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.

Submissions for the 2021/2022 season will be accepted from noon on Monday, February 22, 2021, until noon on Friday, March 12, 2021.

Explore the 2019/2020 Season

Photo Credit: Trent Stephenson, The Flame Foundation, 88 Keys Unlock Joan Miró’s Flamenco Dancer’s Heart – 2018/2019 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.

“Our groundbreaking Elevator Project has become the must-see series for arts patrons wanting to discover some of the best arts organizations in Dallas.”

Debbie Storey, Interim President & CEO, AT&T Performing Arts Center

Applicants must be Dallas-based and special consideration is given to groups that 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.

Iv Amenti Presents, Felabration Dallas!, 2018/2019 Season

Submissions for the 2021/2022 season will begin at noon on February 22, 2021, and continue through noon on Friday, March 12, 2021. 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 Arts and Culture. The Center encourages small arts organizations and individual artists to take this opportunity to excite, entertain, challenge and stimulate.

“Our heritage was represented in a significant way, on a platform so respected by the arts community of Dallas. To know that we led this effort was deeply meaningful because it means that our voices matter in our community.”

Latha Shrivasta, Co-founder, Indique Dance Company, 2018/2019 Season

Photo Credit: Sharen Bradford, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance, Aladdin, Habibi – 2018/2019 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

2018/2019 Season

  • Dark Circles Contemporary Dance
  • Indique Dance Company
  • The Flame Foundation (Theatre/Music/Dance)
  • Scott Zenreich (Theatre)
  • GiANT Entertainment (Multi-genre)
  • Teatro Flor Candela
  • Iv Amenti (Music)
  • Cry Havoc Theater Company

2019/2020 Season

  • Jake Nice, a new play by Thomas Ward
  • American Baroque Opera Company
  • Verdigris Ensemble
  • Janeille Kastner and Brigham Mosley, a new play
  • Flamenco Fever
  • Das Blümelein Project (Music)
  • Indique Dance Company
  • B. Moore Dance

“Being a part of the 2018/2019 series of Elevator Project Series was a phenomenal opportunity. We were challenged as a company to produce on a much larger scale than we have been able to achieve on our own. This challenge further shaped us as individual artists and strengthened our bond as a collective.”

Ryan Matthieu Smith, GiANT Entertainment, 2018/2019 Season