Artistic Director, The Border Theatre
in El Paso
Austin Savage is a 2009 graduate of the UTEP Department of Theatre of Dance. He was the director of the department's 2008 In the Boom Boom Room. He was the recipient of the 2009 Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival Meritorious Achievement Award for Directing. He has twice worked at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, including as an Assistant Director for their MFA Playwriting Workshop in which he helped develop Norway, an original work by Obie Award winning playwright Samuel Hunter. In 2010 he was named an Observership Fellow by the Society of Directors & Choreographers. As part of his fellowship he Assistant Directed The Good Negro by Tracy Scott Wilson at Chicago's legendary Goodman Theatre under the direction of acclaimed director Chuck Smith.
In 2010 he founded The Border Theatre, a performance ensemble dedicated to developing and performing original and world premier works as well as educating the El Paso community in the artistry of theatre. Through the Border Theatre he has twice received funding through the El Paso Museum & Cultural Affairs Artist Incubator Program for the development of new work. Since August of 2010 the company has produced over 20 original works in various spaces all around the border region ranging from play readings to full-length devised works based on the theories of Augusto Boal, Jerzy Grotowski, and Raul Valles.
In addition to his work at The Border Theatre he has worked as a guest artist in the El Paso area as both an actor and director. He performed in productions at the University of Texas at El Paso, the El Paso Opera, the Frontera Repertory Theatre, and multiple television shows and films. His body of work over the last 5 years as a writer, actor, and director has led to a nomination for the 2015 Texas Medal of Arts Award by the Texas State Legislature.
The Rise of Our Extraordinary Machine
BY AUSTIN SAVAGE
@ VOL 16
ON JUN 29, 2017
Austin Savage, Founder and Artistic director of the Border Theatre, takes us on a journey through the history of the Border Theatre — a startup performance troupe that has evolved overtime to redefine itself and our creative process. The presentation will focus on the potential of our whole community as a dynamic collaborator in the creation of content rather than a passive observer.