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Salvage Vanguard Theater: Neulander ends his run
After 13 years of running Salvage Vanguard Theater, Artistic Director Jason Neulander is moving on
Arts Story  December 14, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...In the 13 years that Salvage Vanguard Theater has been rocking the local theatre scene, he's been the one constant. Whether the company was mounting shows in the Electric Lounge or Hogg Auditorium, whether it was staging edgy new dramas like Caridad Svich's Fugitive Pieces or retro sci-fi spoofs like The Intergalactic Nemesis, Jason Neulander was always at the helm, beating the drum for SVT...."

Salvage Vanguard Theater
After 13 years of presenting theatre in other peoples' space, Salvage Vanguard Theater has acquired its own home
Arts Story  May 5, 2006, by Robert Faires
"...They started by doing it in bars. Then they were doing it in theatres – though always other peoples' theatres..."

Salvage Vanguard Theater: The rebel sets down roots
After 13 years of staging shows in bars and other companies' theatres, Salvage Vanguard Theater is opening its own all-purpose arts space in a 9,600-square-foot warehouse on Manor Road
Arts Story  June 8, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...See, Neulander wants this to be a home not only for his company but for artists beyond his company. And artists beyond theatre, for that matter: musicians, improvisers, painters, filmmakers, and anyone else in need of a venue..."

Decade on the Vanguard
No. 10 looks like the best Salvage Vanguard birthday ever!
Arts Story  March 26, 2004, by Robert Faires
"...Seems like only yesterday that a few drama school grads from Brown showed up in town, proclaimed themselves a theatre company, and aimed to prove it by staging some original rock musical thing called Kid Carnivore in the Electric Lounge. They had this audacious idea that you could get people under the age of 30 to go to theatre by treating plays like music: making 'em short and punchy, and performing 'em in clubs...."

Austin Theatre: What will be will be
Three Austin theatre artists – actress Lee Eddy, choreographer Robin Lewis, and Adam Sultan – dish about their visions of the year to come
Arts Story  December 29, 2006, by Hannah Kenah
"...If 2006 had Austin's artists dancing 80 feet in the air, what feats are in store for us in 2007? The Chronicle dishes about the future with three of the people who are sure to be big players in the year to come: actress Lee Eddy (Salvage Vanguard Theater/St. Idiot Collective), choreographer Robin Lewis (TexARTS/Zachary Scott Theatre Center), and actor/composer Adam Sultan (Salvage Vanguard Theater)...."

Who Wants to Be a Theatre Geek?
A quiz to find out who knows what about theatre in Austin.
Arts Story  December 1, 2000, by Robert Faires
"...1. On average, how many productions does the Austin theatre community mount or present in Austin during a year? a..."

Theatre -- ALL CAPS, All the Time
There's nothing lower-case or lethargic about theatre director, actor, and producer Sharon Sparlin. She's bold, animated, even electric, and channeling all that high-voltage energy into creating equally energetic theatre all the time.
Arts Story  April 13, 2001, by C. Denby Swanson
"...Salvage Vanguard Theater's Christmas show at Little City coffeehouse was the first thing she saw, and it compelled her to dive into the scene herself. She saw that the Public Domain theatre company was doing her favorite play, Bertolt Brecht's The Life of Galileo, so she walked across Congress Avenue to what was then the PD space..."

Top 10 (+1) Theatre Riches of 2015
Wild theatrical energy and masterful performances were the hallmarks of outstanding theatre in 2015
Arts Story  December 31, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...The biting script was charged with a wild theatrical energy by the rolling wall of Ia Ensterä's set and Yury Urnov's direction, and the performances, kicked off with sublime mime from Robert Matney, were to die for. 2) Refugia (UT Dept. of Theatre & Dance)..."

What Kind of Theatre Do You Go For?
Our sassy quiz will match you up with the Austin theatre company of your dreams.
Arts Story  December 1, 2000
"...Or maybe you think you're going to see shows you like but are in fact wasting good money seeing plays for which you aren't well-suited. Where, oh where, is the theatre company for you? Life without a theatre company to call your very own is difficult..."

Raving About Theatre
A Swarm of Wily, Unruly Theatre Types Meet in the Heat
Arts Story  August 9, 1996, by Robert Faires
"...It may or may not be any of these things, and the folks who have taken part in what have come to be called "RAT conferences" are pleased to debate the matter with you. What is most clear about RAT is that it is about theatre and at least in part about bringing together people who believe in theatre..."

Subject to Control
American Berserk Theatre's debut is a heady, funny treat, smuggling heavy ideas in a light package
Arts Review  May 26, 2016, by Shanon Weaver
"...Subject to ControlSalvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd. www.americanberserktheatre.com Through June 4 Running time: 1 hr., 40 min...."

Austin Theatre Critics' Table 1999-2000 Nominations
Arts Story  May 12, 2000, by Robert Faires
"...The Austin Theatre Critics' Table have announced nominations for their eighth annual awards for achievement in theatre. The participating critics -- Michael Barnes, Jamie Smith Cantara, and Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, Austin American-Statesman; and Robert Faires and Sarah Hepola, The Austin Chronicle -- honored work produced on Austin stages during the period May 1999-April 2000..."

Most Memorable Theatre I Chanced to See in 2003 -- A SemiHierarchical List
Arts Story  January 2, 2004, by Barry Pineo
"...1) The Flaming Idiots (Zachary Scott Theatre Center) The single most entertaining group of performers I've seen in around a decade...."

Austin Theatre Refuses to Fade in 1995 And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going
The past 12 months saw some of Austin's
Arts Story  January 5, 1996
"...brightest theatrical talents leave us: meticulous director Mark Ramont, who left town after two years as Capitol City Playhouse's artistic director; the imaginative, physically daring young company Troupe Texas, which dissolved after only a few brief seasons; the beloved performing space Chicago House, which moved from its longtime home at 607 Trinity; theatre artists Norman Miller and TJ Gaudette, who passed away after making many, but in the end too few, contributions to our art...."

Austin Theatre Critics Table 2000-2001 Nominations
The Austin Theatre Critics Table have announced the nominations for their ninth annual awards for achievement in the arts.
Arts Story  May 18, 2001
"...The Austin Theatre Critics Table have announced the nominations for their ninth annual awards for achievement in the arts. The group recognized artistry in the theatre and beyond for the period from May 2000 through April 2001..."

Ground Floor Theatre's Long Comeback
With Gibberish Mostly, Lisa Scheps' company makes its long-awaited return to the stage scene
Arts Story  September 21, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...Four months. That's how long Lisa Scheps expected it would take to resolve the code compliance issues that shut down Ground Floor Theatre, her performance venue on Springdale Road, in January 2016..."

Theatre Town Meeting
Arts Column  February 2, 1996, by Robert Faires
"...Would you like to have a bunch of RATs invade Austin this August? That's RATs as in Regional Alternative Theatres, or Raggedy Ass Theatres, or Raving Anarchic Thespians, or whatever you call the national network of artists and independent theatre companies that's been building over the past two years and gathering in conferences in Iowa and Seattle. (See the Chronicle, Oct..."

Tutto Theatre Company
Artistic Director Dustin Wills opens a play here then bolts to Rome to mount another
Arts Story  July 17, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...So this is Dustin Wills' schedule: Thursday, June 26, he opened Tutto Theatre Company's production of Black Snow at Salvage Vanguard Theater here in Austin. The following Tuesday, June 30, he boarded a plane for a 16-hour flight to Italy..."

Austin Theatre Critics Table 1999-2000 Winners
The Austin Theatre Critics Table presented its eighth annual awards for achievement in the Austin arts in a lively ceremony at the Continental Club
Arts Story  June 2, 2000, by Robert Faires
"...On Monday, May 29, the Austin Theatre Critics Table presented its eighth annual awards for achievement in the Austin arts in a lively ceremony at the Continental Club, 1315 S. Congress..."

Austin Theatre
NY (hearts) U
Arts Story  January 13, 2006, by Robert Faires
"...• Playwright Kirk Lynn had a chance to workshop his new play, Major Bang, Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Dirty Bomb (A Suspense Comedy With Magic), with New York's Foundry Theatre last fall, and this month the company is giving the two-hander about terrorism a full production at St. Ann's Warehouse, 38 Water St., in Brooklyn..."

Drive, He Said
In its 13th year, Jason Neulander shifts Salvage Vanguard Theater into overdrive
Arts Story  April 14, 2006, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...So Salvage Vanguard will finally have a home of its own. We'll have a 100-seat theatre, rehearsal space, artist studios, a costume shop, a scene shop, our offices; it's gonna be great! And we're gonna hire someone to run the programming for the facility, too, so the theatre space will be full six nights a week..."

Rattling Our Stage
A Survey of Austin's Rebel Theatre Scene
Arts Story  April 10, 1998
"...Jason Neulander Experimental drama. Now, there's a term to conjure dread in the heart of a poor theatregoer..."

Only the Fourth Wall Is Forever
After 10 years, Salvage Vanguard Theater is moving on
Arts Story  June 23, 2016, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...And, unless I'm misremembering here, some cooked form of rabbit that exuded an aroma compelling enough to make Mr. McGregor salivate in his garden was served up, in a completely unrelated event, by Eden East's Sonya Coté – at one of the many culinarily enhanced parties and fundraisers that SVT has hosted in its lobby, in its studio space, in its main theatre, over the years...."

Days of Future Past
The history of Salvage Vanguard Theater's unlikely sci-fi success, The Intergalactic Nemesis
Arts Story  July 25, 2008, by Robert Faires
"...Hip young theatre company that built its rep staging edgy contemporary dramas in bars flirts with old-fashioned radio serials in a coffee shop. Nobody involved had any high expectations for this lark of a show..."

Spaced Out
Salvage Vanguard, Tapestry Dance lose their home spaces
DAILY Arts  October 16, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...But then the company isn't out on the streets just yet. The theatre's current lease runs through June 30, which means that the theatre can complete most of the 2015-16 season at home – and by home, we mean the only home that Salvage Vanguard has ever had..."

The 2014-15 Austin Critics Table Awards
Top honors to Salvage Vanguard's Thr3e Zisters, LOLA Austin's Femme Bohème, and Texas State's Kiss Me, Kate
Arts Story  June 4, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...That irreverent riff on Chekhov earned the most love in the Table's 23rd presentation of honors for notable artistic achievements, but close behind were LOLA Austin's La Femme Bohème and Texas State University Department of Theatre and Dance's Kiss Me, Kate with three awards each. Nine projects took home two prizes each: Ballet Austin's Belle Redux; Zach Theatre's Cenicienta; Half & Half Productions' Chicago; Hyde Park Theatre's The Christians; Theatre en Bloc's Cock; Physical Plant Theater's Everything Is Established; the Austin Classical Guitar/Conspirare/Texas Performing Arts collaboration How Little You Are; Performa/Dance's Ignite: Three Works; and Trouble Puppet Theatre's The Wars of Heaven, Part I..."

Blood on the Austin Stage, Paint on the Texas Walls
And, go ahead, paint a little on Brenner while you're at it
DAILY Chronolog  November 8, 2012, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...You're, like, not supposed to say "Macbeth" in a theatre...."

Tonal Proximity
NMASS matured into Austin's foremost showcase of performance sound art, audiovisual improvisation, nonconformative music, and sensory installations
Music Story  June 23, 2016, by Conor Walker
"...Concord, by Sonya Gonzales and Meason Wiley, stands on display outside of the theatre, rendering a mural-like projection with sonic accompaniment. Douglas Laustsen's Tonal Proximity sound installation features 48 small speakers and 24 MP3 players..."

Thr3e Zisters
InThr3e Zisters, Salvage Vanguard disinters Chekhov's famous siblings in a beautiful, fascinating, cutting way
Arts Review  February 5, 2015, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...It's curious that playwright Lola Pierson writes in her program notes that much of American theatre feels "slightly removed," because Thr3e Zisters comes across, in sum, as cutting, surprising, engaging, and more than slightly removed. It vacillates between pure sensation – the men dragging their weighed-down sled across frozen tundra, the three re-animated sisters bickering from window to window, or actor Robert Matney nervously munching on a pickle – and critical commentary that's so intellectual as to require a bit of prior knowledge to fully appreciate...."

Austin Creative Alliance Honors 2016
ACA salutes SVT, Byrd, Brooks, Seibert, Willenzik at the ND
DAILY Arts  November 16, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...For the past few years, the Alliance – the local membership organization that advocates for and makes connections among all of the city’s creative communities, from arts to film to live music and beyond – has made a point of paying tribute to individuals and organizations who have made sustained and substantial contributions to culture and creativity in Austin through the ACA Honors. You can get a sense of the breadth of these awards from a list of its prior recipients: former City Council Member Laura Morrison; DiverseArts Culture Works founder and cultural historian Harold McMillan; actor, educatior, and Spectrum Theatre Company co-founder Dr..."

Review: The Cherry Bowl
Chekhov gets a pie in the face in this silent spoof
DAILY Arts  November 21, 2013, by Stacy Alexander Evans
"...Fans of physical comedy have a lot to celebrate here, though some of the bits could be typified as cheap shots. The Cherry Orchard is, after all, sacred ground in the theatre world..."

Entrances & Exits
Comings and Goings on the Theatre Scene
Arts Story  September 5, 1997
"...So it is with the characters in the ongoing drama we call Austin theatre. Each season sees the arrival of actors, directors, designers, playwrights, dancers, technicians, choreographers, patrons, musicians, managers, teachers, critics, and others in our performing arts community, and each season sees the departure of same..."

Out of the Boomers' Shadow
David Bucci, Playwright for Today's Young Theatre Haters
Arts Story  July 19, 1996
"...Bucci is the epitome of the twentysomething artist in Austin: from somewhere else, trying to do something else, blurring the boundary between two disciplines in an effort to force relevant meaning out of the same old shit. A transplant from Providence, Rhode Island and Brown University, the multi-faceted Bucci mixes music, scholarship, and theatre in a convenient package, complete with a pack of Parliaments..."

Beat the Clock
Rediscovering the Danger in Theatre Under the Gun
Arts Story  December 5, 1997, by Adrienne Martini
"...Four hours seems like a lifetime, a heartbeat, and a much-needed thrill. That's really what theatre is all about for me, the thrill of a live performance..."

Waterfalls and Sea Changes
The former and current artistic directors of Austin Script Works discuss new plays, local theatre, and the writer's voice
Arts Story  November 11, 2005, by Dan Dietz
"...It was fun, but I don't necessarily understand the overlap between those two kinds of characters. Am I an amazonian secretary? Or a secretarial amazon? So anyway, I went to Europe in 1996 and did English-language theatre..."

Art Par Excellence
The nominees for the 2014-15 Austin Critics Table Awards
DAILY Arts  May 20, 2015
"...After poring over the hundreds of stage productions, concerts, and art exhibitions mounted locally between May 1, 2014, and April 30, 2015, the members of the Austin Critics Table have agreed on the most outstanding work in dance, classical music, visual art, and theatre in the past year and announced the nominees for the 2015 Critics Table Awards...."

Everyone's a Critic
The theatre community sounds off on critics as artists.
Arts Story  July 28, 2000, by Ada Calhoun
"...I am a writer for Theatre in Austin, TX. I have recently become concerned by the glaring conflicts of interest many of our local critics have..."

Taking the World Stage
How more theatre made Here is getting Out There and what that means
Arts Story  September 21, 2007, by Katherine Catmull
"...Exhibit A: An Austin-born theatre piece wows audiences from Galway, Ireland, to Seattle, snags a top honor at the renowned Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and zooms briefly back to Austin before heading on to – well, obviously – Finland...."

Creative Capital?
In the City of Ideas, the people with ideas are dancing with day jobs.
News Story  February 28, 2003, by Michael Erard
"...Artists differ among themselves on answers to these questions. In 2002, Salvage Vanguard Theatre's motto, a mini-manifesto, was "No starving artists!" Says the theatre's director, Jason Neulander, "It's ridiculous that in Austin people can't make a living doing art..."

FronteraFest Schedule
Arts Story  January 8, 2010
"...The Short Fringe at Hyde Park Theatre..."

The Dead Are Speaking with the Tongues of the Living?
Yes, and it's all because of those creepy Blackbower Mediums
DAILY Arts  November 1, 2012, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Maybe not even twisted, maybe just an inevitable, arrow-straight kind of sense. Because improvisational theatre often dwells in the realms of fantasy, why not work the idea that channeling the voices of the dearly departed – even dearly departed strangers from earlier times – is something that can actually happen in this demon-haunted world?..."

'69 Love Scenes'
Each of the 69 Love Songs on the 1999 CD gets a scene in this theatrical venture
Arts Story  May 21, 2010, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"..."This was Kerri Lendo's idea, and it seemed appropriate to let her run with it. She's better known as a stand-up comic, but she's been doing sketch stuff at No Shame Theatre for years, and I know she harbors broader theatrical notions than you might think if you only knew her stand-up work."..."

The Orchid Flotilla
Glass Half Full Theatre reveals moving artistry in silence, smallness, and subtlety
Arts Review  September 18, 2014, by Adam Roberts
"...The Orchid FlotillaSalvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Rd., 512/474-7886 Through Sept. 20, Thu.–Sat., 8pm Running time: 1 hr., 5 min. www.glasshalffulltheatre.com..."

Hang the DJ
The new political theatre invites you into its messy, sexy conversation
Arts Story  January 20, 2006, by Katherine Catmull
"..."Theatre gets to create a topic of conversation for a very small audience for a very small window of time. I think we should each use that window to talk about what is dearest to us..."

Table Banquet
The nominees for the 2013-2014 Austin Critics Table Awards
DAILY Arts  May 8, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...After poring over the hundreds of stage productions, concerts, and art exhibitions mounted locally between May 1, 2013, and April 30, 2014, the members of the Austin Critics Table have agreed on the most outstanding work in dance, classical music, visual art, and theatre in the past year and announced the nominees for the 2014 Critics Table Awards...."

Pleasure of the Paynes 2015
Big wins for Am I White?, Heathers at the 2015 theatre awards
DAILY Arts  October 28, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...Iden Payne Awards remained a sunny affair. Indeed, so much love poured down on local theatre companies and artists, it seemed like Aphrodite was running the show...."

Home for Heroes (and Others)
Transforming the storefront at 617 Congress into The Hideout, a multilevel arts venue, has been a learning process for proprietors Shana Merlin and Sean Hill. But after $250,000 of investment, the developer's dance of securing permits, and many hours of hard labor, they have created one of Austin's most user-friendly theatre spaces.
Arts Story  August 4, 2000, by Phil West
"...The building, owned by a Houston family since before Texas was a state, has been a saloon, a dry cleaning shop, a men's clothing store, and a pawn shop, among other things. A thorough cleaning of the interior, as they readied the theatre for opening earlier this year, turned up such artifacts as tin cans of beer, newspapers from the 1950s, and liver tonic bottles..."

The Drink/Drank/Drunk Issue: Cast About
When Austin thespians go out to drink, here's where they go
DAILY Arts  July 3, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...Show folk love their libations, and one of the enduring rituals of the theatre is the company going out together for drinks after the performance. Many a friendship and romance – and not a few unfortunate hookups – have begun in the bar while cast and crew hoist a few..."

Rate of Exchange
Why the Russian connection matters to Austin theatre
Arts Story  September 21, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...In May, Austin was one of four stops in the U.S. for a small group of theatre managers and artists from Russia exploring American performance and methods for making it..."

Payne the Town Red
What might be considered the theatrical fringe in other cities is more and more the theatrical mainstream in Austin, an idea that was reinforced with the announcement of the nominations for the 2001-02 B. Iden Payne Theatre Awards.
Arts Story  August 30, 2002, by Robert Faires
"...Some sort of seismic shift in the city's cultural scene must be taking place when the annual big shindig rewarding excellence in local stage work is being hosted by the guy who built his reputation on the phrase "I hate theatre." At least, that's the feeling on first hearing that the master of ceremonies for this year's B. Iden Payne Awards, slated for Monday, September 30, at the State Theater, is none other than Salvage Vanguard Theater Artistic Director Jason Neulander, who proudly flaunted the slogan in programs, on bumper stickers, and at every turn in the course of developing his daring, iconoclastic theatre company...."

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