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.
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Cristee Cook is an author, blogger, and passionate advocate for the arts.
In 2017, she published the regional bestselling children's book Your Hands Can Change The World!. She also published a small poetry chapbook, This Morning I Woke, in April 2019. Cristee's entertainment coverage has been featured on HowlRound.com, Rawckus.com, RedDirtNation.com, and various online magazines and blogs. She is a new member of the American Theatre Critics Association.
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.