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The 2020 season of The Elevator Project

DALLAS – The nonprofit AT&T Performing Arts Center is pleased to announce the 2020 season of The Elevator Project, featuring the work of small and emerging arts groups performing on the Center’s campus in the Dallas Arts District. The Elevator Project’s new season will feature productions from eight Dallas-based performing arts companies. The five-year-old project has been hailed for the resources the Center provides new artists, including top-quality stages, operations teams, marketing, ticketing and mentoring support.

“The Elevator Project is a tremendous passion for us here at the AT&T Performing Arts Center,” said Debbie Storey, president and CEO of the Center. “We spotlight some of the best new and emerging arts organizations on our stages here in the Dallas Arts District. And our audiences get to meet some of the city’s freshest and brightest talent performing in a range of exciting art forms. It is a powerful collaboration on all levels.”

The 2020 season of The Elevator Project will feature weekend and multi-week engagements. This season is produced by Dallas theatre veteran and the project’s creator David Denson. Three of the productions will be staged in the Studio Theatre located on the 6th floor of the Wyly Theatre and five productions in Hamon Hall at the Winspear Opera House on the Center’s campus. All shows are $29 general admission.

The Center presents the innovative Elevator Project with support from the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, TACA, Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.  

This is the fifth season of The Elevator Project which started in 2014 to provide much-needed performance space in the Arts District. It was curated by a five-person peer-review panel of arts professionals and advocates, 43 Dallas-based artists and arts groups submitted proposals in January. Some of the guiding criteria included placing an emphasis on new works; diverse genres, artists and subject matter; unusual use of performance space; supporting groups without a home; and more. Many of the artists involved say Elevator Project has become a critical partner for emerging arts groups.  

“They are a launching pad for ambitious ideas, and I can't wait to create more theatre,” said Scott Zenreich, whose play Pastry King premiered in the 2019 season. “It can be a daunting thing to produce a new play, especially one you wrote yourself. I feel extremely fortunate to have worked with the team from the Elevator Project and the AT&T Performing Arts Center, who were all so supportive of the creative processes of my designers and me, even when I had a wild plan to sell cannoli to market the show.” 

“Being selected to participate in the Elevator Project has been a tremendous, thrilling achievement for Indique!” says Latha Shrivista, co-founder of the dance company which specializes in the contemporary Bharatanatyam form of Indian dance. “We deeply value the advice and incredible help from the Center’s very knowledgeable team and staff, who supported our artistic vision in every possible way while encouraging us to ‘think big!’" 

Selected artists: 

Jake Nice 

American Baroque Opera Company  

Verdigris Ensemble 

Janielle Kastner & Brigham Mosley 

Flamenco Fever  

Das Blümelein Project 

Indique Dance Company