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Our History

Now entering its 57th season, Theatre Three (T3) was founded by Norma Young, Jac Alder, Esther Ragland, and Roy Dracup in 1961, first performing seasons of acclaimed theatre at the Sheraton Hotel. In time, the organization needed more space and moved to a renovated factory space in Deep Ellum. In 1969, the organization leased its current space in Uptown in the Quadrangle. In 1985, T3 purchased the building and underwent extensive remodeling.

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A Tradition of Excellence

Theatre Three has introduced the metroplex to classic plays, musicals, and scores of new Tony Award-winning and Pulitzer Prize-winners. Two such writers went on to win their own Pulitzer Prize: Beth Henley and Doug Wright, both of whom acted extensively on Theatre Three’s stage in their formative years. Young served as the theatre’s Artistic Director until her death in 1998. Jac served as the Executive Producer-Director until his death on May 22, 2015. On January 1, 2017, after a long national search, Jeffrey Schmidt began his tenure as our current Artistic Director. Almost immediately, he indicated his intention to be a bridge from what this theatre has been to where it will fit into the landscape of the future. Schmidt has stated his vision includes striking a balance between the innovative and the classic, with inventive design, and exciting opportunities for actors. New work development by local writers is also part of the equation. With the announcement of his second season, Schmidt has doubled down on his commitment to fostering new and local works by including them in the mainstage season, and by making T3’s secondary space an incubator for playwrights to develop their work and as a rental space for other companies.

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Core Values

  • Artistry: Presenting compelling and entertaining theatre with a commitment to engaging the highest quality talent throughout the organization
  • Stewardship: Supporting a professionally managed and fiscally stable business
  • Inclusion: Serving as an arts community leader in inclusion, equity, diversity and accessibility ― onstage and throughout the organization
  • Innovation: Pushing creative boundaries and maximizing theatrical possibilities with leading-edge technology and production values
  • Leadership: Serving as a cultural hub ― igniting experimentation and collaboration through high-impact programs
  • Legacy: Honoring Co-Founders Norma Young and Jac Alder, artistic visionaries and Dallas theatre pioneer

Our Mission

Theatre Three illuminates the human experience with exemplary, intimate theatre by nurturing authors, artists and audiences. Theatre Three is a recognized pillar of the North Texas arts community ― enriching lives by bringing audiences engaging, provocative, and professionally produced theatrical experiences in an intimate space.

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