Theatre Three in Dallas, Texas, has a long history of change. It was founded in 1961 by Norma Young, Jac Alder, Esther Ragland, and Roy Dracup. They first began at the Sheraton Hotel before moving into a renovated factory. They finally ended up in their current location in the Quadrangle in 1969. Since their origins, they have been leaders in diversity and social acceptance. They have had artists from a wide range of races and backgrounds, even when the rest of society did not approve. They were desegregated long before other institutions in the area were. The following is an announcement video for their 58th season.
Theatre Three is not formatted like your typical theatre. Instead, it follows a theater-in-the-round model by splitting itself into four sections: north, south, east and west. The seats surround the stage, making everything visible from a certain angle, depending on where you are seated. This is ideal for it allows every part of the theatrical experience to be seen and recognized. No seat is better than any other; each is unique. A second stage, Theatre Too, is also present in the facility and follows its own patterning. Click on the video below if you'd like to see an in-depth tour of Theatre Three.
The theatre name itself comes from a belief in what it takes to succeed as a theater. Three different elements are required, which must come together in the end: author, actors, and audience. Thus, the theatre is three. Be a part of the three and visit this unique venue.
Cover Photo Credit: "Angels in America: Part One" by Uark Theatre is licensed under CC BY 2.0