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Welcome to the home of Different Stages, an Austin, TX theatre company.

Different Stages was founded in 1980 as Small Potatoes Theatrical Company. Lucy Lister, Angero Holt, and Norman E. Blumensaadt incorporated it as a nonprofit organization under its present name in 1984. From its inception, the theatre has been committed to the performance not only of famous plays but also of lesser-known works. Plays by Shakespeare, Moliere, Shaw, and O'Neill have been recurring favorites; but Different Stages has also introduced Austin audiences to the works of Caryl Churchill, Jane Martin, Keith Reddin, Charles Ludlum, Constance Congdon, Marlane Meyer, Pierre Marivaux, and Edit Villarreal.

The company has produced over 130 plays, ranging from romantic to neo-classic to realistic to surrealistic. It has staged several world premieres--four translations by Austin scholars, including one by Professor Douglass Parker, and original scripts by Austin playwrights Tom White and Ann Ciccolella.

Norman Blumensaadt has been the Producing Artistic Director since the beginning of the company and continues in that role. However, in 1993 an Operational Board (separate from the Board of Directors) was formed to share the day-to-day operations of the company. It includes Norman Blumensaadt, Paula Gilbert, Royce Gehrels, and Michael Growblewski. The Operational Board has been involved with Different Stages for many years; but there are also numerous other noteworthy Austin directors, designers, and actors who continue to enrich its productions.

At Different Stages diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice are core values of our organization.  We will continue to make participation in our company and in our productions open and accessible to all artists and patrons.

Different Stages does not own a theatre building. Most recent performances have been held at the following locations:

     The Vortex (2307 Manor Rd)
     Santa Cruz Theatre (1805 E 7th St)
     Trinity Street Theatre (901 Trinity St)
     Ground Floor Theatre (979 Springdale Rd)

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Some of our previous venues have included City Theatre (3823 Airport Blvd), Arts on Real Theatre and Soundstage, Play! Theatre, Auditorium on Waller Creek (710 East 41st Street on the grounds of The KPM Institute), Griffin School, the Perry Mansion, and The Off-Center, which is home of the Rude Mechanicals (2211 Hidalgo St in East Austin).

Please check each play's current location in the "On Stage" or "Upcoming Shows" pages of the website.

To contact Different Stages, or to receive emails from Different Stages about upcoming productions, volunteer opportunities, and/or auditions, use the Email Link, below, and specify your interests. 

Or send us a letter to mailing address,
    Norman Blumensaadt
    6205 Haney Dr.
    Austin, Texas 78723



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