Artist Projects

Rude Mechs

Performing Arts, 2006



Rude Mechs

Since 1995, Rude Mechs has created a mercurial slate of original theatrical productions that represent a genre-defying cocktail of 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 tool for intellectual investigation. We tour these performances nationally and abroad; maintain The Off Center, a performance venue in Austin for arts groups of every discipline; present nationally recognized artists; and run Grrl Action, a year-round arts mentoring program for teenage girls. As we create new works for adventurous theatre-goers, we seek to demystify the art-making process, and we work hard to foster real communication with and responsiveness to our patrons by holding workshops, talkbacks, and open rehearsals along the way. We remain adamant that we will not make work we ourselves could not afford to go see and continue to offer sliding scale and pay-what-you--can nights to keep our work accessible to all, regardless of economic status. The current staff of Rude Mechs includes Made Darlington, Thomas Graves, Lana Lesley and Shawn Sides.


http://www.rudemechs.com




INDIVIDUAL COLLABORATOR BIOGRAPHIES

Lana Lesley

Lana Lesley is a Founder and Co-Producing Artistic Director for Rude Mechs. Lana has co-created, produced, and/or performed in over thirty original Rude Mechs productions, including, most recently, ...
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Madge Darlington

Madge Darlington is a Founder and Co-Producing Artistic Director of Rude Mechs. In the collaborative spirit of the Rudes, Madge has worked on almost every show the Rudes have made. Most recently ...
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Kirk Lynn

Kirk Lynn is a Founder and Co-Producing Artistic Director of Rude Mechs. He is head of the Playwriting and Directing Program at the University of Texas at Austin. His new play, Your ...
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Shawn Sides

Shawn Sides has been a performer, director and producer in Austin, TX and occasionally New York for 20 years. She’s a founder and a Co-Producing Artistic Director of Rude Mechs in Austin, TX where ...
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