Salvage Vanguard Theater (SVT) has a fierce commitment to producing, hiring, and collaborating with underserved voices in the community. SVT believes in using art and performance to create currents of positive change in the world.
Founded on the principle that there is a natural empathetic connection between tradition-defying artwork and the rebellious nature of youth. The Salvage Vanguard educational programs seek to nurture the creative potential of adolescents by fostering a dynamic exchange between visionary artists and high school students, with a particular focus on under-served populations.
ARTREACH: Launched in the late 90s by founder Jason Neulander, ARTReach provides free tickets to teens to all events hosted by the Salvage Vanguard Theater. ARTReach provides internships to teens to work on the Salvage Vanguard theatrical season. ARTReach provides workshop and classroom experience to teens on playwriting and development, acting, and devised performance.
SVT KIDS: Summer camp offering elementary school aged students weeklong sessions in topics like puppetry, acting, stage special effects, and filmmaking.
COMMUNITY DIALOGUES: Salvage Vanguard Theater offers panel discussions and professional training opportunities for adults with each of their productions. Past events have included dialogues on transgender and gender identity issues, race relations in America, and feminism. Continuing Education Units are provided for completion of the 3 hour trainings. Past partners in our Community Dialogues Series include the Southern Poverty Law Center, YWCA of Greater Austin, and Planned Parenthood.
Mad & a Goat Friday, October 27 with Rev. Carrie Graham. Carrie Graham is the founder and director of The Church Lab, a faith laboratory where Carrie facilitates inter-religious dialogue. Carrie is also a financial advisor, specifically exploring the intersections between money, debt and spirituality. This performance will also be ASL interpreted.
You Never Can Always Sometimes Tell Date, TBD with Dr. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones. Omi Osun Joni L. Jones is an artist/scholar in UT Austin's African and African Diaspora Studies Department whose work focuses on performance ethnography, theatrical jazz, Yoruba-based aesthetics, Black Feminisms, and activist theatre.
It's a Travesty! One Night with Jazzie Mercado! Friday, November 10th with Priscilla Hale of allgo, a statewide queer people of color organization. Priscilla Hale, MSW, is currently the Director of allgo and has been with the organization since 1998. allgo celebrates and nurtures our vibrant queer people of color communities here in Texas and beyond through our cultural arts, wellness, and social justice programming.
Tickets to every single performance at Salvage Vanguard Theater is Pay-What-You-Can. No one is ever turned away at the door. We believe that the arts enrich everyone’s lives. The cost of a ticket should never keep anyone away from the theater. Through-out the year, SVT also offers free workshop performances and open rehearsals.