical specs for Elevator Project venues can be e-mailed to ElevatorProject@attpac.orgThanks For Reading

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In January, AT&T Performing Arts Center will take proposals for its fourth Elevator Project, for small and emerging arts groups.
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