July 22, 2017
  • Not THIS American Life

    July 22, 2017 @ 10:00 pm - 12:00 am

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Not This American Life

Public radio theatre for the entire electromagnetic spectrum–Visible AND Invisible Light. The format, tone, and enthusiasm for personal stories of This American Life, but, well… it’s NOT.

Happiness is a Choice

Performance scientists who use improv and meta-theatre to learn about each other and the moments they inhabit on stage. Current Public Experiment Underway: Mapping the Mind thru MetaCartography.

Sondheim For One

An improvised musical in the style of Stephen Sondheim, creator of INTO THE WOODS, COMPANY, and SWEENEY TODD–musicals known for complex polyphony between multiple characters, romantic duets, show-stopping ensemble pieces. SONDHEIM FOR ONE is all of that with just one improviser and a piano player.

Doctor Who Theatre

TWO MAN WHO – Improvised Adventures in Time and Space in style of The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged.

Band of Liars

They say music is love in search of a word. The Band of Liars is love in search of music. Based on suggestions from the audience they summon an entire album of improvised songs, never before heard, never to be listened to again. Rap to Classical, Death Metal to Noise to Drone, Madrigal, Folk, and all that jazz.

Confidence Men

Award-winning improvised plays in the style of David Mamet. Two acts & a musical intermission.


MetaCartography: Mapping the Mind

The Ongoing Calibration of an Iterative Invention Installation. The Next Iteration: February 13th from 6pm-1am.


This American, LIVE!

Public radio theatre for the eyes. A mix of script and improvisation, interviews and monologues, video, sketch, dance. The format, tone, and enthusiasm for personal stories of This American Life, but this is NOT Ira Glass. And this is not your car radio, this is a improv comedy stage in Austin, TX!


new plays. classics. first plays.

American Buffalo

True West

The Duck Variations

This Feather House

The Balcony Play


What is a DYSFUNCTION? It’s a workshop, it’s a festival, and it’s a show. It’s all three in every show. It’s a smorgasbord fiesta safari of localized ART. Theatre, dance, puppetry, film, storytelling, stand-up, sketch, performance art, videogames, fine art. All based on a central theme.

The DysFunction

An event geared to bring a bunch of Austin theatre groups into one room to show their stuff and help raise funds for our 2011 production of Sam Shepard’s True West. Hosted by the inimitable singer/songwriter Southpaw Jones, a dozen or so theatre companies each presented on theme of familial dysfunction.

The Winter of Our DysContent

Beware the Ides! In March of 2013, Dystheatre garnered the forces of a dozen Austonian Theatre Troupes for a fine display of piteous moans, resplendent visions, undying love, and pontiferous fissions, to celebrate the Bard of Avon’s grande influence on our global communities.


SEVEN showcases in 2014 concerning “Time Travel And Other Quantum Phenomena.” There was/is/will-always-be Late Night Time Machine, fine arts, time-travel novel excerpts read by the author, music, improv, stand-up, devised plays, select cenes from ongoing quantum-entanglement plays, mindmaps, revivals, dancing between eras, a travelling salesrat, and more!



1. To foster and document a global discourse on artful strategies for enacting change in one’s self and one’s community, for finding meaning, strengthening memory, and balancing proactive productivity with emotional well-being.

2. To create spaces where personal styles of expression can shine through both in new creations and revitalized productions of essential classics.

Michael Ferstenfeld

Michael Ferstenfeld

Producing Artistic Director

Todd Mein

Todd Mein


Jeff Britt

Jeff Britt

Cofounder & Writer

Linda Ramsey

Linda Ramsey


Lindsey McKenna

Lindsey McKenna

Cofounding & Costumery

Julie Moore

Julie Moore

Resident Clown

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This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

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