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AUSTIN, TX (March 23, 2015) – ZACH Theatre is pleased to announce the 2015-16 Family Series with five exciting productions including three musicals: Winnie The Pooh, Holiday Heroes, and James and The Giant Peach; an inspiring bilingual play: Tomas and the Library Lady; and an interactive journey-play with Alice In Wonderland. New this season, each ZACH Family Series show will offer a sensory-friendly performance date for individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. (Download Full Release)


AUSTIN, TX (March 23, 2015) – ZACH Theatre will close the 2014-15 Theatre for Family Series with Cenicienta a bilingual staging of the Cinderella story in collaboration with Teatro Vivo on the Kleberg Stage April 17, 2015 through May 29, 2015. (Download Full Release)

ZACH Theatre Announces 2015-16 Season: Evita; Tribes; Ann; One Man, Two Guvnors; Mary Poppins; A Christmas Carol; The Santaland Diaries

AUSTIN, TX (March 23, 2015) – ZACH Theatre is pleased to announce the 2015-16 season with reinventions of contemporary musicals, boundary-breaking plays, and holiday entertainment for those naughty and nice. (Download Full Release)


AUSTIN, Texas (February 20, 2015) – ZACH Theatre announces the full cast for the upcoming Texas Premiere of 2014 Tony Award® - winning play All The Way by Robert Schenkkan, based on Lyndon Baines Johnson’s first year as President of the United States. ZACH Theatre Producing Artistic Director DAVE STEAKLEY will direct at the Topfer Theatre on the Karen Kuykendall stage April 8 – May 10, 2015. (Download Full Release)


AUSTIN, Texas (February 20, 2015) –ZACH Theatre is proud to announce the casting for the reinvented classic, Stiles and Drewe’s The Three Little Pigs, February 27-April 25, 2015. This Family Series musical weaves elements of Hip-Hop, R&B, and Broadway music for a modern twist on a childhood favorite. Starring RUSSEL TAYLOR as wildly misunderstood Big Bad Wolf, JACQUI CROSS as the devoted single-parent Mother Pig, GUSTAVO GOMEZ as Cha, AMANDA SERRA as Siu, and MICHAEL MARCHESE as Bao. ABE REYBOLD (The King and I; Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) will direct and choreograph. (Download Full Release)

ZACH Theatre & IKEA Invite Austin Creatives to Design Challenge

AUSTIN, Texas (November 18, 2014) – ZACH Theatre, IKEA, and CITYGRAM Austin announce the launch of The Creative Spaces Challenge, a competitive re-design challenge inviting Austin’s very best stagers, space planners, organizers, and designers, students and professionals of all levels, to re-envision the use of administrative office space housed in ZACH’s Whisenhunt and Kleberg buildings. (Download Full Release)


AUSTIN, Texas (November 18, 2014) – ZACH Theatre is proud to announce the newly approved Board of Trustees just as the successful $23.5M Capital Campaign and 2013-2014 show season come to a close, bringing ZACH to 15 straight years of operating “in the black.” (Download Full Release)


AUSTIN, Texas (November 18, 2014) – ZACH Theatre kicks off the new year with Peter and the Starcatcher on January 29, 2015. The five-time Tony Award®-winning play runs until March 1, 2015 at the Topfer Theatre. The play is written by RICK ELISE and based upon the novel of the same name by DAVE BARRY and RIDLEY PEARSON. ZACH Theatre is proud to have Director MICHAEL BARON, Artistic Director of Oklahoma City’s Lyric Theatre, back for his first time since directing the critically acclaimed Spring Awakening here in 2011. (Download Full Release)

Three Spectacular Live Shows Make ZACH Theatre A Holiday Destination!

AUSTIN, Texas (November 4, 2014) – ZACH Theatre has performances to suit every age and taste this holiday season. Dave Steakley’s brand-new musical adaptation of A Christmas Carol, plays from November 26 through December 28, 2014 on stage at the Topfer Theatre, Martin Burke’s captivating one-man performance of This Wonderful Life plays on the intimate Whisenhunt Stage from November 28 through December 28, 2014 and Holiday Heroes returns for the 16th straight year, this year on stage at the Topfer Theatre, for two public performances only, on Saturday, December 13 and Saturday December 20, 2014. (Download Full Release)


AUSTIN, Texas (November 3, 2014) – ZACH Theatre is proud to announce the casting for a world premiere, multi-cultural, musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, at the Topfer Theatre, November 26 - December 28, 2014. This fresh take on the holiday classic, infused with modern pop, rock, and R&B hits, stars HARVEY GUION (White Christmas) as Ebenezer Scrooge, RODERICK SANFORD (The Gospel At Colonus) as the Ghost of Marley, and PAUL SANCHEZ (The Who’s Tommy) as the humble Bob Crachit. (Download Full Release)


AUSTIN, Texas (September 24, 2014) – 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. (Download Full Release)

Texas Premiere Of Mothers And Sons Added To ZACH Theatre’s 2014-2015 Season

AUSTIN, Texas (August 13, 2014) – ZACH Theatre is thrilled to announce a superb, new addition to the upcoming 2014-15 Mainstage Season. ZACH will stage the Texas premiere of MOTHERS AND SONS by Tony Award-Winning playwright Terrence McNally (author of Love! Valour! Compassion!, Master Class and the musical Ragtime) at ZACH’s Topfer Theatre, May 27 – June 21, 2015. (Download Full Release)

Maid Marian In A Stolen Car: World Premiere At ZACH Theatre

AUSTIN, Texas – ZACH Theatre is pleased to stage the world premiere of the new one-man comedy, Maid marian in a stolen car, playing August 28 - September 21, 2014 on ZACH Theatre’s intimate Whisenhunt Stage, 1510 Toomey Rd. Greater Tuna creator and star of ZACH's TRU, Jaston Williams shares a hilarious new play about his life on stage and behind the scenes. True-life stories like his first play in San Antonio, "Hamlet Con Queso," will keep you in stitches! (Download Full Release)


AUSTIN, Texas – ZACH Theatre announces the cast of this summer’s most highly anticipated musical - The Who’s Tommy in an all-new production created for ZACH’s Topfer Stage July 9 - August 24, 2014. This dynamic cast includes some of Austin’s best rock vocalists joined by a Guest Artist from NYC, a professional hip hop DJ/break-dancer, gymnasts, and a live band under the musical direction of Allen Robertson. (Download Full Release)


AUSTIN, Texas (March 11, 2014) – ZACH Theatre is pleased to stage an all-new production of the theatrical landmark, THE GOSPEL AT COLONUS, playing April 2-27, 2014 on stage at the Topfer Theatre. Based on Sophocles' Greek myth "Oedipus," this musical tells the story of Oedipus’ return home seeking forgiveness, redemption and transformation in the context of a gospel church service. (Download Full Release)

ZACH Theatre Announces the 2014-2015 Season

AUSTIN, Texas (March 6, 2014) – ZACH Theatre is pleased to announce the 2014 -2015 season of bold, new works, unforgettable classics, and inspiring musical masterpieces. Six productions and two season extras will be featured in the subscription line-up. (Download Full Release)

ZACH Theatre's Family Series Presents THE CAT IN THE HAT

AUSTIN, Texas (January 28, 2014) – Austin’s Theatre and Texas’ longest running theatre, presents the next production of the 2013-14 Family Series, THE CAT IN THE HAT. ZACH Theatre brings the classic children’s book THE CAT IN THE HAT to life in a wild ride of physical comedy, playing February 21 through May 3, 2014, on the intimate Kleberg Stage. (Download Full Release)


AUSTIN, Texas (December 5, 2013) – ZACH Theatre is pleased to bring you IN THE NEXT ROOM OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY playing January 29-Feburary 23, 2014 on stage at the Topfer Theatre. A stimulating, funny and provocative new Broadway hit set in a prim upper class Victorian home, where a gentleman doctor has invented an extraordinary and mysterious device for treating “hysteria.” His wife overhears mystifying sounds emanating in the next room and sees patients leaving in blissful health. This smart comedy ponders marriage and intimacy, and what it truly means to find connection. Contains adult situations and brief nudity. (Download Full Release)

Central Texas Premiere Of The Tony Award-Winning Comedy To Debut At ZACH!

AUSTIN, Texas (November 12, 2013) – ZACH Theatre is proud to announce the addition of CHRISTOPHER DURANG’S Tony Award-winning comedy VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE to the 2013-14 season. In this hilarious parody, Christopher Durang riffs on a mash-up of Anton Chekov's great works, like Uncle Vanya, The Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard, while upending Chekov's themes of heartache and regret to gleeful results. ZACH Theatre’s production stars BETH BRODERICK of ZACH’s 33 Variations, TV’s Sabrina, The Teenage Witch and NBC's 2013 Steven King series Under the Dome. VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE performs May 28 – June 22, 2014 at ZACH’s intimate Topfer Theatre under the direction of ZACH Theatre’s new Associate Artistic Director, ABE REYBOLD ... (Download Full Release)

Musical sensation LES MISÉRABLES opens ZACH's second season in the Topfer Theatre

AUSTIN, Texas (September 23, 2013) — ZACH’s production of LES MISÉRABLES will feature an all-star cast of 33 artists, including: Broadway stars PAT McROBERTS as Jean Valjean and NICHOLAS RODRIGUEZ as Inspector Javert, with acclaimed Austin actors JILL BLACKWOOD as Fantine, FELICIA DINWIDDIE as Mme. Thenardier, ROBERTO ARAUJO as M. Thenardier, ANDREW CANNATA as Marius, JOSHUA DENNING as Enjolras, and JENNIFER YOUNG as Cosette. LES MISÉRABLES is directed by Matt Lenz, who previously directed ZACH productions including GOD OF CARNAGE and AIDA, and was associate director of CATCH ME IF YOU CAN and HAIRSPRAY on Broadway ... (Download Full Release)

MAD MEN star Bryan Batt to perform at ZACH Sept. 10 in hilarious one-man show 'Batt on a Hot Tin Roof'

AUSTIN, Texas (August 15, 2013) — BRYAN BATT, star of the hit television show Mad Men, will perform at ZACH Theatre in two shows of "Batt On A Hot Tin Roof" Tuesday, Sept. 10, as part of TOP Concerts at ZACH —a new and exciting musical series featuring top Broadway, film and television stars up close and personal ... (Download Full Release)

ZACH announces casting for LES MISÉRABLES, opening 2013-14 season in the Topfer Theatre

AUSTIN, Texas (August 9, 2013) — ZACH Theatre will present Austin’s first professional theatre staging of international musical theatre sensation LES MISÉRABLES as the opening production of the 2013-14 season, the second season in the new Topfer Theatre, Sept. 25. The world’s longest running musical, LES MISÉRABLES has been seen by more than 65 million people in 42 countries ... (Download Full Release)

ZACH Theatre receives $100,000 grant from Impact Austin for Arts Across the Curriculum program

AUSTIN, Texas (June 14, 2013) — ZACH Theatre has been awarded a $100,000 grant from Impact Austin — a nonprofit organization that pools annual donations from members and gives grants to local, worthy causes selected by its members — to fund the expansion of ZACH’s Arts Across the Curriculum program ... (Download Full Release)

New performance series, TOP Concerts at ZACH added to 2013-14 season

AUSTIN, Texas (April 11, 2013) — TOP Concerts at ZACH — a new and exciting musical series featuring top Broadway, film and television stars up close and personal in the intimate Topfer Theatre. TOP Concerts at ZACH will feature five separate performances by MEGAN HILTY, BRYAN BATT, SANDRA BERNHARD, ANTHONY RAPP and ADAM PASCAL, and MOLLY RINGWALD. Any of these concerts can be added to a season subscription and subscribers will get priority seating ... (Download Full Release)

ZACH launches free Balcony Play series in conjunction with mainstage productions

AUSTIN, Texas (April 11, 2013) — The free Balcony Play series, held in the People’s Plaza and the Bobbi Pavilion in front of ZACH’s Topfer Theatre, 45 minutes before most mainstage productions. The first Balcony Play, written by Josh Tobiessen and directed by Steven Wilson, is a 20-minute comedic riff on famous stage romances (Romeo and Juliet, Cyrano) about a young woman stuck on a balcony who finds herself wooed by competing suitors from her past and present, and is entitled WHAT LIGHT THROUGH YONDER WINDOW BREAKS, or THE BALCONY PLAY. The plot concerns a couple who met online and are meeting at ZACH for their first date ... (Download Full Release)

Texas premiere of ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN at ZACH Theatre beginning July 10

AUSTIN, Texas (March 19, 2013) — ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN is a musical journey into the inspirations of one of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest legends. With a voice like whiskey and a laugh like pure joy, Janis Joplin took the music scene by storm. Simultaneously rough and vulnerable, Joplin was dubbed the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, proving music wasn’t just a man’s world anymore. ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN explores the life and inspirations of Joplin in this musical journey packed with classic songs including “Piece of My Heart, “Summertime,” and “Mercedes Benz.” The show also shines the spotlight on the musical trailblazers who influenced Joplin, including Bessie Smith, Etta James and Aretha Franklin ... (Download Full Release)

World Premiere of Steven Dietz's MAD BEAT HIP & GONE at ZACH's Topfer Theatre April 3-28

AUSTIN, Texas (March 14, 2013) — Steven Dietz, one of the most-produced playwrights in America, who also calls Austin home, created this world premiere specifically for ZACH's first season in the new Topfer Theatre. MAD BEAT HIP & GONE is a coming-of-age comedy that chronicles our rich and elusive dreams, immersing audiences in the cultural phenomena of the beat generation. ... (Download Full Release)

ZACH's Theatre for Youth Debuts New Production of THE LITTLE MERMAID

AUSTIN, Texas — This original retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic combines modern technologies and the ancient art of storytelling to put a new twist on this well-loved fairy tale. Using projections, fabric and theatrical magic, the ocean comes to life - along with your imagination - in this one-person journey of love, sacrifice and courage. For ages 6 and up. ... (Download Full Release)

ZACH Theatre hosts the Austin farewell performances of A RIDE WITH BOB, Feb. 20-24

AUSTIN, Texas (January 15, 2013) — The play that started as a commemoration of Bob Wills’ 100th birthday in 2005 is coming back to Austin for one final week of shows in February 2013. This first-ever musical drama about the legendary Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys debuted in Austin in 2005 and has since enjoyed great success in more than 70 performances in 19 cities ... (Download Full Release)

GOODNIGHT MOON, a family musical based on iconic children's book at ZACH Theatre, Feb. 2-March 23

AUSTIN, Texas (January 9, 2013) — Step into the great green room as one of the most iconic children’s books of all time is brought to life. In this lively musical about children’s imaginations at bedtime, Bunny’s room magically comes alive with stunning puppetry, tap dancing bears, and even a trip through the night sky with a constellation light show. For ages 3 and up. ... (Download Full Release)

Beth Broderick and Anton Nel star in Austin premiere of Broadway hit 33 VARIATIONS at ZACH's new Topfer Theatre

AUSTIN, Texas (December 18, 2012) — In a major coup for ZACH, Anton Nel, one of the world’s greatest concert pianists, brings Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations to brilliant life in this Austin premiere. Mother and music scholar Katherine Brandt, played by TV and film star Beth Broderick is coming to terms with her daughter. Beethoven is coming to terms with his genius. And even though separated by 200 years, these two talented people share an obsession that makes time stand still in this extraordinary Broadway play about passion, ferocious tenacity, and moments of beauty that transform our lives. ... (Download Full Release)

TRU starring Jaston Williams as Truman Capote returns to ZACH by popular demand, Jan. 10 - March 10

AUSTIN, Texas (December 18, 2012)Greater Tuna star Jaston Williams inhabits Truman Capote in a virtuoso performance of the charming, acerbic, fragile, and enigmatic writer. In this one-man tour de force, Williams' astonishing portrayal of the In Cold Blood and Breakfast at Tiffany's author is by turns hilarious, vulnerable, and confessional. The audience becomes confidants to TRU's trademark wit and honesty. Packed houses, standing ovations, and waves of laughter characterized this show in its initial run at ZACH Theatre 12 years ago making it the hottest ticket in town. This production promises to be even more fun this time around. ... (Download Full Release)

Austin’s ZACH Debuts Spectacular New Theatre

AUSTIN, Texas — (BUSINESS WIRE, September 18, 2012) — ZACH Theatre, known as the city’s “leading professional theatre” (New York Times) and “liveliest and most polished professional theatre” (Austin American-Statesman) opens its new state-of-the-art Topfer Theatre this month, joining the realm of the nation’s most widely recognized regional theatres.

The 420-seat Topfer Theatre, on the shores of Austin’s famed Lady Bird Lake in the heart of the city’s burgeoning arts district, anchors ZACH’s performing arts campus, which includes two other theatres and production, classroom and rehearsal facilities. ZACH is now one of the few theatre companies in the nation with a proscenium stage, a thrust stage, and an arena stage, creating unique and extraordinary opportunities for theatre professionals, actors, and audiences ... (View Full Release)

Tony Award-winning musical RAGTIME premieres at ZACH’s new Topfer Theatre Oct. 17- Nov. 18

AUSTIN, Texas (September 17, 2012) — ZACH welcomes a new era with the opening of the Topfer Theatre, and no production is better suited to showcase the deep and inspired talents of ZACH’s full company and new performance space than the uplifting Tony Award-winning musical RAGTIME. More than 50 of Austin’s finest actors, supported by a glorious orchestra, tell the story of how we forged a nation that all people could call home. Bold anthems, Harlem ragtime, and delicate waltzes lift our aspirations for all that we can and will be. RAGTIME will set a new standard for musicals in Austin, so intimate and immediate, that discerning patrons will rejoice at the power of the experience ... (Download Full Release)

HELD OVER: Austin premiere of the hit Broadway musical XANADU at ZACH Theatre

AUSTIN, Texas (August 27, 2012) — XANADU is an over-the-top, roller-skating musical that spoofs the outrageously campy 1980s film starring Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly. A beautiful muse descends from the heavens of Mt. Olympus to Venice Beach and inspires a struggling artist to create his biggest dream ... the first roller disco ... (Download Full Release)


AUSTIN, Texas (August 27, 2012) — One of ZACH’s most popular comedies ever, featuring Austin’s favorite actor, Martin Burke, has come back 12 years after its first sold-out run. In the delicious comedy FULLY COMMITTED, desperate diners resort to threats, bribes, name-dropping, name-calling and downright begging for that all-important reservation at a posh new restaurant. Burke gives a tour de force performance as the high-strung maître d’ plus 39 other characters ... (Download Full Release)

World premiere of MARIACHI GIRL—an original, bilingual mariachi musical for family audiences—at ZACH Theatre

AUSTIN, Texas (August 27, 2012)Mariachi Girl is a new bilingual Spanish/English musical for children and family audiences. This is the world premiere production of the play, which had its first reading at Teatro Vivo’s 2011 Austin Latino New Play Festival. Mariachi Girl is a co-production of ZACH Theatre, Teatro Vivo, and the University of Texas at Austin ... (Download Full Release)

Bernadette Peters to headline ZACH's Topfer Theatre first opening gala

AUSTIN, Texas (July 20, 2012) — Bernadette Peters, one of the greatest living Broadway superstars, will headline the first opening gala, Once Upon a Dream, at ZACH’s new Topfer Theatre Sept. 27. The illustrious actress, winner of two Tony Awards, three Drama Desk Awards, and a Golden Globe Award, is known for iconic stage roles in Gypsy, Song and Dance, and Annie Get Your Gun among many others. Her performance at ZACH’s gala will include a 30-piece orchestra of Austin musicians ... (Download Full Release)

Austin premiere of Horton Foote's DIVIDING THE ESTATE at ZACH Theatre, May 30-July 1

AUSTIN, Texas — May 18, 2012 — Diving the Estate is a hysterical play that chronicles the entanglements of the Gordons, a greedy, gossipy clan from Harrison, Texas, as they quarrel over inheritances. The family must confront their past as they prepare for the uncertain future of their diminishing oil estate. The family bickers as only a Southern family can, mentioning every slight and insult that has occurred over the past 80 years and turning pettiness into an art form. ... (Read more.)

ZACH announces premiere season in the new Topfer Theatre

AUSTIN, Texas — March 19, 2012 — The most exciting moment in ZACH’s Theatre’s history will happen this fall with the opening of the new Topfer Theatre. The once-in-a-lifetime first season will include a world premiere, an American musical with a full orchestra for the first time at ZACH, a beloved classic made new, an international concert guest star, and the biggest, snowiest holiday favorite of all time, every production taking full advantage of the technological capabilities of the extraordinary new theatre ... (Read more.)

ZACH Theatre Announces Details for Annual Red, Hot & Soul Gala

AUSTIN, Texas — Prepare to expect wonders with ZACH’s annual Red, Hot & Soul Gala in an all new, spectacular party at the Downtown Hilton’s Grand Ballroom on Saturday, April 21, 2012. Celebrated as one of the best parties in Austin, Red, Hot & Soul promises all new wonders this season lead by event co-chairs Mrs. Bobbi Topfer, a champion of large-scale events that raise significant funds for Austin’s most beloved nonprofit organizations, and ZACH Board Member Mr. Larry Connelly, chair of several of ZACH’s most successful fundraisers ... (Read more.)

ZACH Theatre Leadership Expands with Dynamic, New Additions to Board of Directors

AUSTIN, Texas — January 13, 2012 — “Our staff and existing board members are excited to welcome these new members to the ZACH board, who bring new energy to an already active and ambitious group of leaders,” said ZACH Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley. “As ZACH continues to grow, we are extending our reach in the community with a smart, sophisticated and well-connected group of professionals who have a passion for the performing arts and a strong interest in ZACH’s mission to create intimate theatre that ignites the imagination, lifts the spirit, and engages our community.” ... (Read more.)

GOD OF CARNAGE Opens at ZACH Theatre Nov. 29

AUSTIN, Texas — November 15, 2011 — “God of Carnage has exceptionally written roles for actors and requires that you assemble four heavyweight champs and put them all in the boxing ring together to duke it out,” says ZACH’s Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley. “The chemistry between Lauren Lane who was brilliant in August: Osage County, Eugene Lee who was amazing in The Book of Grace, Angela Rawna who took our breath away in Doubt, and outstanding NYC actor Thomas Ward will make this an unforgettable evening in the theatre. We’ll be talking about these performances for years to come!” ... (Read more.)

SPRING AWAKENING Opens at ZACH Theatre Sept. 24

AUSTIN, Texas — August 26, 2011 — Winner of eight Tony Awards, this electrifying, folk-infused rock musical was hailed by critics as “daring,” “remarkable” and “a Broadway landmark.” Spring Awakening explores the intimate journey from adolescence to adulthood with unforgettable poignancy and passion. Starring an acclaimed cast of the finest actors and musicians in a dynamic new production on ZACH’s Kleberg Stage ... (Read more.)

ZACH Theatre Names New Chief Development Officer

AUSTIN, Texas — July 25, 2011 — ZACH Theatre has scored yet another hit, this time in the form of a new Chief Development Officer with more than 30 years of arts fundraising experience. Melodee DuBois recently joined ZACH Theatre to oversee ZACH’s ongoing development functions, including annual fund giving, corporate and foundations support, special events and the completion of the Capital Campaign for the Topfer Theatre, which will open in the fall of 2012. ... (Read more.)

ZACH Theatre Veteran Inducted Into Texas Radio Hall of Fame

AUSTIN, Texas (July 26, 2011) – 

A standing ovation is in order for ZACH actor David Jarrott, who will be inducted into The Texas Radio Hall of Fame this fall for his more than 40 years of work in Texas media. Currently appearing onstage at ZACH in the hit musical HAIRSPRAY as characters Harriman F. Spritzer, Mr. Pinky, and the TV Announcer, Jarrott has been a familiar face and voice in Austin since the 1970s. He served as an anchor and news producer for KTBC Television in the 1970s in Austin and was a number-one rated morning personality for KNOW, KHFI (K98), KEY-103, KOOL 99, and MAJIC 95 radio stations in Austin as well as KXOL Radio in Fort Worth for years ... (Read more.)

ZACH Announces $500K Challenge Grant for New Topfer Theatre

AUSTIN, Texas (May 9, 2011) – 

The Juliet Balcony of the new Topfer Theatre, now under construction on the ZACH Theatre campus, is the latest scene for Austin’s love affair with the performing arts. The balcony, which will host a series of free community performances when the Topfer Theatre opens in the fall of 2012, will be named “The Serra Family Juliet Balcony.” ZACH Theatre Board Member and ABE Charitable Foundation, Inc. President Deanna Serra and her husband Vida Capital, Inc. President and CEO Jeff Serra are contributing $500,000 as a challenge grant to continue fueling ZACH’s fundraising efforts. (Read more.)

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY is One Bitch of a Family Reunion

AUSTIN, Texas (March 7, 2011) – 

Director Dave Steakley notes: "August: Osage County is an actors’ dream show, in that all of the roles are so well-written and it is about the strength of the ensemble’s interplay and relationships. We saw more than 300 actors for this play and I have assembled a first-rate company of veteran Austin actors along with newcomers to our stage that I know will create a hilarious and riveting evening of memorable theatre. (Read more.)

FICTION by Austin Playwright Steven Dietz Opens February 10

AUSTIN, Texas (February 5, 2011) – After cheering the wit, charm and romance of Shooting Star and Becky’s New Car, ZACH audiences are in for a thrilling story of intrigue as Austin playwright Steven Dietz's FICTION comes to ZACH. In this razor-sharp play, two married writers live a life whose very profession places them on edge of fact and fiction. When Linda faces a fatal diagnosis, she and husband Michael are forced to confront the notion that the only thing harder than dying with a secret is living with one. Dietz, the most produced playwright in the country, teams with acclaimed director Charles Otte to bring this gasp-out-loud comedic drama to stage with a trademark and irresistible blend of humor, heart and precision ... (Read more.)

Dreams Becoming Reality with ZACH's Topfer Theatre Groundbreaking

AUSTIN, Texas (February 2, 2011) – In unique ZACH fashion, nationally recognized ZACH Theatre and the Austin community celebrated a new milestone in ZACH’s 78-year history with the official groundbreaking today (without a shovel in sight) for the new 26,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Topfer Theatre, the centerpiece of a new performance campus on the shores of Lady Bird Lake. ... (Read more.)

ZACH Theatre to Break Ground for New Topfer Theatre

AUSTIN, Texas (January 25, 2011) – ZACH Theatre is set to break ground on its new 420-seat theatre Wednesday, Feb. 2, at 11:30 a.m. The new, state-of-the-art Topfer Theatre, designed to match the award-winning artistry that Austin audiences have come to enjoy at the city’s leading professional theatre company, will become part of ZACH’s performance and theatre education campus that anchors and enlivens the South Lamar corridor. A brief and unique groundbreaking ceremony in the ZACH tradition will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m. and will be followed by a luncheon. No shovels will be used in this production, but there will be some drama ... (Read more.)

‘Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins’ makes its Texas premiere at ZACH Theatre January 29

AUSTIN, Texas (January 1, 2011) – The unsinkable Molly Ivins, Austin's no-holds-barred newspaper columnist and best-selling author, is back to tell it like it is in a side-splittingly funny play. A true Texas original, Ivins was a sharp-tongued wit who skewered the “Lege” and the good ol’ boys who ran it with her unforgettable humor and wisdom. Written by twin journalist sisters, Margaret and Allison Engel, and directed by Broadway’s David Esbjornson (whose production of DRIVING MISS DAISY with Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones is now on Broadway), the play celebrates Molly's courage and tenacity – even when a complacent America wasn't listening — in a play that is nothing short of kick-ass. Landing the role following a national search, Austin’s extraordinarily talented Barbara Chisholm stars as Molly Ivins ... (Read more.)

ZACH Theatre Presents BECKY’S NEW CAR, A Revved-Up Comic Adventure Written and Directed by Steven Dietz

AUSTIN, Texas (May 17, 2010) – BECKY’S NEW CAR was commissioned by Seattle arts funder Charlie Staadecker as a birthday present to his wife, Benita. The play was originally produced by ACT Theatre in Seattle, Washington, and has since played on stages coast to coast. Charlie and Benita are having a terrific ride with BECKY’S NEW CAR. They are flying to every opening of the play across the country (including Austin), seeing new incarnations of their “gift that keeps on giving,” says Charlie. “This is the best return we’ve made on an investment in our lives.” ... (Read more.)

Announcing ZACH's 2010-2011 Season

AUSTIN, Texas (March 23, 2010) – ZACH Theatre, Austin’s leading professional theatre, announces its 2010-11 season which promises to be one of its most entertaining, prestigious and dynamic lineups. The new season features regional premieres of three new plays and three extraordinary musicals tailored to showcase the excellence of ZACH’s and Austin’s finest professional playwrights, directors, musicians, designers and actors. Among these hit shows are three Pulitzer Prizes and three Tony Awards for Best Musical and Best Play ... (Read more.)

ZACH Theatre Reinvisions OUR TOWN in Our Town

AUSTIN, Texas (April 15, 2010) – Austin’s finest actors join together to tell the intimate, heartfelt story of America’s best loved play. ZACH’s contemporary interpretation transports the audience to a chapel of love that will linger in your memory. Our Town audiences will watch the story unfold in several settings, including the wedding scene, which will be fully realized in its setting, costumes, environment with music by Austin area choral choirs. Directed by Dave Steakley, ZACH’s production is more than a play: it’s an experience as unique as Austin! ... (Read more.)

ZACH Theatre Gives Away Free Wedding in Our Town

AUSTIN, Texas (March 8, 2010) - In celebration of the Austin staging of ZACH Theatre’s production of Thornton Wilder’s beloved play OUR TOWN, ZACH Theatre will give away a full wedding to a lucky Central Texas couple – complete with the ceremony and reception.  The wedding will take place on the set of OUR TOWN in ZACH’s Nowlin Studio, located at 1426 Toomey Rd., in the heart of Austin on scenic Lady Bird Lake ... (Read more.)

The Flaming Idiots Return Home to ZACH Theatre

AUSTIN, Texas (January 2010) – The Flaming Idiots – hot from their sold out, off-Broadway run in New York City - return to ZACH’s stage with their new show filled with outrageous, crackerjack juggling and hilarious hijinx.  Austin’s acclaimed three man band (accompanied by a three man band) bring together threads from Vaudeville, stand-up, circus, and hysterical comedy to weave an original and stunning theatrical tapestry.  Great fun for all ages ... (Read more.)

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Texas Commission for the Arts City of AustinThese projects are funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and by the City of Austin through the Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at