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 and aims to inspire engagement and connection. 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.