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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..."

Crafting the Song
Austin theatre actor Robert Fisher has the heart of a rock & roller, the work ethic of a medieval craftsman, and the style of a Bob Fosse. Either he's in the wrong business or he is, as playwright Kirk Lynn calls him, "a wonder."
Arts Story  March 16, 2001, by C. Denby Swanson
"...Fisher's Austin acting résumé includes stints in productions like the Public Domain Theatre Company's tense, dark staging of Howard Barker's The Possibilities at an old Mueller Airport hangar...."

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..."

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...."

Bending the Rules
Getting arts funding from the City of Austin is a long, complicated game, and Austin Chronicle writers Robi Polgar, John Walch, and Mary Jane Garza have been following some of the players around the game board this year. In the final part of their four-part series, they critique the city arts funding process.
Arts Story  September 3, 1999, by Mary Jane Garza, Robi Polgar and John Walch
"...And it almost is. Mario Garza, manager of the Cultural Contracts staff, says that all that's left "is for the City Council [to meet] and approve the budget for the Cultural Contracts Program, which will include all the allocations [to the applicants]." Of this year's 220 original applicants from six artistic disciplines -- music, visual arts, mixed arts, theatre, dance, and literature -- 186 expect funding from the city for fiscal year 1999-2000..."

Public Notice
Kings of the Hillel
Columns  February 18, 1999, by Kate X Messer
"...Our friends at Artists' Legal & Accounting Assistance (ALAA) want you to feel no pain this tax season. They present Tax Filing for Artists, a free seminar, Sat, Feb 27, 10am-1pm at the Public Domain Theatre, 807 Congress, upstairs, to answer important, pressing questions like: As a performance artist known for cramming entire cans of vegetables up certain orifices, do I qualify? Do I have to report all of that $400 I got paid for drumming for that lame-ass band that I quit after one week anyway? or So what if one expense is a controlled substance of questionable legal status, can't I still slip it in as a tax break? 407-8980. Babe of a Day..."

A Night at The Opera: Artists Sing Out at Arts Commision
Arts Story  June 17, 1999
"..."Please increase my funding" is the chorus this evening as artists sing for their suppers, their marketing budgets, their administrative personnel budgets, their materials budgets. After the harrowing presentations to the Advisory Panels a few weeks ago, followed by the deliberations of the panels' allocations meeting, and a frustrating few minutes at the largely inaudible allocation meeting of the theatre panel -- ostensibly a public hearing, yet barely that -- I now await my turn as the artistic director of The Public Domain Theatre Company to plead our case to the Arts Commission in the hopes that this austere body will restore the company's funding to last year's level; perhaps the commissioners will understand our need for an increase in funding, even though the theatre panel seemed to overlook this salient part of our pitch for a lucrative Cultural Contract...."

Art Fun in the Summertime
Arts Story  May 20, 1999, by Robert Faires
"...Through May 30, Tue-Sat, 8pm, Sat-Sun, 2pm, Sun, 7:30pm. Paramount Theatre, 713 Congress..."

Not Just the Goofy Guy
The Actor Behind the Antics of Michael Stuart
Arts Story  August 2, 1996, by Robert Faires
"...For many people, the episode is Michael Stuart in a nutshell. For more than 10 years, this mainstay of the Austin theatre scene has been dishing up delicious comic performances all over town..."

The Thing in the Lake
Arts Story  February 4, 1999, by Sarah Hepola
"...And quite without premeditation, both have popped up in Austin at the same time, produced by The Public Domain and the fledgling Pause Productions, respectively. Why Pinter? And why now? There's a flood of possible answers, not the least of which are that the plays are trophies of theatre's fabled golden age as well as vehicles to strut those acting chops..."

The Art of Parenting With Art
Trying to find ways to make art while sustaining a family is no easy road.
Arts Story  June 22, 2001, by Robi Polgar
"...Before the girls came along, we'd both been working artists, eking out a coexistence supplemented by jobs outside or indirectly related to the arts. But when Ari was born five years ago, Michelle pretty much suspended her active theatre life..."

A Theatre Mecca?!?
Honest, Some Folks Move to Austin for the Theatre
Arts Story  July 18, 1997, by Adrienne Martini
"...This is a secret that is rapidly becoming known around the country, particularly if one has an ear to the theatre grapevine. My college advisor, when I asked her about Austin, almost drove me to my minuscule apartment in Pennsylvania and helped me pack..."

Getting Political With The Tree Play and Robin Hood: An Elegy
Two new Austin plays tackle timely subjects
Arts Story  August 6, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...Theatre in summer can often feel like just a thicket of musicals. Every other show seems to be some all-singing, all-dancing spectacle, with crooning Okie cowpokes or boogieing Baltimore teens crowding the stage to lift our spirits in the dog days, to distract us from the oppressive heat..."

Shivering the Timbers
The Dirigo Group's 'Gypsy Chain' Speaks for the Trees
Arts Story  August 3, 2001, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...At the core: Laura Somers, Corey Gagne, Greg Gondek, Christa Kimlicko Jones, Judson Jones, and Tammy Whitehead. In the three years since they've joined forces, these artists have brought Austin some thrilling theatre..."

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..."

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..."

Personnel Department: New Hires at Conspirare and the Mary Moody Northen Theatre
Personnel changes at local arts organizations continue, with the arrivals of a new executive director at Conspirare and a new business manager at the Mary Moody Northen Theatre
Arts Story  February 16, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...The personnel changes at local arts organizations continue. In addition to the recently announced departures of Ann Ciccolella at Zach and Richard Buckley and Tamara Hale at Austin Lyric Opera, two notable arrivals have taken place at Conspirare and the Mary Moody Northen Theatre..."

The Drink/Drank/Drunk Issue: Stages of Inebriation
To drink or not to drink – for local thespians, no question
DAILY Arts  July 3, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...Want to hear some good drinking stories? Ask theatre people. Between their research for playing soused characters, work with blotto colleagues, and post-show pickling, they're, pardon the pun, loaded with yarns, both hilarious and mortifying, about the stages of inebriation..."

Public Notice
Comestibles Festivals
Columns  February 27, 1998, by Kate X Messer
"...Hey poor starving artist-types: Artists' Legal & Accounting Assistance (AALA) will host a seminar this Sat, Feb 28, 10:30am-1pm at the Public Domain Theatre, 807 Congress, called Tax Filing for Artists. Here's a clue: They probably don't wanna know about your Swiss bank accounts..."

Public Notice
Go Granny Go!
Columns  July 4, 1997, by Kate X Messer
"...Hey! You're a musician, not a rocket scientist! How are you supposed to make heads or tails of the few pennies you do drag in with your art? Artists' Legal & Accounting Assistance (ALAA) wants to help artists and musicians to get that money house in order. The free seminar, Basic Accounting for Artists & Musicians, will answer those questions about money management you've been putting off asking, Sat, Jul 19, 10am-1pm at the Public Domain Theatre, 807 Congress..."

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