AT&T Performing Arts Center, Wyly Theatre

Dallas, Texas, USA

The Dallas Theater Center came to us looking for staging flexibility and performance intimacy in their new facility. In response, we devised a multiform space that can be arranged in a variety of configurations depending on the company’s artistic needs. We created advanced rigging, platform, lift, and turntable designs so the space can be configured for up to 575 seats in proscenium, thrust, arena, and traverse arrangements, 800 in flat floor, and 400 for dining/banquet events. The building’s dramatic design organizes 75,000 square feet in a stacked, vertical array, and gives the public uninterrupted views of the theatre through vast acoustic glass walls. In the upper regions of the REX/OMA-designed tower, unexpected interior views give the individual spaces a feeling of openness. The Wyly Theatre rethinks the traditional form of the theatre building in a spectacular way.

ATT Performing Arts Center, Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre
Credit: Iwan Baan
Credit: Iwan Baan
Credit: Iwan Baan

Dallas Center for the Performing Arts Foundation


REX/OMA, Joshua Prince-Ramus (partner in charge) and Rem Koolhaas | Kendall/Heaton Associates




Dallas Theater Center (resident company), Dallas Black Dance, Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, and local arts organizations

Seat count


Construction type

New construction

Theatre type

Drama theatre, Multiform theatre


Feasibility study, needs assessment, masterplan, and site and architect selection, programming, concept design, theatre planning, and theatre equipment design and specification



Venue website

Credit: Alex Eshelbrenner
Credit: Iwan Baan
ATT Performing Arts Center, Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre
Credit: Nigel Young/Foster + Partners

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