WALTER DALLAS

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Production credits

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Director

Thurgood

Olney Theatre Center

Olney Theatre Center Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab

Olney, MD
July 19 – August 20, 2017
Director

By the Way, Meet Vera Stark

Everyman Theatre

Everyman Theatre

Baltimore, MD
April 15 – May 11, 2014
Director

Stick Fly

Arden Theatre Company

Arden Theatre Company Arcadia Stage

Philadelphia, PA
October 24 – December 22, 2013
Director

A Raisin in the Sun

Arden Theatre Company

Arden Theatre Company

Philadelphia, PA
March 7 – April 14, 2013
Director
Blues For An Alabama Sky
African Continuum Theatre Company

Atlas Performing Arts Center

Washington, DC
April 14 – May 8, 2011
Director

Blue Door

Arden Theatre Company

Arden Theatre Company Arcadia Stage

Philadelphia, PA
January 14 – March 21, 2010
Director

Blue Door

African Continuum Theatre Company

Atlas Performing Arts Center

Washington, DC
April 16 – May 3, 2009
Director

Gee’s Bend

Arden Theatre Company

Arden Theatre Company Arcadia Stage

Philadelphia, PA
October 9 – December 7, 2008

The Piano Lesson

Arden Theatre Company

Arden Theatre Company F. Otto Haas Stage

Philadelphia, PA
March 6 – April 13, 2008
Director

Desire Under The Elms

Court Theatre, Freedom Theatre

Court Theatre

Chicago, IL
January 21 – February 20, 2000
Director

Blues for an Alabama Sky

Crossroads Theatre

New Brunswick, NJ

New Jersey Performing Arts Center

Newark, NJ
October 1 – November 15, 1998
Director

The Old Settler

World premiere
McCarter Theatre Center, Long Wharf Theatre

McCarter Theatre

Princeton, NJ

The Claire Tow Stage in the C. Newton Schenck III Mainstage Theatre

New Haven, CT
February 7 – April 6, 1997
Director

Seeking the Genesis

Goodman Theatre

Goodman Theatre Stage Two

Chicago, IL
1996 – 1997
Director

Seven Guitars

World premiere
Goodman Theatre

Goodman Theatre

Chicago, IL
January 13 – February 18, 1995
Director

The Amen Corner

CENTERSTAGE
Baltimore, MD
1981 – 1982

Filmography

Writer (1 credit)
 2002 Standing in the Shadows of Motown (Documentary) (Narration)
 Miscellaneous Crew (1 credit)
 2002 Standing in the Shadows of Motown (Documentary) (narration consultant)
Self (2 credits)
 2006 Backstage on the Black Stage (TV Movie documentary)
Himself
 1987 Working in the Theatre (TV Series documentary)
Himself
– Playwright & Director (1987) … Himself

Awards

2010

Nomination:
Barrymore Award: Outstanding Direction of a Play
Blue Door — director 

Award

Austin Film Festival

2002 Winner
Audience Award
Best Documentary Showcase Film
Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002)
Shared with:

Ntozake Shange(writer)
Paul Justman(director)

 

Other Works

 

(July 2002) : Directed “Master Harold… and the Boys” play by Athol Fugard (Westport Country Playhouse, Westport, Connecticut, USA).

Paul Robeson, The Arts Bank, Philadelphia 2008

Lazarus, Unstoned, (gospel opera), New Freedom Theatre, Philadelphia 2004

The Bluest Eye, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, San Francisco 2007 (named one of top ten productions of 2007)

The Piano Lesson, Arden Theatre, Philadelphia 2008

(September 8 to October 27, 1996) He directed Emily Mann’s adaptation of Sara L. Delaney, A. Elizabeth Delaney, and Amy Hill Hearth’s book, “Having Our Say,” at the Mark Taper Forum Theatre in Los Angeles, California with Frances Foster and Lynne Thigpen in the cast. Edward E. Jones was the scenic designer. D. Martyn Bookwalter was the lighting designer. Dana R. Woods was the costume designer.

(1996-1997 season) He directed John Henry Redwood’s play, “The Old Settler,” in a world premiere at the Long Wharf Theatre (Mainstage) in New Haven, Connecticut. Loren Sherman was the set designer. David Murin was the costume designer. Frances Aronson was the lighting designer.

“Back in the 80s, as Artistic Director of Freedom Theatre and training program of 700 students in Philly, I got permission from Orion Pictures to do a stage version of Cooley High. It was an experiment to combine traditional, Black theatre, (my audience) and Tyler Perry style theatre (of the 80s) to bring those two diff audiences together and hope that both would be pleased. August Wilson and Woodie King came to bear witness to my audience Dev experiment. It was a smash! The theatre won a National award from Audelco in NYC. Next, I did Sparkle: The Musical with Warner Brothers’ blessings. Again, another smash hit combining the two worlds. My 3rd experiment was going to be Claudine, but I left for the theatre for an Univ residency before it could happen. PS: The original cast of Cooley saw the show and wanted to support a national tour.
Thanks. Both studios responded much as you did. They wished me well and charged me nothing! I got permission by making one phone call. I wanted to capture more of the women’s POV in Sparkle, so I asked my friend Ntozake Shange to help me with tweaks to the script. We had fun! ”