Join us on December 2nd as we unveil our new artist guest home and dedicate its future to the fruitful hospitality of artists and their work. 

We invite you to raise a glass (and fork) in support of the upcoming Salvage Vanguard season! Enjoy an elegant home-cooked meal. Plus intimate performances by Austin music legends Graham Reynolds, Gretchen Phillips, and Tree G.

There will be a silent auction, improv troupe Sugar Water Purple, quick paint portraits, s'mores, a video chat with co-artistic director Jenny Larson in Canada, and a late-night party with a house-shaped cake!

Schedule: December 2, 2017. Dinner & Music at 6p. Late Night Party at 9p

Tickets: VIP Dinner Tickets begin at $100 / Late night party only $40

Can't attend, but feel the love? salvagevanguard.org/donate/

The home is located in the North Loop/ Airport neighborhood. Address will be given at ticket purchase.

 Salvage Vanguard is excited to be creating diverse and expansive work in the year ahead. In December of 2017 we continue development of the work in progress Casta by playwright Adrienne Dawes. In February of 2018 we explore the latest new work by Diana Lynn Small, House Play. In March of 2018, in loving honor of late great Laurie Carlos, we will be staging con flama by Sharon Bridgforth on the Dougherty Arts Center mainstage, directed by Florinda Bryant. In the spring, SVT will launch our brand spankin new new-works development residency and SVTV, a screenwriting workshop series.


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Casta a new play by Adrienne Dawes

Works Progress Austin series
FREE performance Dec 22 at 8pm

Casta is inspired by a series of casta paintings by Miguel Cabrera, a mixed-race painter from Oaxaca.  Casta paintings were a unique form of portraiture that organized racial mixtures of the New World according to a hierarchy defined by Spanish elites. The complexities of contemporary racial identity(ies) are echoed in this distant mirror of casta paintings. How do Old World anxieties about ambiguous racial identity reflect contemporary biases?

This is the third WPA workshop for Casta. In this current draft, the creative team is incorporating puppetry, expanding music by composer Graham Reynolds and exploring bilingual text. After a week of developing these new elements, audiences are invited to witness the piece in its current form. READ MORE... Reserve a seat...


This September SVT’s Florinda Bryant and Austin playwright Diana Lynn Small will join Jenny Larson at the helm of Salvage Vanguard Theater as Co-Producing Artistic Directors.  Florinda Bryant, an actress, producer, and playwright, is an SVT company member and staff member. She has been an activist and artist in Austin for the past 20 years working with Rude Mechs, Teatro Vivo and many more. Diana Lynn Small, a playwright, actress, and producer, has an MFA from the Michener Center at UT Austin. Her piece Mad and A Goat performed in rep with SVT’s Guest by Courtesy in Brooklyn in July 2016 and her piece Hot Belly premiered locally with the company Paper Chairs this past fall. Larson, Small and Bryant will collectively guide the vision of the organization.