Public Works Dallas

Public Works Dallas deliberately blurs the line between professional artists and Dallas community members.

About the project

This groundbreaking community engagement and participatory theater project is produced by Dallas Theater Center in collaboration with Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts and AT&T Performing Arts Center.

Launching participatory theater from NYC to Dallas

Public Works Dallas is affiliated with the ongoing Public Works initiative of The Public Theater in New York, created by Lear deBessonet and Todd Almond to engage the people of New York by making them creators — not simply spectators.

Lear deBessonet received the SMU Meadows Prize in 2015 to bring the program to Dallas.

Contributing to a global movement

Under the leadership of the founding Director of Public Works Dallas, Dayron J. Miles, the program launched in 2017 with a production of “The Tempest” at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, directed by Kevin Moriarty, Dallas Theater Center’s Enloe/Rose Artistic Director.

Public Works is a national and international initiative affiliated with peer theaters throughout the U.S. and Europe that share a vision for creating ambitious works of participatory theater in the Public Works model.

Current theaters include Dallas Theater Center, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and The National Theatre in London.

Learn more about Public Works Dallas here.