About Us

Junior Players is the oldest children's theater in Dallas. We have provided unique arts education programming to the youth of North Texas since 1955.

  • 1955 – Junior Players was founded by a group of Highland Park moms. Junior Players presents traditional children’s theater productions for children by children.

 

  • 1987 – The first Discover Summer Theater Camps are held at six locations

 

  • 1989 – Junior Players’ primary focus changed to provide free after school and summer arts enrichment programs accessible to all children and teens in the North Texas area.

 

  • 1990 - Junior Players launches its Discover Shakespeare program which combines the best of North Texas high-school acting talent with the professional skills of the DFW’s production talent in a teen production of Shakespeare presented in free performances at Samuell-Grand Park. This program started the strong collaboration with Dallas Shakespeare.

 

  • 1995 - Junior Players collaborated with KERA TV 13 in 1995 to create Peacemaker, a docudrama on violence and its effect on youth.

 

  • 2002 - Junior Players' production of As You Like It was cited as one of the Top 10 Family Plays of the year by Nancy Churnin of the Dallas Morning News.

 

  • The Junior Players program PUP FEST (Playwrights Under Progress) in collaboration with Kitchen Dog Theater was created. Three original scripts were developed over the course of one week and presented as staged readings with an all teen ensemble at Kitchen Dog Theater.

 

  • 2003 - Junior Players received the Arts Basic Award from the Texas Commission on the Arts, and a Special Award from the Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum for "imaginatively staged and diversely cast plays, programs that encourage young artists (including PUP Fest, a playwriting program co-produced with Kitchen Dog Theater) and free performances and lessons to children and teens throughout the area."

 

  • 2005 – Junior Players celebrates our 50th anniversary and are officially recognized in a proclamation from the city of Dallas. Morgan Fairchild was the honorary guest alumnus.

 

  • 2006 – Junior Players was named a semi-finalist by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities for the ‘Coming Up Taller’ award.

 

  • 2013 – Junior Players launched its Building Connections through the Real World  in 5 DISD middle schools and  its Life Skills programs in 9 DISD middle schools.

 

  • 2015 – Junior Players celebrates its 60th anniversary
    • Junior Players produced the critically acclaimed In The Heights musical at the Dallas City Performance Hall. This marks the first time Junior Players has performed in a Dallas Arts District facility.
    • Junior Players also produced Junior Players Presents: The Transformation Project, our first ever dance production in the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre  and marks the second time in a Dallas Arts District facility.