Our Mission

Present Company is a family of artists and lunatics of and for the community. We are committed to creating accessible, vital, and immediate theater of the past, present, and future in unexpected ways, in unexpected places throughout Austin. Present Company aims to nurture the arts on a grassroots level through education, community activism, and sponsorship of up-and-coming talent. We strive to make moving theatrical art that broadens our hearts and minds and helps to sustain the cultural community of Austin that we are so grateful to be a part of.

Seeking Performer Submissions for SHAKESPEARE AT THE MARKET on the rooftop of Whole Foods Market FALL 2016


Present Company proudly announces the third installment of SHAKESPEARE AT THE MARKET, in partnership with the generous folks at Whole Foods Market.
This year’s show will be Twelfth Night, performing September 9 – October 2, once again on the beautiful rooftop of the flagship Whole Foods Market in downtown Austin.

Twelfth Night, or What You Will, by William Shakespeare, is a heartfelt tale of loss and love, spun in a world of foolery, drunkenness and melody. Directed by Joseph Garlock, the show promises live music, ridiculous battles, unforgettable characters and laughs galore.

Present Company is now accepting submissions for this production. All roles are currently available. Artists of all ages, ethnicities, and gender identifications are encouraged to submit. Please email your headshot and resume to joseph@presentcompanytheatre.com and include detailed information regarding any musical experience or talents you have. We are particularly looking for American folk style (piano, guitar, banjo, fiddle, etc), but we look forward to being surprised. NOT ALL ROLES WILL REQUIRE MUSIC, so if all you can do is rock the cowbell, that’s fine with us.

Submissions will be accepted until February 20. Auditions will be held by invitation only, and all those asked to audition will be notified no later than February 29. All roles paid.

Please contact joseph@presentcompanytheatre.com with any questions!


Present Company’s PICASSO AT THE  LAPIN AGILE  by Steve Martin is honored by the B. Iden Payne Awards Council with Nominations for Best Comedy, Lead Actor (Michael Ferstenfeld), Featured Actress (Liz Beckham), and Musical Performance (Clif Tipton)!

Thanks to the B. Iden Payne Committee and congrats to all the nominees!

UPDATE: Picasso WINS Outstanding Comedy of the Year from the B. Iden Payne Awards Council! Mike Ferstenfeld WINS Best Lead Actor in a Comedy! Liz Beckham WINS Best Featured Actress in a Comedy! 

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A surreal space-time continuum-bending immersive theatrical experience of hysterical historical proportions with a visual arts aperitif and a lucid dream chaser.

Welcome to Paris, 1904. Step inside the Bar Lapin Agile and experien
ce the poignant and surreal meeting of two of the 20th century’s most fascinating minds, Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso.  Wouldn’t you like to be a fly on the wall for this historic and fictitious occasion? You bet your Unified Field Theory you would.  Now, what if this meeting was orchestrated by Steve Martin? Yes, Steve Martin the comedian.

The Lapin Agile will open it’s doors on January 29th, 2015 for 12 immersive presentations at The Museum of Human Achievement, where we will absurdly bend the space-time continuum and invite you to ponder the definition of creativity, the surreal nature of existence, and the meaning of life, while we challenge you to not pee your pants from laughter. Best of luck!

As if presenting a top-notch comedy by one of America’s finest comedians wasn’t already enough, we will also cross-pollinate, diversify, and strengthen the bonds within Austin’s arts communities by featuring live music and an exhibit of local painters, curated for the event.  

Join us for this historic hysterical occassion.  

For mature audiences.

Graciously sponsored by the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, the Austin Creative Alliance, East End Wines, Lumiere Tintype, RealmBuild, Pilgrim Building, Miller Blueprint, Farmhouse Delivery, and Zinnia & Co.

Join our Tribe and Support the Arts!

We are only able to keep the lights on because of the kindness of strangers. Our sponsors and donors are the oil that keeps this machine running. If you are looking to support accessible art for the community of Austin, consider greasing our wheels…