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Creep, 2015
Creep, 2015
Photo by Karen Almond

WaterTower Theatre’s mission is to create innovative, diverse theatre that builds community by fostering empathy and dialogue.


Lord of the Flies, 2016
Lord of the Flies, 2016
Photo by Karen Almond

We at WaterTower Theatre strive to create magic - a special kind of magic that changes our audiences and ourselves. If we are ever lucky enough to experience this kind of magic, we are transformed - transformed by the communication of thoughts and ideas that have an authentic connection to those who experience the work we do.

We believe our work must have something to say about what we believe in and feel passionate about. We strive to provide a connection between ourselves as artists and those who view our work. By providing live theatre in the Dallas area, we hope to inspire the type of thinking that allows reflection and personal change, the type of thinking that is a catalyst for remembrance, the type of thinking that is a reinvestment into those beliefs and experiences that imbue our lives with meaning.

To do this, WaterTower Theatre produces a wide range of dramatic literature. Comedies and dramas. Plays and musicals. Classics by the great writers of Western literature as well as new works by up-and-coming authors who provide us with original thoughts, fresh ideas, and up-to-the-minute expressions that reflect our modern and ever-changing lives.

WaterTower Theatre provides a place for the community and the world at large to come together to share, to communicate, and to have an experience that is both life affirming and soul expanding. We vow, to the best of our ability, to create a very special kind of theatre. Theatre that provides an experience that is meaningful and significant to those who experience it. Theatre that can provide a “source of hope.” That can change someone’s life for the better.

Woody Guthrie once described a good song: “It can’t just be good; it has to be good for something.” Our ultimate vision is to be good for something.

Silent Sky, 2017
Silent Sky, 2017
Photo by Karen Almond

Founded in 1996, WaterTower Theatre (WTT) is one of Texas' leading professional theatre companies and one of the flagship arts institutions in North Texas, having played an important role as a leader in developing new talent and encouraging the growth of the DFW artistic community through its commitment to hiring local artists.

WTT Alumni currently working on Broadway/Internationally  include Akron Watson (THE COLOR PURPLE), Brian Gonzales (ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS and Disney’s ALADDIN), Major Attaway (the new Genie in Disney’s ALADDIN), Cedric Neal (West End, MOTOWN), Anthony Fortino (First National Tour, FUN HOME), John Campione (First National Tour, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY), Traci Lee (First National Tour, BEAUTIFUL), Clinton Greenspan and Jeremy Davis (First National Tour, Disney’s ALADDIN), and in many regional theatres across the country.  Respected local actors such as Denise Lee, Liz Mikel, Gary Lynn Floyd, Zak Reynolds, Kyle Igneczi, Diana Sheehan, Pam Dougherty, and Emily Scott Banks credit WTT for nurturing their professional careers.

When longtime Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin resigned last May, the Board of Directors evaluated the Company and chose to make significant changes to its organizational structure – specifically, creating a new bifurcated management model with a Managing Director to head the Company’s business and operations, and a parallel Artistic Director to serve as WaterTower Theatre’s artistic visionary and manage the Company’s productions. Longtime Director of Development and Marketing Gregory Patterson was appointed to the position of Managing Director, and a Search Committee was formed to undertake the process of identifying the future Artistic Director.

The Search Committee, comprised of community leaders and WTT board members, engaged the executive search consulting firm of Genovese, Vanderhoof & Associates.  Margaret Genovese, lead consultant in the national search, ultimately garnered more than one hundred candidates from across North America. Following an extensive interview process, the Search Committee unanimously presented Chicago-based Joanie Schultz to the Board of Directors for this important leadership position.  She assumed her new position on January 1, 2017.  

WaterTower Theatre is a 501(c)(3) non-profit theatre organization, proudly operating under an SPT6 license with Actors’ Equity Association.

WaterTower Theatre
at the Addison Theatre Centre
15650 Addison Road
Addison, Texas 75001
PH: 972.450.6230
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