Open Stages/Backstage Spotlight

As a nonprofit arts leader, the AT&T Performing Arts Center is deeply committed to providing students with access to professional artists and offering high-quality arts education instruction. The arts have many benefits, helping students to become better equipped in the classroom and more prepared for life. We have two primary education programs that enrich the community.

Open Stages is generously supported by the Neiman Marcus Performing Arts Education Endowment, Moody Foundation, Bank of America, The Craig and Kathryn Hall Foundation, Hemenway Family Foundation, Holloway Family Foundation, TurningPoint Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, W.P. & Bulah Luse Foundation and individual contributions to the Center’s annual fund.

Open Stages

Far too many students, especially those from low-income families, have a limited view of what is possible for their lives. Through Open Stages, we demolish the glass ceiling and open up a world of possibilities.

The Center connects professional Broadway and TITAS performers with students, who learn together under the guidance of trained teaching artists. Students not only learn about technical aspects of the professionals craft, they also get to ask questions about pursuing creative careers. After these workshops, students attend a performance- for many of them, the first they’ve ever seen- and get to see how the lessons they’ve learned are applied in real life.

Backstage Spotlight

Backstage Spotlight prepares students for careers in the technical arts, allowing students to see what goes on behind the curtain to create a professional performance. The Center’s stage technicians work with Dallas ISD teachers to craft a curriculum that brings students to the Centers stages and prepares them for a career in lighting, sound, set design and more.

Students receive tickets to top shows so that they can witness the art live and in-action, then receive a guided explanation of the behind-the-scenes work that makes the magic happen. It’s an experience they can’t find anywhere else!

Current Schools

David W. Carter High School
Thomas Jefferson High School
Moisés E. Molina High School
L.G. Pinkston High School
W.W. Samuell High School
Sunset High School
W.T. White High School
Woodrow Wilson High School