Theatre Three illuminates the human experience with exemplary, intimate theatre by nurturing authors, regional artists and audiences. Led by new Artistic Director Jeffrey Schmidt, it was founded by Norma Young and her husband, Jac Alder. Theatre Three is a 56-year-old professional Equity theatre in Uptown Dallas with two performance spaces: Norma Young Arena Stage (shows are staged in-the-round in a 242 seat theatre) and Theatre Too (an intimate studio space seating 86). Theatre Three's name was chosen because of Young's belief that for theater to succeed, it required three essential elements: author, actors and audience. Theatre Three strives to be a home for local artists, and presents a wide variety of literature for the stage: new works, classics, contemporary plays, and musicals.
We have general operational needs, maintaining our building, which we own, and paying our artistic and administrative salaries. Each show employs a vast array of designers, craftsmen, and performing artists to execute the vision of the director, as well as the cost of materials for sets and costumes.
As far as "big dream" needs, we hope to replace the aging sound system in our mainstage theatre with new and improved technology, with the hope of installing a system that will last well into the next decade and beyond. Our needs stem from the age of our current equipment, and that more current musicals tend to employ electrified instrumentation, and a singer can't be expected to sing over it without assistance. We also have specific sound instrument needs due to our in-the-round configuration. We want to provide our audience and our artists with an exemplary experience at Theatre Three.
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