Come out and Play Resident Theater Facilities

The Independents

The Presenters

The Outdoor Types

Theater for Children

Comedy Types

Music Members

Theater Education

Austin Theater Companies

Just take a scroll to find out about the many types of Austin theater. From resident theater companies to outdoor troups, from music and dance to theater for children. Keep scrolling, there’s tons to see!

Resident Theater Facilities
The following theater companies produce plays in theaters with 50 to 350 seats. They are innovative and intimate. Visit them all in the heart of downtown Austin. (See Austin Theater Venues for a map to these locations.)

Frontera@Hyde Park Theatre
511 W. 43rd St., Austin, TX 78751
Call: 512.454.TIXS
Frontera@Hyde Park Theatre produces bold new works by America’s most fearless playwrights. The company combines an interest in contemporary and poly-cultural issues with a unique physical style.
State Theater Company
719 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701
Call: 512.472.5143
Housed in the 400-seat historic State Theatre, Live Oak Theatre offers professional productions of the best in classic and contemporary plays, with a commitment to the development of new works.
Vortex Theatre
2307 Manor Rd., Austin, TX 78722
Call: 512.454.TIXS
VORTEX Repertory Company operates Planet Theatre, a home for the Arts in East Austin, producing significant, PROVOCATIVE theater at affordable prices.
The Public Domain
807 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701
Call: 512.474.6202
On the edge of Austin’s downtown arts scene, this tgroup of young artists produces innovative original work and classics, and hosts touring companies in their intimate loft theatre space on Congress Avenue.
Third Coast Repertory Theater Company
John Henry Faulk Theater
4th & Brazos
Call: 512.454.TIXS
A new multi-cultural company producing new and old plays in a new warehouse theatre.
Zachary Scott Theatre
1510 Toomey Rd., Austin, TX 78701
Call: 512.476.0541
Contemporary musicals, dramas and comedies year-round on two stages located at Riverside Dr. and South Lamar.

The Independents
These theater companies produce at various locations around Austin.

Austin Musical Theatre
P. O. Box 1528, Austin, TX 78767
Call: 512.303.2039
Broadway guest artists with the best of Austin talent to present classic musical theatre in the historic Paramount Theatre.
Colonial Shakespeare Company
807 West Lynn #112, Austin, TX 78703.4701
Call: 512.892.6540
New company dedicated to the immortal Bard’s works.
The Company
348 Ledgeview Dr., Canyon Lake, TX 78133
Call: 512.454.TIXS
Actor-based group producing forceful plays.*
Critical Mass Productions
1507 Murray Lane, Austin TX 78703
Email: [email protected]
Call: 512.454.TIXS
Concentrating on the modern theatrical classics.
Different Stages
4602-B Rosedale, Austin, TX 78756
Call: 512.454.TIXS
For more than a dozen years, producers of high taste usually working at the tiny Acting Studio.*
First Stage Productions
6407 Hartwick Place, Austin, TX 78723
Call: 512.454.TIXS
Active community theater run by Cynthia Taylor-Edwards.*
G Ray Productions
Box 27155, Austin, TX 78755
Call: 512.454.TIXS
Texas style plays and new directions.
Gilbert & Sullivan Society
2026 Guadalupe St., Ste. 221, Austin, TX 78705
Call: 512.472.4772
"Light opera done by hard-core aficionados" once each year.*
Physical Plant
2910-C Fruth St., Austin, TX 78705-3718
Call: 512.454.TIXS
Experimental, this group plays with time, space and language*
play ground zero
511 W. 43rd St., Austin, TX 78751
Call: 512.454.TIXS
A strong voice for Austin stage writers at Hyde Park Theatre.*
Remembrance Through the Performing Arts
3300 Bee Caves Rd., Ste. 650, Austin, TX 78746
Call: 512.329.9118
Theater dedicated to healing social ills.*
Root Wy’mn Theatre Company
201 W. Stassney #502, Austin, TX 78745
Call: 512.448.1835
Poetry, dance, sound and artist Sharon Bridgeforth combine in this touring group African-American women.
Runamuck Theatre Co.
2102 Parkway, Austin, TX 78703
Call: 512.454.TIXS
From a rave party of Ubu Roi to new plays.
Salvage Vanguard Theatre
2215 Post Rd. #2089, Austin, TX 78704
Call: 512.454.TIXS
Theater for club kinds, very cool.*
Subterranean Theatre Co.
1509-B Kirkwood Rd., Austin, TX 78722-1511
[email protected]
Call: 512.454.TIXS
Edgy plays, often with a darkly comic twist.*
Tejas Theatre for the Deaf
1909-B Parker Ln., Austin, TX 78741
Call: 512.462.3229
A community theater based on the campus of the Texas School for the Deaf.*

*Thanks to Arts Critic Michael Barnes (Austin American-Statesman) for these descriptions.

The Presenters
The following theaters rarely or never produce their own productions; they serve as houses for some of the finest touring companies in the nation. (See the WHERE page for a map to these venues.)

Paramount Theatre
713 Congress Ave., Austin, TX 78701
Call: 512.472.5411
An historic road house that presents concerts and touring shows.
University of Texas Performing Arts Center
23rd & East Campus Drive, Austin, TX 78713
Call: 512.471.1444
A complex of theatres that presenting national and international music, dance and theater.

The Outdoor Types
These troups fight wind, rain, and mostly heat to bring free productions to the Austin community. Both of these companies hold "Austin tradition" status.

Austin Shakespeare Festival
P. O. Box 0683, Austin, TX 78767-0683
Email: [email protected]
Call: 512.454.BARD
Bard’s popular works presented outside in the parks.
Zilker Summer Musical (Friends of the Summer Musical)
P. O. Box 180222, Austin, TX 78718
Call: 512.479.9491
One lavish free outdoor musical every summer in Zilker Park attracts thousands.

Theater for Children
These companies produce shows specifically for young audiences. Many of these companies participate in Playfest, the largest children’s theatre festival in the nation. (AC: is this true?) For more information about Playfest, call the Austin Circle of Theaters at 512.499.8388.

Austin Theatre for Youth
5555 N. Lamar #C-125, Austin, TX 78751
Call: 512.459.2289
Theater for young audiences of varying ages and their families.
Children of Light Players
901-A Milford Way, Austin TX 78745
Call: 512.444.7090
Original plays, musicals that are educational and fun for youth and families.
Hand to Mouth Puppet Theatre
505 Leland, Austin, TX 78704
Call: 512.441.9946
Traveling puppet theater informed by several cultures.*
The Harms Marionettes
1605-A Coronado Hills Dr., Austin, TX 78752
Call: 512.452.8803
Expertly handled wooden marionettes show classic tales.
Project Interact (at Zachary Scott Theatre Center)
1510 Toomey Rd., Austin, TX 78704-1078
Call: 512.476.0594, ext. 3
Professional adult actors touring new shows for children.*
Omma Productions
210 Cara Cara, Buda, TX 78610
Call: 512.312.0721
Kids are the stars of this group*
Our Story
P. O. Box 201632, Austin, TX 78720
Call: 512.708.8090
Productions using the imaginations of elementary and middle school students.

Comedy Types
Though some don’t consider it "theater," Austin boasts a very large comedy subculture. The companies listed below are major players in Austin comedy.

Esther’s Follies
525 E. 6th St., Austin, TX 78701
Call: 512.320.0553
An Austin jewel, this sketch-comedy troupe has been rollicking Sixth St. since the late ’70s.*
Monk’s Night Out
8014 Stillwood Ln., Austin, TX 78757
Email: [email protected]
Call: 512.453.MONK
Austin’s premiere improv and sketch comedy group. Voted Best Theater Co. by readers of the Austin Chronicle in 1995.
2525 W. Anderson Ln. at Northcross Mall
Comedy-7 (512.266.3397)
Texas’ favorite improve comedy show: professional, hilarious, clean fun.

Music Members
"The Music Capital of the World" – that’s Austin. But it’s not all rock-and-roll! Some of the finest classical music companies follow.

Austin Chamber Music Center
4930 Burnet Rd., Ste. 203, Austin, TX 78756
email address: [email protected]
Call: 512.442.1685
Austin Lyric Opera
P.O. Box 984, TX 78767
Call: 512.472.5992
First class renditions of classics and innovative productions
Austin Vocal Arts Ensemble
7601 Burnet Rd., Austin, TX 78757
Call: 512.442.1685
Critically acclaimed chamber choir, performing works from the Renaissance to now.
Cafe Manhattan
7th St., Austin, TX 78701
Call: 512.482.0411
A glamorous cabaret duo at Cafe Bremond in an historic house that is a bed & breakfast.
Capital City Men’s Chorus
P. O. Box 50082
Austin, TX 78763-0032
Call: 512.477.SING
La Follia
P. O. Box 8564, Austin, TX 78713
Email: [email protected]
Call: 512.892.1326
Baroque chamber ensemble
Tapestry Singers
P. O. Box 650154, Austin, TX 78751
Call: 512.459.0224
An Austin women’s chorus singing songs by, for, and about women. Songs for a just and peaceful world.

Theater Education
Here’s an abbreviated listing of institutions that teach performing arts in Austin.

Austin Musical Theatre
P. O. Box 1528, Austin, TX 78767
Call: 512.303.2039
Classes in song and dance
Brite Lites Acting Studio
7109 Woodrow, Austin, TX 78757
Call: 512.459.1100
Focuses on film acting techniques
Kids Acting
5811 Burnet Rd., Austin, TX 78757
Call: 512.452.5989
For children of all age groups
Live Oak Theatre School of Acting
200 Colorado St., Austin, TX 78701
Call: 512.472.3160
Adults, teens and kids in film and stage
Mary Moody Northen Theatre
St. Edward’s University
3001 Congress Ave. Austin TX 78704
Call: 512.448.8484
BFA program
HC4 Box 44LB, Dripping Springs, TX 78620
Call: 512.858.7441
Community process in rural setting for teens
The University of Texas at Austin, Department of Theatre & Dance
Austin, TX 78713
BFA, MFA and PH.D programs
Access Austin Arts
Call: 512.454.9912
For the Hearing Impaired provides sign-language interpretation of plays and musicals, for the Blind an audio description service for performances year round

Photo by BRETT BROOKSHIRE courtesy of Frontera@Hyde Park Theatre.