Picture this:  It’s July 12th, 2010. Sitting across from me at a busy cafe near Grand Central in New York is none other than the renowned actress Holland Taylor. Holland and I have met only once before, a few years prior in London. We are there to discuss a […]

Director’s Notes: Benjamin Endsley Klein & ANN

The cast of James and the Giant Peach at ZACH Theatre. Photo by Kirk Tuck.
James and the Giant Peach is on the Kleberg stage this month and it’s the largest show ever undertaken by the ZACH Theatre for Family Series. Director and Choreographer Abe Reybold was kind enough to participate in a little Q&A!   Q: “James” is a HUGE show. How did you […]

Director Q&A: Abe Reybold talks James and the Giant Peach!

Michelle Stakelum Ney was inspired by sound waves and patterns for her stunning scenic design. Sarah EC Maines is sculpting it beautifully with light. After each performance the audience is invited to join us onstage and explore the scenic design closer! — with Stephen Drabicki and Aaron Johnson at ZACH Theatre.
    When I saw Tribes Off-Broadway, I was unable to get up from my chair at the conclusion, because I was so profoundly moved by this remarkable and emotionally complex family drama.  Amidst the realism, playwright Nina Raine underscores her play with a heightened theatricality comprised of transformative musical […]

Director’s Notes: From the set of Tribes

Two years ago I visited Charles Dickens’ home and archives in London, as a final research step in creating my musical adaptation of his beloved novel A Christmas Carol. I was moved by the details of his childhood: Charles was one of seven children, and shortly after his twelfth birthday, […]

Director’s Notes: Dave Steakley on this season’s production of A ...

“Ho-ho-ho! Merry Christmas!” Humorist David Sedaris first read his essay, SantaLand Diaries, on National Public Radio twenty three years ago. For some it has become a holiday tradition as welcome as The Nutcracker, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas and It’s A Wonderful Life. The stage version has been a ZACH […]

Directors Notes: Director Abe Reybold talks SANTALAND DIARIES

Christopher Robin's original plush toys
  By Xzavier Beacham, PR Intern This Season’s production of Winnie The Pooh as been fantastic; A true storybook come to life! During the research process for this wonderful production, we here at ZACH created a list of sweet facts of the 100-acre woods. Did you know?     A. […]

The Sweet Facts of 100 Acre Woods

Sergio Alcocer
The fall always marks the start of a new season at ZACH Theatre and we have some exciting additions to announce. Beginning this season, ZACH Theatre will include signed performances of mainstage shows to better serve Austin’s hearing impaired community and create a more inclusive and accessible theatre experience- an […]

A New Season & New Trustees!

Russel Taylor, Will Cleveland, J. Quinton Johnson, Allen Robertson, and Sara Burke 

Photo by Kirk Tuck
By Nat Miller Director of Education at ZACH Theatre, and Director of Winnie The Pooh   One thing that I love about telling stories at ZACH Theatre is finding interesting and creative ways to bring classic stories to life for all generations.  A year ago I saw a wonderful production […]

Director’s Notes: Nat Miller on Winnie The Pooh

An Innovative Makeover For A Thrifty Theatre ZACH Theatre & IKEA Creative Spaces Challenge AUSTIN, TX –With nothing more than creative vision and $2500 in IKEA products, local designer Cristi Peterson, winner of the ZACH Theatre & IKEA Creative Spaces Challenge, transformed a cramped and uninspiring administrative office into a […]

What a difference! Before & After- The ZACH Theatre & ...

In the rehearsal studio
According to Evita-writers Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, “This is a story of people whose lives were in politics, but it is not a political story.” Che, our narrator and antagonist, opens the show and immediately describes what we’re about to see: “Oh, what a circus. Oh, what a […]

Director’s Notes: Nick Demos Discusses Evita