11 Local Theatre Companies You Should Check Out
Those of you who know me know that I am a lover and a supporter of the theatre of all kinds. I especially love supporting our local theatre companies here in DFW. If you've never had the opportunity to take in a show at any of these theaters, you should make plans to soon!
650 N Coit Rd, Richardson TX 75080
I'm a little partial to the Repertory Company Theatre because I was an actor there for a couple of seasons! They are a nonprofit theatre that has been serving Richardson, North Dallas and Plano for the last 31 years. Each season they present Broadway musicals, classic plays and special presentations performed by their acclaimed REP Company. They also have a School of Musical Theatre which provides year-round education for children ages 7-18.
160 W Main St, Lewisville TX 75057
The GLCT was able to move into their permanent home on Main Street in Lewisville in 1997. Before housing the theatre company, the building was home to Cobb's Dry Goods Store and later a church. Their seasons include plays as well as Broadway Musicals, and it's always great fun for the whole family!
214 W Hickory St, Denton TX 76201
Denton Community Theatre in housed in Campus Theatre, the most iconic theatre in Denton. They have provided over forty years of theatrical experiences for Denton and the surrounding areas. You can enjoy a black box theatre production or a well-known musical like "Little Shop of Horrors" or "The Wizard of Oz."
215 N Dooley St, Grapevine TX 76051
Runway Theatre is the home to The End of the Runway Players acting troupe, a group of individuals who came together in 1983 with the goal of establishing a community theatre in Grapevine. They are an all-volunteer theatre, and their volunteers do everything from theatre upkeep to building sets to directing and acting in their productions.
5400 East Mockingbird Ln, Dallas TX 75206
The Pocket Sandwich Theatre is a live dinner theatre in Dallas that opened in 1980. Order some dinner, a couple of drinks, and enjoy the show. It's a great place to have group events - if you choose to celebrate a birthday with them, the actors will sing happy birthday at the start of the show! But the best part is being able to participate in the show as the audience. You get to boo and hiss at the bad guys, cheer for the good guys, and you can even purchase a basket of popcorn for $.50 to throw at the actors and other patrons!
2400 Flora St, Dallas TX 75201
Dallas Theater Center is known as one of the leading regional theaters in the country and performs to more than 90,000 audience members here in North Texas each year. They are a resident company of the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Downtown Dallas and you'll find their mainstage season at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in the Dallas Arts District. They also perform at their original home, the Kalita Humphreys Theatre, which is the only freestanding theater designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright. There is so much rich history with this theatre company, it's incredible!
15650 Addison Rd, Addison TX 75001
Watertower Theatre is one of Texas' leading professional theatre companies and a flagship arts institution here in North Texas. Many of their alumni have careers including experience on Broadway, national tours, and television. They partner closely with the City of Addison to provide entertainment for the community while also being a supportive home for diverse artists.
3200 Main St., Dallas TX 75226
Undermain has been called Dallas' "most daring and accomplished theatrical troupe" by The Dallas Morning News. They are known for performing experimental works, collaborating with playwrights to develop original productions. It was founded in 1984 by a group of artists who transformed a warehouse basement in Deep Ellum into a unique performance space. Their goal is to develop emerging artists as well as to stir the emotions and inspire the imaginations of their audience.
2800 Routh St Ste 108, Dallas TX 75201
Theatre Three was founded in 1961 by Dallas-born Norma Young. She had previously worked as a teacher, actress and stage manager in New York and decided to establish a professional theatre in her hometown. 57 years later, Theatre Three is recognized as a pillar in the North Texas arts community, providing professional productions on their surround stage, making the experience an intimate, unique and engaging experience for the audience.
821 W. Vickery Blvd, Fort Worth 76104
Stage West was founded in 1979 with the mission to entertain, inspire and challenge through live theatre as well as to offer exceptional low-cost and free educational outreach services to the community. Their typical season is comprised of a wide range of works including new, classic, and contemporary plays. They also operate the Lobby Cafe which offers an assortment of appetizers, sandwiches, salads and entrees for 90 minutes before each performance. Stage West is truly a theatre for the whole community!
3101 W Lancaster Ave, Fort Worth TX 76107
Since its creation in 1958, Casa Mañana has become the largest performing arts organization in Tarrant County. They renovated their performance space in 2003 into a state-of-the-art performance venue which also includes space for their nationally-recognized educational programs. Their Theatre School has become one of the largest children's acting schools in the nation. Their seasons include well-known Broadway musicals including "Sweeney Todd," "Hello Dolly" and "The Producers."