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Facility Information


One of the oldest multi-disciplined cultural arts organizations in the country, TBAAL offers a multitude of top quality and diverse programs.


  • Location in Dallas Convention Center Theatre Complex
  • 250,000 square feet of space which houses:
    • Naomi Bruton Theatre (seating: 1,750)
    • Clarence Muse Cafe Theatre (seating: 250)
      and Kitchen area
    • Eva Jessye Gift Shop
    • James E. Kemp Art Gallery
    • Administrative Offices
    • Rooms for Meetings, Rehearsals, Lectures, Classes, Film Screenings, Receptions, Weddings, etc.


Cultural arts and entertainment in the areas of:

  • Dramatic and musical stage plays (local and national)
  • Concerts (jazz, blues, R&B, gospel, classical, pop, hip-hop, reggae, spiritual)
  • Visual Arts Exhibitions
  • Gala Benefits
  • Scholarly Lectures
  • Classes and Lectures
  • Book Reviews
  • Film Screenings
  • Dance
  • Conferences and Festivals
  • Special Programs (Summer Youth Arts Institute and others)



ROOM T203 - Download ROOM T203 DIAGRAM
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  • Excellent setting for small meetings.
  • Great for breakfasts, receptions & intimate dinners.
  • Accommodates 100 theater-style and 60 banquet-style.

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  • TBAAL Administrative Conference Room
  • Board, staff and volunteer meetings and small community meetings
  • Accommodates 30 people.

James E. Kemp Gallery
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  • TBAAL Visual Art Gallery
  • Named after Dallas native who donated lithographs of his artwork to match TBAAL’s first grant from the Meadows Foundation in the late 1970s. Visual artist, James Kemp, is known for his impression of Dallas’ world famous skyline.
  • Dallas/Fort Worth Living Legends is a permanent exhibition on TBAAL’s 2nd level which showcases photos of area African Americans from the late 1970s to 1980s. All photos come from TBAAL’s private collection.
  • Annually, TBAAL presents 3 exhibitions as a part of our season of programming.

Dr. Eva Jessye Gift Shop

  • Named after the first black woman to receive international acclaim as a choral conductor during the Harlem Renaissance.
  • Dr. Jessye was chosen by George Gershwin to conduct the choir for Porgy and Bess on Broadway in the 1930s.
  • 1st artist to donate part of her private collection to the institution
  • Dr. Jessye performed in numerous TBAAL programs until her death.

TBAAL Archives Library
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  • Houses over 32 years of TBAAL’s video & photographic history. Our goal is to organize our archives into a video and photgraphic library for research purposes.

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  • TBAAL’s medium size banquet/meeting room.
  • Great for wedding ceremonies, receptions, workshop, seminars banquets, and parties.
  • Accommodates 300 theater style and 150 banquet style.

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  • Our largest banquet/meeting room.
  • Great for hosting proms, birthday/anniversary parties, weddings/receptions, etc.
  • Accommodates 500 theater-style and 250 banquet-style.

Clarence Muse Theatre - Download MUSE CAFE' DIAGRAM

  • Intimate café, cabaret-style theatre named after the first African American actor to “star” in a film
  • Known as the”Dean of Black Actors”, Muse was the 1st person to make a substantial financial contribution to TBAAL
  • Excellent venue for comedy shows, one-man/woman theatre performances, music programs and poetry performances.
  • Seats 250, has 3 dressing rooms and bar area

Naomi Bruton Theatre - Download NBT Seating Chart

  • Main Stage named after one of TBAAL’s founding volunteers and Dallas actress who performed in non African-American theaters in the 1940s through the 1970s
  • In 1974, co-founded Dallas Minority Rep Theatre with Irma P. Hall, Carol Frost and others
  • An excellent venue for major productions, concerts, workshops, etc. Seats 1,750.

Esther Rolle Lounge

  • Named after the stage, film and television actress best remembered as Florida Evans, a sharp, but caring housekeeper-a character she played on two comedy series, Maude and Good Times. Rolle was a member of the Shogola Obola Dance Company and a founding member of the Negro Ensemble Company.
  • An intimate TBAAL Conference Lounge excellent for board, staff, volunteer and other small meeting. Accommodates 25.