Produced in partnership with Journeyman Ink, DaVerse is a program that creates a safe haven for creative expression among middle and high school students.

Through an innovative curriculum, after school clubs and signature open mic performances, the DaVerse Lounge experience is designed to activate joy, invite depth and offer reflection.

A Tradition of Creative Expression

Starting in 2005 at the Dallas Theatre Center, the event began as an intimate night of poetry with musical accompaniment and four shows a year. Now, in its twelfth season the show takes place six times a year at Life in Deep Ellum Cultural Center.

Shaping authentic voice

This team also offers a spoken word curriculum called DaVerse Works to schools in the community at no cost. Through the curriculum, workshops, and school assemblies DaVerse Lounge has impacted thousands of learners across North Texas.

Impact of DaVerse

3,125 youth served annually
11,603 student learning hours annually
74% of participants improved their writing skills in one or more traits over the course of the program

Participating in DaVerse

DaVerse clubs are offered at specific schools throughout DFW, but everyone is welcome to attend DaVerse Lounge to see the students’ performances.

Check out our events schedule to see when the performances take place.

How To Support DaVerse:

We would love for you to support this important work. Donations can be made safely and securely online, and you can designate your gift specifically for this program.

Make a gift to DaVerse.

Join The DaVerse Team

Instructors are hired throughout the year. Check our Careers page to see current opportunities.

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