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2307 MANOR ROAD, AUSTIN, TEXAS 78722 | BOX OFFICE 512-478-5282


Different Stages
Nov.20–Dec.12, 2015

The Muttcracker (SWEET!)
Dec.17, 2015 -Jan.03, 2016

The Vortex

mission | awards | summer youth | active company | alumni | guest artists

We conjure and navigate the storm of imagination with urgent, unashamed art that dares to dream the world in which we want to live. This magic emanates from our cultural harbor, embraces diverse communities, breaks down barriers, and opens channels for vital exchange.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Heather Barfield, Shannon Stennis, Suzanne McAnna, Bonnie Cullum, Edna Parra, Yvonne Oaks, Kim Tallbear, Zell Miller III, Rockie Gonzales, Mark Schiff, Paula Gilbert

Widely-recognized as the pioneering leader in Austin’s alternative theatre scene, The VORTEX has produced over 300 productions, including more than 100 world premieres. Artistic work includes operas, musicals, plays, ritual theatre, experimental collaborative, and devised projects.  The VORTEX venue is artist-owned and operated and was the first theatre to make a home for the arts in 1994 in Austin’s historically-underserved Eastside, now a blossoming arts district. A key player in the Austin New Works Community and one of Austin’s major theatrical forces, The VORTEX has received more than 100 major local awards and hundreds of nominations for artistic excellence. The VORTEX has always engaged in gender- and color-fluid,  non-traditional casting. The VORTEX has offered its free, award-winning Summer Youth Theatre since 1991. Internationally renowned as a haven for alternative performance, The VORTEX has presented work by dozens of famous cutting-edge artists. The VORTEX owns and operates The Butterfly Bar. With a liquor license, free WiFi, a huge Yard and deck, and regular nightly hours, The VORTEX thrives as a community destination and leader in the growth of arts and economic stability in Austin.

  • Member, Theatre Communications Guild
  • Member, Network of Ensemble Theatre
  • Member, Austin Creative Alliance
  • Member, Austin New Works Community
  • Business Member, Upper Boggy Creek Planning Team
  • Founder of East Austin Live
  • The VORTEX has always recycled

VORTEX serves a broad audience in Central Texas, with a three-county population of more than one million. Live Streaming of productions reaches a global market of those who are physically unable to attend theatre. Our diverse audience includes people of all ages, a large Latina/o population, VORTEX’s ethnically diverse neighborhood, 50,000 University of Texas students, faculty, and staff,  students from dozens of other colleges, LGBTQ patrons, persons with disabilities, and at-risk youth. Austin’s unique environment favors independent thinking, political activism, feminism, history, and art.  Special initiatives include: Economic accessibility with The VORTEX’s Sliding Scale ($30-$10) and Free Radical Rush tickets.  ASL-interpreted and Audio-described performances. Ongoing food drives for SafePlace (shelter for women and children). Internships and Work-Study jobs involve university students. Summer Youth Theatre nurtures teenagers.  Rental, sharing of facility, and co-productions support many theatre companies, artists, musicians, and service organizations. Workshops, readings, and salons develop new work. The Butterfly Bar @ The VORTEX provides community space for meetings, fundraisers,  and special events. 

AWARDS: The VORTEX has received dozens of awards with hundreds of award nominations for excellence... (View Our Awards Listing)

SUMMER YOUTH THEATRE: Since 1991 the VORTEX's educational programming has provided teenagers tuition-free instruction in all aspects of creating and performing theatre in a fully designed production... (Read More)

GUEST PERFORMERS: Over the years the VORTEX has become revered around the world as a haven for alternative performance producing original cutting-edge work by nationally-recognized guest artists including: Tim Miller, Annie Sprinkle, Heather Woodbury, Rob Nash, Karen Finley, Pomo Afro Homo, Deborah Hay... (Read More)


World Premieres of Music Theatre/Opera: For Fear the Glass May Shatter, The Dragonfly Queen, Oceana*, The Dragonfly Princess*, Sing Muse*, Sarah Silver Hands*, Troades*, Vampyress*, Sleeping Beauty*, Pythia Dust*, The Music of Erica Zann*, Despair's Book of Dreams & the Sometimes Radio*, Beauty Vultures*, Lucifa, Faustus*

World Premieres of Collaborative Works: SPIRIT, :Humpty, EARTH*, WATER*, AIR*, Trickster*, Wake for the Dark Poet*, Dark Goddess*, The Deluge*, Wisdom of the Crone, Kassandra, Metamorpheus

Cybernetic Operas: Elytra*, Triskelion*, Panoptikon*, The Black Blood*, X&Y Trilogy*


New Plays by Austin Playwrights
Changelings* by Reina Hardy, O Shit It’s a Girl by Zell Miller III, Arrhythmia by Zell Miller III, Stars and Barmen by Reina Hardy, Elizabeth: Heart of a King by Lorella Loftus, St. Enid and the Black Hand by Molly Rice*, My Child, My Child, My Alien Child by Zell Miller III*, In Chains by Barry Pineo

Austin Premieres of New Works
The New Electric Ballroom, A Thought in Three Parts*, 4:48 Psychosis, Ghost From a Perfect Place*, Shopping and Fucking*, Fur*, The Pitchfork Disney, Temptation, Beirut, The Baltimore Waltz*, Steel Kiss*, Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love, Jerker, Free Will and Wanton Lust

* Indicates award winning performances.


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