Community Workshops - Dallas Theater Center
  • Maria Calderon


    Public Works Dallas

  • Tatiana Gantt

    Teaching Artist

    Public Works Dallas

  • Brandi Giles

    Director of Public Works

    Public Works Dallas

  • Amanda McRaven

    Associate Director

    Public Works Dallas

  • Jonathan Norton

    Dallas Theater Center

    Playwright in Residence

Our Previous Workshops
Let’s Tell A Story!

Mondays 5:30-7:30pm:
Jan 30, Feb 20, March 6, 2023
Special rehearsals and performance dates TBD


Bachman Lake Together
Dinner and Childcare provided
9507 Overlake Dr, Dallas, TX 75220

Led by María Calderón, Public Works Coordinator.

Bilingual workshop for the whole family.

Continuing our foundations from the fall, we’ll continue having fun with storytelling, friends, and family. Alongside games and improvisation, we will practice confidence in front of an audience as well as breathing to relax and tell wonderful stories. Stick around to prepare and perform our end of the year show!

It Takes a Village

Mondays Weekly 11 am – 12:15 pm,
Jan. 30 – April 10, 2023
(No workshop on February 20 in observance of President’s Day)


Janie C. Turner Recreation Center
6424 Elam Rd., Dallas, TX 75217

Led by Jonathan Norton, Dallas Theater Center’s Playwright In Residence

The focus of this class is collaborative storytelling and participants will work together as a team to create a brand-new short play. Utilizing creative writing exercises, improv and the special talents of each participant, the class will build a new play from scratch. All experience levels are encouraged to participate, and everyone has something important to offer. The class will culminate in a public sharing of their new play.

Choose your Player!

Wednesdays 4:30 – 5:45 pm
Feb 1 – March 8, March 22 – April 19, 2023
(No workshop March 15 in observance of Spring Break).


Jubilee Park and Community Center
917 Bank St, Dallas, TX 75223

Tatiana Gantt, Teaching Artist
For ages 11-18.

All are welcome, but participants must first enroll in Jubilee’s Afterschool Program.

In this adventurous workshop, students will create their own characters, inspired by their favorite TV shows, video games, movies, and books. Class will be interactive and Oh, and there will be NO HOMEWORK!

Through group activities in multiple creative sessions, students will create final multimedia performances featuring elements of improv, music, drawing/cartoons, dance and movement, game and world design, scriptwriting, claymation, and more!

Playing With Plays: Small Group Edition

Thursdays 10 – 11:15 am
February 2 – April 3


At Beckley Saner Recreation Center
114 W Hobson Ave, Dallas, TX 75224

Led by Brandi Giles, Director of Public Works.

For Adults and Seniors.

Who has a story to tell? The answer is… EVERYBODY! Join us as we work together to create stories. We’ll play with movement, dance, improv, music, and your imaginations to build confidence and create dynamic characters. Throughout the year, we will take this journey together to create our own original performance. Come Play With Plays in a new way!

Find Your Voice

Thursdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm
January 19, February 2, March 2, April 13, 2023


Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Metrocare
16160 Midway Rd Suite 218, Addison, TX 75001

Led by Amanda McRaven, Public Works Associate Director.

Open to everyone, and Veterans, Military and their families are welcome to attend.

We are all storytellers! Maybe you have a story from your own life that needs to be told or maybe you have always wanted to tell something wild and fantastical. This class will let you do that, exploring how we use our bodies to create characters, engage an audience, and make our voices powerful. We’ll create monologues, scenes, dance pieces, poetry, or whatever you want! Along the way, learning writing and acting skills that are applicable to so many different aspects of our lives. Participants will conclude the workshop with a monologue or story ready for performance or auditions.