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.


Explore the 2018/2019 Season

Photo Credit: Karen Almond, Cry Havoc Theater Company, Babel – 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.

“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.

Photo Credit: Anyika McMillan-Herod, Soul Rep Theatre Company, The Freedmans, 2017/2018 Season

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 and individual artists to take this opportunity to excite, entertain, challenge and stimulate.

“This project gave us a platform to not only showcase our talents but share our love and passion with a wider audience base. The Elevator Project gives small arts organizations an opportunity to be seen and heard in an industry where they’re often overlooked.”

Ixchel Frierson, Bandan Koro African Drum and Dance Ensemble, 2017/2018 Season

Photo Credit: Michael C. Foster, Adam Adolfo Presents, ELEMENTAL: Nature’s Rhapsody – 2017/2018 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

“It was such a gift to have access to AT&T Performing Arts Center’s top-of-the-line spaces, equipment, and publicity team. This program is truly invaluable for emerging artists.”

Jake Nice, Director, 2017/2018 Season