Salvage Vanguard Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Since its inception in 1994, Salvage Vanguard Theater (SVT) has produced cutting-edge theater in Austin, premiering plays by distinguished theater artists such as Lisa D’Amour, Ruth Margraff, Dan Dietz, Caridad Svich, Jason Grote, Abi Basch, C. Denby Swanson and Andrea Thome.


 “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 The Hypocrites

“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,” says playwright Caridad Svich, “SVT took the leap with heart, nerve, and walking on the wire kind of soul.”

“From its inception, 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… 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.” –Daniel Alexander Jones, performer and playwright

Salvage Vanguard Theater proudly announces its 20th anniversary season, featuring three world premiere MADE IN THE SVT productions, Bulgarian performance art, and a big birthday bash!


FROM THE PIG PILE by Sibyl Kempson
directed by Jenny Larson and Shawn Sides
April 3 – 19, 2014

An interactive journey across a vast landscape of associate histories, FROM THE PIG PILE features original music by Graham Reynolds and is produced in association with the Rude Mechs and Fusebox Festival, with support from New Dramatists.


Sibyl Kempson lives and makes theater in NYC and the Pocono Mountains. Her plays have been presented at Dixon Place, Soho Rep, Performance Spae 122, The Chocolate Factory, New York Live Arts, the Fusebox Festival, the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, the Great Plains Theater Conference in Omaha, and the Theater Bonn in Germany. She is a 2010 MacDowell Colony Fellow, a Member of New Dramatists class of ’17, a 2013-2014 McKnight National Resident and Commissionee, 2013-2014 recipient of the Virginia B Toulmin commission through New York Theatre Workshop, and a four-time recipient of the Dicon Place’s Mondo Cane! Commission. She earned an MFA in Playwriting from Brooklyn College, 2007, where she studied under the instigation of Mac Wellman.



April 23, 2014 – a Fusebox Festival co-presentation by the Might Mighty Pressure Cooker

SVT is proud to present No Movement No Sound, an avant-garde performance piece created by Bulgarian theater artists The Mighty Mighty Pressure Cooker, as part of the 10th annual Fusebox Festival.

The Mighty Mighty Pressure Cooker, an organization for pressure-driven contemporary performing arts, sees theatre as a meeting point of a person’s physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual levels, both in the figures of the creator and the observer. The company’s performance work deals with providing form and content that can become a safe place for these encounters to happen. The Mighty Mighty Pressure Cooker has existed since 2011 and is an active member of the independent performing arts scene in Bulgaria.


BRIGHT NOW BEYOND by Daniel Alexander Jones, music by Bobby Halvorson
directed by Will Davis
July 31 – August 23, 2014

A mysterious young boy, a malevolent sorceress, a Pumpkin-headed man, a fearsome girl army and a glorious witch weave a story of transformation and adventure through a country in revolt in Bright Now Beyond, a new musical based upon The Marvelous Land of Oz, the second book in L. Frank Baum’s series.

Daniel Alexander Jones is an acclaimed interdisciplinary artist, named by American Theatre Magazine as one of fifteen theatre makers whose work will “change American stages for decades to come.” The sold-out run of JOMAMA JONES: RADIATE received its regional premiere last summer at SVT.


AM I WHITE by Adrienne Dawes
directed by Jenny Larson
October 2014

When Neo-Nazi terrorist Wesley Connor returns to prison after a failed bomb plot, he is confronted with the two identities that threaten his position within the White Order of Thule most: fatherhood and his own mixed race heritage.  

Adrienne Dawes is a member of SVT’s company and staff. Am I White was named finalist for the 2012 O'Neill National Playwrights Conference and 2012 Bay Area Playwrights Festival and recognized as semifinalist for the 2012 Princess Grace Award.


SVT celebrates two decades with a FREE birthday party, Tuesday June 10th at our Manor Rd home. There will be food, libations, and plenty of entertainment! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!