Uptown Players is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, presenting plays and musicals that challenge audiences artistically and strive to create greater positive public awareness and acceptance of the GLBTQ community through the performing arts. Now entering its fifteenth season and seventh at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, Uptown Players has gathered a dedicated following and is providing an opportunity for a wide diversity of gender styles to come together and explore life choices through great theatre themes such as relationships, family, prejudice, and values. The response from the community and critics has been remarkable, including over 25 Leon Rabin Awards from the Dallas Theatre League, and over 25 Theater Critics Forum Awards in its first thirteen seasons. Uptown Players has also been named the best theatre company by the Dallas Voice Readers and by the Dallas Observer and was also featured in D Magazine and on WFAA’s Daybreak and Good Morning Texas programs.
Uptown Players has presented world premieres, including Redesigning Women (2013), Crazy Just Like Me (2011) and the stage adaptation of The Valley of the Dolls (2007), along with the United States premieres of the West End hit musical Soho Cinders (2014), and the Pet Shop Boys Musical Closer to Heaven (2010). Uptown Players was the first regional theater in the United States to present the Tony Award winner The Boy from Oz and the Pulitzer Prize winning musical Next To Normal, following the closing of the Broadway productions. Each season, Uptown Players presents several regional premieres, including recent productions of The Nance, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (2013 Tony Award for Best Play), Hello Again (featured in a Broadway World article about the upcoming movie) and The Producers.
The mission of Uptown Players is to present professional theatre that meets a rising demand in the community for the GLBTQ audiences to see their life experiences represented on stage. We offer diverse productions with contemporary and alternative lifestyle themes that explore complex and varied situations such as relationships, family, prejudice, and values. We present plays and musicals that challenge our audiences artistically, build cultural bridges, and strive to create greater positive public awareness and acceptance through the performing arts. There is no other theater group with this unique mission in the Dallas area.
Uptown Players was founded in 2001 to provide quality theatre to the Uptown and Oak Lawn communities. Our first season began with four productions running 9 performances each over a three week period. Now entering its eighth season, Uptown Players audience base has grown to include subscribers and patrons from across the entire Dallas/Ft Worth metroplex,,as well as the surrounding states of Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas. The response from the community has been remarkable and Uptowns productions regularly receive "Critic's Choice", "Don't miss it" reviews, and multiple awards from the Dallas Theatre League. Average audience attendance has grown to almost 2000 per production.
Uptown Players has produced many regional and Southern US Premieres, including When Pigs Fly and The Last Session in 2002, Down South and Kiss of the Spider Woman in 2003, The Life and Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party in 2004, A Man Of No Importance and Mambo Italiano in 2005, Aida and Valhalla in 2006, Die Mommie Die and tick tick BOOM! in 2007 and bare and Zanna Don’t in 2008. Many playwrights have attended the Uptown Players productions of their work, including Steve Schalchlin, Doug Field, Del Shores, Andrew Lippa, Charles Busch, Damon Intrabartolo and Jamie Morris.