Creating Memorable Experiences

aka Bishop Arts Theatre Center   |   Dallas, TX   |


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


Executive Artistic Director

Mrs. Teresa Coleman Wash

Main address

215 South Tyler Street

Dallas, TX 75208 USA

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Formerly known as

TeCo Theatrical Productions, Inc.



NTEE code info

Performing Arts (A60)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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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

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
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

Where we work


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
Related Program

Arts Education Programs

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success


Context Notes

We have prioritized self-care and mental health to serve students struggling with academic issues, reading levels and mental health concerns related to the recent pandemic.

Number of professional artists employed

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

Theater Series

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

In 2022, we resumed in-person performances that provided an income for local artists. We also offered year-round arts education programs partnering with school districts and aging care facilities.

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
•Year round arts education programs for youth and adult learners
•A world-class jazz series

BATC took ownership of our building in 2005. In doing so, we committed to a restoration of all three floors of the building, including offices and performance spaces. Our goal for the next few years is to complete the renovation of our third floor which will include an open-air performance and meeting space in light of Covid-19. During the pandemic, it became increasingly clear that in order to serve older adult BIPOC audiences and youth, we needed to provide a safe, open-air environment to guarantee the health and safety of audiences whose health is compromised. According to a recent Harvard study, the numbers of Black and Latinos patrons are four to nine times more likely to be infected by COVID than white audiences. In addition, BATC is looking to move toward a shared leadership structure, creating a position for a managing director to take on more of the responsibilities of our rapidly growing organization. The need to attract the right candidates from the BIPOC community is clear, although the national theatre community has not done an adequate job of training Black, Latinx, and Persons of Color to move up the ladder into these high-powered positions. In order to address this concern, we have engaged the services of Amplify Leadership Advisors to mentor up and train individuals who seek greater experience at this level.

BATC has been a central player in the rise of the Oak Cliff community and the empowerment of its vibrant population of Black, Latinx and BIPOC families. We have seen the economic and cultural rise of this area even as we see the challenges faced by this population continue. As Diana Espaldon pointed out about small arts organizations like ours in a 2009 interview with Americans for the Arts, "It’s about arts meets cultural preservation, meets community
building, meets business incubation, meets civic engagement, meets social justice. These groups come from a different artistic vision. Their work is already larger than the art itself.” This is the spirit and power of Bishop Arts Theatre Center. We are a cultural and educational institution whose work addresses racial inequality and, in
doing so, reaches far beyond the stage to address the cultural, economic, and social needs of this community.

BATC cultivates diverse arts programming to foster cultural preservation, community building, business growth, civic engagement, and social justice in a traditionally underserved community. We are a community-led space that brings together a diverse group of artists and community members to voice their ideas and co-create cultural works that reflect and resonate with their lived experiences. Throughout the year, we hold listening sessions to
survey our audience on issues they want to see addressed and discussed on our stage. Together we envision programmatic offerings to meet those needs to create culturally vibrant and thought-provoking performances, as well as learning experiences that promote social change, cultural empowerment and the development of new artistic voices. The community engagement process is a critical aspect of our work because it allows community
members to directly influence the creative work that will embody and bring into the room issues of immediate concern. Our after-school and summer camp programs serve youth from our local school districts from elementary to high school levels. Our programs also serve vulnerable populations including seniors, youth involved with the juvenile justice system and LGBTQ community. While our community members face many educational and economic inequities preventing them from making it through traditional theater doors, they are passionate about the arts, are resourceful and resilient in the face of many adversities and are committed to collaborative
problem-solving and community building.

As of today, we remain financially solvent. Bishop Arts Theatre maintains a stellar record of fiscal responsibility and is in good standing with current and previous funders. On the heels of the pandemic, we fully restored and expanded our programs both digitally and in person. In 2020 and 2021, we secured two PPP loans that were fully forgiven, as well as Employee Retention Tax Credits. BATC was the recipient of a Shuttered Venues Operators grant in 2021. These funds allowed us to retire our construction debt of $500,000, which originated in 2005 during renovations of the facility. In addition, we were able to leverage those funds to secure more local philanthropic support in order to provide long-term financial stability. Finally, in January 2022, BATC was one of only 7% of performing arts organizations nationwide to receive the National Endowment for the Arts American Rescue Plan Award.

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.
  • 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

  • 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



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Board of directors
as of 09/13/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rhiannon Martin

National Guild for Community Arts Education

Term: 2021 -

Chuck Chambers

Image 360 Arlington

Gary Walker


Scott Daneman

Keller Williams

Quodesia Johnson

Dallas Opera

Frances Broadus

AT&T (retired)

Mike Baughman

General Board of Higher Education & Ministry of UMC

Elaine Taylor

IBM (retired)

James Warner


Lorie Blair

City of Dallas Panning & Zoning Commissioner

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 9/12/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation


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

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/23/2019

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • 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.