Founded in 1985 by Jeff Hurst and Cora Cardona, Teatro Dallas is a theater company that puts on content-driven plays depicting Latino culture and experiences. Teatro Dallas has performed the works of renowned classic and contemporary Latino playwrights, from Pedro Antonio de Alarcón to Victor Hugo Rascón Banda. The not-quite-annual International Theater Festival, which began in 1993, is another Teatro Dallas project. Running for nearly a month, the festival features plays that originate in countries such as Mexico, Spain, and even Belgium.
But Teatro Dallas’ impact in the Latino community is not limited to the stage. The group offers outreach programs for local children to educate them on Latino customs and culture, and the group also organizes festivities to commemorate the Day of the Dead. Teatro Dallas also has an art gallery, open by appointment, that displays the works of Latin American artists.