Our mission is to empower artists to create work of the highest caliber and to engage diverse audiences through stories that inspire and impact our community.
We desire for our community a theatre of the highest artistic quality and professionalism, where residents and visitors can experience this moving art form at its best.
As members of the artistic community, we celebrate and affirm the best in Texas’ already rich and diverse cultural identity.
At the same time, we dedicate ourselves to Texas’ artistic growth, by connecting and nurturing local artists and by leading the way in creative daring and excellence.
We defy the tradition that America’s best theatre begins in New York. We provide an opportunity for Texas’ best artists to stay here, have families, and practice the art they love for the communities they care about.
We hope that the people who come through our doors are not only delighted, entertained, and refreshed, but that they also encounter something deeper. We believe that theatre reminds us that life’s possibilities are larger than the routine existence we experience day to day. Theatre is a place for the audience and performers to dream together, question together, seek together, and change together.
We dream of a place that is accessible and relevant to every Austinite, regardless of ethnic, social, or economic status.
Producing Artistic Director | email@example.com
Ryan Crowder is a co-founder of Penfold, as well as an actor and director. Acting and directing credits include shows with Penfold, Hidden Room Theatre, Austin Shakespeare, Austin Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre and the Monomoy Theatre on Cape Cod. For his work onstage, Ryan has received the Austin Critics Table and B. Iden Payne Awards. He holds an MFA from the Professional Actor Training Program at Ohio University, a BFA from Abilene Christian University and a certificate from the Denver Center of the Performing Arts.
Associate Artistic Director | firstname.lastname@example.org
Nathan is also a co-founder of Penfold, as well as an actor, director and author. Before moving to Austin, Nathan was a founding member of the Itinerate Theatre Company, which served the Abilene and Dallas areas. Now, besides acting and directing regularly for Penfold, Nathan appears on many Austin stages - including Hidden Room Theatre, Austin Shakespeare, City Theatre and others - for which he has received multiple awards and honors. Nathan has also authored several live radio scripts, one of which is currently produced around the country. He holds a BFA from Abiline Christian University.
A native central Texas, Grace earned her BFA in Theatre from Baylor University. After graduation, she moved to New York City, where she discovered her love of arts fundraising working for the American Theatre Wing and Obie Awards. In pursuit of this passion, Grace enrolled in Brooklyn College's MFA program for Performing Arts Management, through which she served as a development resident for high profile theatre companies like Ann Bogart's SITI Company and the Public Theatre. She is now excited to be back home in Texas, creating excellent theatre that inpires and engages her community.
Patron Services Manager | email@example.com
Gabie joined Penfold shortly after moving to Austin in 2013, serving under then Managing Director Zena Vaughn. Since that time, she has overseen patron services for over twenty mainstage productions and special events at Penfold. She has also provided front of house management for Paladin Theatre Company’s production of The Island of Dr. Moreau: A Fever Dream Steeped in Blood. Gabie graduated from Abilene Christian University with a BFA in Theatre and an emphasis in stage management.
Board of Directors
|Terra Brimberry||Alchemy Systems|
|Rob Brown||Community activist|
|Molly Bucy||Texas Charter School Academic & Athletic League|
|Dede Bullock||Austin Pain Associates|
|Ryan Crowder||Penfold co-founder|
|Sue Duncan||Community activist|
|Nathan Jerkins||Penfold co-founder|
|Wade Phipps||Charles Schwab|
|Randy Robinson||Hill Country Eye Center|
|Wade Rushing||Burnt Orange Benefits|
|Brett Weaver||Envolve Health|
Penfold was founded in June 2007 by Ryan Crowder, Nathan Jerkins and Sean Martin. The trio set out on a road trip across the central United States and brought home a vision for professional theatre in north Travis and Williamson counties. Upon return, they assembled a National Advisory Board, consisting of prominent theatre leaders from across the country. With their help, Penfold underwent an extensive period of planning and development, from which it emerged in the spring of 2008.
In its first eleven seasons, Penfold produced 42 plays and musicals, which together garnered over 129 local awards and honors, including Austin Critics Table Award for Best musical (two years in a row), Austin Critics Table and B. Iden Payne Awards for Best Actor and several years in the Austin Chronicle’s Top 10 lists. Penfold has also been featured in the Austin Chronicle, Austin American-Statesman and Community Impact Newspaper.