Get Involved In DFW’s Theater Community

July 21, 2014 8:00 AM

(Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)

(Photo by Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)

Even if you are not an actor, singer or dancer, there are many ways you can get involved in the local community theatre scene. With tasks as easy as addressing and stuffing envelopes to building and painting sets, there are plenty of opportunities available to grow your love of the theatre.

TeCo Theatrical Productions, Inc.
The Bishop Arts Theatre Center
215 S. Tyler St.
Dallas, TX 75208
(214) 948-0716
www.tecotheater.orgCelebrating 20 years in Dallas, TeCo Theatrical Productions, Inc. is a non-profit theater company in the Bishop Arts. It is currently looking for a volunteer that is an experienced grant writer to help obtain general funding as well as volunteers proficient in Microsoft Office to provide office help.

Dallas Children’s Theater
Rosewood Center
5938 Skillman St.
Dallas, TX 75231
(214) 978-0110
www.dct.orgThe Dallas Children’s Theater utilizes volunteers as young as 13 years old. Ushering opportunities are available for volunteers from age 13 on up. The duties include taking tickets, handing out programs and clean up after the performance, but it isn’t all work. Ushers receive free admission to the performance and discounted tickets for those they bring along (family and friends). For volunteers ages 16 and older, there is office work and miscellaneous projects. This is a great way to get office experience. Workday experiences are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and include free lunch.

Kitchen Dog Theater
3120 McKinney Ave.
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 953-1055
www.kitchendogtheater.orgKitchen Dog Theater is looking for assistance in tearing down sets, also known as striking a set, for its upcoming fall season, which begins in September. It is requesting that you have some carpentry experience, are willing to commit to at least two hours and RSVP so that the organization can plan accordingly to have sufficient help. In addition to striking duty, Kitchen Dog always accepts volunteers for front- and back-of-the-house operations including ushering, box office help and administration duties. To get more information, call Kitchen Dog or email

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The Art Centre Theatre
5220 Village Creek Drive
Plano, TX 75093
(214) 810-3228
www.artcentretheatre.comBuilding sets for upcoming theatre performances is a great way to get involved in local community theatre. The Art Centre Theatre in Plano is looking for people to come in clothing that “you don’t mind getting dirty” to lend a hand in creating sets for their upcoming performances. Using a hammer, drill or painting and cleaning are just a few of the tasks that need to be completed. It is a great feeling to be able to say, “I helped build that.”

Good Mood and Melodies Evening of Jazz
City of Dallas Parks & Recreation
Willie B. Johnson Recreation Center
12225 Willowdell Drive
Dallas, TX 75243
(214) 670-6182
www.dallasparks.orgThis event honors the late John Singleton, musician and former instructor at the Willie B. Johnson Recreation Center. Mr. Singleton provided free drums and piano lessons to students during the Center’s summer camp program. In creating the second year of this event, volunteers are needed to help build and strike the stage.

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Robin D. Everson is a native Chicagoan who resides in Dallas, Texas. Her appreciation for art, food, wine, people and places has helped her become a well-respected journalist. A life-long lover of education, Robin seeks to learn and enlighten others about culture. You can find her work at