Rude Mechs

Since 1995, Rude Mechs has created a genre-averse slate of original theatrical productions peppered with big ideas, cheap laughs, and dizzying spectacle. What these works hold in common are the use of play to make performance, the use of theaters as meeting places for audiences and artists, and the use of humor as a tool for intellectual investigation. We tour these performances nationally and abroad; maintain Rude Studios, a suite of rooms that are home to artists of every discipline; house a scenic lending library; and run Off Center Teens, a year-round theatre camp for teens. The quality and innovation of the company’s theatrical productions have firmly established Rude Mechs as one of Austin’s most highly valued cultural assets

Rude Mechs is an ensemble-based theatre collective from Austin, TX, committed to:

  • Creating original, live performance for the new canon;


  • Serving as cultural ambassadors for our home city and state as we tour nationally and internationally;

  • Mentoring emerging theatre artists;

  • Articulating the practice of collaborative creation and advocating for devised work in the field;

  • Sharing material resources with the community;

  • Providing free or low-cost work space for artists of all disciplines;

  • Keeping our productions and programs affordable;

  • Engaging the audience as collaborators in our art-making process; and

  • Fostering confidence and creativity in young people through the power of performance.