Dallas Art Beat is a space for theater, film, and art in Dallas/Fort Worth. We seek to spotlight independent-leaning art and performance, including new works. Dallas Art Beat is committed to passionately advocating for the arts in D/FW through insightful critique, engaging artist features, and curated event marketing. Have an upcoming event you'd like featured? Contact us at or the contact page here on Dallas Art Beat.
Who's Dallas Art Beat?
Cristee Cook is an author, blogger, and passionate advocate for the arts. In fact, after receiving her M.F.A. in Theatre Design in 2005, she was a professional costume designer in D/FW until 2010. She became a parent in 2011, and began blogging for part-time income and personal sanity. That decision changed her life trajectory, and she rediscovered her childhood dream of being a writer.
In 2017, she published the regional bestselling children's book Your Hands Can Change The World! and has her second book for children slated for publication in October 2019. She also published a small poetry chapbook, This Morning I Woke, in April 2019. A personal highlight of 2019 was her appearance in Oral Fixation's live storytelling show, where she performed her story, Monkey Business (a true story about a weekend spent camping with Dr. Jane Goodall). Cristee's entertainment coverage has been featured on HowlRound.com, Rawckus.com, RedDirtNation.com, and various online magazines and blogs. Her personal blog, mycirclegame.com, focuses on her life as a parent and children's book author.
With Dallas Art Beat, Cristee aims to shine a spotlight on independent art, theatre, and film in D/FW. As an artist and writer herself, she brings an educated and insightful approach to viewing and experiencing art. She believes art should be accessible to all people, and artists should be honored for the contributions they bring to society.
Cristee lives in Dallas with her family and their pancake-colored dog, Buddy.
Founder and Editor in Chief
Christopher Stephen Soden received his MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry) in January 2005 from Vermont College of Fine Arts. He has written film and theatre critique for The Fort Worth Ally, EdgeDallas, John Garcia’s The Column, Examiner.com and sharpcritic.com.
He has been a dedicated and energetic contributor to the literary community of Dallas, and his poetry has appeared in numerous venues including: The Cortland Review, Rattle, G & L Review, The Texas Observer, Borderlands, Assaracus, and Ganymede Poets.
Short plays of his include: Water, Radio Flyer, Every Day is Christmas In Heaven, and
Queer Anarchy have been staged at Bishop Arts Theatre Center, The MAC and Nouveau 47.
Christopher also teaches and lectures on craft, theory, genre and explication.
Adrian Cook, Ph.D. is an artist/scholar specializing in film, literature, and the performing arts. He holds a Master’s degree in English from the University of Central Oklahoma and a doctorate in the humanities from The University of Texas at Dallas.
As an artist, Dr. Cook has worked as a stunt performer, a writer, a theatre artist (in many capacities), and as a percussionist. In fact, he can often be seen professionally “hitting things” with DFW-based bands Shotgun Friday and The Bodarks. As a scholar, he has presented his work – which explores the power of performance and storytelling, the hero’s/heroine’s journey, and the rise of the American anti-hero – across the United States, in Canada, and in the UK.
Dr. Cook currently teaches humanities at Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, TX and enjoys growing with his family, playing music, mentoring students, and endlessly observing and theorizing about the patterns of human behavior that bind us together. Current creative projects include a non-fiction book about humanity in the Digital Era, writing speculative flash fiction, and recording musical tracks. Dr. Cook is thrilled to contribute to Dallas Art Beat and the mission of examining and supporting our city’s vibrant creators.