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The Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, home of Dallas Theater Center. (Photo by Iwan Baan)

Dallas Theater Center to Receive 2017 Regional Tony

The Texas theatre will be recognized for its 60 years of programming.

NEW YORK CITY: The Tony Awards Administration Committee has announced that Dallas Theater Center is the winner of the 2017 Regional Theatre Tony Award. The award will be presented to the theatre at the Tony Awards ceremony at Radio City Music Hall on June 11.

“The Tony Award is one of the most coveted honors in the American theatre, and receiving it is a cause for great celebration throughout Dallas,” said artistic director Kevin Moriarty in a statement.

The Regional Theatre Tony is presented every year to a resident theatre company, based upon the recommendation of the American Theatre Critics Association.

DTC was founded in 1959 and is one of the oldest resident theatres in the country. It is led by artistic director Moriarty and managing director Jeff Woodward. It programs out of the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre. Every year, it presents a seven-production season, which includes classics, musicals, and new plays. Recent world premieres include works by Douglas Carter Beane, Lewis Flinn, Kirsten Childs, Samuel D. Hunter, and Will Power. DTC serves an audience of more than 100,000 annually.

It also houses a resident acting company, and runs the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award-winning Project Discovery, which provides theatre experiences for teenagers in 30 local high schools.

“It’s an acknowledgement of the deep relationship between DTC and our community here in North Texas, for whom we produce plays that inspire meaningful conversations,” said Moriarty. “It’s a tribute to the diversity of artists who seek to create art that mirrors the glorious diversity of our community. And it’s a validation of our city’s shared belief that a great city requires great art to bring us together, ask vital questions, and inspire us to build a more perfect union.”

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