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
Real Life Impact
"The DaVerse lounge experience is a vaccination for the infection of ignorance in our society. It is a place where the practical application of social and emotional literacy can be felt. There is nothing like it happening anywhere, and each show has its own fingerprint. As there is an art to science, so there is a science to art--and this art is called the DaVerse lounge."
— Prof. Darius Ajai Frasure, MFA, MA
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.
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.