University of Dallas - Margaret Jonsson Theater
The Margaret Jonsson Theater, opened in the fall of 1972, was a gift to UD from the late Erik Jonsson, former Mayor of Dallas and spearhead of the DFW airport project. Converted from a structure originally designed to be a chapel, the theater, named for Jonsson's wife, led a trend in the seventies to build campus theaters in found space. Featured in the April, 1973, issue of Planning for Higher Education, the MJT design, by Dallas architect Duane Landry, was praised for its thrust stage, surrounded by its 80-seats sharply stepped to provide optimum sight lines. Here the actor/audience relationship is direct and intimate; the playing space combines the best attributes of the Greek ampitheater and the Elizabethan thrust---a perfect place to perform a classical repertory. See Seasons for a full listing of upcoming University Theater productions.