Austin Theatre Project

Our Story

It started as a dream... a passing thought... and then one day, Barbara Schuler and David Blackburn were sittting in a San Antonio theatre after watching a production of Terrence McNally's Corpus Christi. Barbara looked at David and commented that this show needed to be produced in Austin. David thought for a few seconds and suggested that perhaps it was time to actually start that theatre company the two of them had been talking about for the past couple of years. That moment, July 10, 2011 at around 4:30 in the afternoon, a theatre was conceived. By December, a name was decided upon and registered and Austin Theatre Project was born.

Six months later, ATP's first production opened at Austin's Metropolitan Community Church. Yes, it was Corpus Christi and it received kudos all around. Soon, the critics and press were recognizing Austin Theatre Project as "a force to be reckoned with" and just 16 months after their first opening night, Austin Theatre Project made good on that prediction, surprising the Austin theatre community by walking away with the 2013 Best Musical award for Avenue Q.

Austin Theatre Project is here to stay. They are now the only theatre in Austin presenting an entire season of musical productions. With a core value system that boils down to treating the talent (actors, directors, artistic staff) with the care and respect they deserve and never settling for "good enough," ATP truly has become a force in the Austin theatre community.

The Mission

The mission of the Austin Theatre Project is to establish a center of artistic achievement and expression for the greater Austin community where we employ local performance artists (actors, directors, musicians, and technical staff) under the leadership of a volunteer Board of Directors.  We are a not-for-profit membership organization committed to growing the Austin theatre community through outstanding productions and services to a wide audience.

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