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Teresa Wash

Executive Artistic Director/Founder, Bishop Arts Theatre Center

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Location: Dallas, TX
Start Year: 2024
TRHT Pillar: Racial Healing and Relationship Building


Teresa Coleman-Wash is a producer, playwright, and founding artistic director for the Bishop Arts Theatre Center (BATC). She earned a master’s degree in Arts Management from Goucher College and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Albany State University. Wash is a National Arts Strategies fellow, having studied at Harvard Business School. She is the 2019 recipient of the Theatre Communications Group’s Peter Zeisler Memorial Award, and in 2018, she received the National Guild for Community Arts Education’s Milestone Award. Mrs. Wash has also earned several Irma P. Hall Awards, including the 2020 Irma P. Hall Theatrical Excellence Medal. She is the recent recipient of the Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce’s Quest for Success Award and Broadway Dallas’ Leah and Jerome Fullinwider Award. Teresa was elected to the Dramatists Guild of America Council in 2017, representing the Southern region, where she also served on the steering committee.

In 2005, BATC was the recipient of a 10,000-square-foot dilapidated building near the Bishop Arts District in Dallas. Wash led her team in securing $1.2 million to renovate the blighted facility. Construction began in 2006 and, despite a downward spiraling economy, was completed in 2008. Today, BATC is an intimate 170-seat proscenium theater with dressing rooms, an art gallery, executive offices, a learning lab, two skyboxes, and an arts business incubator center. The theater receives critical acclaim and has been nationally recognized for its banned book festival, world-class jazz series, and impactful arts education programs for youth and adult learners.

Future Focus

Teresa Coleman Wash is working with civil rights leaders and activists in the South to create inclusive spaces for dialogue, understanding, and action. By confronting historical injustices and systemic biases, she aims to cultivate a culture of empathy and reconciliation. Teresa is excited about the potential to amplify marginalized voices and dismantle oppressive structures. Through collaborative efforts, she hopes to foster healing and catalyze meaningful change toward a more equitable society.

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