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Project X:  Company Information

History

Project X: Theatre is a Dallas based, nonprofit corporation founded by acclaimed director, producer, and actor Raphael Parry in 2001. Project X is a host agency that supports the development of new work. 

Artistic partnerships with diverse organizations--Big Thought/Creative Solutions, BL Lacerta, Shakespeare Dallas, TITAS, Upstart Productions --and internationally acclaimed artists like Laurie Anderson, photographer Roger Moore, and playwright Erik Ehn, have produced a broad array of outreach and memorable entertainments.

With individual and corporate support from developer Jack Matthews, Project X began its Dallas operation in 2002, at the historic South Side on Lamar building. A Board of Directors was formed, and the company created a wildly successful series of intimate Salons, featuring plays, art exhibits, film screenings, and industry events.

In late 2004, Claude Albritton, developer of the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, invited Project X to serve as lead artistic partner in designing and building The Green Zone, a new multi-venue arts complex in Dallas's new Trinity River District.  The Green Zone currently has a 80 seat black box theatre that has been regularly premiering new works and confounding artistic boundaries since 2007.

Project X has enjoyed generous support from The 500 Inc., City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, The Hoblitzelle Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, St. Bernard Sports, South Side Quarter Development Corporation, Texas Scenic Company, Matthews Southwest/Jack Matthews, and the artists and Board of Project X.

Producing Artists
Raphael Parry,
Founding Producer

A professional theater-maker for more than 25 years, Mr. Parry made his name in the Dallas theater community first as co-founder and Co-Artistic Director of the nationally-acclaimed Undermain Theatre, established in 1984. He gained recognition as an award-winning director/actor and a savvy and experienced producer, participating in more than 70 productions at Undermain, Dallas Theater Center, Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, Kitchen Dog Theater, Alley Theater in Houston, Zachary Scott Theater in Austin, and others. He is a three-time recipient of Outstanding Actor by Dallas Theatre Critics Forum Awards, a five-time recipient of Outstanding Director by Dallas Theatre Critics Forum, and a two-time winner of the Leon Rabin Award for Best Director. In 2006 he received the Standing Ovation award from the Dallas Theatre League for his ongoing contributions to the theatre scene in North Texas. He premiered and/or commissioned seven new plays at the Undermain, two of which were published through Sun and Moon Press. In addition to his work at Project X, Mr. Parry is the Executive & Artistic Director of Shakespeare Dallas, Director of Arts and Letters Live - Texas Bound at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Constance Gold Ms. Gold first made her mark on the Dallas theater scene as an ensemble member of the daring and critically acclaimed Classic Theatre Company, one of the city’s premier theatrical troupes from 1990 to 1995. While with CTC, Ms. Gold shone in many major roles, in productions such as Les Liaison Dangereuses, The Father, Salome, Equus, The Merchant of Venice, The Taming of the Shrew and The Balcony. At Classic Theatre Company Ms. Gold also handled numerous production and administrative duties, working hand-in-hand with the Artistic Director to mount nearly every production. Ms. Gold has also performed with such noted companies as Echo Theatre, Wingspan, Core Performance Manufactory, Teatro Dallas, and Undermain Theatre, where she also worked in production and house management for four years. A Licensed Physical Therapist, Ms. Gold currently serves as Team Leader at Parkland Hospital, where she has been employed since 1987. Her dual medical and theatrical expertise has resulted in several principal speaking roles in medical industrial and training films.
Jessica Malek Ms. Malek is recognized as one of the city’s most versatile non-profit arts professionals. She has worked in the North Texas community for more than 15 years as a non-profit administrator, arts educator, program developer and artist. Ms. Malek currently serves as Vice President of Knowledge and Innovation for Big Thought, one of the nation’s leading nonprofit organizations focused on improving public education through creative learning. Before her tenure at Big Thought, she held a number of key administrative positions at such esteemed arts institutions as the Dallas Theater Center, SMU Meadows School of the Arts and TITAS. At TITAS, she coordinated educational outreach programs with world-renowned performing artists such as Twyla Tharp, Philip Glass and Zakir Hussein. As a producer she has spearheaded several high-profile projects, including An Evening with Laurie Anderson, the Art and the Critic, Boy by Erik Ehn (workshop production), and One in 3. She has also performed in Project X productions such as Various Voices, Sonnets in the Spring (co-produced with Shakespeare Dallas) and The Way They Shine.
Bruce Richardson Mr. Richardson (ASCAP) is a Dallas-based composer, producer, and designer. He appears worldwide as a musician and performer from club acts to arena stages, and his compositions for television and media are heard in major markets everywhere. Bruce also serves as a consultant to several leading music technology providers, and is a Senior Editor for ProRec.com, a music production webzine. His theatrical designs receive rave reviews from peers and press alike, and he has worked alongside great directors from Stan Wojewodski to Adrian Hall to Oliver Stone.  He recently served as composer and music supervisor for Richard Frankel Productions' new touring show, CHEER!, working with some of the hottest dance talent in the United States, and with director Mitch Sebastian.  As a performer, Mr. Richardson has appeared everywhere from Seoul Olympic Stadium to MTV to Austin City Limits. Mr. Richardson is a longtime member of Dallas’s legendary improvisational ensemble, BL Lacerta. Dallas fans enjoy BL Lacerta's film score series at Club Dada, and appearances at theater, gallery, and concert venues.  Mr. Richardson also plays trumpet with the Inner City All Stars, a nationally-touring New Orleans style brass band.
Jenni Stewart

Jenni Stewart is a DFW-based artist, actor, and producer. She has served in the role of Producing Artist at Project X: Theatre since 2007 when the company transitioned to residence at the Green Zone. Projects include One in 3, Boy (workshop), Hallucinogenic Toreador, Some People, So There, Orange Oranges, and This is Our Youth (co-production with Upstart Productions). Additionally, she serves as the Program and Marketing Manager for Shakespeare Dallas where she functions as a producer for the flagship series of Shakespeare in the Park which reaches 50,000 people annually. She also manages Shakespeare on the Go!, unique educational programming for elementary, middle, and high school students, and Shakespeare Unplugged, a performance-based educational program for adults. Ms. Stewart is also a member of Upstart Productions’ Artistic Team which was named “Best Start Up Company” of 2008 by The Dallas Morning News.

Board of Directors
Project X is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation governed by a diverse Board of Directors – volunteer advisors and advocates whose membership includes:
Constance Gold
Secretary
Parkland Health and Hospital System
Jenni Stewart Shakespeare Dallas
Jessica Malek Big Thought
Raphael Parry Founder

 

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