TECO THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS INC

Creating Memorable Experiences

aka Bishop Arts Theatre Center   |   Dallas, TX   |  www.bishopartstheatre.org

Mission

We exist to cultivate a diverse and vibrant arts community committed to social impact while creating opportunities for local and emerging artists to develop new, contemporary, and lasting works that celebrate the diversity and resiliency of our community.

Ruling year info

1995

Executive Artistic Director

Mrs. Teresa Coleman Wash

Managing Director

Morgana Wilborn

Main address

215 South Tyler Street

Dallas, TX 75208 USA

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Formerly known as

TeCo Theatrical Productions, Inc.

EIN

58-2069891

NTEE code info

Performing Arts (A60)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In 2005, we had the good fortune of having a 10,000 sq. ft. building donated to our nonprofit. Renovations began in 2006 and were complete in 2008. Since then, we have produced a full season of theatre performances, jazz concerts, speaker series events, and year-round arts education programs. Property ownership has been a game-changer for our organization. However, City funds do not support the maintenance and upkeep required for owning a building. For the past five years, attendance has tripled for many of our performances. Also, we have expanded our arts education services to not only youth students but to senior citizens too. Twice a week, seniors are bused to the theatre to participate in a Silver Stories Storytelling Circle. In total, nearly 30,000 people are impacted via programs at BATC. Until can address these important capital upgrades and repairs, the organization will not be in a position to offer an expansion of its program offerings.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Theater Series

The BATC theatre performances offer cultural relevance, community outreach, and the sheer ability to deliver fresh theatrical experiences. Each year, we serve nearly 30,000 children, adults and aspiring thespians via our seasonal performances and student outreach programs.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Multiracial people

BATC offers world class entertainment by renowned musicians in an intimate theatre setting during our jazz series.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Scholars Of The Diaspora is a speaker series that features cultural icons for intimate and enlightening conversations.  The event was designed to support the creative community and educate a larger constituency in appreciating the arts through quarterly events at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center in Dallas, TX.  This program seeks to bring to Dallas some of the most exceptional and influential cultural figures of our time.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Immigrants and migrants
Incarcerated people
Victims and oppressed people

In most places, the voices of today's youth are not heard beyond the limits of their peers; BATC's arts education offerings is not one of them. Each year, we impact thousands of students through a myriad of year-round arts programs for seniors and youth including a robust summer theater camp where we teach five clusters: music, art, dance, theatre and life skills such as eco-arts, anti-bullying and financial literacy workshops. Select community partners include the Dallas Library, The Family Place, the City of Dallas Office of Environmental Quality and Frost Bank. Young people who participate and attend these classes and workshops have an opportunity to utilize artistic expression as a means to unlock the mysteries of various cultures, enlarge their view of the world and build lasting communities. At a time where technology can be increasingly isolating, theater is an engaging resource for all ages.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Seniors

Where we work

Accreditations

Harvard Business School Chief Executive Program 2019

Awards

Leaders In Diversity Award 2021

Dallas Business Journal

Affiliations & memberships

Dramatists Guild of America 2019

Texans For The Arts 2019

ArtEquity 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients participating in educational programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Arts Education Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This number represents the total number of students served throughout the year in our educational programs.

Number of professional artists employed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Arts Education Programs

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

In 2020 during the pandemic, we primarily partnered with school districts and aging care facilities to combat learning loss and isolation of senior citizens in our community.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We have worked to reclaim the word 'excellence' from its historic, elitist undertones to recognize that the very best art and culture are for everyone. We believe that we are reaching toward artistic excellence if our work helps our community make sense of our place in the world, ask questions, and appreciate things they have never before experienced. Our neighborhood is heavily influenced by Hispanic, African American, and LGBT cultures. This creates a unique platform to creatively tell stories about our cultural experiences. Our organization and our artists embrace diversity at the core of our work as we strive to be relevant to 21st-century American audiences.

Our organization's goals will be met by engaging current community partners and cultivating relationships with new ones. We offer:

•A full season of performances at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center consisting of 4 to 5 plays each season and more than 60 performances each year.
•Commission of new plays by local playwrights
•Educational programs for thousands of young people and seniors
•A high-quality speaker series
•A world-class jazz series

We are a multi-cultural theatre company with IRC 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status whose mission is to cultivate a diverse and vibrant arts community while creating sustainable opportunities for local and emerging artists through performances and education.

In 2015, BATC was among a small cohort of nonprofit arts organizations to receive a multi-year capacity-building grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies. This funding provided ongoing board/staff training via DeVos Institute for Arts Management program which focuses on strategic planning, marketing, fund development, community engagement, and sustainability. BATC was also the recipient of the Stanford Financial Excellence in the Arts Award from the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, a distinction given to only three cultural institutions in the city of Dallas for demonstrating exemplary fiscal management.

TeCo Theatrical Productions, Inc. (dba Bishop Arts Theatre Center) is recognized nation-wide for pioneering practices in a theatre dedicated to freedom of expression and a willingness to taking risks for the advancement of the art form. In June 2019, we were the recipient of Theater Communications Group’s (TCG) prestigious Peter Zeisler Memorial Award during their annual conference in Miami, Florida. The award recognizes an individual and organization whose work reflects and promotes the ingenuity and artistic integrity of Peter Zeisler, the late executive director of TCG. Founding Executive Artistic Director, Teresa Coleman Wash has forged new artistic ground in supporting artists of color, women playwrights, and other marginalized voices. For the past ten years, BATC has hosted the Dramatists Guild of America reading series for Dallas/Ft. Worth members to support the work of new playwrights in our region. We consider playwriting to be a vital part of a healthy theatre ecosystem. Nothing happens on stage without a script. Our New Play Competition, Down for The Count, women’s theatre festival, and PlayPride festival demonstrate our commitment to provide a watering hole for artists to develop their work. Over the past five years, BATC has won 13 Irma P. Hall Awards for artistic excellence ranging from high production values, lighting design to Best Play award for our production of Ruined, Black Nativity, and The Face of Emmett Till. In 2017, our Executive Artistic Director, Teresa Coleman Wash, was elected to the Dramatists Guild of America Council representing the Southern region and currently serves on the Steering Committee. She is the 2018 recipient of the National Guild for Community Arts Education’s Milestone Award and the Dallas Business Council for the Arts’ Obelisk Award in the category of Visionary Nonprofit Arts Leader. In 2016, Wash was one of three recipients for the Dallas Observer’s MasterMind Award. She is the incoming Chair for VisitDallas’ Cultural Tourism Committee, and she serves on the Steering Committee for the Dallas Area Cultural Advocacy Coalition. In October 2019, she will join an impressive network of arts leaders from around the world to participate in National Arts Strategies Chief Executive Program at Harvard Business School.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    BATC is home to over 200 professional artists in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. offers a full season of in-person and virtual theater performances, jazz concerts, speaker series events, and year-round arts education programs. Our performances offer cultural relevance, community outreach, and the sheer ability to deliver fresh theatrical experiences. Each year, we serve nearly 35,000 children, adults and artists via seasonal performances and an array of civic engagement programs.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    In April of 2020, BATC began partnering with memory care and aging facilities to launch PatioLive!, weekly workshops and performances by our teaching artists on the patio and in parking lots of Tyler Street Towers, The Bridge at Fair Park, Iris Memory Care at Turtle Creek and Dickinson's Place to prevent social isolation and loneliness mortality in older adults, as this has been linked to other adverse health effects, including dementia, increased risk for hospital readmission, and increased risk of falls. According to recent data from the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 6 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s and dementia deaths have increased by 16% during the pandemic. Discrimination is a barrier to Alzheimer’s and dementia care for minorities.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    COVID-19’s toll on our students has been harsh. Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath recently stated at the 2020 Dallas City of Learning Summer Initiative meeting that students lost an average of 3.2 months of learning due to the pandemic, that’s in addition to the typical 2.5 months children loss due to the summer slide. Our work aims to combat summer learning loss, and it closes the achievement gap between marginalized communities. With the decline in math and reading scores, our goal is to implement art in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), thereby creating STEAM opportunities, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum, and daily reading through our partnership with the Dallas Public Library.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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TECO THEATRICAL PRODUCTIONS INC

Board of directors
as of 08/20/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Emma Rodgers

Black Images Boos

Term: 2005 -


Board co-chair

Rhiannon Martin

Consultant

Term: 2020 -

Emma Rodgers

Black Images Books

Chuck Chambers

Image 360 Arlington

Gary Walker

CPA

Scott Daneman

Keller Williams

Quodesia Johnson

Dallas Opera

Brian Larney

American Indian Heritage Day of Texas

Frances Broadus

AT&T (retired)

Franky Gonzalez

FGIII Fine Arts Gallery

Mike Baughman

Ministry of UMC

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/20/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/23/2019

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.