Sample 3 to 7 Shows From Dallas’ Finest Performing Arts Institutions

Mayor Mike Rawlings joined with seven of the city’s finest performing arts institutions to announce a diverse package of performances that give people a taste of the performing arts. DPASS, Dallas Performing Arts Sampler Series, encourages people to sample from Broadway, theatre, opera, music and modern dance.

Mayor Mike Rawlings at the DPASS Press Conference on December 2, 2013.

Mayor Mike Rawlings at the DPASS Press Conference on December 2, 2013. Photo by Drew Eubank

“These packages are a creative way to share great performances with new audiences,” Mayor Rawlings said. “This collaboration among some of our city’s finest performing arts organizations shows what can be accomplished by working together.”

Mayor Rawlings was the first person to purchase a DPASS. Immediately following the news conference, he bought five DPASS 7-packs with plans to give the complete series as gifts.

Mayor Mike Rawlings and Darrell Jordan, 2013 DSM Chairman of the Board, purchasing their DPASS at the DPASS Press Conference on December 2, 2013. Photo by Drew Eubank

Mayor Mike Rawlings and Darrell Jordan, 2013 DSM Chairman of the Board, purchasing their DPASS at the DPASS Press Conference on December 2, 2013. Photo by Drew Eubank

“Whether you’re a longtime arts patron, or someone who has never been to one of our shows, you can dip your toe into the arts or try out new art forms, and at a very affordable price,” said Roger Nanney, chair of the AT&T Performing Arts Center Board of Directors.

For a limited time, patrons can choose from the select shows each organization has chosen for the DPASS packages. Starting with a 3-pack minimum for $75, the patrons can add shows for $25 each, up to a 7-pack for $175. Fees are included. DPASS is on sale from Monday, December 2 through Wednesday, January 15. The participating organizations include the AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, The Dallas Opera, Dallas Summer Musicals, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Theater Center and TITAS.

The mission behind the DPASS is to enrich the community through a diverse selection of arts that promotes, nurtures, and supports the performing arts in North Texas.

“We each have a tremendous base of subscribers who regularly support what we do year in, year out,” said Darrell Jordan, former board chair for Dallas Summer Musicals. “But each of us here wants to reach out and get new people excited about the performances we present. This DPASS helps us do that.”

Darrell Jordan, 2013 DSM Chairman of the Board, speaking at the DPASS Press Conference on December 2, 2013.

Darrell Jordan, 2013 DSM Chairman of the Board, speaking at the DPASS Press Conference on December 2, 2013.

DPASS Programming Selection:

The Barber of Seville (The Dallas Opera)
Bernadette Peters (Dallas Symphony Orchestra)
Cultural Awareness (Dallas Black Dance Theatre)
Disney’s The Little Mermaid (Dallas Summer Musicals)
The Fortress of Solitude (Dallas Theater Center)
Godspell (AT&T Performing Arts Center)
Motionhouse (TITAS)

All DPASS packages must be purchased and the performances and dates chosen by January 15, 2014. DPASS packages can be purchased in person at the box office in the AT&T Performing Arts Center Information Center in front of the Winspear Opera House or by phone at 214-880-0202. The packages can be purchased through each organization’s box offices as well. Tickets will be mailed to the patron. Each organization has some restrictions. More information can be found at

DPASS is the product of the Dallas Performing Arts Collaborative, which consists of five performing arts institutions: AT&T Performing Arts Center, The Dallas Opera, Dallas Summer Musicals, Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Dallas Theater Center. For the past year, these organizations, along with the City of Dallas and expert support from Dallas-based AT&T, have been exploring ways to reduce costs and improve service through collaboration, finding efficiencies and consolidating back-of-house operations where it makes sense. Progress has been made in areas of ticketing, calendar, health care and benefits, shared services and purchasing and artistic collaboration. More successes may be announced soon.

“Perhaps the most important thing to come from this collaboration is a stronger working relationship between these organizations, focused on building both healthier arts organizations and more support for the arts in Dallas,” said AT&T Regional Vice President for External Affairs Holly Reed. “We are pleased to be supporting this discussion.”

DPASS Details:
Purchase Period:
Monday, December 2 – Wednesday, January 15
Purchase Points:

More information:

Package pricing: (3-pack minimum, fees included)

Darrell E. Jordan named Chairman of the Board




Dallas, TX… Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc., (DSM), the largest producer of live theatrical entertainment in the Southwest, has named Darrell E. Jordan, a local attorney and civic leader, Chairman of the DSM Board of Directors for 2012. Jordan was installed as Board Chairman at DSM’s annual meeting in December 2011.



The Office Managing Partner of the Dallas office of Dykema, Jordan has long been considered a leader in the legal profession and is active throughout the Dallas community. He has been honored for his leadership roles within the legal community on many occasions. Those leadership roles include serving as President of the State Bar of Texas, President of the Dallas Bar Association, and as a member of the Board of Governors and the Executive Committee of the American Bar Association.



A 2005 Distinguished Alumnus of the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, and a former President of the Texas Supreme Court Historical Society, Jordan is a Life Fellow of the American, Texas and Dallas Bar Foundations. He is a Master of the Patrick E. Higginbotham American Inn of Court, board certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. In addition, he has been designated a Texas Super Lawyer by Law & Politics and Texas Monthly for the years 2003-2011.



DSM President and Managing Director Michael Jenkins said, “We are extremely fortunate to have Darrell Jordan at the helm of Dallas Summer Musicals in these challenging economic times. He combines legal and business expertise with a long history of political activism and community service that will greatly benefit our non-profit arts organization.”



Jordan actively serves on the boards of such local organizations as the Methodist Health System Foundation, Greater Dallas Planning Council, Southwestern Medical Foundation, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, and the SMU Athletic Forum. In addition, he has served on the DSM Executive Committee and Board of Directors for several years, and is a member of the Salesmanship Club of Dallas.



“Dallas Summer Musicals is a great institution, one of the best in Dallas, that has been providing high quality, reasonably priced Broadway musical theatre to North Texas audiences for over 70 years. We plan to be around for another 70 years . . . our patrons deserve no less,” Jordan said.

Immediate Past Chairman of Dallas Summer Musicals is Michael C. Steindorf, with Steve Watson serving as Chairman Elect. Ruth Altshuler holds the title of Honorary Chair, and Michael A. Jenkins is President and Managing Director of DSM.



Other DSM Officers for 2012:

Vice President – Audit, Dorsey Baskin; Vice President – Community Outreach, Laura Estrada; Vice President – Development, Michael C. Steindorf; Vice President – Finance, Marvin Lane; Vice President – Investment, Ted Munselle; Vice President – Marketing, Alfie Pino; Vice President – Nominating, Michael C. Steindorf; Vice President – Personnel & Compensation, Wally Reed; Secretary, Steven C. Metzger; and Treasurer, Richard L. Rogers.



The 2012 executive committee members are Michael S. Albright, Ruth Altshuler, Dorsey Baskin, Brice Beaird, Ed Bratton, Karl Chiao, Diane Childress, O. Paul Corley, Jr., O. Paul Corley, Sr., Terry R. Dallas, Barry Epstein, Laura V. Estrada, Jay Fox, Stanley D. Gardner, Rick Graham, Gary E. Griffith, Charles L. Gummer, Darrell Jordan, Sheffie Kadane III, Rebecca Kay, Glenda Kemple, Marvin Lane, John McCoy, Steven C. Metzger, Caven Miller, Ted Munselle, Alfonso E. Pino III, Charles Pistor, Gail Plummer, James W. Porter, Jr., Dick Quisenberry, Scott Ragland, W. Wallace Reed, Rick Rogers, Kenneth D. Sandstad, Kip Sowden, Donald K. Spies, Michael C. Steindorf, Paul A. Stotts, Larry Waisanen, Steve B. Watson, and Kit Williams.



Past Chairmen of the Board for DSM are Ed Bratton, O. Paul Corley, O. Paul Corley, Jr., Stanley D. Gardner, Rick Graham, Gary Griffith, Charles L. Gummer, Steven C. Metzger, Charles Pistor, Bud Porter, Dick Quisenberry, Ken Sandstad, Donald K. Spies, Michael Steindorf, Paul A. Stotts, and Kit Williams. Past Chairmen J. Frank Miller III and Douglas Perry are deceased.



Now celebrating its 72nd season, Dallas Summer Musicals is the largest producer of live theatrical entertainment in the Southwest, the second oldest summer theatre organization in the United States, and the sixth largest non-profit theatre company in the nation. DSM has been entertaining North Texas audiences with the finest in live, musical theatre entertainment since 1941.



In addition to presenting national Broadway tours, DSM also produces shows on Broadway, presents and tours local productions, and is involved in developing new works. Dallas Summer Musicals’ affiliates include DSM Management Group, Inc. (DSM MGI), which manages the Music Hall at Fair Park. In addition, DSM has its own school of musical theatre, which provides quality education and outreach to the youth of Dallas. For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, visit their website at or call 214-421-5678.



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