Well, you might say we’re a number of things at once.
A coming together of veteran Austin performers, producers and directors, The Stage aspires to be proudly producing full seasons of professional theater, including a dynamic mix of dramas, musicals, original works, American classics, Shakespeare and more.
The Stage is a concept. It’s a concept sincerely rooted in a shared desire to promote our local theater community, compensate performers and crew for their creative efforts and offer some much-needed relief to the dwindling availability of Austin theater space.
In the Business of Creating Great Performance Art
Good news: Austin is booming, with no end in sight! Our city continues to attract dynamic companies that bring more people to our region every month.
However, our theater – and the larger Austin Fine Arts community – face a potentially-fatal convergence of challenges, primarily due to rising rents.
We believe we have developed a new model that melds best practices from both business and artistic sectors.
This will do more than provide one troupe of actors. It will stabilize Austin’s Arts scene, provide a cultural “safety net” for at-risk youth and adults, and serve as an innovative resource for other endangered arts communities.
We currently are refining our business plan to share with dedicated supporters who share our alarm at the growing problem and wish to be part of the solution.
Formed in late 2016, Trusted Obscurity is a holding organization that was created to promote live theater in Austin. It was formed organically by a group of local actors, producers and directors who were concerned about the continued loss of live theater venues in Austin. The Stage Austin Project is the first of several live theater projects supported by Trusted Obscurity. At The Stage Austin, we believe art always begins in the mirror. Every community is defined first by its art. Without a thriving arts community, a city lacks the heart and soul to be truly great. So, after looking in the mirror ourselves, we decided to answer the call. The Stage Austin is honored to be the city’s newest performing arts organization. We look forward to providing Austinites of all backgrounds a regular gathering space, as well as a calendar of rich, daring and enduring performances that transform. When we look in the mirror, we see ourselves and one another. We see the opportunity to provide a live theater experience that captures the spirit of this city – and inspires, connects and provokes.
- To provide consistently igh-quality experiences that are welcoming, inclusive and fun.
- To create an open and comfortable environment for actors, support, and customers.
- To practice unwavering sincerity in our transparency.
- To honor our audiences’ spirits.
- To break barriers and challenge the norm.