AFRICAN AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATER​​​​​​

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​​ABOUT US

AART, a non-profit theater, was founded in 2007 by stage and screen legend Irma P. Hall together with Dallas-area actors Vince McGill and Regina Washington, to offer a wide North Texas audience the experience of theater that explores and deepens insights into what African American lives reveal of human nature and the human spirit.

From its start, AART has won high critical acclaim.  The DeSoto Arts Council awarded financial support, and the City of DeSoto named AART the resident theater company for the Towne Center’s Corner Theatre.  AART was recognized by The Dallas Morning News as the “Best New Start-Up Theater Company,” and by the Dallas Observer “the strongest small theater company in North Texas.”

The inaugural season included A Soldier’s Play by Charles Fuller,  A Raisin in the Sun by Loraine Hansberry, and Neat by Charlayne Woodard, a Dallas Observer’s top five show pick.  AART was praised as evidence of both an African American theater’s value and of the deep pool of African American actors in the Dallas area.

A second season featured Athol Fugard’s masterpiece Master Harold and the Boys and closed with excellent reviews of The Gospel of Colonus, a musical adaptation by Bob Telson and Lee Breuer.  Dallas Morning News theater critic Lawson Taitte declared that “No area theater has ever had a second season as ambitious and as accomplished as African-American Repertory Theater’s.”

AART’s artistic reputation grew yearly as we built loyal audiences and strong working capital reserves.  AART has for five years been selected for Project1Voice, the national effort to foster excellence in African American Theater.

Three years ago, AART accepted the challenge of relocating into the City of Dallas while continuing to mount full seasons of theater.  In 2015, AART was selected by ATTPAC’s Elevator Series to produce August Wilson’s Radio Golf in Dallas Theater Center's Wyly Theatre.  AART has been a TACA sponsored theater for five years and was one of the inagural recipients of TACA's Donna Wilhelm Family New Works award.

MEET OUR FOUNDERS

  1. Irma P. Hall
    Irma P. Hall
    Legendary and award winning actress of stage, television, and film. Best known for her portrayal of Big Momma from the motion picture Soul Food. Ms. Hall is the recipient of several Lifetime Achievement Awards and is the Artistic Director for AART.
  2. Regina Washington
    Regina Washington
    Critically acclaimed and award winning actress. Ms. Washington is an Actors Equity membership candidate and is the Executive Managing Director for African American Repertory Theater (AART).
  3. Vince McGill
    Vince McGill
    Award wining actor and a proud member of Actors Equity Association . Mr. McGill previously served as the Educational Director of African American Repertory Theater (AART).
AART Goals
  
  • To  create opportunities for African American artists, while exercising non-traditional casting to create an all-inclusive tapestry reflective of the members of our community
  • To produce quality cross cultural theater that will enhance the values of the African American community
  •  To educate our youth and the community at large to foster a greater awareness of African American history and the arts  
  • To encourage collaborative efforts between organizations from a variety of sectors to leave a lasting impact on our society
  • To use the arts to dispel the stereotypes of the African American community and other cultures