Wail opens October 31 


What makes a great tragedy? High hopes? Hard luck? Harrowing, inevitable fate? Gale Theatre Co. set out to explore the secrets of tragedy and, along the way, made a play about it. Part hero’s journey and part never ending stair case,Wail asks the question, how do we bare our humanity—humanely?

When a young woman arrives in an unfamiliar and strange town, she can’t remember where she came from or how she got there. Time passes, seasons change, and she assumes a new life. As she learns more about the outside world, she also slowly discovers the horrors of her past. 

When: October 31- November 15, Thursday- Sunday, 8pm
Where: The VORTEX, 2307 Manor Rd. Free Parking. Bus Route.
Tickets: Available at http://wail.bpt.me/ or 512-478-5282

be a part of our next show

Gale Theatre Company’s next show is debuting at the VORTEX (Manor Rd, Austin) in November 2014. We’re seeking actors, stage managers, writers, producers, and production assistants to help make our newest devised piece happen. Experience with devising, physical theatre, or dance a plus but not necessary. 

What does devised theatre mean? We will begin our process with a set of ideas, images, prompts, training methods, but with no script. As a team, we will train together and build the show from scratch. This means that everyone involved needs to see themselves not only as a performer but as a creator and collaborator.

Gale Theatre Company is an Austin based theatre company. Gale is dedicated to training artists, ensemble driven performance, international collaboration, and increased access to the arts through education. Gale’s work aims to be physically daring, visually arresting, emotionally accessible, and fueled by passionate ongoing curiosities.

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AUSTIN STOMPS: A one day physical theatre intensive

Want to move? Want to learn how to create innovative and daring performance? Want to have an inspirational day with other like minded artists? Join us for AUSTIN STOMPS. A one-day intensive covering the Suzuki Method and Anne Bogart’s Viewpoints. February 15, 10am-6pm, Austin. Be there!

A one-day intensive in the Suzuki Method of Acting and Viewpoints
In partnership with Gale Theatre Company

When: Saturday, February 15; 10am – 6pm

Where: In a private studio in Travis Heights, Austin 

What: The physical theatre strategies of Suzuki Actor Training and Viewpoints as developed by Anne Bogart and the SITI Company 

Who: Ideal for actors, dancers, performance artists, movement artists, physical theatre performers, directors, and drama/dance students

Cost: $70-$250 Sliding scale; $60 early-bird special if registered by Feb 1. Please register by February 10. Registration is first-come first-registered.

Instructors: Katherine Wilkinson Gale Theatre Company) and kt shorb (Generic Ensemble Company) 

To Register: Email kt shorb: ktshorb@gmail.com

Suzuki Method
The Suzuki method was developed by acclaimed director Tadashi Suzuki and the Suzuki Company of Toga. The training method works to build awareness of the human body - especially its core center with a focus on breath control, concentration and footwork in an effort to heighten the actor’s natural expressiveness and emotional and physical commitment to the theatre. The physicality and discipline of the method is inspired by Japanese and Greek theatre, ballet and martial arts.

The Viewpoints is an improvisational technique largely inspired by post-modern dance and was initially developed by choreographer Mary Overlie. Her approach - the Six Viewpoints - breaks down the two dominant issues performers deal with - time and space - into six categories. Artistic Director Anne Bogart and SITI Company have expanded and adapted this approach for actors. The Viewpoints maximizes the intuitive chemistry and spontaneity within a group of actors to quickly generate bold, theatrical work. Emphasis on flexibility, articulation, and strength in movement and makes ensemble playing really possible.

Katherine Wilkinson is Producing Artistic Director for the Gale Theatre Company. She has trained in the Suzuki Method and Viewpoints with the SITI Company and Zen Zen Zo. She was a Senior Teacher of Physical Acting at Zen Zen Zo from 2011-13.

kt shorb is the Producing Artistic Director for the award-winning Generic Ensemble Company. She has trained in the Suzuki Method and Viewpoints with the SITI Company and Zen Zen Zo.

This workshop and the work of the Generic Ensemble Company is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts 

Experience Gale Theatre Co this week on TV, in print, and on the radio

Hello Friends,

If you don’t live in Austin but still want to experience some Gale theatre, now is your chance! This week, you can watch us on “TV”, read about us, or listen to us on the radio! 



 This Saturday, 8pm Central US time, you can live stream our production of W.K. onHowlRoundTV. Everything will be happening in real time and the show is just an hour long.

 When you are ready to watch the show tomorrow, just click HERE or go to http://www.livestream.com/newplay/ and you will be taken to the stream.



We are now in our 2nd week of shows at the Vortex and things are going really well. We’ve already gotten our first great review, see HERE.

Just a few highlights from the review by Michael Meigs at AustinLiveTheatre:

"I found both [Florence and W.K.] riveting, full of energy, movement and strong conflict. Gale’s devised theatre takes place along the dim boundaries between ballet, improv and scripted narrative theatre. That makes them exciting and often unpredictable. "

"Chapin and Alexander become architypical Young Woman and Young Man, gymnastic-balletic Adam and Eve, as they mime, dance, declaim and deliver over the course of just under an hour the story of encounter, courtship, intimacy and dilemmas of commitment. Their energy is fabulous and the choreography of movement is — well, let’s use that current cliché in its original sense — awesome. These assured, lithe performers have devised images and tableaux that burn themselves into your memory…"



You can also listen to our Artistic Director and Dramaturg talk about Gale Theatre and W.K. on "Off Stage and On The Air", a local Austin radio show. Click here to stream. If you want to move right ahead to Gale’s interview, jump forward to 43:00 minutes. 



If you are in the Austin,TX area, we hope you will join us at the Vortex this and next week for W.K. We run Jan 24-27, 8pm & Jan 30-Feb 1, 8pm.

 Buy tickets here

Also, please introduce yourselves to our team!


We hope that you will take advantage of one of these Gale experiences this week. Thank you for your ongoing support and interest in our work. 

love and thanks,

Gale Theatre