Harold Steward was named manager of the South Dallas Cultural Center in 2016, having served as performing arts coordinator since 2007. During his tenure, he has created Soul Children’s Theater, led professional development initiatives for the Center’s eight partner organizations, and directed two commissioned national touring theater productions, “Freckle in My Eye” by Ashley Wilkerson and “The Bull Jean Stories Multimedia Adaptation” by Q Ragsdale, based on a book by award-winning author Sharon Bridgforth. In 2009, Steward founded Fahari Arts Institute, a multidisciplinary arts organization dedicated to producing high quality black queer arts and cultural programs.
Harold Steward is a founding partner of Steward Cultural Development Group and a member of Alternate ROOTS. In 2015, Steward received a grant from the Center for Performance and Civic Practice to work at The Cottages at Hickory Crossing, Dallas’ new housing first community. As an educator, Steward has conducted professional development workshops on Creative Dramatics, Theatre of the Oppressed, and Arts Integration for many local organizations and universities. Steward is a recipient of the Apostle Alex D. Byrd Empowerment Award (Legacy of Success Foundation) and the Dallas Voice Reader’s Choice award for Best Theatrical Director. He was also recognized as an ‘Upstarter in The Arts’ by D magazine and by the Dallas Voice as a “Notable Queer Local.”