Parking Lot Update #2

Dear Patrons,

Our parking renovation is complete and all railings are in! There are 2 designated handicap spaces, and two ramps. The easiest ramp to the front door is to the left of our parking area, next to the barrels.

Thank you again for your patience and support!

Neighborhood Play Contest Winners announced

This year we received over 200 submissions to the Neighborhood Play Contest. Here are the Winners, whose submissions will be performed at the Festival of the Kid. The Honorable Mention submissions follow.

Winners whose submissions will be performed at the Festival:

--Newman Smith High School, David Wilson-Brown

  • Christina Allish
  • Randi Ruppersberg
  • Emma Richardson and Lilith Correa

--Benbrook Middle High School, Seth Johnston

  • Garland Goodwin
  • Destyni Baxter

--Timber Creek HS, Amanda Brundrett

  • Lucas Bradanini
  • Sophia Zamora

--Western Hills HS, Julia Worthington

  • Natalie Jimenez, Diana Molina, and Shuntiera Curry

--Caprock Elementary School, Lena Paulauskas, Keller

  • Elianna Del Rio

--Fort Worth Country Day, Melodee Halbach

  • Grace Sapienza

-- North Crowley High School, Whitney Joy Hatcher

  • Lauren Mack
  • Alan Valdez
  • Antonio Resendiz
  • Angel White

--Rosemont 6th grade, Joshua Cox

  • Karim Bernal

--Parkview Elementary, Mrs Cornell, 4th Grade

  • Anna Moss & Sarah Cung

--Carter Riverside, Angela Stidham

  • Alexandra Jackson
  • Solomon Alvarez
  • Xander Adwell
  • Lamont’e Murphy
  • Christian Rincon,
  • Taylor Watson,
  • Annahi Castillo

--Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts, Ms. Weaver, 3rd and 4th Grade

  • Kolby Hribar,
  • Brett Martin
  • Dael Park
  • Alaina Spaltro

Self Submit Winners:

  • Lauren Sphar, Senior FWAFA
  • Sarah Turton,  FWAFA
  • Trinity Aldridge, self submit
  • Kate Snyder, self submit
  • Violet Ervin, (Mrs. Beck, Bransom Elementary)
  • Reagan Lane, (Self Submit, Oak Ridge School)
  • Amya Scott, self submission
  • Karina M. Johnson, self submission
  • Amya Scott, self submission
  • Breanna Cox, self submit
  • Emma Givens, self submit
  • Lauren Chavez, self-submit

Honorable Mentions:

(the Honorable Mention pieces will not be performed)

Honorable Mentions/Final Round go to: 

--Newman Smith High School, David Wilson-Brown

  • Cameryn Barrios
  • Daniel De Jesus Nunez
  • Destiny Chandler
  • Lara Cakir and James Teague
  • Thomas Schmitt
  • Zoe Meyerhoeffer

---Fort Worth Country Day, Melodee Halbach, (the Honorable Mention pieces will not be performed)

  • Paloma Casanova,
  • Pearce Wallach

--Carter Riverside, Angela Stidham

  • Oscar Read
  • Yasmin Mendoza
  • Aryana Valles 
  • Sandra Rodriguez
  • Tyara Martinez
  • Jasmine Hoover

--FWAFA, Ms. Weaver, 3rd and 4th Grade

  • Samantha Ikeda
  • Jaylah Larsen
  • Jaycie Carr
  • James Stoner
  • Ayomide Agboola

Image: Two of our 2017 Neighborhood Play Contest WInners


Parking Update!

Our accessible parking project continues! Keep your eyes open for an ENTER HERE sign on the door of either 821 (Lobby Cafe & Main Stage) or 823 (rehearsal hall and offices) to indicate which entrance to use. We are getting there!

Want to help Stage West celebrate 40 years?

Want to help Stage West celebrate 40 years? Please send us a video clip for a documentary we are making!

What to do:  

1. Position your device to a horizontal/landscape orientation.

2. Find in a quiet, well-lit space to record. Be sure not to cover the microphone! 

3. State your name and what year you first discovered Stage West.

4. Answer one or more of these questions: What one word or phrase comes to mind when you think of Stage West? What’s your favorite Stage West play and why? What/who makes Stage West special/unique for you? Tell us your special Stage West memory.

5. Wish Stage West a Happy 40th Anniversary!  

6. Send your finished clip to dana [at] (subject: 40%20Year%20Video) , subject line: 40 Year Video

BREAKING NEWS: Parking lot update!

UPDATED: Fri, Oct 26, 2018
If you've been to our space before, you will be aware that the parking area in front of our building is on an incline. For the next couple months, the city is redoing that parking area for safer access. This is wonderful news! While this construction is underway, please plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to curtain to ensure plenty of time to navigate the construction. We expect access from the street to change locations from day to day. You may, for example, be asked to enter our facility through our rehearsal hall  if the usual entrance is blocked. Access points should be apparent upon approach. This project means 10 less parking spaces during the construction time-frame so we encourage early arrival to accommodate walking an extra block especially on November 2, 3, 9, 24. For alternative access through the back of the building, please pre-arrange by calling us at 817-784-9378 so that we can let you in!
Thank you so much for your understanding and patience as we work with city to improve the patron experience (and parking lot safety) at Stage West.

You’ve been asking for it! And it’s finally about to happen. Thanks to our friends at Near Southside, Inc. and at City Hall, the parking area in front of Stage West is getting a make-over! 

What does this mean for the future? 
A beautiful, level, fully accessible parking area and entryway.
What does it mean for the next few months? 
Once construction starts, there will be non-production days where the only entrance to our facility is at the rear of the building. If you need us on those days, please pre-arrange your visit by calling our box office 817-784-9378.
This will mostly affect walk-up ticket buyers, students, actors, and staff. If you forget, it’ll be quickly apparent if you can’t come through the front. Drive round to the back. We’ll post the phone number on that door as well and come back to let you in.
During performance hours, the construction team has pledged to make an entry way through the front.
When is this starting?
Start date should be October 1, and we expect that it will finish up by late November.
How can you help? 
Plan extra time for your arrival. It is estimated to be a 6-8 week project. Fingers crossed!
Finally, a special thank you to all of you who wrote letters of support to the city regarding this project. You had a major impact on the success of this being given a green light!

Giving Day

We made our goal of $25,000 in contributions!  Still waiting for final, final numbers...

North Texas Giving Day is a special day for all non-profits in the area, including Stage West Theatre! This year’s event is from 6am-12am on September 20. All gifts given to our organization that day will receive an in-house match from the Swenson family. The Swensons will generously triple your contribution, helping your money go even further towards our $25,000 goal.

There are additional BONUS FUNDS provided by the Communities Foundation of North Texas. The Communities Foundation will enhance, on a pro-rated basis, each donation made during North Texas Giving Day. Credit card gifts will be eligible for the bonus pool to the value of actual donations prior to deduction for the fees. It is not a dollar for dollar match. The bonus percentage will be calculated the day after North Texas Giving Day. Watch this video to see how the bonus is calculated. 

How to give? There’s now two ways: 

1)    Scheduled Giving: New this year, donors may visit between September 10 at 8am through September 19 at midnight. Enter the organization name Stage West and follow the directions from there. The donation will be processed on Giving Day itself.

2)    Day-of Giving: between 6am-12am on September 20, visit Enter the organization name Stage West. Follow the steps from there to make your gift to our theatre.

 There is also a local event that you are welcome to attend. It is in celebration of the day and most every Fort Worth non-profit will be represented. We would love to see you there.
Thank you for participating on this exciting day of philanthropy and for helping to make great live theatre possible at Stage West!

Classes, Changes, and a Question from our Education Department

Stage West is celebrating its 40th year!! 
Our Education department is looking back and moving forward in celebration of this milestone anniversary.

  • We are brewing some new class ideas to add to our mix for ages 7 – 107! We believe in the power of theater to enrich communication, creativity and problem solving skills – on and off stage.

  • We also want to provide a solid foundation of acting skills to support the ongoing growth of our students.

We have our ideas. But guess what? We want yours!

Are you an interested teen/tween, adult or senior? What benefits do you see in taking classes? What are the benefits you wish to gain?  What courses are you interested in taking? What would make it work for you?

education [at] (subject: The%20Future%20of%20Stage%20West%20Education, body: Are%20you%20an%20interested%20teen%2Ftween%2C%20adult%20or%20senior%20%3F%20%0A%0AWhat%20benefits%20do%20you%20see%20in%20taking%20classes%3F%0A%0AWhat%20are%20the%20benefits%20you%20wish%20to%20gain%3F%20%0A%0AWhat%20courses%20are%20you%20interested%20in%20taking%3F%20%0A%0AWhat%20would%20make%20it%20work%20for%20you%3F%0A%0A) (Please email us your suggestions). We want to hear from you. We will put all of your suggestions into the mix and create our new curriculum infused with your input.

We will announce the new season of courses at our Open House, August 4th , 10:00 – 2:00.

And thank you!

Discover our 40th Season!

A Doll’s House, Part 2

by Lucas Hnath

Regional Premiere

October 25 - November 25, 2018

In 1879, Nora Helmer walked out the door, leaving her husband and children and societal constraints behind her, instantly propelling world drama into the modern age. Now, 15 years later, there is a knock at that same door, as the squirrel returns to her cage with an incredibly awkward favor to ask. In this bitingly funny and fascinating sequel to Ibsen’s revolutionary masterpiece, sparks fly and the past and present collide in a taut theatrical showdown. Behind every door is a possibility, and behind every ending is a new beginning.


Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol

by Tom Mula

Back By Popular Demand!

December 6 - December 23, 2018

Condemned to a shackled eternity, Jacob Marley’s spirit is given one chance to change his fate and escape his eternal chains – by returning to the world he scorned one Christmas Eve night to redeem his old business partner, Scrooge. So begins a journey of laughter and terror, redemption and renewal, during which Scrooge’s heart is indeed opened, but not before Marley – in this irreverent, funny, and moving tale – discovers his own in this delightful twist on the iconic Dickens classic.


by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Regional Premiere

December 27 - January 27, 2019

Everybody has come to the end of life, and so begins the revelatory and mysterious journey towards what lies beyond. As relationships, memories, and senses fade away, Everybody is left to travel down the road that leads to the bittersweet truth that we all eventually must face. In this modern, comedic, and heartfelt riff on the iconic medieval morality play, fate decides the roles by lottery each night, so - as is true in life - Everybody could be anybody. And in the end, when it’s your time to go, what will you leave behind and what will you take with you?

Are You Now or Have You Ever Been...

by Carlyle Brown

Regional Premiere

February 14 - March 10, 2019

On the eve of his appearance before the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations on Un- American Activities led by Senator Joseph McCarthy, American writer Langston Hughes fitfully attempts to compose a poem. As accusations whirl, censorships abound, and freedoms are called into question, this inspired-by-true-events, lyrical drama examines not only the tense yet necessary relationship between art and politics, but also the emotional and deeply personal connection between the artist and his craft in the face of oppressive power.

The Father

by Florian Zeller, translated by Christopher Hampton

Regional Premiere

April 4 - April 28, 2019

You can’t fool 80-year-old André - he’s a man of his own mind. But there’s definitely something fishy going on. He’s a retired tap dancer living with his daughter and her husband, and...or, no wait, is he a retired engineer whose daughter is visiting from London? And who are those people who keep turning up in his flat, and where does his furniture keep disappearing to, and why is he still in his pajamas? No, something’s going on, and if he can just find his watch, he’ll get to the bottom of it.

Holmes and Watson

by Jeffrey Hatcher

Regional Premiere

May 30 - June 30, 2019

Three years after the mysterious death of beloved master sleuth Sherlock Holmes, his loyal assistant Dr. John H. Watson is summoned to a remote asylum on a rocky island to investigate three inmates who all claim to be the late detective Holmes. In this riveting and stirring new puzzler, the trusty Watson is drawn into a web of intrigue, suspicion, murder, and surprise that finally reveals what really happened that fateful day between Sherlock Holmes and his nemesis, Professor Moriarty.


by Duncan Macmillan

Regional Premiere

July 25 - August 18, 2019

The world is getting hotter, there’s unrest overseas - actually, the seas themselves aren’t very calm either - and in an IKEA a man suggests to his partner that they should have a child. What if it grows up to solve the world’s problems? What if it becomes a mass murderer? What about its carbon footprint? They leave with nothing they went in for, but come out with a full set of self-assembly dilemmas that they spend a life cycle trying to construct. They want to have a child for the right reasons. But what are the right reasons?


First Date

Book by Austin Winsberg, Music and Lyrics by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner

Regional Premiere

September 12 - October 13, 2019

a co-production with Theatre TCU

When tightly-wound Aaron is set up with laid-back Casey on a blind date, a casual drink turns into an uproarious high-stakes dinner. As the date unfolds, this mismatched pair's inner critics take on a life of their own, as other patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes, and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers, and potential conversational land mines. The result is a gleefully awkward evening as these two romantics try to turn a dating disaster into something special before the check arrives.

Stage West Theatre Purchases West Vickery Building

After a little more than 10 years in their home on West Vickery Blvd, the Stage West Board of Directors, backed by Executive Producer Dana Schultes and Managing Director Mark Shum, has officially purchased the property on behalf of the organization. For the past decade, the group has operated under a triple-net lease managed by the Ol’ Vic L.P., a group comprised largely of Stage West supporters who purchased the building for Stage West back in 2008. This move is a significant one in the organization’s history.

Benefits include:

  • Lower mortgage cost than lease rate

  • Tax exempt status on property (taxes were previously passed onto the organization as a portion of the rent)

  • Equity in property that is extremely valuable in the exponentially growing Near South district of Fort Worth.

  • Greater availability for rental by other small professional theatres and start-ups, when not in use by our own in-house productions.

Stage West wishes to extend a huge thanks to all of those who made up the Ol’ Vic L.P. “Without that group, we would probably have closed shop back in 2008. We had just moved in and were suddenly at risk to have the property bought out from under us by a Dallas realty group with a lot of money. We owe those supporters a great deal of gratitude for stepping in, pooling their funds, and purchasing the property. Over the last decade, they managed it for us and essentially paved the way for this purchase to happen. They are part of a long list of people who have significantly contributed to Stage West since its inception in 1979,” says Schultes of Stage West’s supporters.

Over the next several months, the organization’s development committee, led by Bronson Davis and Subie Green, will lay the ground work for renovations fundraising. Those projects are divided into three phases. The completed design will significantly enhance the patron experience, while also greatly improving the efficiency and layout of the 16,000 sq.ft. warehouse space which, at its origin in the 1930s, functioned as a bus garage for the city.

The company hopes this moment in history will help pave the way for many wonderful years ahead as Stage West continues its commitment to entertain, inspire, and challenge through great live theatre.