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Elevator Project

In 2014, the AT&T Performing Arts Center created the Elevator Project to provide small, emerging and historically marginalized arts organizations and artists with a performance platform in the Dallas Arts District. It has evolved into an exciting, curated season of work stretching across genres, with the projects chosen through a competitive process by a panel of arts professionals and advocates.

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Explore the 2017/2018 Season

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American Baroque Opera Company, 2017/2018 Season

Presentations may range from single-night performances to multi-week runs. They include music, theatre, dance, spoken word, cabaret, comedy, opera and more. Most shows are performed in Hamon Hall in the Winspear Opera House or in the 6th Floor Studio Theatre in the Wyly Theatre.

It’s really a cultural win. For the arts groups – it’s an opportunity to perform in some of the City’s finest venues. For audiences – an opportunity to see some of the brightest new talent and work in the Dallas cultural community.”

Doug Curtis, President and CEO AT&T Performing Arts Center

Applicants must be Dallas-based and special consideration will be given to groups who do not have a performance space they call home. Successful projects may include new and experimental works, ethnically and/or culturally-specific projects and performances designed for unique spaces on the Center’s campus.

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Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, 2017/2018 Season

Submissions for the 2018/2019 season will begin January 2, 2018 and continue through January 31, 2018. This year the submission process will be completely online.

The Elevator Project is made possible by the support and partnership of the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. The Center encourages small arts organizations to take this opportunity to excite, entertain, challenge and stimulate.

“As art professionals who create, commission, work and live in the city of Dallas, our mission compels us to enrich our community and contribute to our cultural appeal. The Elevator Project allowed [us] to do just that by offering us the resources and support to produce, for the first time in our four seasons in North Texas, our own production in Dallas.”

Chadi El-Khoury, Executive Director Dark Circles Contemporary Dance (2017/2018 Season)



Upstart Productions’ “Year of the Rooster” – Elevator Project 2014/2015 Season

2014/2015 Season

  • African-American Repertory Theater
  • Cara Mia Theatre Co.
  • Dallas Actor’s Lab
  • DGDG: The Danielle Georgiou Dance Group
  • Second Thought Theatre
  • Upstart Productions

2016/2017 Season

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

2017/2018 Season

  • American Baroque Opera Cabaret
  • Adam Adolfo (Multi-genre)
  • Bandan Koro African Drum and Dance Ensemble
  • Cry Havoc Theater Co.
  • Dark Circles Contemporary Dance
  • Jake Nice (Theatre/Music)
  • Soul Rep Theatre Company
  • Therefore Art & Performance Group

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