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Austin Secrets

“An honest, wonderful night of theatre.”
The Austin Chronicle

“An honest, wonderful night of theatre.”
The Austin Chronicle

This show is about you.
Your stories. Your fears. Your triumphs. Your failures.
Your secrets.

Back by popular demand! Now in its 9th Season – Austin Secrets is BACK for 6 performances only.

“An honest, wonderful night of theatre.” – The Austin Chronicle

In every show we use live improvisation to explore secrets anonymously submitted by you and other Austinites. Serious secrets will be treated with proper respect, and more lighthearted secrets will be treated with wit, humor, and even a bit of satire, so expect a mix of comedy, some drama, and everything in between.

Austin Secrets was inspired by projects like PostSecret, Mortified, Found Magazine, StoryCorps, and This American Life, all of which take our lives and reflect them back to us humorously and sincerely.


Are these just secrets about Austin?

Not at all! This show has secrets *submitted* by Austinites as well as people from all over the globe! (We just call it Austin Secrets because we’re based in Austin). In fact, we can’t promise that anything about Austin will be in this show. It is improv, after all.

What is the age-range?

All of our shows skew PG-13, and our theater is all-ages (no one is denied entry based on age). That said, this is a show with more mature subject matter best enjoyed by patrons 14 and up.

Read the review of Austin Secrets in The Austin Chronicle >>

“The audience reacts to the secrets as much as it reacts to the improv, and the show’s construct actively tries to share revelations and reactions between the cast and the crowd. […] Austin Secrets respects its source material and creates an honest, wonderful night of theatre.”

Read the interview in The Austinist >>

“With improv, you get comedy almost for free, and it’s super easy to go to wacky, insane places. But to create tension, tears, and shock… that’s where things get really interesting for me.”

Read Kareem’s thoughts on what makes Austin Secrets tick >>

I’ve been trying to figure out what about this show in particular allows that kind of energy, and I think I’ve figured it out: Subtext. All good theatre–good fiction in general–has subtext. The meaning under and behind the literal dialog that characters say tell the real story.

Read the Chronicle’s interview with Roy Janik and the cast of Austin Secrets >>

“Feeling an audience hold their breath and come along with you into a quiet, painful place is this thrilling, delicate thing that we’re just beginning to cultivate.”

The 2022 cast is:


Cass Gutierrez (Harriet & Adanna Save Capitol High)

Chuy Zarate (The Big Bash, Pizzarati )

Courtney Hopkin (The Big Bash, I’ll Take the Physical Challenge)

Elizabeth Bradshaw (Small Town Girl, The Untitled Avant-Garde Theater Project with a Really Long Title)

J. R. Zambrano ( Savage Swords, Death by Musical)

Jessica von Schramm (Minority Report, Fiasco)

Jordan T. Maxwell (Indigo Shift, How I Saved the World Over Summer Vacation)

Kaci Beeler (Parallelogramophonograph, The Amazon & The Milksop, American Berserk Theater)

Lisa Jackson (Dance Dreams, Echo Lake)

Mark Gerchak (Mischief Managed)

Regina Soto (Red Handed, Hardish Bodies)

Tyler Groce (BOOM Chicago)

Directed by: Roy Janik (Hideout Artistic Director)

Technical Improvisers: Steven Rutkowski & Kenzie Slottow

Soundtrack: Kaci Beeler

Scenic and Visual Design: Kaci Beeler

We need your secrets for the show! Share anything at all, so long as it is something you’ve never told anyone at all.

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