Check out the remaining August listings, along with September and October happenings in the Big D here!
Having come home to the Los Angeles area for two weeks before returning to Dallas for my senior year at SMU, I have been able to see some shows and read up on some LA entertainment publications to compare and contrast with that in Dallas, TX. Here is a particularly interesting article about various regional theatres in the LA area removing various publications from their press list:
I first had the opportunity to go to the Nasher Sculpture Center in the Dallas Arts District in the fall of my freshman year. Our Dramatic Arts Today professor in the division of theatre at SMU Jim Crawford took our entire BFA class on a tour of the Nasher, the Dallas Museum of Art, along with various theatres, performance halls and other venues. Since then, I’ve been lucky enough to go several more times, often just to peruse and other times for specific viewings and events. I took this photo on one of the Nasher free Saturdays in the spring, where all kinds of programs and activities are offered for the whole family. I found this shot particularly intriguing because I caught this young girl in the act of diligently completing her drawing. The Nasher was packed with families on this particular Saturday, which was a joy to witness.
#FBF: I was lucky enough to see Bernadette Peters live at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra this semester with my best friend. This was a dream come true and I cannot put words to how genuine and organic Miss Peters’ performance was! Read my review from this February 2014 performance here.
I am so lucky to have been able to work as the Public Relations and Social Media Intern with Dallas Theater Center this summer on #DTCLesMis. I worked under the Director of Public Relations for the company, Kelsey Guy, and I learned so much about the business in a lot of ways I hadn’t before.
The show runs until August 17 at the Wyly Theatre in the Dallas Arts District in downtown Dallas. The show has received all kinds of press – both regional, national and international.
What has been most incredible about working on this production from a public relations and marketing standpoint is the breadth and depth of viewers and fans that this production has reached! It seems like my theatre friends all around the states are talking about it and posting links, photos, etc – even if they are living nowhere near Dallas.
Here is one recent link from Playbill: http://www.playbill.com/news/article/194489-PHOTO-EXCLUSIVE-A-Day-With-Hipster-Cosette-Dorcas-Leung-Takes-Us-Behind-the-Scenes-at-Dallas-New-Look-Modern-Dress-Les-Miz?tsrc=nx
Photos at the WaterTower Theatre in Addison, the second biggest regional theatre in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Most recently, I saw Good People at WTT.
I was lucky enough to be able to attend a Fine Arts Chamber Players event this afternoon in the Dallas Arts District. I had just heard about it this morning via the Dallas Arts District Facebook page. It was an entirely free concert (other than the $5 downtown parking), as all of the classical concerts are. Today’s concert was part of the “Basically Beethoven Festival,” which was the company’s first ever concert series when it began giving free concerts back in 1981. Luckily, I arrived at 2pm for a 2:30pm go time, so I was able to secure a seat, but many were disappointed. I had never been inside the Dallas City Performance Hall before, so I was particularly interested and intrigued to see the venue. But I was truly captivated by the music by both the opening musician, who played the marimba, as well as the five very talented musicians who performed a serenade by Beethoven and a selection by Mendelssohn. Review to follow.
The website that inspired me to further pursue arts reporting and arts journalism is TheatreJones, a site that Elaine Liner and Mark Lowry launched in 2009 with the purpose of “filling the void” in coverage of the arts in North Texas. They spell out their vision on the About Us page on the site.
I respect the work on this site because there is always such well-reported and diverse stories and offerings covering various platforms. The content is well-dispersed, something that I struggle with on this blogsite. For site-regulars, TheatreJones provides a place of steady comfort, as readers can always find the “Places!” listings for the week, along with the calendar that provides events for each day that you want to look at. Conversely, the content featured on this page is so varied that even site-regulars cannot help but be enticed. Lowry’s Q&A’s are always a wonderful treat, as well as reviews and features of all performances in the area.
I doubt there is ever an event happening in the entire region of North Texas that TheatreJones does not cover. With the exception, however, of SMU Meadows events. But that is what this blog is for – to promote the interests of grassroots artists!
My only criticism of TheatreJones is the aforementioned critique, along with the lack of regularity of social media – namely Twitter. More and more, I am learning that our generation only reads bite-sized pieces of information for their news. If readers do not have access to these itty bitty headlines via Twitter or Facebook, they will be less than inclined to come to the website for the company, publication, organization or group.
I was lucky enough to go to the Inaugural National Arts Entrepreneurship Educators Conference this weekend at Meadows School of the Arts at SMU. The conference, organized by James Hart, assistant professor and director of arts entrepreneurship at SMU Meadows, and Gary Beckman, director of entrepreneurial studies in the arts at North Carolina State University, consisted of two days of workshops and panel discussions dedicated to arts entrepreneurship education. I met, spoke and networked with individuals from all over the country, all of whom are passionate about various fields of art and the education of arts entrepreneurship.