Echo Theatre exists to Promote the
Unique Perspective that is the Female Voice.
 
Echo Theatre is the Southwest's premier theatrical organization dedicated to producing work created by women. We tackle difficult topics with sensitivity, embrace comedy with abandon, and explore all facets of the human condition from the uniquely female perspective. 

Founded in April 1998, Echo Theatre is based in Dallas, Texas and has built
a national reputation for excellence and collaboration with women playwrights.

Administration

Kateri Cale

MANAGING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

In 1998, Kateri appeared in Echo Theatre's inaugural production, DREAM OF A COMMON LANGUAGE. Over the next ten years, she remained a  creative partner, appearing in seven shows and co-writing two. In 2008, Kateri officially joined forces with Echo Theatre as a producing partner. Since then she served as Publicist, Designer, Echo Reads Producer, Director, Co-Artistic Director for two seasons during a transitional time for Echo, and continued to be an audience favorite onstage. Kateri produced over 25 Echo Reads staged readings and was instrumental in developing Echo Theatre’s Big Shout Out International New Play Contest for Women Playwrights.

As Managing Artistic Director, Kateri expanded the Echo Reads series to serve audiences all over Dallas through 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 a member  of the Potawatomi Indian Tribe. Wzheton! Create!

Echo Creatives

Eric Berg / PRODUCER
[ Echo Reads, Echo Offstage, Actor/Director ]

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 podcast manager on the upcoming 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.

Eric is a connoisseur of beer and can most likely tell you the correct glass for your brew of choice.

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 Company Manager and 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 Hamilton is a Dallas-based director and producer. She directed a reading of CHURCH as part of the 2020 Echo Reads series, and has directed readings for the past 2 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 Richanne Hannum / PRODUCER
[ Echo Offstage, Director ]

Board of Directors

Karen Bower Robinson

BOARD CHAIR

Karen Lorince

TREASURER

Robert G. McVay

SECRETARY

Catherine Whiteman

DIRECTOR

Our Gratitude to Past Board Members

Suzy Blaylock      Laura Alpert     Daniel Tamez

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 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. 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.

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