Elevator Project


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Program Provides Arts District Performance Space for Small and Emerging Dallas Arts Groups and Artists

The nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center has started its new online submission process for the Elevator Project 2018/2019 season. Applications will be accepted beginning today through Wednesday, January 31, 2018 online here. The Elevator Project is a program that presents small, emerging and/or culturally specific Dallas-based arts groups and artists in performance space on the Center’s campus in the Dallas Arts District. Applications can be submitted starting today at attpac.org/elevatorprojectapply.

Through the Elevator Project, the Center pays performers a negotiated fee to present their work. The current 2017/2018 season of eight shows includes American Baroque Opera Company, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, Jake Nice, Bandan Koro African Drum & Dance Ensemble, Adam Adolfo, Soul Rep Theatre Company, Therefore Art & Performance Group and Cry Havoc Theater Company.

Most works are performed in Hamon Hall, a flexible performance space in the Winspear Opera House, or the Studio Theatre, a black box space on the sixth floor of the Wyly Theatre. However, artists are encouraged to consider creating work for other spaces on the Center’s campus such as Sammons Park, the donor reflecting pool, Sammons Community Stage, spaces within Strauss Square, the Brierley Esplanade in front of the Wyly Theatre and more. Center support includes venue management, operations, ticketing and promotion. Each annual season is now curated through a multi-level review and approval process that includes panels of arts professionals, educators, advocates, the Center and the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.


  • Participating artists and organizations must be based in the city of Dallas.
  • January 2 – 31, 2018: Applications will be accepted online here.
  • Priority will be given to submissions:
    - From arts groups and artists that help create a diverse season for Elevator Project.
    - For new, original and experimental work.
    - For works unique to the performance space.
    - For works designed to engage diverse audiences and geographic communities.
    - From artists and groups without an official performance venue or home.

Review and Selection:

  • Submissions will first be reviewed by the Elevator Project Advisory Panel, a group of 5 panelists jointly chosen by the Center and the Office of Cultural Affairs.
    - These panelists may include arts professionals from Dallas or other cities, arts educators and advocates.
    - The names of the panelists will remain confidential until the selections are announced.
    - No artist/group with a submission, or with an immediate family member or partner with a submission, can participate on the Advisory Panel.
  • The panelists will select and prioritize submissions.
  • The recommendations will then be reviewed by the Center, the Office of Cultural Affairs and the Chair of the Cultural Affairs Commission. They will make the final selections.
  • Center staff will take those recommendations and begin discussions with the artists/groups to establish the fee paid for each performance and secure the space and calendar.
  • Applicants who have participated in two consecutive seasons must take a year off before applying again.

Questions or requests for the technical specs for Elevator Project venues can be e-mailed to ElevatorProject@attpac.org.

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