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What's in the works, or what's coming up:

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Life Update 2020

I wanted to let y'all know a few quick updates:

- The world is ending (as we all know already)!
- I've moved back to Texas with my partner, and now live in Rockwall, TX.
- We've recently gotten engaged, and adopted a dog & a kitten (bringing the total now to 6)!
- I've made great progress with the Bi Boi Bible, but decided that another one will make a much better first book. This one (If I'd Only Liked Sports) was published, and received a single rave review. (Thank you, babe!)
- My play YOUniverse was selected & performed as a part of the 'Fast & Furious Festival,' by Spokane's Stage Left Theater.

July 1st, 2020

Photo by: Austin Dowling

taken care

I wanted to let y'all know a few quick updates:

- I've been a part of the Newness Chicago for almost a full year now, and while I'm exhausted could not be prouder of the work I've done. I have:
- Performed three times now (with all new poems each time)
- I've crafted some really cool designs, and am working on the material for a (surprise!) Gala 
- take care was selected for & had its second public reading!!!! 

- I was commissioned to write a poem for the premiere of a film with Soft Cage Films!

Its been the first I've worked on it for awhile, and was glad to finally have new pages, and see some real glimpses of these characters I've been working on/with for so many years.

June 1st, 2019

Photo by: Kelsey Louthan


Life Update 2019

I wanted to let y'all know a few quick updates:

- I've been working a new role at Uber for the last 6 months.
- I've recently agreed to be the Social Media Manager/Tech Directer/Co-Producer of the Newness Chicago.
- I've decided to compile some of my poetry from the last 3 years into my first book (the working title is the Bi Boi Bible). 

- Got a date tonight - fingers crossed it goes well.

- ALSO I"VE SHAVED MY BEARD OFF (see!!). How does it look?

Jan 1st, 2019

Photo by: Austin Dowling

Windy City Poetry

I joined a friend for a Salon (curated mic night) to perform some of my poetry.

Admittedly, it was my first time performing in the city, but I've written two new poems (for the first time in awhile), and I honestly feel incredibly proud.

It was such a supporting environment, and I can't thank Kelsey, enough for their support. Hopefully opportunities like this continue!

July 23rd, 2018

Photo by: Austin Dowling

In the Works / Life Update 2018

While there's no real news to share, I wanted to let y'all know I'm still working. I have/I am:

- Finished Draft 5 of take care 
- Writing a new play, based around the experiences of growing up in Texas
- Been out for a full year, today.

Happy Pride, y'all. Being proud is progress.
But lets not forget that Pride was a revolution & riot, long before it was ever a parade. We've still got a way to go.

June 15th, 2018

Photo by: Austin Dowling

Windy City Dreamin'!

Following our dreams, two friends and I recently moved from the comforts of warm, central-TX all the way to the Windy City! Here we hope to continue creating and supporting the new play development process.

We're still getting settled, but I look forward to updating y'all on our adventures and productions.

More news (hopefully) coming soon!!

June 1st, 2017

Photo by: Hani Sadek

Heartland Theatre Company | Dust

Photo by: Austin Dowling

After returning to Austin, I accepted the role of Stage Management for Heartland Theatre Company's first production of Dust. The new company is founded by recent UT alumni & classmates, centering stories around women's experiences in central TX, starting with a powerful show about  the Dust Bowl. 
October 6th - 15th, 2016

After just a short run, the show received rave reviews:
“Dust is a courageous beginning to the self-proclaimed feminist theatre troupe’s first show . . . is a thoughtful, pain-filled, and poetic take on the hardships of the dust bowl and relationships during that time period.” 
– Catherine Dribb, CTX Live Theatre.
Read the full review here.

"The rest of the crew—dramaturg Francesca Hyzone, costume designer P.J. Kelly, set and lighting designer Oscar Franco, stage manager Austin Dowling, and assistant stage manager Joshua Sauseda—all deserve accolades for making the show work in such an unusual, and unlikely, venue."
- Andrew Friedenthal, American-Statesman freelance arts critic.
Read the full review here.

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The Orchard Project

I'm excited to announce that I have been accepted as a member of the Core Company at the Orchard Project. I will be spending the first month after graduation working with/under some incredibly talented artists creating exciting, fearless, and powerful new work in Saratoga Springs, NY!
May 31st - July 2nd, 2016

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Photo from The Orchard Project

Photo by Kirk Tucker

Alice & Wonderland

An immersive theatre experience for families - In this new adaptation of the classic story the audience is thrown down the rabbithole, in search of Alice, to help save Wonderland. Following guides, the immersive journey requires audiences to interact with, and help, the multitude of Lewis Carroll’s beloved characters. A new adaptation by Underbelly in partnership with ZACH's Theatre for Families.
Zach Scott Campus. 
Running March 5th - May 27, 2016

Reserve tickets here!

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Offbeat Duets - BLiPSWITCH

Recently, I performed in a niht of strange, powerful, & exciting duets in BLiPSWITCH's Off-beat Duets. The night featured many different combinations with/around dance - the one my partner, Katie Gunderson, and I created featured movement, missed connections, powerful/raw love letters, the universe, and you and me.   
May 12th, 2016

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Video by Mattias Marasigan

The Penny Festival

The Penny Festival is a new play festival created, and run, entirely by undergraduate Playwrights & Directors (a group called Playwriting II). The focus of the festival is to create a safe space for students to practice creating art and opportunities, entirely on their own. For playwrights, the festival mostly focuses on first drafts of work to ensure a place for reading, development, and feedback. For directors, the festival allows exposure to new work, the new play development process, and festival experience that is entirely theirs to craft. 

The pieces included plays by Josh Secor, Abigail Vela, and myself.

We are Nowhere and it's Now (now called take care.) premiered here.

UT Lab Theatre
March 10th, 2016

Photo by Devan Mays