Bishop Arts Theatre Center (BATC), is an award-winning, multicultural theatre company with IRC 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. Our mission is to cultivate a diverse and vibrant arts community while creating opportunities for local and emerging artists through performances and education. Founded in September of 1993, TeCo was chartered in Atlanta and moved to Dallas in January 2000 then began producing a full season of performances at the Hall of State in Fair Park. The specific objectives and purposes of this corporation are to:
- provide cultural and artistic opportunities to individuals who have been marginalized and children who live in at-risk communities,
• use theater as a platform for social change and to raise awareness about issues that are important to our community,
• provide instruction in theatre, acting, dance and other art forms,
• produce special events involving public performances of plays, musicals, dance, and other art forms with various community art groups in order to broaden the cultural experience to a more diverse group, and
• directly engage and to facilitate others to engage in the promotion of the arts, generally.
In 2005, a 10,000 square ft. building located at 215 S. Tyler Street was donated to our organization by one of our longtime patrons. Renovations began in December 2006 and were complete in June 2008 despite a downward spiral economy. Today, BATC offers a full season of jazz and theater performances at the Bishop Arts Theater Center. Our new home includes a 170 seat proscenium theatre with dressing rooms, executive offices, an art gallery, a learning laboratory and an arts business incubator center. BATC performances offer cultural relevance, community outreach, and the sheer ability to deliver fresh theatrical experiences. Each year, we serve over 25,000 children, adults and aspiring thespians via our seasonal performances and student outreach programs.