We aim to produce pathos-driven works promoting local and independent artists and embracing unconventional venues.
The seeds of The Last Act Theatre Company were planted in 2008 when three friends from the Texas A&M University Corpus Christi theatre department moved to Austin after graduation with the intent of performing theatre together in a new town. They discovered, after researching and performing with other theatre companies, that there are many talented artists who still need an outlet for their work. The entrepreneurial trio set out to create a company devoted to helping fresh local artists exhibit their creations; a place where playwrights could have their first fully produced show, where a sound designer can create her first professional sound plot, and a local painter can gain public exposure by creating posters.
It was with this driving force in mind that in 2010 that the group, under the name @ Theatre Project, embarked on its first production entitled Theatre du Grand Guignol, which ran Halloween weekend 2010 at The Hideout. The show was a success, garnering full houses for each performance. Following this production, the group adopted the Last Act Theatre Company as a name and began pre-production for Upon a Midnight Dreary, a night of Edgar Allan Poe adaptations, which ran in July 2011.
The 2011-2012 season was a huge success for Last Act Theatre Company. The call for original scripts has been met with an avalanche of plays to choose from and phenomenal artists have donated their time and resources to make them a reality. Two original scripts were produced and well received, and our superb fight choreographer Andrew Rodgers received a B. Iden Payne nomination for his fight choreography in Last Act’s production of Titus Andronicus. Now in our fifth season, Last Act Theatre Company is preparing for our 13th production, the regional premiere of Postville by Don Fried.
We hope you’ll join us this year as we continue to grow and strive to produce engaging, inspiring theatre with the incredible Austin community.