Centerstage Gala | Dallas Theater Center

On Saturday, May 4, 2024 Dallas Theater Center’s annual fundraising event, CENTERSTAGE 40: A BRAND NEW DAY, will take place at Fashion Industry Gallery (F.I.G.) in the Dallas Arts District. 

The highly anticipated fête will mark the 40th year for the annual Centerstage gala, as well as the 65th anniversary for the Dallas Theater Center organization. The cabaret-jazz-inspired evening of multimedia and fine dining will include a cocktail reception highlighting many of the Public Works education and community engagement programs and featuring the Diane & Hal Brierley Resident Acting Company, followed by a seated dinner and program, vibrant live auction & paddle raise, and ending with a musical performance by a celebrated Broadway star. 

The evening will also celebrate the 65 years of producing incredible work on and off stage and the community that makes it possible. And it is with great pride that on the night, the 2024 Linda and Bill Custard Award will be given to The Donna Wilhelm Family Philanthropy Fund recognizing the steadfast, thoughtful and tailored support to the DTC.

More exciting announcements are to come for the upcoming CENTERSTAGE 40 event including the announcement of the featured Broadway performer, luxury raffle experiences, and more. Funds raised from Centerstage make it possible for DTC to continue the inclusive and creative work of our organization. Join us!



Chairman T.D. and Mrs. Serita Jakes
Helen and Frank Risch


Hamilton A Sneed


Mickie Bragalone
Diane Brierley
Rebecca Fletcher
Deborah McMurray
Amber Scanlan
Sarah Warnecke
Krista Weinstein


Meredith Bjorck
Brett Levy
Lynn McBee
Crystal Z. Perry
Cyndi Phelps


Purvi Patel Albers and Bill Albers
Troy C. Alley III
Jennifer and Peter Altabef
Stephanie and Todd Anderson
Stacey Jones Angel
Sharon Ballew
Meredith and Rick Bjorck
Vicki D. Blanton
Mickie and Jeff Bragalone
Calvert Collins-Bratton and Vince Bratton
Diane and Hal Brierley
Stephanie and Michael Byrd
Zenola Campbell
Morgan Nicole Clayton
Mary McDermott Cook
Linda and Bill Custard
Deborah McMurray and Glen Davison
Toni Duclottni-Harich
Lacy L. Durham, Esq.
Lauren Embrey
Bess and Ted Enloe
Millicent Finney
Susie and Curt FitzGerald
Rebecca and Barron Fletcher
Hilda and Mike Galvan
Amy Hampton
Anita Hawkins
Craig Haynes
Angela and John Howell
Jolie Humphrey
Danyel Surrency Jones
Suzan Kedron
Chuck Steelman and Scott Kehn
Julie H. Kosnik
Brett and Lester Levy
Sarah and Alan Losinger
Lynn McBee
Lindsay Lee McCain
Chris Luna and Kent Mecklenburg
Stacey and Sam Megally
Maria Moats
Deve Sanford and Brooks Morrow
Paula and Scott Orr
Crystal Z. Perry
Cyndi Phelps
Gail H. Plummer
Holly and Kelvin Reed
Lynn and Elvenn Richardson
Carla Rockmore
Melody and Rick Rogers
Deedie Rose
Stephanie and David Russakov
Sylvia and Hernan Saenz
Teri and John Shaffer
Lisa and Marvin Singleton
Dawn Weeks Spalding
Anne and Steve Stodghill
Venise and Larry Stuart
Edwin D. Tatum
Andy Smith and Paul von Wupperfeld
Sarah and Don Warnecke
Donna M. Wilhelm


2024 Linda and Bill Custard Award Honoree : Donna Wilhelm Family Philanthropy Fund

The Linda and Bill Custard Award is presented to individuals or organizations that show a sustained and profound commitment to American Theater and support Dallas Theater Center in providing meaningful experiences for diverse communities through the arts. The 2024 Linda and Bill Custard Award will be presented to DTC Life Trustee, Donna Wilhelm.


As Dallas Theater Center enters its 65th year, we continue to produce innovative, dynamic programming making a significant impact on the Dallas community as well as the American theater at large. From classic scripts to new works, from epic to intimate, DTC provides a next-level experience to theater lovers worldwide. Additionally, since 1986, programs including Project Discovery have allowed over 265,000 students and teachers to experience the finest in live, professional theater, many of whom may not have had this opportunity if it weren’t for these educational program offerings. Through the Department of Public Works, DTC partners with community-based organizations, schools and government to invite people of all ages to take theater classes, attend performances and events, and join in the creation of ambitious works of participatory theater.

Funds raised from CENTERSTAGE make it possible for DTC to continue this inclusive and important work.

We need your help in making sure that the next 65 years are just as innovative and impactful!

Unable to attend but would like to donate?


Dennis Coleman, Chief Revenue and Advancement Officer

Augusta Abene, Donor Stewardship Associate

Leah Frazier
Think Three Media