Press

Bishop Arts Theatre has consistently been in both the national and local media spotlight.  Our riveting stage performances have garnered an expanding season subscription base, critical acclaim, and several awards. Click on the links below for the 4-1-1.

Bishop Arts Theatre Center Strives to Remain A Neighborhood Resource – Lindsey Wilson, Arts & Culture Magazine

Press Release: Bishop Arts Theatre Center Starst 25th Anniversary with Nina Simone Bio-Play, The Champion

Dig In! Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum Awards for the 2017-2018 season – Mark Lowry, TheaterJones.com

D-FW Theater Critics Forum names the best plays – Nancy Churnin, Dallas Morning News

Press Release: Banned Together: A Censorship Cabaret

Press Release: Bishop Arts Theatre Center Celebrates Two Big Anniversaries This North Texas Giving Day

2018’s Five Fierce Females of Oak CliffTeresa Coleman Wash runs her theater like a businessman runs a bank – Oak Cliff Advocate

Press Release: Bishop Arts Theatre Center Celebrates 25th Silver Threads Anniversary Season

The Ugly Truth about Arts Institutions Led by Women of Color – HowlRound
By Teresa Coleman Wash

Press Release: Farahana Namaskar Joins Speaker Series with Mindfulness, Meditation, & Mothering

Down for #TheCount One-Act Play Festival Celebrates Female Voices in Theater – REVIEW
Dallas Observer

Down for #TheCount provides a voice for women and a spectacle for Dallas audiences – REVIEW
North Dallas Gazette

Teresa Coleman Wash is demanding a place for female playwrights with her Down for #TheCount festival
Teresa Coleman Wash is on a mission to make women’s voices heard.

Press Release: The Monologue Project Digital Launch – The Monologue Project launches its digital platform on the Bishop Arts Theatre Center’s website offering full-length audition monologues for Women of the African Diaspora.

Review: Thurgood by George Stevens, Jr. – North Dallas Gazette News
“The legend becomes more of a real man the audience can relate to…” – D. Prescott

Review: Thurgood by George Stevens, Jr. – TheatreJones.com
“…
Haines has some of his best moments arguing first as the unctuous ‘lawyer’s lawyer’ John W. Davis, then facing off with Davis as Marshall in a passionate plea for the dignity of African American students. ”  – Farrington Sweeney

Review: Black Nativity by Langston Hughes – North Dallas Gazette
“Some of the music was produced specifically for the play, and in the hands of the right vocalists, will be cemented into the mind’s yuletide library.” – David Wilford

Press Release – The Monologue Project – Dallas

Review: In The Tall Grass – SharpCritic.com
“In The Tall Grass shows great wisdom, compassion, intelligence, outrage, and humanity.” Christopher Soden

Review: In The Tall Grass – North Dallas Gazette
“In The Tall Grass’ is not only well written, produced, and performed – it is much needed” – Joe Farkus

Review: In The Tall Grass by Paul Kalburgi – TheatreJones.com
“Compelling and moving…” Martha Heimberg

Press Release – Bishop Arts Theatre Center 2017-2018 Theatre Series Announcement

How the arts can give Dallas an economic boost
Dallas Morning News commentary by Teresa Coleman Wash

How the arts can support public safety
Dallas Morning News op-ed piece by Teresa Coleman Wash

Review: Black Nativity by Langston Hughes – Dallas Morning News
The story of Jesus’ birth inspires contemporary joy in Bishop Arts Theatre Center’s Black Nativity

Review: Black Nativity by Langston Hughes – North Dallas Gazette
Bishop Arts Theatre Center’s Black Nativity is again a holiday treat.

Review: Ruined | Bishop Arts Theatre Center | Bishop Arts Theater Center
Women surviving violent rape and abandonment find courage, humor and a desperate refuge in a Congolese brothel in a strong production of Ruined at Bishop Arts Theatre Center

Bishop Arts Theatre’s Ruined masterful, brilliant theatre
Lynn Nottage’s Ruined is a poignant, intelligent, drama that explores the diminishment and degradation of women in the midst of a patriarchy.

‘Ruined’ is a tough story that needs to be told
Throughout recorded history, men have found an excuse to go to war.

Review: Third Annual PlayPride LGBT Festival l Bishop Arts Theatre Center
At Bishop Arts Theatre Center, six short plays by Texas writers in the third annual PlayPride LGBT Competition make for a cohesive evening.

Third Annual LGBT PlayPride Competition intriguing mix of wicked satire and allegory
Bishop Arts Theatre Center’s Third Annual LGBT PlayPride Competition is an intriguing mix, with an interesting approach.

Theaters Challenged To Produce Work By Anyone Other Than Straight White Dudes
Dallas ladies, like Teresa Coleman Wash, are doing the work.

It’s Time To Give More Women and Playwrights Of Color The Spotlight
RoleReboot op-ed piece by Teresa Coleman Wash

Review: Down For #TheCount. Count the Ways
Bishop Arts Theatre Center takes an important leap forward with its first Down for #TheCount women’s playwriting festival.

Review: Down For #TheCount. Dallas Examiner
Bishop Arts Theatre Center’s ‘Down for the Count’: surprising, original, moving and memorable

Bishop Arts Theatre Center Celebrates Women’s Voices With Six Day Festival
BISHOP ARTS DISTRICT – Something special is taking center stage at Dallas’ Bishop Arts Theatre Center.

Are You Down For #TheCount With Bishop Arts Theatre?
DR Hanson is a busy man: he’s an actor, director and, most recently, a feminist crusader.

Celebrating Women’s Voices at Bishop Arts Theatre
At this time of year, Dallas’ Bishop Arts Theatre Center hosts a new playwright competition, with short one-acts from mostly local writers filling the stage

Meet the 2016 Dallas Observer MasterMinds
Bishop Arts Theatre Center Founder & Executive Artistic Director Teresa Coleman Wash receives 2016 MasterMind award

Gospel music-driven ‘Black Nativity’ inspires at Bishop Arts Theatre Center
When Langston Hughes’ gospel-music-driven production, Black Nativity debuted in 1961, it became one of the first plays

Do Tell
Bishop Arts Theatre Center’s annual staging of Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity is sincere and occasionally powerful.

Black Nativity is extraordinary and not a one-time experience
Bishop Arts Theatre Center production of Black Nativity by Langston Hughes shines the light on the classic work

‘Black Nativity’ powerful, beautiful, deeply felt
Every Christmas Bishop Arts Theatre Center in Oak Cliff does Langston Hughes’ “Black Nativity” using a different guest director.

Center Stage
Bishop Arts Theatre Center stages powerful rendition of the play ‘The Face Of Emmett Till’

Review: North Dallas Gazette
The Face Of Emmett Till brings to life a story we cannot afford to forget.

Recently Reviewed Theater:
‘Bad Jews’, ‘The Mountaintop’ and More.

Center Stage
Tony Award Winner Texas Terrence McNally Kicks Off TeCo Season With Free Talk.

2015-2016 Season
Bishop Arts Theatre Center expands its scope next season with more plays, a focus on women writers of color, and a talk with Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally.

Gay For Play
Bishop Arts Theatre Center second PlayPride LGBT Festival is an early contest for the most improved theatrical event.

Q&A Nnenna Freelon
The Grammy-nominated jazz singer talks about a work she co-created, The Clothesline Muse, playing at Bishop Arts Theatre Center

And The Winner Is
Bishop Arts Theatre Center’s 13th New Play Competition is a tasty theater pie served in 20-minute slices

Brilliant ensemble & meticulous craft distinguish TeCo’s 13th Annual New Play Competition
As you might expect from any endeavor of this sort…

The audience is the true winner
Six plays in less than three hours, there is bound to be a…

Dallas Morning News Cover Story 1/18/15
Dallas Festival of Ideas sees arts as inspiring people, societies to grow…

BWW Review
BATC’s Modernized Youthful BLACK NATIVITY is a Resounding Hit

Happy Birth Day
Bishop Arts Theatre Center steps out with a marvelous, contemporary take on Langston Hughes Black Nativity

Black Nativity Takes You Back To Church For Christmas
Bishop Arts Theatre Center’s 2014 Black Nativity production will warm your heart, lift your spirits and take you back home-your church home-for Christmas.

Buster Spiller’s Pot Liquor Wins
Bishop Arts Theatre Center has added another feather to a cap that’s decorated with new play competitions, and this time it’s devoted to gay-themed work.

Playing For Pride
Bishop Arts Theatre Center Launches the PlayPride LGBT Festival

And The Winner Is….
Antay Bilgutay Wins Bishop Arts Theatre Center’s 2014 New Play Competition with STRANGERS IN A CHAPEL

BWW Reviews: ‘Overpass’, ‘Strangers’, ‘Straight’ & Youth Actors Dominate TeCo Competition
The 12th Annual New Place Competition. This year’s competition featured some new faces and quite a few older ones…

BATC Mojo
At Bishop Arts Theatre Center, the 12th Annual New Play Competition showcases some promising work from local writers.

The Many Re-Births Of ‘Black Nativity’
Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity became a Hollywood movie this year, but it’s long been a holiday stage tradition.

Black at the Assassination’: New play illuminates overlooked voices in Dallas
Playwrights Camika Spencer and Kyndal Robertson, both Dallas natives, were tasked to tackle that black perspective head-on, to examine the grief, fear, and disappointment among a community in Dallas that had put so much hope in the political future in the nation’s 35th president.

Black Dallas Residents Remembers JFK Assassination Ahead of 50th Anniversary
Next week the eyes of the world will be on Dallas as they remember the 50th anniversary of the assassination of former President John F. Kennedy.

Black at the Assassination Deserves A+ for Compelling History Lesson.
I am not a native Texas even though I spent many summer vacations in…

Another Side of History
With Black at the Assassination, Bishop Arts Theatre Center explores how the JFK event 50 years ago affected African-Americans in Dallas.

Black At The Assassination Adds An Overlooked Perspective On JFK Events
Two Oak Cliff playwrights tell the story from a different angle.

Bishop Arts Theatre Center’s Black At The Assassination Rewinds History to November 1963.
The material has promise, but the production of Bishop Arts Theatre Center’s latest Black At The Assassination doesn’t do it justice.

Oak Cliff’s Notable Locals Celebrated In New Book
Three local authors team up to honor legendary residents in new a book complete with extraordinary, vintage images.

Bishop Arts Theatre Center’s New Play Competition grows artistically and maintains its roots
When Bishop Arts Theatre Center’s Founder/Executive Artistic Director Teresa Coleman Wash launched the 1st Annual New Play Competition ten years ago, it immediately…

FRESH FRIDAY: New Play Contest
Seven local playwrights compete for a chance to win $1,000 cash in the annual New Play Competition produced for the eleventh year by Bishop Arts Theatre Center, under…

The Power of New Work
With the help of Will Power, Bishop Arts Theatre Center offers its best New Play Competition in years.

Theater Review: Why You Should Make Langston Hughes’ Gospel Nativity Your Holiday Tradition
The Center’s mission “to cultivate a diverse and vibrant arts community while creating sustainable opportunities for local and emerging artists through performances and education” is apparent in this heartfelt production that draws a sharp distinction between theater of the community, and not community theater.

Our Lady of the Fried Chicken Sandwich
At Bishop Arts Theatre Center, Jonathan Norton’s Ain’t This Some Sh*t! recent politics and pop culture.

A Shining Little Light
The Bishop Arts Center in Oak Cliff takes pride in advocating for the arts and involving its diverse community on multiple levels of programming.  An exemplary instance if this advocacy and involvement is…

Norton and Whitfield lead the Pack in the “Best Of The Best”
Bishop Arts Theatre Center has reached a milestone with its Annual New Play Competition.  Now in its 10th year, this staple of the Dallas theater community celebrates six (6) local playwrights…

Black Nativity:  Bishop Arts Theatre Center’s Christmas Essence Celebration
Christmastime at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center means a rich, unique performance experience, based on a yearly, expressive tradition.  Adjacent to the Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff, TeCo entertains…

Curve Appeal
Bishop Arts Theatre Center makes a fantastic venue for Josefina Lopez’s thin Real Women Have Curves.

Bishop Arts Theatre Center helps Oak Cliff-area teens with T-An-T apprenticeship program
“Say it again!  I’m in the back; I need to hear you,”  Phyllis Wallace-Dunn bellows.  The teenagers on stage at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center repeat their lines with more…

The Right Stuff, A Right Start – TeCo’s New Play Contest
Moliere and Mamet had to start somewhere, right?  For nine years, Bishop Arts Theatre Center has honored the endeavors of regional and aspiring playwrights by hosting  New Play Competition at its welcoming gem of a venue, the Bishop Arts Theatre…

Theater Review:  There’s No Business In Show Business At Bishop Arts Theatre Center
Artistic Director Teresa Coleman Wash takes the stage pre-curtain to welcome the audience to Bishop Arts Theatre Center’s original production of There’s No Business In Show Business.

Lyrical Magnificence:  Black Nativity at Bishop Arts
The show begins in complete darkness, silence. When the curtain rises, a simple wooden cradle rests upstage on a small raised platform strewn with straw…

Timely Excellence In TeCo Theater’s One Act Winners
And the winner is…  The results are in from the 7th Annual New Play Competition:  The Best of Political Theater, sponsored by Bishop Arts Theatre Center…