Elevator Project

Celebrating Local Dance, Theatre and Art in the Dallas Arts District

The Center enables small, emerging and historically marginalized arts organizations and artists to entertain and challenge our community in significant ways. The initiative has evolved into a curated season of work stretching across genres — with the projects chosen through a competitive process by a panel of arts professionals and advocates.

Unique performances in outstanding venues

Performances range from single-night shows to two-week runs that include theater, dance, spoken word, opera, cabaret, comedy and everything in between.

While most shows are performed in Wyly Theatre’s 6th Floor Studio Theatre or the Winspear Opera House’s Hamon Hall, the Center considers other campus venues — subject to availability.

The Elevator Project is made possible through the support and partnership of the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture.

Verdigris Ensemble - The Dust Bowl
The program pushed us to produce work on a larger scale than previous projects, and we're grateful for the support of the program and theater staff throughout the process.
Agora Artists, Avery-Jai Andrews and Lauren Kravitz, Co-founders 2022/2023 Season


Applicants must be Dallas-based — and special consideration is given to those who do not have a performance space they call home.

Successful projects may include new and experimental works, ethnically- or culturally-significant shows, and performances designed for unique spaces on the Center’s campus.

Submission process:

Submissions for the 2024/2025 season are now closed. Look for a new season announcement later this spring!

Productions by season

  1. Soul Rep Theatre Company
  2. Plague Mask Players
  3. Tejas Dance
  4. Executive Producer Bren Rapp
  5. Flamenco Fever
  6. Emerge Coalition, Inc.
  7. Prism Movement Theater
  8. Jamal Mohamed
  1. EMERGE Coalition, Inc.
  2. Agora Artists
  3. mixtamotus
  4. Jess Garland
  5. Therefore Art, Sound and Performance Group
  7. The DASH Ensemble

  1. Sangeet Millenium / Arts Nomadic
  2. Soul Rep Theatre Company
  3. Janelle Gray (Theatre)
  4. Indique Dance Company
  5. Urban Arts Collective (Music)
  6. Bandan Koro African Drum and Dance Ensemble
  7. Bombshell Dance Project
  1. mixtamotus
  2. Prism Movement Theater
  3. Bombshell Dance Project
  4. Very Good Dance Theatre Company
  5. Tejas Dance
  6. Flexible Grey Theatre Company
  1. Jake Nice, a new play by Thomas Ward
  2. American Baroque Opera Company
  3. Verdigris Ensemble
  4. Janeille Kastner and Brigham Mosley, a new play
  5. Flamenco Fever
  6. Das Blümelein Project (Music)
  7. Indique Dance Company
  8. B. Moore Dance

  1. Dark Circles Contemporary Dance
  2. Indique Dance Company
  3. The Flame Foundation (Theatre/Music/Dance)
  4. Scott Zenreich (Theatre)
  5. GiANT Entertainment (Multi-genre)
  6. Teatro Flor Candela
  7. Iv Amenti (Music)
  8. Cry Havoc Theater Company
  1. American Baroque Opera Cabaret
  2. Adam Adolfo (Multi-genre)
  3. Bandan Koro African Drum and Dance Ensemble
  4. Cry Havoc Theater Co.
  5. Dark Circles Contemporary Dance
  6. Jake Nice (Theatre/Music)
  7. Soul Rep Theatre Company
  8. Therefore Art & Performance Group

  1. Denise Lee (Cabaret)
  2. Max Hartman (Music)
  3. Prism Co. (Theatre)
  4. Melody Bell (Spoken word/Storytelling)
  5. DGDG: The Danielle Georgiou Dance Group

  1. African-American Repertory Theater
  2. Cara Mia Theatre Co.
  3. Dallas Actor’s Lab
  4. DGDG: The Danielle Georgiou Dance Group
  5. Second Thought Theatre
  6. Upstart Productions