ZACH Theatre

ZACH Theatre



About Us

Founded in 1932 as Austin Civic Theatre, ZACH Theatre is the longest continuously running theatre company in the state of Texas, and one of the ten oldest in the country. The company was renamed Zachary Scott Theatre Center in 1968 in honor of Austin-raised, Academy Award-nominated film star, Zachary Scott. Each year, ZACH serves nearly 115,000 Central Texans – 50,000 of which are children and youth who participate in our education and outreach programs, as well as exciting camps and classes. ZACH productions span a dynamic range of programming that includes both professional Mainstage plays and musicals, and Theatre for Families. ZACH incubates original work, cultivating, commissioning, developing and producing new plays and musicals by playwrights and composers from Central Texas as well as internationally-acclaimed artists. Producing Artistic Director Dave Steakley is committed to selecting work that is both timely and relevant to Central Texas audiences, re-envisioning ZACH productions in a way that creates meaningful, inclusive dialogues in our community. ZACH’s commitment to artistic excellence and contributions to the theatre field have been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Shubert Foundation, The New York Times, as well as numerous theatrical awards. In addition, ZACH is primed to host private and community events across the beautiful rental-ready spaces on our three-stage campus located in the heart of Austin along Lady Bird Lake. As Austin’s leading professional producing theatre, ZACH employs more than 300 actors, musicians and designers.


  • Founded in 1932 as Austin Civic Theatre.
  • 1968 Renamed Zachary Scott Theatre Center in honor of Austin-raised, Academy Award-nominated film star, Zachary Scott.
  • In 1972, the 230-seat Kleberg Theatre opened.
  • In the late 1980’s ZACH built the Whisenhunt Theatre, a new 130-seat theatre-in-the-round.
  • In 2012, the 420-seat Topfer Theatre opened.

Rep/Contact Info

Kristin Butler
Nat Miller