What We Do

What We Do

Artistic Statement

Reimagining Classics

Over its past 14 seasons, Penfold has given audiences fresh eyes to see old stories. Now, in our Vision 2025 Plan, we’re fully embracing that rich tradition and taking it to a bold new level!

As we re-emerge from the pandemic, we’ll be exploring what gives “classic” stories their timeless power and how we make that power relevant and resonant for today’s Central Texans. We’ll also look critically at texts that—for better or worse—have become part of our modern psyche and forge a more inclusive definition of the theatrical canon.

To do this, we’ll be sharpening existing programs you already love while launching several new initiatives:

Plays & Musicals

Penfold in the Park

Holiday Radiocasts

New Play Commissions

Great Plays in Great Places


The aim of these programs is to impact…

Our City, by investing in Central Texas artists and creating community and dialogue around their work;

Our Sector, by consciously reimagining the classical repertoire for a modern, diverse, local audience; and

Ourselves, by telling transportive stories that rekindle a sense of shared humanity, empathy and hope.

Mission, Vision & Values


We offer the north Austin metro area intimate stories that speak to its unique character; nurture local professional theatre; promote empathy; and inspire hope.


We imagine a world that celebrates the humanity and uniqueness of every person.


We exercise high-level craft.
We make doors for all to enter.
We create with a vision for tomorrow.
We care for our artists and audiences.