Dallas Theater Center to Receive 2017 Regional Theatre Tony Award

by Michael Eddy
Dallas Theater Center at the Wyly. Photo by Iwan Baan
Dallas Theater Center at the Wyly. Photo by Iwan Baan

The Tony Awards® Administration Committee announced that it will present the 2017 Regional Theatre Tony Award to Dallas Theater Center (DTC). The Regional Theatre Tony Award is presented each year to honor a non-profit professional regional theater company in the United States that has displayed a continuous level of artistic achievement contributing to the growth of theater nationally. It is awarded based upon a recommendation by the American Theatre Critics Association.

Founded in 1959 under the artistic leadership of Paul Baker, DTC is one of the country’s oldest regional theaters. For close to 60 years, DTC’s innovative, dynamic programming has made a significant mark on the Dallas community as well as the American theater at large, highlighted by its sustained focus on producing new works, supporting a resident acting company, utilizing theatrical space in surprising ways and engaging deeply with the diverse Dallas community. Under the direction of Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty and Managing Director Jeff Woodward, Dallas Theater Center currently produces a vibrant season of new plays, classics, and musicals, including recent world premieres by Douglas Carter Beane, Lewis Flinn, Kirsten Childs, Samuel D. Hunter, Will Power, and many others. The Diane and Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company demonstrates DTC’s abiding commitment to supporting a core group of resident artists. DTC annually serves an audience of more than 100,000 North Texas residents, is a resident company of the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Dallas Arts District, and is a member of the League of Resident Theatres.

“The Tony Award is one of the most coveted honors in the American theater, and receiving it is a cause for great celebration throughout Dallas,” Moriarty said. “This award is in recognition of DTC’s nearly sixty years of achievement. It’s a testament to the artistry of the theater’s previous artistic directors, Paul Baker, Adrian Hall, Ken Bryant, and Richard Hamburger. It’s an honor for the many talented artists whose work has graced our stages. It’s an acknowledgement of the deep relationship between DTC and our community here in North Texas, for whom we produce plays that inspire meaningful conversations. It’s a tribute to the diversity of artists who seek to create art that mirrors the glorious diversity of our community. And it’s a validation of our city’s shared belief that a great city requires great art to bring us together, ask vital questions and inspire us to build a more perfect union.”

“This is a unique Tony Award because it does not honor a single play, performance, director, or design, it honors a body of work over a number of years,” said Woodward. “This award honors our terrific and talented staff and our dedicated board of trustees led by Julie Hersh and Jeff Bragalone. It honors our adventurous audience, especially our subscribers. It honors the strong and consistent support we receive from our donors, and it honors the great city of Dallas.”

This season Dallas Theater Center launched Public Works Dallas, a groundbreaking community engagement and participatory theater project designed to deliberately blur the line between professional artists and community members, culminating in an annual production featuring over 200 Dallas citizens performing a Shakespeare play.

DTC’s commitment to education is highlighted by the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award-winning Project Discovery, that provides in-depth theater experiences for thousands of teens from 30 North Texas high schools. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Project Discovery has allowed over 265,000 students and teachers to experience and study the finest in live, professional theater. DTC has ongoing educational partnerships with Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts, and has established community collaborations with many institutions throughout Dallas, including North Texas Food Bank, AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas Holocaust Museum, Dallas Museum of Art and The Sixth Floor Museum. With equity, diversity and inclusion as a core value, DTC is dedicated to expanding access and breaking down barriers for all people in its diverse North Texas community.

The 2017 Tony Awards, which are presented by The Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall, on the CBS television network on Sunday, June 11. Dallas Theater Center gratefully acknowledges the support of our season sponsors: Texas Instruments, American Airlines, Lexus, City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Time Warner Cable and WFAA.

For more information www.DallasTheaterCenter.org