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Salvage Vanguard Theater based in Austin TX, is a nonprofit organization that provides accessible, affordable, artistic exchange between a diverse, inclusive community of artists and audiences through high quality experiences that foster experimentation and generate conversation.

Salvage Vanguard is committed to ensuring that the transformative power of live performance is accessible to all.

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IRS EIN: 74-2759503
Phone Number: 512-474-7886
Address: 1110 Barton Springs Rd
Austin, TX 78704
con flama by Sharon Bridgforth
Directed by co-artistic director, Florinda Bryant. Set in Los Angeles in the 1940s -1970s, con flama gives glimpse to a Black gurl's coming of age, through Ancestral passages and her family history. The gurl's story unfolds as she makes her way through the cultural landscape of Los Angeles on the bus.

black do crack by Florinda Bryant
A new solo show by co-artistic director, Florinda Bryant about the mythology of the strong black woman mother. Language, song and movement. Black bends, and do crack. An exploration of the curse and the blessing of being a strong Woman. What happens when the bough breaks? How does time move if seasons change but we don't?

Casta by Adrienne Dawes
WORKSHOP PERFORMANCE August 24th and 25th at the Austin Seminary
in collaboration with composer Graham Reynolds and director Jenny Larson. Casta is inspired by a unique genre of portraiture that grew in popularity over the 18th century in Nueva España (Mexico). Casta paintings depicted various different racial mixtures in the New World, arranged in a specific hierarchy of race and status, as defined by Spanish elites. The complexities of contemporary racial and ethnic identity(ies) are echoed in this distant mirror of casta paintings.

River See by Sharon Bridgforth
Directed by Sonja Parks
MAIN STAGE PERFORMANCES October 2018, location TBD
Set on a juking boat, with blueswomen, queers, deviants and Seers,River See is the prayer before the Great Migration. Experienced through the heart of SEE, a young woman-in-training, River Seeexplores blues stories as living arrangements of jazz.

House Play by Diana Lynn Small
FREE PERFORMANCES October 20th 2018
More details coming soon -- reservations will be limited
Fresh from a development residency at the Ground Floor at Berkeley Rep, House Play is a new work written & directed by co-artistic director, Diana Small, intended to be played with and for an intimate audience around dinner tables in homes. Part fable & part dinner ritual, the play explores what it means for humans to be indoor animals instead of outdoor animals and how we host strangers. This piece is a national collaboration with artists based in Chicago, Colorado and California.

Impact Statement

Salvage Vanguard Theater packs quite a punch for a company its size. SVT has a reputation for creating thought provoking and boundary pushing artistic experiences. AM I WHITE by Adrienne Dawes was a compelling piece about race in America. The show played to sold out houses and garnered awards by the Austin Critics Table and the B Iden Paynes including Best Production of a Drama. Thr3e Zisters by creative team Yury Urnov and Lola Pierson was an absurdist feminist romp through Chekhov. Another sold out show that swept the Austin Critics Table AND the B Iden Paynes with wins for Best Production of a Comedy! In total SVT won 8 B Iden Payne awards and 7 Critics Table awards for their work in 2014 and 2015. In 2016, artistic director Jenny Larson won Best of Austin Theatre Director from the Austin Chronicle. In 2017 they won Best Revival from the Austin Critics Table for a remount of their show Thr3e Zisters. August of 2017 welcomed two new artistic directors, artists and producers Florinda Bryant and Diana Lynn Small joined Jenny Larson at the helm of the company. The trio launched an artist residency program at the SVT House, a TV writing workshop, continued Works Progress Austin script developments, and produced the Three Headed Festival of New Plays.

Needs Statement

$1,200 -- Support the cost of having an ASL interpreter and Audio interpreter at one show of every SVT production.
$500 -- Supports our pay-what-you-wish ticket model for patrons to con flama
$1,000 -- Supports a composer for our fall production of Sharon Bridgforth's river see
$3,000 -- Funds 3 Works Progress Austin new play development programs
$400 -- Child care for parent-artists involved in SVT programming
$600 -- Wellness & Trauma-caring workshops for actors in con flama
$300 -- Post show panel for con flama and river see including the playwright, Sharon Bridgforth
$1,000 -- Support the travel and production costs of developing Hannah Kenah's new play Heaven Born Wind in Vancouver, Canada with Artistic Director, Jenny Larson
Proud always to have had my work produced at SVT. I still think of it as home. Three shows - FUGITIVE PIECES, THRUSH and IPHIGENIA CRASH LAND FALLS ON THE NEON SHELL THAT WAS ONCE HER HEART (a rave fable) - that are central to my vision as a theatre-maker, and SVT took the leap with heart, nerve, and walking on the wire kind of soul. Celebrate SVT every day! And many congrats on an amazing 20 years. -- Caridad Svich, Obie winning playwright

SVT opens it arms to such a diverse and wonderful gang of artists, comedians, outcasts, writers, puppeteers, musicians and lunatics- its part of what makes Austin Theater wild and great. -Halena Kays, artistic director of the The Hypocrites in Chicago

There's a saying, "if you think it can't be done, then get out of the way of the people who are doing it". This saying comes to mind when I think about SVT. From its inception in 1994, Jason Neulander and crew decided to manifest an electrified example of what theatre could be for a generation of artists unwilling to sacrifice their futures to inherited limitations. I remember the punky gorgeousness of David Bucci's Kid Carnivore and Ruth Margraff's cowboy epic, Centaur Battle of San Jacinto as two examples of the proof in SVT's pudding. Flash forward twenty years, and I find myself in the wonderful circumstance of making a huge new musical about change and regeneration with the theatre, which under the leadership of Jenny Larson and crew has, itself, changed and regenerated to envision itself as a hub of a new chapter in Austin, no less bold, even more electric. Doing it. And doing it well. -Daniel Alexander Jones, writer and performance artist
SVT has many ways to volunteer, from set construction to box office assistance and many things in between. Our work calls for a diverse range of skills, and we are always happy to have extra helping hands.