Since 1995, Rude Mechs has created a mercurial slate of 23 theatrical productions that represent a genre-defying cocktail of big ideas, cheap laughs, and dizzying spectacle. What these works hold in common is 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. The company tours these performances nationally and abroad; maintains The Off Center, a performance venue in Austin for arts groups of every discipline; and operates a year-round arts mentoring program for teenage girls.

Selected Press

The Rude Mechs’ “The Method Gun” at DTW, Jeremy M. Barker, Culturebot, March 3, 2011.
Many Methods to Collaborative Madness, Joan Anderman, The New York Times, February 22, 2011.

Selected Video


The Method Gun @ Humana Festival
from Rude Mechs on Vimeo.