About ZACH Theatre

Mail: 1510 Toomey Road, Austin, TX 78704
Box Office: 202 South Lamar, Austin, TX 78704 • (512) 476-0541, x1 • Open 12pm to 7pm Monday-Saturday

Currently celebrating our 81st Season, ZACH Theatre is one of Austin’s most vibrant and innovative performing arts organizations, creating intimate theatre that ignites the imagination, lifts the spirit and engages our community.

History

Founded in 1933 as Austin Civic Theatre, ZACH Theatre is the oldest continuously operating theatre in Texas and one of ten original resident theatre companies in America. The company was renamed Zachary Scott Theatre Center in 1968 in honor of Austin-raised, Academy Award-nominated film star, Zachary Scott, best known for his popular films Mildred Pierce (1945) and Cass Timberlane (1947). In 1972, the 230-seat Kleberg Theatre opened, and in the late 1980’s ZACH embarked on a successful capital campaign to build the Whisenhunt Theatre, a new 130-seat theatre-in-the-round, classroom, administrative offices and costume shop space. In the early 1990’s ZACH moved to professional status with Actor’s Equity Association and was selected for a National Endowment for the Arts Advancement Grant.

Services

Today, ZACH Theatre creates a year-round season of more than 500 performances, serving nearly 100,000 Central Texans annually, 30,000 of which are children who participate in our education and outreach programs. ZACH productions span a dynamic range of programming that includes both professional Mainstage plays and musicals, and Theatre for Youth. ZACH incubates original work, cultivating, commissioning, developing and producing new plays and musicals by playwrights and composers from Central Texas as well as internationally-acclaimed artists. Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley is committed to selecting work that is both timely and relevant to Central Texas audiences, re-envisioning ZACH production s in a way that creates meaningful, inclusive dialogues in our community. ZACH’s commitment to artistic excellence and contributions to the theatre field have been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Shubert Foundation, The New York Times, as well as numerous theatrical awards.

Community Impact

Located in the heart of Austin on the banks of Lady Bird Lake, ZACH is widely considered “Austin’s Theatre.” The power of theatre to transform lives is evidenced all day long at ZACH as our theatre spaces transform from children’s theatre, to classroom, to premiere regional stage. Unlike our friends at The Long Center, Texas Performing Arts or the Paramount Theatre, who host touring productions and entertainment acts, ZACH is a producing theatre. We create each of our productions—from conception and design to performance—in theatres with close proximity of audience to actor, providing Central Texas audiences with an intimate experience of artistically excellent theatre. To that end, ZACH employs 50 full and part-time staff and nearly 200 actors, designers, musicians, craftsmen, teachers and technicians in more than 300 roles each year, making us a key contributor to Austin’s creative economy.

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