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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

WaterTower Theatre’s vision is to connect the world to Addison and Addison to the world through developing and presenting innovative theatre that is artistically vital to our community locally and beyond.

We will be a development center and laboratory for theatre creation that pushes the boundaries of our art-form to find new, essential expressions of theatre. Our creative laboratory will develop art and artists, and incubate new productions that will excite and engage theatergoers and make WaterTower a sought-after and relevant artistic voice to DFW and the national theatre community.

WTT is committed to being a supportive home for diverse artists. We will cross-pollinate our spaces with artists who: work in different styles, forms and genres; range from emerging to experienced; are from DFW and around the world; and that speak from different backgrounds, genders, sexualities, abilities, and countries of origin.

We will also connect with theatres locally, nationally, and internationally, exchanging work and ideas that will resonate not only in our artistic forms, but in the conversations, we have within and around our work.

WTT is a place where audiences can trust that each show at our theatre will bring something different to our audience: a new point of view, genre of theatre, or experience. WTT’s productions will take our audiences on a journey in their imagination and hearts without leaving our Addison home.


  1. Diversity & Inclusivity: WTT is an open-minded and creative place that honors all people and perspectives. We strive to make our theatre welcoming and affirming to people of all race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability. We seek to present stories that engage our audiences in diverse points of view that are told in a multitude of ways. All voices are respectfully encouraged in the artistic conversation at WTT.
  2. Community & Connectivity: WTT is a supportive home and meeting place for all. We are also an active member in our community, engaging and connecting in everything we do. We build bridges to create the vital artistic conversations of our time, and create encounters that are only possible at our theatre.
  3. Innovation: Through curiosity, dialogue, and creativity, WTT will innovate in everything we do both onstage and off. We support artistic innovation by supporting our artists and their work through: working methods and circumstances that foster creativity in the work; compensating artists respectfully for that work; providing opportunities for artists to generate new work; supporting emerging artists; and creating opportunities for education, expansion, and growth for artists.
  4. Honesty & Integrity: Everything we do both onstage and off is with the upmost care in stewarding our organization and protecting the values and rights of all stakeholders. We recognize that financial health is crucial to fulfilling our mission and creating circumstances for artistry and innovation to flourish. 
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
FX: 972.450.6244
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