Theatre Three FAQs

When was Theatre Three founded?

Founded in 1961 by Norma Young, Jac Alder, Robert Dracup and Esther Ragland. It is a 501 (c)3 not-for-profit organization.

What is Theatre Three’s Mission Statement?

The Short Version – Theatre Three illuminates the human experience with exemplary, intimate theatre by nurturing authors, regional artists and audiences.

The Long Version – Theatre Three produces a wide variety of literature for the stage so that our understanding of the human condition is expanded. Theatre Three strives to illuminate the ideas and emotions the author intends rather than imposing other ideas and emotions alien to the writer’s intent. Theatre Three creates a workplace where mature and young artists are supported in personal and artistic growth and to emphasize the employment of artists who make their year-round residence in Dallas and North Texas. Theatre Three is inclusive as a theatre organization recognizing all elements of the company and the community. Theatre Three promotes the particular pleasure that is gained only from live performance of actors and audiences.

What does Theatre Three’s name mean?

The company’s name derives from the three equally essential human elements that comprise the theatrical experience: the author, the actors, and the audience.

What does Theatre Three’s performance space look like?

Theatre Three’s Mainstage seats 242. The audience surrounds the stage on four sides, making theatre-going an intimate, unique, and engaging experience.

How many shows has Theatre Three produced?

Theatre Three has hosted more than 300 productions in its almost 50 year history.

What is Theatre Too?

Theatre Three’s studio space, Theatre Too, was renovated specifically for Theatre Three’s longest-running production, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change! Theatre Too is now home to its own season of new works, musical revues, bring-backs, and holiday fare. The theatre has a seating capacity of 99. Many other theatre companies have rented this space for their own productions including The Lean Theatre Company, Echo Theatre, Teatro Dallas’ Summer Children’s Theatre Program, and Crossroads Theatre Company.

What is The Mainstage Series?

Theatre Three’s Mainstage Season consists of 7 shows: an eclectic combination of musicals, comedies, and dramas. The season is year-round and typically begins midsummer. Each show runs for 4 weeks: one week of previews and 3 weeks of regularly scheduled performances. There are five performances a week:

  • Thursdays at 7:30 pm
  • Fridays at 8:00 pm
  • Saturdays at 8:00 pm
  • Sundays at 2:30 pm
  • There’s also ONE Sunday night at 7:30 pm; ONE Monday night at 7:30 pm; ONE Wednesday at 2:00 pm; and ONE Saturday at 2:30 pm per run.

Who’s in charge here?

Jeffrey Schmidt, Artistic Director and Merri Brewer, Managing Director, with the Board of Directors are in charge of running Theatre Three