Trouble in Mind

A scathing indictment of racism in American commercial theatre, Trouble in Mind tells the story of Wiletta Mayer, a Black actress cast in a supposedly “progressive” play about racism by a white male author—it turns out to be anything but progressive. Follow an experienced Black stage actress through rehearsals of a major Broadway production in Alice Childress’s funny, moving, and ultimately shattering look at racism, identity, and ego in the high-stakes world of New York theater.

Alice Childress
Tiana Kaye Blair
Tiana Kaye Blair, a native of Dallas, is a director, actor, educator, culture worker and certified SoulWork artist. SoulWork is a comprehensive theater-making methodology and pedagogy based in African American performance traditions, developed by Dr. Cristal Chanelle Truscott. Through affirming Black artistic practices, SoulWork models inclusive pedagogy and creates space and opportunity for artists of all backgrounds to investigate cultural influences within their own artistic practices. The method engages artists in cross-community dialogue about cultural knowledge and specificity, and assimilation and appropriation, in efforts to decolonize artistic practice and curricula. Blair’s expertise as a SoulWork instructor includes acting, singing, and community engagement as well as a movement training focus developed in collaboration with Dr. Truscott. This movement branch of SoulWork focuses on building a kinesthetic awareness that allows for freedom of the vessel (the body) while exploring physical impulse from a state of emotional availability. As an artist and activist Blair has used this method to facilitate community conversations, curate artistic space within under-represented and marginalized communities, train practitioners and future theatre professionals, and create theatrical work within the professional theatre industry. Blair holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre from Prairie View A&M University and a Master of Fine Arts in acting from Southern Methodist University.
Lighting Designer: 
Driscoll Otto
Costume Designer: 
April Hickman
Projection Designer: 
Driscoll Otto
Travis Martinez, Assistant Scenic Designer
Venue : 
Kalita Humphries Theater, Dallas Theater Center

Dallas Theater Center was founded in 1959 as one of the first regional theaters in the United States, located at the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright’s Kalita Humphreys Theater. Under the inaugural leadership of Paul Baker, Dallas Theater Center became one of the nation’s leading producers of experimental interpretations of classics and world premieres. Mission: Dallas Theater Center will engage, entertain, and inspire our diverse community by creating experiences that stimulate new ways of thinking and living. We will do this by consistently producing plays, educational programs, and other initiatives that are of the highest quality and reach the broadest possible constituency. Vision: Dallas Theater Center will be recognized, both locally and nationally, as a top-tier arts organization, as a cultural destination for Dallas and the surrounding region, and as a collaborative artistic force that values diversity and practices inclusion.