The East Dallas Arts theater group will open a new performance space in the neighborhood

East Dallas Arts’ first production, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” featured students from area schools.

After a successful first production, community theater group, East Dallas Arts, is opening a new performance space to launch its second show.

The space at 10620 E. Northwest Highway will open to the public next week, just in time for the first screening of “13», a musical by Jason Robert Brown.

The performances will run from February 27 to March 7 and will feature students from four different schools, including Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, St. John’s Episcopal School, Woodrow Wilson High School and Christ the King.

Neighbors Tom Parr and Amy Kulas co-founded the nonprofit in 2018 with the goal of fostering greater appreciation for the arts through performance, education, and experiences.

The first performance, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” premiered in December 2018. It was such a hit that the founders began thinking about ways to expand.

“We are thrilled to open our new space in East Dallas, and we look forward to seeing our community learn, foster, enjoy and create,” Parr said.

Tickets for “13” are $25 each. Student tickets are $15 each and tables for four are available for $100. They can be purchased at

The nonprofit’s third production, “She Kills Monsters,” will open April 23.

East Dallas Arts will also offer summer camps in the new building. Campers will rehearse and perform their own musical or participate in a community production alongside adults and teens.