Public Works Dallas
Public Works Dallas, produced by Dallas Theater Center in collaboration with Southern Methodist University Meadows School of the Arts and AT&T Performing Arts Center, is a groundbreaking community engagement and participatory theater project designed to deliberately blur the line between professional artists and Dallas community members. Public Works Dallas is affiliated with the ongoing Public Works initiative of The Public Theater in New York that seeks to engage the people of New York by making them creators and not just spectators.
Lear deBessonet and Todd Almond worked together to create the Public Works program. Lear deBessonet was awarded the SMU Meadows Prize in 2015 to bring the program to Dallas. Under the leadership of the founding Director of Public Works Dallas, Dayron J. Miles, the program launched in 2017 with a production of The Tempest at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, directed by DTC Enloe/Rose Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty. Public Works is a national and international initiative affiliated with peer theaters throughout the U.S. and Europe who share a vision for creating ambitious works of participatory theater in the Public Works model. Current theaters include Dallas Theater Center, Seattle Repertory Theatre and The National Theatre in London.