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Dallas' Second Thought Theatre names new artistic director and updates season

Dallas' Second Thought Theatre names new artistic director

Carson McCain
Carson McCain Photo courtesy of Second Thought Theatre

A favorite director of Dallas theater company Second Thought Theatre is stepping into a new role: artistic director. Carson McCain, who helmed the thought-provoking Empathitrax in 2018 and 2016's The Great God Pan, will take over from outgoing artistic director Alex Organ.

"I have long considered Second Thought Theatre my artistic home," says McCain in a release. "Second Thought's aesthetic is clear, their taste is good, and I could not be prouder to join this team in an official capacity. I hope to build on the legacy of Second Thought, continuing to ask the honest and hard questions while reminding us all of what connects us as human beings."

McCain has been a member of the STT family for many years, going back to Booth in 2014. She's also worked under the late Kat Owens at Undermain Theatre and is a graduate of SMU.

"Carson has an incisive but human vision for STT's art and aesthetic, a deep commitment to supporting our local artists, and a profoundly thoughtful approach to this organization's mission and operations. I cannot wait to see where she takes our company, " says STT board president Joshua D. Terry.

Like everyone in the theater world, STT is faced with the extraordinary challenge of producing its 2020 season among the current circumstances. Here are the changes to the original lineup:

  • A Streetcar Named Desire will now run July 22-August 15, 2020 (originally slated for May 20-June 13).
  • Janielle Kastner's world premiere of Sweetpea is postponed, to hopefully be presented in the 2021 season.
  • Endgame will remain September 16-October 10, 2020.

Tickets purchases are currently on hold until the official reopening of Second Thought Theatre. STT will be making a future announcement about tickets sales when that time comes.