Who are we?

The Hopeful Theatre project began as a dream in the fall of 2018. We opened our first showcase, "Two Acts of Love", February 16, 2019 to benefit The Ronald McDonald House Charities. We were so amazed by the amount of support that we had to continue making this dream a reality.

The Hopeful Theatre Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in the state of Texas founded on April 11, 2019.

We are a little different than most non-profit theatres in Texas - each show we produce we do with one goal in mind: to raise funds for a local charity or a local chapter of a national charity. 100% of our ticket proceeds from EVERY show go directly to the charity we are supporting.

In the past two years, The Hopeful Theatre Project has been able to raise over $12,000 for our beneficiaries, which include Ronald McDonald House Charities of Fort Worth, Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas, The Salvation Army, The Actors Fund, The American Red Cross, and Operation Christmas Child.

As a company, we are looking forward to expanding on big dreams and making a difference in the community we love!

Our Brief History

Our Mission Statement

The Hopeful Theatre Project’s goal is to bring love, hope, and aid to the community by utilizing local talent through the performing arts to benefit various charity organizations.

Past Beneficiaries

About the TEAM

"The Hopeful Theatre Project has my heart. Giving back to the community through what I love most has been an absolute dream come true! But, of course, the dream wouldn’t be a possibility without the amazing actors and designers who have helped build this company along with me. I can only hope that we will spread love and happiness throughout the DFW metroplex (and beyond) every single day through this incredible project."

Jessica earned a BFA in Theatre Performance and Child and Family Studies from Baylor University. She was recently awarded Baylor University's Young Alumna of Year (2020-2021) for her work with The Hopeful Theatre Project! After graduating college, Jessica went on to work for The Walt Disney World Resort as a "Fairy Godmother in Training" and took many courses on Disney Leadership and Disney Entertainment. Jessica now works at Cranial Technologies in Fort Worth, TX as a Baby Imaging Specialist where she helps infants with plagiocephaly and brackycephaly. When she's not working or directing, Jessica can be seen performing around the DFW Metroplex. She received a nomination for Best Leading Actress in a Musical for her performance as Tracy Turnblad in HAIRSPRAY. Jessica is also a current Board Member for The Column Awards. She is very excited for the future of The Hopeful Theatre Project and hopes you will join our family!

Kristi has been active in the DFW theatre scene for over ten years. She is an actor, singer, dancer, choreographer and was nominated for Broadway World's Dallas Dancer of the Decade in 2020. She received her BS in Theatre from Texas A&M-Commerce and her MA in Drama from Texas Woman’s University. 

Rian is a performer, director, stage manager, volunteer coordinator, and coffee lover. When she is not in rehearsal or a tech booth, she is most likely trying out a new restaurant, hitting a trail with her dog Dude, or at her “day job” helping churches with their creative and production needs. Rian earned her BA in Theatre from Howard Payne University and her MFA in Theatre from the University of Houston. She is thrilled to have found a place where she can use her lifelong love of theatre to make a difference in the lives of others.

18-year-old Brandi’s dreams are finally a reality because she has the privilege of working full time in a professional theatre, Dallas Theater Center. Prior to that, she had the opportunity to establish and maintain the Fine Arts and the Foreign Language Department at a school for students with learning disabilities. Brandi has a BS in Communication with an Emphasis and Human Relations and a double minor in Deaf Habilitation and Sociology from Texas Christian University and a MA in Communication from the University of Texas at Arlington.   

Whitney earned her BA in Geography/Meteorology with a minor in Dance from the University of North Texas. She has been active in the DFW dance community for over a decade, but it wasn’t until 2018 that musical theatre caught her attention. She had been in a couple of musicals in high school but never thought about joining the theatre community as an adult and she is so happy she did! Since then, she has appeared in two Hopeful shows and five musicals in the Metroplex. In 2020, she was nominated for a Column Award for Best Choreographer of a Musical for her work in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”. Aside from musical theatre, Whitney has a YouTube Channel called “FitWhit” where she choreographs her own dances for fitness and fun!

"I have always know my passion; performing, but The Hopeful Theatre Project gave me a purpose; helping others. An idea like this is only successful because of those surrounding it and those directly involved. We are so lucky to be in the DFW area where the artistic community consistently comes together to help each other in any way possible. Through the talent of those around us and the joy that comes from performing, we have the ability to changes lives and that, well, that is amazing. Being born and raised in the Dallas area I can’t imagine a better place to give back and truly make a difference."

"From the very beginning, Hopeful has felt like home to me. To be able to work alongside a team that has such a passion for helping others, and to know that we are making a difference by doing what we love is a dream come true. I am continually overwhelmed by the incredible people who have come alongside us. The performers, volunteers, sponsors, and creative team pouring their whole hearts into a cause are inspiring. I am honored to be a part of it, and can’t wait to see what the future holds for the Hopeful Family."

“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, what are you doing for others?” Creating art with awe-inspiring people to benefit worthy organizations that make the world a better place is what I am doing, and The Hopeful Theatre Project is the company that makes it possible.”

“The Hopeful Theatre Project has been a life-saver for me! I’ve always had a passion for performing and giving back but never thought those two would be found in one place. It’s been overwhelming with how this community has come together to use our gifts to better the lives of others and I’m so proud of that. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for our Hopeful

"One of the things I've always loved about performing is how it has allowed me to understand people who are different from me and dealt with different struggles. Being an actor and a singer has taught me to be able to step into someone's shoes and empathize with them. I love that Hopeful allows me to take that empathy and put it into practice both onstage while performing, but also through sharing my talents with photography and marketing. I love seeing how this project affects the lives of all those involved. It's a moving experience every time!"

"The Hopeful Theatre Project is such an inspiring organization that combines community and art with excellence and joy! Working alongside a team that shares such a clear vision for the future and a deep understanding of what the company means to them creates a powerful force with which we are able to reach the community around us. Even working remotely for this company, I can share in the sense of confidence that Hopeful will accomplish great things!"

“I’ve always had a passion for theatre. Being accepted into The Hopeful Theatre Project gives me a chance to give back to the community in an exciting way. I absolutely love what I do and knowing that I can help so many people by bringing these productions to life using lights and sound, brings me a great joy. I am very excited for my future with these lovely people and cannot wait for the challenges to come!”

“The Hopeful Theatre Project has a special place in my heart. By combining my love for theatre and my passion for serving others, Hopeful has created a space for artists to create while giving back to those in need. I believe that Hopeful is home to some of the most brilliant and talented people in the DFW theatre community. They welcomed me into their family and have been nothing but supportive from the beginning.”

Delaney Gebhart has been a performer and a photographer since she was in high school and is so happy to have found a place where she can combine those two skills for the benefit of others. When she isn't posting on Hopeful's social media or updating the website, she can probably be found with an iced coffee in hand, headed to rehearsal. Some of her favorite past roles include Belle (Beauty and the Beast), Laurie Williams (Oklahoma!), and Katherine Plumber (Newsies). She is so excited to see what is in store for Hopeful!

Being raised in Burleson, TX, Delaney has been surrounded by the DFW theatre community all her life and is thankful she has the opportunity to remain involved during her college career! Delaney is currently living in Waco, TX, where she is completing her BFA in Theatre Performance from Baylor University where she has been involved in numerous productions. When she's not working on schoolwork, Delaney can be found tutoring other students, playing piano, or headed to rehearsal! Some of her favorite roles include Grease (Sandy), Title Of Show (Heidi), and Matilda (Mrs. Wormwood).

Ty is a graduate from The University of North Texas where he obtained a BA in Theatre Design Technologies with an emphasis in lighting and sound. UNT is where he also received his Undergraduate Academic Certificate in Theatre Technologies. Ty has been very active in the DFW theatre community working with venues and companies such as Casa Mañana, Junior Players, Grand Prairie Arts Council, The Column Awards, and the Tarrant County College Southeast Campus. Ty has also held the position of Resident Lighting Designer at the Uptown Theater in Grand Prairie for the last 3 years. While Ty is not occupied with theatrical performances, he is very active in private events working with companies such as Code Blue Sound, First Class Productions and Stage 2 Entertainment Equipment. Ty is his most comfortable behind a lighting console and hopes to continue making magic with Hopeful.

Taylor is an Oklahoma native and studied Theatre Management & Promotions at Southeastern Oklahoma State University.  Before receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2013, Taylor was a member of the Chorvettes StageWorks Show Choir Company, True Blue Campus Ambassadors, and an officer of Alpha Psi Omega. Taylor was also the Publicity Manager for the Art, Communication, and Theatre Department. While in college, Taylor performed in and stage managed various productions and was the Tour/Stage Manager for HAMLET: THE TIME IS OUT OF JOINT. In his career, Taylor has worked with THE WIZARD OF OZ (National Tour), FUERZA BRUTA (Off-Broadway), Six Flags Over Texas, Dallas Summer Musicals Showbiz Crew, Granbury Theatre Company, Phoenix Performing Arts Center, Shannah Rae Vocal Studio, The Column Awards, and numerous productions with his home theatre, The Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival. Taylor currently owns and operates his own graphic design and marketing company, Taylord Marketing & Management, LLC. 

President / Co-Founder / resident director

Co-founder / Business Manager / Resident Choreographer

Sponsorships and community outreach Manager

Resident Stage manager

Social Media Manager




Marketing manager

Administrative Assistant

Resident Technical Director

Graphic Designer



Kristi Smith

Rian Slay

Brandi Giles

Whitney Morris

Jessica Cope

Delaney Gebhart

Delaney Wenger

Ty Cunningham

Taylor Donaldson

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