Dallas Theater Center Patrons Donate Almost $58K to North Texas Food Bank

Dallas Theater Center patrons donated $57,993.81 to the North Texas Food Bank during DTC's annual production of A Christmas Carol. During the six-year partnership with NTFB, DTC patrons have donated $297,912.16 to the organization.

"Dallas Theater Center is committed to partnering with community organizations to provide our audience with meaningful experiences that inspire conversations," says DTC Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty. "Partnering with the North Texas Food Bank every year increases awareness about hunger in North Texas and encourages our audience members to give to the organization, both now and in the future. We could not be more impressed by the generosity expressed by our patrons every year during A Christmas Carol."

After each performance of A Christmas Carol, cast members invited patrons to make contributions to NTFB. On average, patrons donated $1,896.80 per performance. Each dollar provides three meals for North Texans in need. DTC also offered a collection site in the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre lobby for non-perishable food items. Patrons, including student matinee attendees and participants in DTC's National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award-winning Project Discovery, donated a total of 934 pounds of food during the run of A Christmas Carol, which translates to 747 meals. That is almost double the amount of food collected during last year's run at the Kalita Humphreys Theater.

In addition to collecting monetary and food donations, DTC administrative and production staff and members of the Brierley Resident Acting Company donated their time by volunteering at the NTFB warehouse in December 2013. In just a few hours, DTC participants loaded 10,800 pounds of food into 360 boxes on 12 pallets. This is the equivalent of 9,000 meals for hungry North Texans.

Those interested in supporting the North Texas Food Bank can learn more about volunteering and donating online at www.NTFB.org.

ABOUT Dallas Theater Center: One of the leading regional theaters in the country, Dallas Theater Center (DTC) performs to an audience of more than 115,000 North Texas residents annually. Founded in 1959, DTC is now a resident company of the AT&T Performing Arts Center and presents its Mainstage season at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, designed by REX/OMA, Joshua Prince-Ramus and Rem Koolhaas and at its original home, the Kalita Humphreys Theater, the only freestanding theater designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Kevin Moriarty and Managing Director Heather M. Kitchen, DTC produces a seven-play subscription series of classics, musicals and new plays and an annual production of A Christmas Carol; extensive education programs, including Project Discovery, SummerStage and partnerships with Southern Methodist University's Meadows School of the Arts and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts; and community outreach efforts including leading the DFW Foote Festival and recent collaborations with the Dallas Public Library, Dallas Holocaust Museum, North Texas Food Bank, Dallas Opera, and Dallas Black Dance Theater. Throughout its history, DTC has produced many new works, including The Texas Trilogy by Preston Jones in 1978, Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men (directed by Adrian Hall) in 1986, and recent premieres of Giant by Michael John LaChiusa and Sybille Pearson, The Trinity River Plays by ReGina Taylor, the revised It's a Bird... It's a Plane... It's Superman by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Charles Strouse and Lee Adams, Give It Up! (now titled Lysistrata Jones and recently on Broadway) by Douglas Carter Beane and Lewis Flinn, Sarah, Plain and Tall by Julia Jordan, Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin and The Good Negro by Tracey Scott Wilson.

ABOUT NORTH TEXAS FOOD BANK: The North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) is a top-ranked nonprofit relief organization which leads the fight against hunger with knowledge-based strategies to distribute donated, purchased, and prepaRed Foods through a network of feeding programs in 13 North Texas counties. NTFB supports the nutritional needs of children, families and seniors through research, education, advocacy and strategic partnerships. In FY 2012, NTFB provided access to more than 47 million nutritious meals, a 45% increase year-over-year. Founded in 1982, the year 2012 marks NTFB's 30th anniversary. NTFB is a member of Feeding America (feedingamerica.org).

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