About Second Thought Theatre

Founded in 2003 by Barbara Bouman, Lance Currie, Mike Schraeder, Steven Walters, and Tom Parr IV, Second Thought Theatre provides an intimate and unique theatrical experience by empowering top local artists to take risks, and by showcasing writers who boldly tackle the difficult and demanding questions of our rapidly changing world.

Attending a Second Thought Show

Second Thought’s Home: Bryant Hall

Second Thought Theatre stages the majority of its productions in Bryant Hall at the Kalita Humphreys Theater between Turtle Creek and the Katy Trail, just off Blackburn. Bryant Hall is a wonderful little black box theater perfect for Second Thought, next door to the Frank Lloyd Wright’s Kalita Humphreys Theater.

Bryant Hall
3400 Blackburn St
Dallas, TX 75219

Talk Backs

After all performances (except for opening night), we hold a talkback between the audience and various members of the cast, artistic staff, and production team.  Each session is led by a STT member as a way to continue the conversation beyond what you’ve seen on stage.  Talkbacks usually last 10-20 minutes and help us create a growing dialogue between our artists and patrons about the immediate issues surrounding our community.  We would love to have you as part of the conversation!

Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Second Thought Theatre
3839 McKinney Ave., Ste. 155-452
Dallas, TX 75204

General Information: info@secondthoughttheatre.com

Call or Text: (214) 897-3091


Artistic DirectorCarson McCain (email)
Executive DirectorParker Davis Gray (email)

History & Founding Members

Second Thought Theatre was founded in 2003 by Barbara Bouman, Lance Currie, Mike Schraeder, Steven Walters and Tom Parr IV.

Board of Directors

Joshua D. Terry, Board President
Gregory A. Odegaard, Secretary
John Farrell, Asst. Secretary
Jim Nugent, Treasurer

Elizabeth Dacus
Clayton Ellis
Emily Ernst
Jordan Hora

Robin Lederer
David Leggett
Wolford McCue
Lauren Slade
Parker Davis Gray, Executive Director
Carson McCain, Artistic Director


Erik Archilla, Advisory Member
April Bosworth, Advisory Member
D. Lance Currie, Advisory Member
Nick Even, Advisory Member
Joel Ferrell, Advisory Member
Amy Kendrick Lee, Advisory Member

Fabiana Martinez, Advisory Member
Deborah McMurray, Advisory Member

Karol Omlor, Advisory Member
Danielle Pickard, Advisory Member
Steven Walters, Advisory Member
Paul Wingo, Advisory Member

Staff Biographies

Executive Director

PARKER is a Dallas based Actor, Teaching Artist, and Playwright. Parker’s stage acting credits include work at Dallas Theater Center, Casa Mañana, Theatre Three, Second Thought Theatre, Circle Theatre, Kitchen Dog Theater, Stage West, Undermain Theatre, Shakespeare Dallas, WaterTower Theatre, Lyric Stage, and Shakespeare in the Bar. Parker’s voice can be heard in various shows with Crunchyroll, and can be seen in several films including the Dallas-made horror film Final Dress. Parker’s premiere play, Incarnate, received a reading at Undermain for their Whither Goest Thou America Festival. BFA in Acting from SMU. Represented by the Kim Dawson Agency.

Artistic Director

CARSON is a born-and-bred Texas director and producer, with a heart for new and local work that serves to connect humans and foster empathy. She is a graduate of Southern Methodist University, where she studied acting, and directing. There, she received a Meadows Exploration Grant to develop and produce the world premiere of Michelle with Wet Eyeballs by Claire Carson. She serves as the Supervising Producer for Spoke Media where she has produced and directed numerous audiobooks and podcasts, including The Left Ear with Dakota Johnson and Because I Watched: A Netflix Podcast. Second Thought Theatre audiences will recognize her work as the director of Empathitrax by Ana Nogueira and The Great God Pan by Amy Herzog. She has also directed at Undermain Theatre (Really by Jackie Sibblies Drury,) and Stage West (Lungs by Duncan McMillan). She served as associate director on Dallas Theater Center’s 2016 production of A Christmas Carol, on Second Thought Theatre‘s production of BOOTH by Steven Michael Walters, and as assistant director on Belleville by Amy Herzog, Kitchen Dog’s Production of I’m Gonna Pray for You So Hard. Other directing credits include Middletown by Will Eno, Delirium by Enda Walsh and Theatre O, and the world premiere of Ophelia Underwater by Janielle Kastner. To experience more of Carson’s work, check out her most recent podcast, Untitled Dad Project with Janielle Kastner on whatever podcast app you use.

Marketing Director

SASHA is a DFW based director, actor, and teaching artist. She is a TCG: Alan Schneider Director Award Nominee ‘22. Her recent directing credits include Natural Shocks at Echo Theatre, Aida at Lyric Stage, Cabaret with Arts Mission Oak Cliff and Lost Boys Presents, Pass Over at Second Thought Theatre, A Christmas Carol (Associate Director) at Dallas Theater Center, and If Pretty Hurts… at Jubilee Theatre. Sasha’s past acting credits include Macy in The Cake at Theatre Arlington, Billie in Enemies/People at Second Thought Theatre, May in Fool for Love, and Brutus in Julius Caesar at House Party Theatre. To see more of Sasha’s work, upcoming productions include Two Gentlemen of Verona (June ’23- Associate Director- Shakespeare Dallas) and Little Shop of Horrors (October ‘23 -Lyric Stage).

Second Thought Theatre is generously sponsored by TACA.

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