Kalita Master Plan - Dallas Theater Center

Dallas Theater Center is pleased to announce the Master Plan for the future of the Kalita Humphreys Theater Campus. This city-wide effort involves the active participation of community members, working together with Dallas Theater Center, the City of Dallas, and an esteemed team of renowned architects, led by Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Check out our latest Kalita Master Plan Public Meeting held in Dallas on December 7, 2022.


The transformation of the public green will allow a newly restored Kalita Humphreys Theater to shine as the centerpiece of this revitalized landscape. The masterplan prioritizes the surgical restoration of the historic building, adhering as closely as possible to Wright’s 1959 design. This involves the extraction of superfluous elements added over time, particularly the 1968 lobby extension that compromised the original massing of the building. Certain architectural details lost in these alterations will be carefully refurbished, including mid-century light fixtures, air grilles, door handles, window moldings, and furniture. Yet in order to safeguard the future of the Kalita Humphreys Theater, the project must not only restore but also renovate the theater to support the needs of contemporary artists and audiences. Upgraded lighting, AV, stage infrastructure, and other back-of-house functions will provide much-needed flexibility for a wider range of performances. Seating will be re-raked to resemble the 1959 auditorium, but each row will be staggered to significantly improve sightlines. A central information point and historical center in the campus lobby will orient and engage visitors. Collectively, these and other enhancements will allow the theater to host more productions while honoring the beauty and integrity of Frank Lloyd Wright’s design.


– Restore the Frank Lloyd Wright building to its period of significance (1959), while
maintaining it as a working theater that is accessible for audiences and supports 21st
century theatrical practice
– Increase green space;
– Open the site to the Katy Trail and Dean Park;
– Expand accessibility and connectivity to the surrounding communities;
– Activate the site for public use throughout the day;
– Create new, small theater spaces for DTC and the local arts community; and
– Provide amenities for audiences and visitors



Jennifer Altabef, Board Chair, Dallas Theater Center
Kevin Moriarty, Enloe/Rose Artistic Director, Dallas Theater Center
Duncan Fulton, Owner Advisor
Walt Zartman & Jacob Walter, Hillwood Urban, Owner Rep
Zaida Basora, Executive Director, AIA Dallas
Guinea Bennett-Price, Co-Artistic Director/Co-Founder, Soul Rep Theatre
Eric G. Bing, Prof. Public Health, SMU; Board Member, Friends of the Katy Trail
Harrison L. Blair, President, Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce; District 4,
Dallas Parks & Recreation Board
Calvert Collins-Bratton, Dallas Park & Recreation Board (District 13 & former
President); Vice President, Methodist Health System Foundation
Benjamin Espino, Interim Director, Office of Arts and Culture, City of Dallas
Carol Glendenning, Member, Clark Hill PLC; Turtle Creek Resident
Rob Little, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP; Friends of the Katy Trail
Ryan O’Connor, Assistant Director, Partnership & Strategic Init., City of Dallas
Parks & Recreation
Marshall Payne, Founding Partner and Chairman of the Board, CIC Partners
Jeff Rane, Artistic Producer, Uptown Players
Katie Robbins, President & CEO, Hoblitzelle Foundation
Hilda Rodriguez, AIA, NCARB, ASID; Former President, Oak Lawn Committee;
Principal, HILDARODRIGUEZ Architecture/Planning/Interiors LLC
Julia M Ryan, AICP, Director (Interim) City of Dallas Planning and Urban Design
Jennifer Scripps, President & CEO, Downtown Dallas, Inc.; former Director,
Office of Arts & Culture, City of Dallas
Katherine Seale, Architectural Historian; Chair, Landmark Commission; former
Executive Director, Preservation Dallas
Andy Smith, Director, Giving and Volunteering; Executive Director, TI
Foundation, Texas Instruments
Trent Williams, Senior Program Manager, City of Dallas Park & Recreation
Willis Winters, FAIA, Director Emeritus, Dallas Park and Recreation Department



Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Architecture
Fisher Dachs Associates, Theater Consulting
Threshold Acoustics LLC, Acoustics
Reed Hilderbrand, Landscape Architecture
Harboe Architects, Historic Preservation
BOKAPowell, Local Architect
Robert Silman Associates, Structural Engineering
Syska Hennessy Group, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing Engineering
Pacheco Koch, Civil & Traffic Engineering

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