AT&T Performing Arts Center
The AT&T Performing Arts Center is a nonprofit foundation that operates and programs a 10-acre campus comprised of three premier performance venues and a park in downtown Dallas. Opening in October 2009, the Center has helped complete the 30-year vision of the Dallas Arts District.
Audiences enjoy the best and most recent from Broadway; the finest dance companies from across the globe co-presented with TITAS Presents; top concerts and performers with Center Presents; and cutting-edge speakers from the #hearhere series; and small and emerging Dallas-based artists and groups through the Elevator Project. Thousands of students explore and more deeply experience the arts through the Center’s education program, Open Stages. Working with local service agencies, the Center provides free tickets to underserved individuals and families through Community Partners. These programs are made possible by the ongoing support of donors and members.
The Center’s five resident companies are among the city’s leading arts institutions: Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, The Dallas Opera, Dallas Theater Center and Texas Ballet Theater.
Designed by internationally acclaimed architects, the Center’s performance spaces are some of the finest venues in the world:
– Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, designed by Foster + Partners of London, is a stunning 2,200-seat venue wrapped in red glass with outstanding acoustic performance halls.
– Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre is a 575-seat theatre with one of the most versatile stages in the world and a distinctive aluminum exterior. It was designed by REX/OMA, Joshua Prince-Ramus (partner in charge) and Rem Koolhaas.
– Annette Strauss Square, designed by Foster + Partners, is an open-air entertainment venue with lawn and patio seating for 2,000 surrounded by the downtown skyline.
– Elaine D. and Charles A. Sammons Park is an urban park with native plants and grasses, landscaped lawns, performance spaces, a reflecting pool. Sammons Park was designed by Michel Desvigne and includes the Information Center designed by Foster + Partners.
The Center’s mission is to provide a public gathering place that strengthens community and fosters creativity through the presentation of performing arts and arts education programs.
Winspear Opera House
“Quite justifiably, it has come to be recognized as America’s finest opera house.” – John Allison, Opera Magazine
The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House is a 21st Century reinterpretation of the traditional “horseshoe” shaped opera house, engineered specifically for performance of opera and musical theatre, with stages equipped for performance of ballet and other types of dance. It hosts performances of The Dallas Opera, Texas Ballet Theater, Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico,Broadway, concerts, comedians, speakers and more. The Winspear Opera House is designed by Foster + Partners under Pritzker prize-winning architect Norman Foster and Deputy Chairman Spencer de Grey.
The iconic Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre is one of the most versatile theatrical performing spaces in the world, designed by REX/OMA, Joshua Prince-Ramus (partner in charge) and Rem Koolhaas. The theatre’s Potter Rose Performance Hall can be shaped into a number of configurations, including thrust, proscenium or flat floor. The Wyly Theatre is home to DallasTheater Center and Dallas Black Dance Theatre, and also hosts a range of other performances from comedy to concerts to speaking engagements.
The AT&T Performing Arts Center’s outdoor performance venue is named for a late former mayor of Dallas, Annette Strauss. Located adjacent to Elaine D. and Charles A. Sammons Park, Annette Strauss Square provides a serene setting for outdoor performances, festivals and events. Strauss Square was recently named Dallas’ best outdoor venue by theDallas Observer.
Weaving together the venues of the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Elaine D. and Charles A. Sammons Park serves as an extension of our venues prior to performances, a performance venue for local artists, and a gathering place for our diverse community. Michelle Desvigne of Paris designed Sammons Park in collaboration with JJR of Chicago.
Sammons Park provides a lively destination for families, event patrons, concert-goers, students and individuals from across North Texas. In addition to the outdoor verandah seating in front of the Winspear Opera House, sprawling lawns provide an ideal setting for picnics, performances and other outdoor activities.
A signature feature of Sammons Park is the large Donor Reflecting Pool in front of the Winspear Opera House. Children of all ages enjoy splashing across the black granite, which honors Center donors of $1 million or more, including those who participate in naming opportunities at the Center.