Zach Theatre

ZACH Theatre
Formation 1932
Type Theatre company
Region served
Greater Austin, central Texas
Producing Artistic Director
Dave Steakley[1]
Managing Director
Elisbeth Challener[1]

ZACH Theatre (the Zachary Scott Theatre Center) is a professional theatre company located in Austin, Texas, as well as its associated complex of theatre facilities. The company is the oldest continuously active theatre company in Texas, and one of the ten oldest in the country.

Offerings and facilities

The theatre operates year-round, serving more than 100,000 patrons annually, with more than 500 performances including plays, musicals, original works, and theatre for youth. ZACH also provides education programs that are utilized by thousands of children throughout central Texas.[2]

The theatre complex, located on the south shore of Lady Bird Lake, includes three stages, several event spaces, and numerous classrooms and offices. Some of the theatre's facilities are made available for private rental, including the three stages.[3] Costumes and props are also available for rental.


The Topfer Theatre building

The theatre originally opened in 1932 as the Austin Civic Theatre. The company's name was changed to the Zachary Scott Theatre Center in 1968 to honor Austin native and film star Zachary Scott. Since then, it has been rebranded to be titled ZACH Theatre.

In 1972, the 230-seat Kleberg Theatre was built, and in 1990 a 135-seat theatre-in-the-round called the Whisenhunt Theatre was added. In 2006, the city of Austin passed a bond issue which included $10 million to fund a new theatre for ZACH, resulting in the construction of the 420-seat Topfer Theatre in 2011.[4]

Production history

A complete list of ZACH Theatre productions beginning in 1995 is shown below.[5]

2012—2013 Season


In 2012, ZACH got a $70,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to produce the Terrence McNally musical Ragtime.[6]

Each year The Austin Chronicle presents its 'Best of Austin' awards. Awards given to ZACH beginning in 1993 are shown below.[7]


  1. 1 2 "About ZACH Theatre". ZACH Theatre. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  2. "Zachary Scott Theatre Center". VolunteerMatch. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  3. "ZACH Facility Rentals". ZACH Theatre. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  4. Faires, Robert (2 February 2007). "Zachary Scott Theatre Center: Ciccolella's curtain call". Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  5. Theatre Communications Group, Theatre Profiles: ZACH Theatre
  6. van Ryzin, Jeanne Claire (27 October 2012). "Seeing Things: With new Topfer Theatre". Austin360. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  7. Austin Chronicle: Zach Theatre

Coordinates: 30°15′50.4″N 97°45′32.4″W / 30.264000°N 97.759000°W / 30.264000; -97.759000

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