Do what you love, and don't ask questions.
The Back Pack has been together performing silly non-spoken sketch comedy shows on stage since their days at The University of Montana, starting in 2008. The B. Iden Payne and Frontera Fest Best of Fest Winners offer quarterly shows of old, new, and workshopping pieces. They currently work and perform in The Back Pack Co-Lab in East Austin. The Back Pack is comprised of Pete Betcher, Katie Kohler, Justin Morley, and Jeremiah Rosenberger.
The Back Pack Artist Collective is located in East Austin. We are home to The Back Pack Shoppe and Theatre Troupe, as well as several artists, musicians, improvisors, and teachers. The warehouse serves as a workshop and rehearsal space as well as a gallery for artists in the area to work at an affordable rate. The goal is to build a community of collaborators working in the same space to discover things they couldn't have alone.
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Q: "I saw a show at The Back Pack, is this a theatre?"
A: Kind of! The Back Pack is a multi-use creation space where theatre can certainly happen, although it's not your typical black box theatre.
Q: "Do you rent out your space for rehearsals/auditions?"
A: Heck yeah, we do! Rental for rehearsal space starts at $25 per hour. Keep in mind that our artists may be using their cubicles at any time you're in there.
Q: "What about performances?"
A: This is a case by case deal. We aren't a traditional theatre, so you'll have to work with what we've got. We do have forty chairs, some lights, a PA system, but no light or sound board (currently). If the space is right for your performance, rental rates are determined by the specific requirements of the production.
Q: "I want to do like a mini performance/reading/workshop kind of thing, does that count as a "performance"?
A: This is also case by case and depends on how much you need from us. If it's minimal enough, that $25/hr rate is probably what your'e looking at.
Q: "Can I teach my ____ class there?"
A: Yes, please! Rental is the same as listed above. Contact The Back Pack for booking possibilities.
Q: "Are there shows and events I can go to?"
A: Always! Check out our calendar as well as Facebook and Instagram to be in the know about all our upcoming events and endeavors!