LBJ Speech Competition

ZACH Theatre’s LBJ Speech Competition

in conjunction with our upcoming production of All The Way

Beginning on April 8, 2015, ZACH Theatre will present All the Way, a politically thrilling play about Lyndon Baines Johnson’s prolific first year as President in which he declared the “war on poverty” and passed the Civil Rights Act.  ZACH Theatre is asking high school students to write a 3-5 minute speech answering the question: 

How has LBJ’s vision of promoting civil rights played out in our society today?  How far have we come since 1964?  How far do we still have to go?

Deadline for submission is Friday April 17, 2015.  Speeches must be sent as an attachment to the e-mail address:  Students are also welcome to include a digital video of themselves delivering the speech and post the video on YouTube or Vimeo.  Include the link to the recorded speech in their e-mail submission.

The winner of the speech competition will get four free tickets to the performance of All the Way.  The winner will also get to perform their speech on the Topfer stage before a performance.  Their speech will also be on display on our interactive screen in the Topfer lobby.  To top it all off, the winner will also get a $50 gift certificate to Tiff’s Treats!

About the play:

AUSTIN, TX – ZACH Theatre is proud to announce the newest addition to its 2014-15 Season – The 2014 Tony Award winner for Best Play– ALL THE WAY. Based on Lyndon Baines Johnson’s prolific first year as President, ALL THE WAY is written by native Austinite, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan and features a cast of 20 actors depicting many of the 21st Century’s most famous leaders including Martin Luther King, Jr., J. Edgar Hoover, Governor George Wallace, Senator Hubert Humphrey, Secretary of Defense Robert J. McNamara and President Johnson himself. Playing at ZACH’s Topfer Theatre in Austin, TX, April 8 – May 10, 2015, Schenkkan’s play brings to vivid life a crucial turning point in American history. ZACH Theatre’s production, directed by Dave Steakley, will be the premiere performance of this play in President Johnson’s home state of Texas.

About ZACH Theatre 

A non-profit organization, ZACH creates intimate theatre experiences that ignite the imagination, inspire the spirit, and engage the community. As Austin’s leading professional producing theatre, ZACH employs more than 300 actors, musicians, and designers annually to create its own diverse array of nationally recognized plays and musicals under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley and Managing Director Elisbeth Challener. Each year, ZACH serves nearly 115,000 Central Texans – 50,000 of which are children and youth who participate in our education and outreach programs, as well as the inspiring camps and classes. ZACH Theatre is honored to host private and community events across the beautiful rental-ready spaces on our three-stage campus located in the heart of Austin. Founded in 1932 and in its 82nd season, ZACH is the longest continuously running theatre company in the state of Texas, and one of the ten oldest in the country. Visit for more information.

ZACH Theatre’s 2014-2015 Season is sponsored in part, by Applied Materials, Austin Catering, Baylor Scott & White Health, Holiday Inn-Lady Bird Lake, Kirk Tuck Photography, Marquee Event Group, OnRamp Access, Schlotzsky’s and KXAN TV 36; and by grants from The Shubert Foundation, the Junior League of Austin , The National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the City of Austin Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division, which believes an investment in the arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at

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Season Sponsors:
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ZACH Theatre is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization located in Austin,Texas.    
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