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About

Scottish Rite Community and Children’s Theater is an Austin gem – a fully operational modern theater thriving within a stunning historic landmark. SRT is Austin’s oldest theater, erected in 1871, the same year Austin became the capitol of Texas. For forty years it was a German opera house; then in 1914 it became the home of the Scottish Rite Masons who treasured the site and remain watchful tenants of the building. In 2004 the Masons created the non-profit theater organization that exists today; nestled amid the State Capitol, University of Texas, and Austin’s museum district, we at Scottish Rite are dedicated to building community through the arts. We provide quality shows for all ages, with enriching programming for children. For almost a century and a half, innumerable artists and events of all kinds have graced our venue, from the operas and circus trapeze acts that wowed crowds during the 19th Century to the live world music and multimedia children’s programming that delight Austinites today.

Community and Children’s Theater
Our excellent programming is created by experienced professionals and purposefully designed to meet the needs of diverse cultural communities in Austin. In our dedication to diversity we amend or avoid programming that perpetuates non-inclusive values. Our strategies include cross-casting, adaptation, new works, and community-based collaboration to meet the needs of all.
For information contact susan@scottishritetheater.org

Partnerships and Collaboration
We welcome partnerships with other groups who share our vision to provide artistic and educational opportunity to youth and underserved populations. These partnerships take the form of co-productions, fundraising events, workshops and other exciting programs.
For information contact susan@scottishritetheater.org

Education/Outreach: School Shows, Camps
Scottish Rite Theater is dedicated to providing high-quality, affordable school shows and summer camps to Austin Area kids.
For information contact education@scottishritetheater.org

Training for Teachers: Shakespeare Performance Pedagogy
In Summer 2015 Scottish Rite Theater will launch a Shakespeare Through Performance Teacher Training Camp for teachers of all grade levels. The Scottish Rite Teaching Shakespeare Program will be modeled after the Huntington Library Summer Shakespeare Program where SRT’s artistic director, Susan Gayle Todd, has extensive experience training and teaching Shakespeare performance pedagogy.
For information contact susan@scottishritetheater.org

Venue Rentals
Our beautiful facility, which includes a theater, a commercial kitchen and dining room, and elegant lobbies may be rented on a limited basis for private events, concerts, performances, and more. Visitors are welcome to come by and view our historic theater and century-old hand-painted backdrops, which are still in use.
For information contact rental@scottishritetheater.org

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