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!

August 29, 2018

Calling All Visual Artists!

Stage West is accepting art portfolio submissions for its 40th Season gallery spaces.

Selected artists’ work will be displayed in four to six week spots between October 2018 – September 2019. Between one and four artists will be featured per show during the Stage West 40th season.

Paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, quilts, 3-D wall-friendly art, etc. All work should be framed and/or finished and presented in a professional manner.

6-18 artists will be selected to be featured throughout the season. Yes, you can submit to be considered again if you have previously shown at Stage West. *

Submit the following to dana [at] with “40th Season Art” in the subject line. Deadline for submission is September 30.

What to send to Dana:

  • 3-5 images of your work
  • Sizes and Mediums for work being proposed for display
  • A general total of the number of items you would like to display
  • A description of the framing/display method you intend to use

Information about Stage West? Please visit or call Dana Schultes at 817-338-1777 or send her an email at dana [at]

*There is no guarantee of a gallery spot. Submittal rates have averaged 4 artists for every 1 spot available.

August 13, 2018

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?

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

And thank you!

July 25, 2018

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.

August 29, 2018

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.

January 23, 2018

Thank you to everyone who made NTGD a success here at Stage West.

Thank you to everyone who made NTGD a success here at Stage West. Combined with our Swenson Family incentive match $73,461 were raised for our theater's 39th season general operations. Thank every last one of you from the bottom of our hearts.

September 18, 2017

Playwrights Welcome!

Stage West is happy to announce that we will be participating in the new, national Playwrights Welcome! initiative. We are delighted to offer day-of-show tickets to Dramatists Guild Members in our community and to do our part in keeping our present and future writers immersed in their craft.

From the website:

Playwrights Welcome is a new program created to support and inspire these writers, as well as the next generation of great American plays and musicals. The goal is simple: to provide free access to theatre for playwrights, composers and lyricists around the country. 

Developed for the Dramatists Guild of America Members, Playwrights Welcome is a national ticketing initiative created by Samuel French along with Dramatists Play Service, Dramatic Publishing, Music Theatre International, Playscripts and Rodgers and Hammerstein. This program was made out of a desire to support the artistic health of our industry's writers, and by extension the vibrancy of the American theatre. 

We’re aware that attending theatre is an integral part to how writers learn their craft and grows as artists. However, it can often be costly for writers to do that simple act. Playwrights Welcome is designed to offer available tickets to professional playwrights on the day of a performance, free of charge. These available tickets are ones that would otherwise go unsold; we firmly believe that no theater should give away a ticket that could otherwise be sold.  


April 11, 2017

Submissions for the 11th Annual Southwest Playwriting Competition are now being accepted.

Submissions for the 11th Annual Southwest Playwriting Competition are now being accepted.

The winning play(s) chosen through this competition will be work-shopped and presented as a staged reading by professional actors in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. A $500 prize will be awarded to the winning playwright. A future, full production of the play is also possible.

The application postmark deadline will be April 15, 2017. The decision date is dependant upon the number of entries.

Plays can not have been published. The competition uses a method in which the readers do not know the names of the playwrights before the final results are announced.

The finalists will be shared with the public during the 2018 New Play Readings Festival.

Complete info here:
Rules and Entry form:

April 7, 2017

Neighborhood Play Contest Winners Announced!

Every year, North Central Texas area students are invited to write a short play, narrative or monologue for our Neighborhood Play Contest.  Sample themes include: culture, family, social issues, and life struggles or accomplishments. This year we have selected 14 plays and 13 monologues from 9 different schools to be staged and performed during the Festival of the Kid.  The 2017 Festival of the Kid will take place on the evenings of May 8th, 9th, and 10th. Two performances each evening (6:30pm and 8:15pm.)

From Benbrook Middle-High School

Thin Walls by Taylor Snider
The Sound of Life by Autumn Lanning and Lexi McCarthy

From Alice Carlson Elementary School

The Legend of Pumpkin Head by Matilda Flowers

From Waypoint Montessori

Quiet by Isabel Garza

From Carter-Riverside High School

Never Give Up by Fabrice Rutembesa
Shedding Skin by Alexa Weekly
Numbers: A Collection of Poetry by Rayleen Garcia
Monologue by Katia Ramirez

From Applied Learning Academy

In the Ground by Jociel Sigala
Monologue by Amira Vazquez-Chavez
Talking to the Moon by Jasmine Santillan
The Norm of Society by Katherine Rocha
The Date by Stephanie Vega

From Fort Worth Country Day

Center: A Dance With Words by Joe Westermann
Plastic Family by Chloe Gilpin
Three by Finn Connor

From Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts

4th Grade by Karris House
Dolls by Karris House
Puzzle Piece by Grace Jones
The Tea Party Tale by Grace Jones
Secrets by Kenzie Harrison

From Booker T. Washington HSPVA

The Story of Caroline Herschel by Madi Thoele
No Wrong Way To Cry by Calliope Thompson
Museless by Demi Tomasides
On the River by Leah Brooke Davis
Privilege by Leah Brooke Davis

From Trimble Tech HS

Target by Brianna Edwards
January 31, 2017

Dallas Morning News: Catch a show, help with medical bills for director Derek Whitener

Theatre Three, Stage West, MainStage Irving-Las Colinas, Giant Entertainment and Frisco Theatre have joined The Firehouse Theatre, Onstage in Bedford, Mama's Party, WaterTower Theatre, Denton Community Theatre in rallying to raise money for Derek Whitener, Firehouse Theatre's artistic and education director. Whitener was treated at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas with a fractured skull after being attacked by two men in a parking lot at Target in Cityplace Jan. 14. He had surgery Sunday to remove a hematoma on his brain.

Read Nancy Churnin's full article:

Fund link: 

January 18, 2017