Echo Theatre champions the diverse voices of women+.*
Echo Theatre forges gender parity within the canon of global theater
by producing, promoting, and preserving the work of women+.
OUR CORE VALUES
Fidelity We are resolute in our mission to champion the voices of women+ with high quality artistic effort.
Inclusivity We acknowledge there is a diverse group of people who identify as women+ and we welcome them to our stage, our production table, our board room and our audience.
Conviviality Echo Theatre provides a safe space for artists, supporters, and audiences to enjoy learning, growing, and evolving together as people and as an institution.
Intersectionality** We acknowledge that systems of discrimination are interdependent and by championing women+, we holistically support all who are oppressed.
Additionally: Echo Theatre follows the DFW Theater Standards and the DFW COVID 19 Safety Standards.
* About women+: We recognize the limiting nature of the binary use of the word “woman.” We use the term “women-plus” to include an expansive and diverse array of people; including those born female, those who identify as women, and those who are gender non-conforming.
** Intersectionality: We work through an intersectional lens for gender parity. We understand and acknowledge that systems of oppression and discrimination are interdependent and span all social categorizations - race, class, gender, age, ability, sexual orientation, etc. - as they apply to a given individual or group. By addressing one spoke of systematic discrimination or disadvantage, we holistically acknowledge, recognize, and help address them all.
Kateri appeared in Echo Theatre's inaugural production, DREAM OF A COMMON LANGUAGE back in 1998 and remained a creative partner through the company's early years. In 2008, Kateri officially joined forces with Echo Theatre as a Producing Partner and was instrumental in developing Echo Theatre’s Big Shout Out International New Play Contest for Women Playwrights. In April 2019, Kateri was named Managing Artistic Director of the 21 year-old theater company.
As Managing Artistic Director, Kateri expanded the Echo Reads series to serve audiences all over Dallas at Venue Partners; making theater available to patrons in their own neighborhoods. The first online play readings began as a response to the COVID 19 pandemic, as did the Echo Offstage podcast, a Dallas-based interview show with guests from all areas of national and local theater that began production in 2020.
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, including Shakespeare Dallas, Kitchen Dog Theatre, and Echo Theatre. Kateri holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Studies from The College of Santa Fe and is an enrolled member of the Potawatomi Indian Tribe.
Lauren is a Dallas-based film and stage actress, as well as a recent Southern Methodist University graduate with a BFA in theatre and a minor in English. Starting as a volunteer, she helped run Echo Theatre’s Burning Woman 2019 offering and then she began managing social media for Echo’s IT'S MY PARTY! streamed readings. She joined the staff of Echo in 2020. Lauren played Marlow Sharpe in THE OTHER FELIX at Echo Theatre in 2021. She also creates all of our eye-catching social media posts!
Her acting credits include: Hilde in THE LADY FROM THE SEA (Undermain Theater), Margot Frank in THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, Ophelia and Gertrude in HAMLET, Phoebe in AS YOU LIKE IT (SMU), Sasha Berringer in SMU’s feature film THE BOOK OF JOB, and Anger Friend in EVERYTHING WILL BE FINE (Prism Movement Theater).
In addition to her work with Echo, Lauren is on the staff at Junior Players, and has worked with various creative groups including the podcast company Spoke Media and Dallas Theater Center’s Public Works program. She also loves painting, horror stories, and is a connoisseur of so-bad-they’re-good movies.
Eric is an actor, director, and producer based in Dallas. He is a proud producing partner with Echo Theatre where he serves as co-producer for the Echo Reads series and Season One podcast manager on the new Echo Offstage podcast.
His directing credits include EURYDICE, and STELLA (SMU) and staged readings for Echo, IMPRINT Theatreworks, and SMU. He has served as assistant director at AT&T Performing Arts Center's Elevator Project, Dallas Theater Center, Stage West, Kitchen Dog Theatre, and Jubilee Theatre.
Acting credits: Boy in US/THEM (Echo Theatre), Eugene in BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS (Theater Arlington), and Parker in SPLIT SECOND (Jubilee). He holds a BFA in Theatre Studies from SMU.
Alett Gray / PRODUCER
[ Company Manager, Stage Manager ]
Alett has been an integral part of Echo Theatre since her first production in 2007, when she served as Production Stage Manager for STRING OF PEARLS. She joined the company as a producing partner and in 2014, she was named Co-Artistic Director for two seasons. Alett is now Echo's lead Stage Manager.
From independent companies like Undermain Theatre, to regional theaters like Dallas Theater Center, she has called “places” on many a stage. During a decade of summer months Alett helped keep the Dallas theatre scene thriving as the Production Stage Manager for the Festival of Independent Theatres.
Alett holds a Bachelor of Science in Theatre Education from McMurry University. Her theater-making bad-assery also comes with her black cat, Charlotte, and a well-versed knowledge of just about every B-horror movie ever made.
Caroline Hamilton / PRODUCER
[ Echo Reads, Director ]
Caroline is a Dallas-based director and producer. She joins the Echo Creative Team as Co-Producer of Echo Reads for 2021 and as Director of the mainstage Regional Premier, IT'S MY PARTY!. She directed a reading of CHURCH as part of the 2020 Echo Reads series, and has directed readings for the past two years in the New Visions New Voices Festival at SMU.
Her work also includes directing BETHANY and HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE at SMU, and assistant directing LUNGS at Stage West, STEEL MAGNOLIAS at Dallas Theater Center, WHAT WE WERE at Second Thought Theater, and THE LADY FROM THE SEA at Undermain Theatre.
She is the Managing Producer at podcast company Spoke Media, where she has produced podcasts such as Hot & Bothered, Because I Watched, Listed, and more. You can find her with a crossword puzzle and a strong cup of coffee on any given morning.
Jenna Burnett / PRODUCER
[ Canadian Ambassador, Consultant ]
Jenna is a Director, Producer, (sometimes) Actor, and (occasional) Playwright. She is a Producer on your new favorite podcast, ECHO OFFSTAGE: THEATRE WOMEN SPEAK!
Jenna has directed full productions (SHADOW WOMAN at Bath House Cultural Center, BACHELORETTE and BIRDLAND at Southern Methodist University), solo performances (GIRL DAD at Dallas Solo Fest, THE BOOK OF GABE at FIT Festival), and several staged readings (Cara Mía, New Visions / New Voices Festival). You may have also seen her listed as Assistant Director in the programs for THE MOORS at Theatre Three, SHAKEY JAKE + ALICE and THE DROLL at Undermain, HIR at Stage West, HILLARY & CLINTON at Second Thought, and STAGGER LEE at Dallas Theater Center.
Jenna is also a Producer at Spoke Media, where she’s worked on such podcasts as THE LEFT EAR, FAMILY GHOSTS, HOT & BOTHERED, and IT WAS SIMPLE: THE BETTY BRODERICK MURDERS. She is based in Dallas, but is currently spending her quarantine in Newfoundland with her pug, cats, and new husband.
Haley Nelson / PRODUCER
[ Dramaturg ]
Haley is a dramaturg, playwright, and producer. She is a second year National New Play Network Producer in Residence and is in her fifth season with Kitchen Dog Theater, where she serves as Manager of Literary and Community Initiatives.
Local dramaturgy credits include Dallas Theater Center, Circle Theatre, Artstillery, Theatre Too, and Spoke Media podcasts, in addition to many national festivals and competitions.
Her own plays have been produced by IMPRINT and House Party Theatre, and she was a Finalist for the 2020 National Young Playwrights in Residence. Haley LMDA's Third Coast Regional Vice President, and a recipient of the 2017 Bly Creative Capacity Grant, a 2019 Dallas OCA Micro-Residency, an inaugural Actors Theatre of Louisville Emerging Leaders Grant, and a 2017 Rosenfield Playwriting Award from her alma mater, SMU. www.haleynelson.me
Board of Directors 2021
TREASURER / CHAIR, FINANCE COMMITTEE
Robert G. McVay
DIRECTOR / FINANCE COMMITTEE
Diane Brandon Moody
CHAIR / COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE
Kirsten Brandt James
CHAIR / GOVERNANCE COMMITTEE
Miki Bone Melsheimer
Our Gratitude to Past Board Members
Karen Bower Robinson Karen Lorince Suzy Blaylock Laura Alpert
Charles Beavers Rebecca Brooks Denise Lee Luis Ortiz
Reverend Dr. Jo Hudson James Zackey W. Charles Pyke Kathleen E. Palter
Artistic Leadership Timeline
April 2019 to Present Kateri Cale named Managing Artistic Director. Lauren Floyd is Administrative Assistant. Current Producing Partners include Eric Berg, Alett Gray, Caroline Hamilton, Jenna Richanne Burnett, Haley Nelson, and Jonathan Villalobos.
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.
Echo Theatre's 20th Anniversary
(from left: Linda Marie Ford, Suzanne Blaylock, Pam Myers-Morgan, Terri Ferguson, Alett Gray. photo by: Kateri Cale
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: Suzy Blaylock, Linda Marie Ford, Michael Starcher, Lisa Taylor, Ellen Locy, Brandi Andrade, Jordan Willis, Terri Ferguson, Stephanie Butler, Elly Lindsay, and Randall Bonifay. Honored colleague: Bob Myers-Morgan.
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 history play about Impressionist painters; strong, charismatic roles for women and men; 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 colleague Suzy Blaylock decided 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 incorporated in the state of Texas in February, 1998 and received non-profit status that April. 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 women playwrights are not heard on world stages as often as their male colleagues, Echo Theatre only produces plays written by women. 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 hit the Dallas theater scene in 1992 and served 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, 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. While 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 with her husband.