ABOUT

THE PLAYHOUSE

est. 2000

Don Toner (Founder) founded Austin Playhouse in 2000.  Before that, he was Producing Artistic Director of the State Theatre Company/Live Oak Theatre for thirteen years. Prior to coming to Austin he was Associate Producer for the Los Angeles Theatre Center, Associate Producer/Director of the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park for three seasons, and he founded Theatre Center of Mississippi; the state’s first Equity theatre.  He has also produced and directed at New Stage Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, Theatre Midland, and Theatre Four in New York City.  He was awarded the Lucy Jordan Humanitarian Award from Actors Equity Association recognizing his extraordinary and exemplary commitment to the theatre community. He was also nominated by Texas State Representative Donna Howard for the Texas Medal of the Arts. For Austin Playhouse he has produced and directed Satchel Paige and the Kansas City Swing, Disgraced, The Philadelphia Story, The Real Thing, I’m Not Rappaport, The Mountaintop, She Stoops to Conquer, Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, Time Stands Still, The Foreigner, The Liar, Man of La Mancha, Noises Off, Other Desert Cities, The Game’s Afoot, Born Yesterday, Boeing-Boeing, The Lion in Winter, Stop the World, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Trip to Bountiful, The 39 Steps, Jacques Brel, Misalliance, The Mousetrap, Frost/Nixon, The Fantasticks, A Flea in Her Ear, Dancing at Lughnasa, Amadeus, A Funny Thing…Forum, Blithe Spirit, Stones in His Pockets, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Don’t Dress for Dinner, Inherit the Wind, The Threepenny Opera, Steel Magnolias, An Ideal Husband, The Night Hank Williams Died, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The Odd Couple, House, A Man for All Seasons, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Rumors, Enchanted April, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Underpants, Kiss Me Kate, Private Lives, Travesties, The Dead Presidents’ Club, Damn Yankees, A Christmas Carol, Copenhagen, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Blues in the Night, The Seagull, Arcadia, Mahalia, and Light Up the Sky. He has appeared in Austin Playhouse productions of And Then There Were None, Heroes, Afterplay, and The Threepenny Opera.
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Lara Toner Haddock (Producing Artistic Director) has over 20 years professional theatre experience in directing, dramaturgy, publicity/marketing, and box office and business management as well as acting and playwriting. For Austin Playhouse she has directed The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Confessions of an English Danger Girl, Red Hot Patriot, The Book of WillMonroeThe Explorers Club, The Norwegians,  She Stoops to Conquer, Roaring, Venus in Fur, And Then There Were None, Lady Windermere’s Fan, A Room With A View (which she also adapted for the stage), A Christmas Carol, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, The Turn of the Screw, Age of Arousal (Austin Critics' Table Best Comedy), Heroes, It’s a Wonderful Life, Dug Up (Austin Critics' Table Best New Play),Women Who Steal, Moonlight and Magnolias, Garden, A Texas Romance, and co-directed Proof, Speed the Plow, and Les Liaisons Dangereuses. She also directed Age of Arousal at Southwestern University.  She is also a member of the Acting Company and has appeared in Austin Playhouse productions of The Philadelphia Story, The Foreigner, The Liar, Other Desert Cities, The Game’s Afoot, Boeing-Boeing, Proof, The 39 Steps, Misalliance, Frost/Nixon, Dancing at Lughnasa, Blithe Spirit, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Don’t Dress for Dinner, An Ideal Husband, The Night Hank Williams Died, House and Garden, A Man for All Seasons, Enchanted April, Rumors, Travesties, The Underpants, The Seagull, and Arcadia. She has also appeared in productions for Hyde Park Theatre and State Theatre Company, among others.
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Ben Wolfe (Associate Artistic Director) has been a member of the Austin Playhouse Acting Company for two decades. He directed Austin Playhouse productions of Stealing Baby Jesus, Three Viewings, Heroes (AD) and The 39 Steps (AD). He recently directed Twelfth Night for St Edward’s University. Select Austin Playhouse acting credits include Shakespeare in Love, Baskerville, The Explorers Club, Disgraced (Critics’ Table Award), The Norwegians,The Liar, Man of La Mancha, The Turn of the Screw, and Speed the Plow. Ben has received B. Iden Payne Awards for performances in Am I White, The Pain and The Itch, The Dog in the Manger (BIP and Critics’ Table Award), Romeo and Juliet, and Featuring Loretta. Ben has several regional (UFCU Invest in Yourself) and national (Wizard 101, DC Universe Online, Edgenuity online education services) voiceover credits to his name. Ben is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and a graduate of St. Edward’s University with a BA in Drama.
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Sarah Fleming Walker (Associate Artistic Director) has appeared in the Austin Playhouse productions of The Battlefields of Clara Barton, The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Guys and Dolls, and A Little Night Music. She created and directed the Austin Playhouse pandemic-era online series Postcards from Austin. Other recent credits include the TexArts productions of Sweeney Todd and Wait Until Dark, LOLA (Local Opera Local Artists) production of La Femme Boheme, and Zilker Theatre Productions’ Footloose and The Music Man. She has performed roles and been a soloist with Austin Lyric Opera in The Marriage of Figaro and the World Premiere of Waiting for the Barbarians.

PLAYHOUSE STAFF

Brian Coughlin, Development Associate

Kenedi Delgado, Business Manager

Cyndi Williams, Box Office Manager

Sarah Chong Harmer, Education and Community Engagement Manager

Terry Matheny

President

Diana Huckaby

Treasurer

Amy Malish

Secretary

Members

 Tom Barbour, Brian Coughlin, Claire Grasso, Shari Kolding, Joe Lostracco, David Malish, Susan Matheny,

Lisa B. Thompson, Don Toner, Lara Toner Haddock, Cyndi Williams, and Ben Wolfe

BOARD OF DIRECTORS