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Project X:  Company Information

History

Project X: TheatreDanceMusicFilm is a Dallas based, nonprofit corporation founded by acclaimed director, producer, and actor Raphael Parry in 2001. Project X creates a diverse and eclectic array of programming in a unique urban setting.

The PX inter-arts performance ideology was designed over the course of several years to support and inspire a partnership of Producing Artists. These artists create and present traditional art forms and also embark on genre-defying excursions into bold new artistic terrain. The artists of Project X  explore the unsafe, the beautiful, and the profound, extending their collaborations nationally and internationally, bringing the world's most original talents to Dallas's doorstep while sharing their own creations with worldwide audiences.

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

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 Producing Artists 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 ProjectX 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. Phase One of The Green Zone's five performance venues is beginning construction, and will include a 150-seat indoor theater and a large outdoor Piazza space with a capacity of 500 audience members. Phase One of the project includes a developmental Showroom space, which is nearly complete.

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 Producing 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.

Sandra Greenway Recognized as one of the city’s most knowledgeable arts administrators, Ms. Greenway currently serves as Managing Director of the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas. She is a sought-after consultant for emerging performing arts agencies, where she specializes in establishing business infrastructures. As such, she has served on the Facilities Committee for the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs to assist in locating performance space for small performing arts companies. In addition to her administrative work, Ms. Greenway has worked in theatrical production at The Dallas Opera and Undermain Theatre, and has directed three professional productions. She is a member of Texas Nonprofit Theaters, the Southwest Theater Association, and the Dallas Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network. Ms. Greenway lends her skills and expertise to numerous non-profit efforts outside the theater, including volunteering as a development consultant for a women’s shelter, serving as a panelist for the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement and working as a presenter at the Center for Non-Profit Management.
John S. Davies John S. Davies has spent his life working in the performing arts, principally as an actor but also as a teacher, director, and producer. As an actor, Mr. Davies has appeared in more than sixty professional theater productions, including work at the Dallas Theater Center, the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas, Ft. Worth’s Casa Manana and Circle Theater. He has had small parts in big films (JFK, RoboCop, The Alamo) and big parts in numerous independent feature films, including starring roles in Andy Anderson’s Positive ID and Detention. His television appearances include several episodes of Walker, Texas Ranger, Wishbone and The Practice and more than twenty-five made-for-TV movies. He has produced and directed a number of theater pieces including Shakespeare Festival of Dallas’ recent Richard III, as well as a solo lecture/performance, Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human. He also wrote and continues to produce his solo show BEEM! Mr. Davies teaches at KD Studios and the Actors Conservatory of the Southwest, where he recently directed Bertolt Brecht’s Baal.
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.
Laurel Hoitsma Ms. Hoitsma is an actor, writer and producer best known for her work at Undermain Theatre, where she was a company member for 14 years, appearing in such productions as Goose and Tom Tom, The Seagull, Red Plays, Beginner, and Love Trouble. She’s also performed with such companies as Dallas Theater Center, Teatro Dallas, and Our Endeavors Theater Collective, where she was nominated for a Leon Rabin Award. Ms. Hoitsma is a frequent reader for Texas Bound and Literary Café, both in Dallas and Fort Worth. She played small, but memorable roles in the feature films Stealin’ Home and Late Bloomers. Ms. Hoitsma’s producing credits include the critically acclaimed plays Auto Neurotic and Stag (written and performed by Dalton James), Shiner (at Undermain), and Secret Place and The Distance of the Moon, which she presented with producing partner Lisa Schmidt through their company, Xlthlx. Ms. Hoitsma is a writer at the arts education agency, Big Thought, one of the nation’s leading arts education agencies, and a successful voice over talent with the Kim Dawson Agency.
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.
Thomas Riccio

Thomas Riccio is a Professor of Performance Studies and Artistic Director of Story Lab at the University of Texas at Dallas. Previous positions include Professor of Theatre at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Artistic Director of Chicago's Organic Theater Company and the Dramaturg/Resident Director at the Cleveland Play House. As a free-lance director he staged productions at such venues as the Teatro d’ Roma (national theatre of Italy), La Mama ETC, and The New York Theatre Workshop. He has worked extensively in the area of indigenous performance, serving as Artistic Director of Tuma Theatre, an Alaska Native performance group in Fairbanks, and developing and directing performances with the Zulu of South Africa, the Greenland Inuit, tribal groups in Zambia, and the !Xuu and Khwe Bushmen of the lower Kalahari, among others. A published author of books, plays, adaptations and scholarly essays, he has also conducted workshops and presented lectures throughout the U.S. and internationally. Recent and current work blends performance, installation, video and audio soundscapes to create performance immersions. Mr. Riccio is also the Lead Narrative Engineer for Hanson Robotics, Inc. for whom he co-authored several robot personalities. www.thomas-riccio.net

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.
Karen Bower Robinson Ms. Robinson has more than forty years of involvement in the Dallas dance community as a performer, teacher, choreographer, and producer.  An accomplished arts administrator, she has also served numerous local non-profit organizations in various capacities including General Director of the Deep Ellum Opera Theater, Education Director for the Texas Trees Foundation (formerly Dallas Trees and Parks Foundation, External Affairs Manager for the Arts District Friends, Development Consultant with Beckles Dancing Company (formerly Nova Dancing Company), and as a Program and Professional Development Specialist and later Client Services Manager with ArtsPartners – a program of Big Thought.  She has taught in classrooms in the Dallas Independent School District, in several of the Dallas County Community College District colleges and at the University of North Texas and earned the “Excellence in Teaching Award” and “The President’s Award” at Cedar Valley College.  She holds a BFA in Art and Education from the University of North Texas, an MFA in Dance from Southern Methodist University and is a graduate of the Dallas Business Committee for the Arts’ Leadership Arts Institute.  In 1994, she was recognized as a distinguished alumnus from the University of North Texas’ Department of Dance and Drama.
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.

Matthew Tomlanovich Making theatre for last twenty-five years Mr. Tomlanovich is a relative new-comer to the Dallas area (nine years).  As an actor, he has performed in over fifty plays off-Broadway, regionally and in numerous Dallas area productions.  His directing credits span New York (including the fringe festival), Los Angeles, Michigan, Utah and Dallas.  Mr. Tomlanovich has taught at Cal-Arts, Southern Methodist University, and the Actor Training Program at University of Utah. In London he taught at the E. 15 Drama School and the Classical Acting Masters program at the Central School of Speech and Drama, where he received his Master of Arts in Voice.  Mr. Tomlanovich also earned an MFA from Cal-Arts.  He has served as Artistic Director for the Discover Shakespeare Program with the Junior Players of Dallas for six years.  He was a member of the Irondale Ensemble Project based in NYC and with them toured a theatrical collaboration with the St. Petersburg Salon in the Soviet Union during the last days of Peristroika.  Mr. Tomlanovich is trained in conflict resolution and mediation and ran the mediation training programs for NYC.  Currently he’s studying the effect of chronic pain on the vocal usage of performers.
Robert H. Winn Mr. Winn has been a sought-after scenic designer for the past 21 years. His theatrical design credits range from emerging performance companies to The Dallas Opera, Dallas Ballet, Fort Worth Ballet and Dallas Summer Musicals. He’s been a company member of Undermain Theatre since 1987, where he’s designed more than two dozen productions. Nationally, Mr. Winn has worked as an artist and designer in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Washington DC and San Francisco. His film career is also extensive, featuring credits with Warner Brothers, Universal and Disney Studios on shoots around the US and abroad. Most recently Mr. Winn’s work was featured in Pirates of the Caribbean, shot in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Other film credits include Oliver Stone’s Any Given Sunday, Disney’s Flubber, and The Ghost and the Darkness, filmed in South Africa. Mr. Winn has also served as scenic designer for Young Audiences of North Texas’ nationally recognized Creative Solutions program, targeting high risk teens. Mr. Winn is a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Moving Picture Technicians, Artists and Allied Crafts, Local 729: Motion Picture Set Painters and Sign Writers and Local 800: Art Directors and Scenic Artists Guild.
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
Sandra Greenway Booker T. Washington Advisory Board
Jessica Malek Big Thought
Raphael Parry Project X: TheatreDanceMusicFilm
Shelley Travell
President
Constructors Associates, Inc.

 

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