It's the mission of Echo Theatre to produce the works of
women playwrights in order to bridge the gender gap that persists in live theatre.
Because the words of women playwrights are not heard on world stages as often as their male colleagues, Echo Theater exists to produce works written by women.
The style of the plays we present are as different as the women who write them.
We are proud to present women's work.
Founded in April 1998, Echo Theatre is based in Dallas, Texas and has built a national reputation for excellence and collaboration with women playwrights.
In 1998, Kateri appeared in Echo Theatre's inaugural production, DREAM OF A COMMON LANGUAGE. Over the next ten years, she continued as a creative partner, appearing in seven shows and co-writing two. In 2008, Kateri officially joined forces with Echo Theatre as a producing partner. She served as Publicist, Designer, Echo Reads Producer, and continued to be an audience favorite onstage. Named Co-Artistic Director for two seasons during a transitional time for Echo, Kateri produced over 25 Echo Reads performance readings and salons and was instrumental in developing Echo Theatre’s Big Shout Out International New Play Contest for Women Playwrights.
Dallas audiences first met Kateri at Undermain Theatre where she was a company member for ten years. She has since appeared on many area stages, primarily at Shakespeare Dallas, and Echo Theatre. Kateri holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Performance from The College of Santa Fe.
Alett Gray / PRODUCER
[Company Manager, Stage Manager]
Eric Berg / PRODUCER
[Echo Reads, Actor/Director]
Board of Directors
Robert G. McVay
Our Gratitude to Past Board Members
Reverend Dr. Jo Hudson James Zackey W. Charles Pyke Kathleen E. Palter
Charles Beavers Rebecca Brooks Denise Lee Luis Ortiz
April 2019 Kateri Cale named Managing Artistic Director. Producers include Alett Gray [Company Manager], Elly Lindsay, Eric Berg, and Randall Bonifay [Echo Reads Producers.]
2016 through 2018 Terri Ferguson served as Managing Artistic Director with Alett Gray as General Manager and Stephanie Butler as Administrative Assistant. Kateri Cale, Elly Lindsay, and Randall Bonifay served as Lead Producers.
2014 to 2016 A trio of producing partners were named Co-Artistic Directors: Kateri Cale, Terri Ferguson and Alett Gray.
1998 through 2014
Pam Myers-Morgan served as lead producing partner of Echo Theatre until she became Producing Partner Emeritus in 2014. Former Producing Partners are Suzy Blaylock, Linda Marie Ford, Michael Starcher, Lisa Taylor, Ellen Locy, Brandi Andrade, Jordan Willis, Terri Ferguson, and Stephanie Butler.
Echo Theatre's Origin Story...
Once upon a time in Dallas, Texas, before Echo Theatre was a reality, director Pam Myers-Morgan and actress/producer Linda Marie Ford shopped a script around to several theater companies in town, hoping to garner interest in a show they wanted to produce. Set in 1874 Paris, DREAM OF A COMMON LANGUAGE by Heather McDonald explored the delicately complex balance between a woman's artistic calling, her family life, and the influence of societal constraints and expectations. The critically acclaimed play had been honored with six coveted Helen Hayes awards. Yet every theater they approached said it wasn't "their kind of play". Perplexed, the two made a list of all the positives - small cast; an interesting historical era; about Impressionist painters; it had strong, charismatic roles for women and men; it was written by an eloquent, witty woman; it even had tasteful, story-driven nudity for heaven's sake! Why in the world would it not be "their kind of play"? Thankfully for Dallas audiences, Pam, Linda, and their colleague Suzy Blaylock decided that it was precisely their kind of play and Echo Theatre was born. Dedicated to producing plays by women and embracing the themes of the first Echo production, the company has been producing excellent plays by women since 1998 while balancing art, family, and personal life.
Echo Theatre became incorporated in the state of Texas in February, 1998 and received its non-profit status in April of that same year. Inspiration for our company's name springs from the nymph "Echo" of Greek mythology; cursed to forever repeat the words of others, never speaking for herself. Because the words of women playwrights are not heard on world stages nearly as often as their male colleagues, Echo Theatre produces plays written by women that everyone can enjoy. The plays we present are as different as the women who write them, so you’ll enjoy a variety of entertainment. We're proud to specialize in women's work.
Pam Myers-Morgan came to Dallas in 1992 to serve as Artistic Administrator at the Dallas Theater Center, where she organized the internship program and coordinated local casting. She co-founded Echo Theatre in 1997 and served as a key Producing Partner for 13 seasons. Her directing projects with Echo include HIGH DIVE, RUINED, THE ECHO ROOM PRESENTS: HER SONG, music and dance review, BIBLE WOMEN, WELL, THE NIBROC TRILOGY (DFW Critics Forum Award, Best Director 2009), AMERICAN CASSANDRA, COCO & GIGI, OIL! (a staged reading with Tyne Daly), THE LADIES OF THE CAMELLIAS (DFW Critics Forum Award, Best Director 2007) and GOBLIN MARKET (Rabin Nomination for Best Director). She has also directed for Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Children’s Theatre, Wingspan Theatre, and Southern Methodist University. Local acting credits include the world premiere of WEDDING BELLES for One-Thirty Productions, and OFF THE MAP (Rabin Nomination, Best Supporting Actress) and FEFU AND HER FRIENDS with Echo. Pam is a noted Sound Designer with multiple productions on her resume. As an adjunct professor at Mountain View College, Pam taught Film Appreciation, Fine Arts Appreciation, Introduction to Theater, and Voice and Articulation, among others. She holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Directing from the University of Virginia. She currently resides in New England.