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Austin Playhouse Arts Center

We're building an Arts Center that will be a community hub for Austin Playhouse artists and patrons as well as serving dozens of local arts organizations. You have a crucial part to play in bringing the dream to life.


In April 2019, Austin Playhouse purchased a 2.8 acre site located at 1717 E. Anderson Lane along the 183 frontage road in northeast Austin. 


We engaged Forge Craft Architecture to design a welcoming and accessible arts center that will serve as a creative hub for Austin artists and provide tremendous growth opportunities for both Austin Playhouse and AP’s partners in the arts. 


The facility is fully permitted and shovel ready.

Austin Playhouse has already completed Phase 1 of the building campaign by raising $1,500,000 for land purchase, initial architectural drawings, engineering plans, a feasibility study and project consultants. We are in the middle of Phase 2 with a $7,500,000 goal that includes site development and building construction.


On December 14, 2023, Austin City Council approved a $4,500,000 investment in this project. The full blog post on this contribution can be read here.

To learn how you can get involved as we continue toward our goal, please visit our Support the Building Fund page.

The Arts Center Features:

  • A 207-seat main stage

  • A 99-seat black box

  • Flex spaces for performances and events

  • Scene shop and costume loft 

  • AP Offices

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Forge Craft Architecture and Design

Civil Engineer



The Future Austin Playhouse Arts Center
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Shari Kolding 

Building Fund Committee Chair

Board of Directors


Terry Matheny

Interim Vice President

Claire Grasso


Diana Huckaby


Amy Malish

Tom Barbour

Brian Coughlin

Andrea Osborn Ginder

Lara Toner Haddock

Shari Kolding

David Malish

Susan Matheny

Pat Nahas

Dr. Lisa B. Thompson

Don Toner

Cyndi Williams

Ben Wolfe

Sarah Zeringue

Austin Playhouse is a non-profit organization, IRS 501(c)(3); therefore, your donation is tax deductible as allowed by Federal statutes. 

For questions or more information contact Brian Coughlin, Development Associate, at 512-476-0084 or

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