Project Discovery - Dallas Theater Center

Project Discovery is Dallas Theater Center’s flagship education program that welcomes middle and high school students to experience a season of plays at the theater, supported by teacher development, pre-show student workshops, and post-show conversations. Dallas Theater Center created Project Discovery in 1986 to build bridges between our theatrical programming and the educational work being taught in our local schools. Each year, Dallas Theater Center extends an application to local schools and selects local middle and high schools to participate in a season-long experience on scholarship.

Applications for Project Discovery for the 2024-2025 school year are currently open. Applications will be closed on April 19th.

Participating schools will attend five in-person engagements; each moment of engagement consists of the following elements:

– Teachers engage in a professional development workshop taught by Dallas Theater Center education staff prior to their student’s educational experience. Teachers are provided a study guide that they can use to prepare their students prior to attending the performance.

– Prior to seeing the show, students engage in an hour-long workshop for each play, allowing students to engage in activities rooted in inclusive interaction and creative collaboration in order to explore the art form they will see onstage.

– Students are then invited to attend the performance. After attending the show, they’ll engage in a Stay Late experience with a member of the performance.

– Finally, teachers are encouraged to continue the discussion and learning in their own classroom with questions and skill building activities provided by Dallas Theater Center.