Birmingham's Newest Performance Series


The DJD Theater is proud to present the ArtWorks@TheDJD Series. This professional performance season is dedicated to presenting award-winning national and regional artists that reflect our community with diversity, equity, and inclusion at the forefront of our programming. 

ArtWorks@TheDJD grew out of an experimental artist grant project undertaken during the COVID-19 pandemic. The inaugural digital series was a huge success. It provided commissioning grants to local artists and provided the community free access to the works during a time when most performing venues were closed.

This season features six award-winning national theater and musical acts you won’t want to miss! Get your tickets today!



Select any 3 shows from the 2023-2024 ArtWorks@TheDJD series for just $75!

ArtWorks@TheDJD is made possible in part by the Alabama State Council on the Arts.


Thursday, September 7, 2023, 7:00 PM

Anton Nel, one of the world’s most accomplished classical pianists, makes his Birmingham debut. Winner of the first prize in the Naumburg International Piano Competition at Carnegie Hall, Anton Nel continues to enjoy a remarkable and multifaceted career that has taken him to North and South America, Europe, Asia, and South Africa.

Highlights of Mr. Nel’s four decades of concertizing include performances with the Cleveland Orchestra, the symphonies of Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco, Seattle, Detroit, and London, among many others. (He has an active repertoire of more than 100 works for piano and orchestra.) An acclaimed Beethoven interpreter, Anton Nel has performed the concerto cycle several times, most notably on two consecutive evenings with the Cape Philharmonic.

Tickets $20 + fees

Saturday, October 28, 2023, 7:00 PM

Rama Vaidyanathan is known for her fresh approach to Bharatanatyam, and for her unique choreographic skills. In this program’s North American premiere she presents compositions that are completely rooted in Bharatanatyam, and yet they will have a new perspective to the evolving Bharatanatyam vocabulary. While pushing boundaries in the choreography, she goes beyond the form to give visual imagery to poetry in different Indian languages. The program will have solo as well group presentations along with a live orchestra comprising of young talented musicians.

Tickets $29-$35 + fees


The DJD is proud to partner with the Natyananda School of Dance to present this production. $5 of every ticket sold will be donated to help the work of Natyananda in training the next generation of dancers.

Friday, December 8, 2023, 7:00 PM

The Second City’s What The Elf? features a seasonal blend of hilarious scenes, songs and our trademark improvisation with a sprig of holiday mischief for a night of spirited fun. Funny, bright and original, Second City’s What The Elf? is the perfect alternative to the same old holiday shows. The Second City has your ticket to all that’s ridiculous about this magical season!

Tickets: $29-$35 + Fees, Teen Friendly Show

Friday, January 26, 2024, 7:00 PM

“The vocal love child of Whitney Houston and Sarah Vaughan! – Miami Herald

Soul Train Award-Winner Nicole Henry performs the works of Whitney Houston! Covering Houston’s career from the hits that started it all to her later R&B hits, Ms. Henry goes on a joyful storytelling journey weaving in the classics of one of the best voices in American music history. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” is directed and co-written by Will Nunziata who is an award-winning master at writing for and directing women to highlight their strength and individuality. Henry has captivated audiences as a headliner in over 20 countries and earned four Top 10 Billboard, JazzWeek and HMV Japan jazz albums. She’s garnered worldwide rave reviews by The New York Times, Japan Times, El Pais, DownBeat, Essence and more.

Tickets: $35-$45 + Fees

National Endowment for the Arts horizontal
South Arts


This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and Artworks@TheDJD.

Saturday, February 3, 2024 at 11:00am & 2:00 PM

Puppy Pals bursts on the scene with a hilarious entertainment experience for the entire family and the dog lover in all of us. This canine spectacle stars mostly rescued dogs. From shelters to showbiz, the show features a variety of stunts – from a jumping hurdle routine, climbing and diving off a high ladder, balancing on a barrel, jumping rope, dogs driving cars, and many other challenging, fun, and other spectacular stunts and breathtaking feats.
Wesley Williams leads the puppies and audience through challenging and comical tricks as they show everyone who is really boss! Full of surprises and laugh-out-loud canine comedy this performance appeals to children of all ages. This is not only a show but a family fun experience. SEEN ON AMERICA’S GOT TALENT!

Tickets: $15-$20 + Fees

Special Discounted Family Four Packs Available!Select Four Upper Gallery Seats, and receive 20%.

The DJD is proud to partner with the Greater Birmingham Humane Society (GBHS) to present this production. 10% of every ticket sold will be donated to help the work of GBHS.

Friday, June 21, 2024 at 7:00 PM
Saturday, June 22, 2024 at 7:00 PM

Cristal Laraé’s The Love Between Us explores the story of one woman’s profound love for her daughter and the inexplicable joy and soul-shattering heartbreak that comes along with loving a child she did not birth. Pieces from her past emerge as she navigates a life she is both grateful for and swore to never live.

This one-woman show peels back the layers to reveal the inner workings of a beautiful, complex, and often unexplored relationship. The Love Between Us is a story of family, identity, and of course, love.

It asks the age-old question, “What do you do when life doesn’t turn out the way you planned?” but with a twist…

Tickets: $25 +fees

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

ArtWorks@TheDJD is sponsored in part by Alabama State Council on the Arts, V94.9 FM, Jemison Investment, Styslinger Foundation/ALTEC, and Starnes Media.

Please consider making a donation to help us continue bringing these programs to our community:

“With the ArtWorks@TheDJD  series, the DJD Theater is proud to launch a professional series of top national and regional acts that reflect the diversity and talent of the people of Alabama.

John Manzelli
Director of the DJD Theater

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