“The Rude Mechs take chances to create things that are different and to be invited to be part of their process is something that audiences should be lining up for.”- Broadway World
“The Rude Mechs perform with an ease and depth reflective of their 20-year history.” – The Village Voice


Since 1995, Rude Mechs has created a genre-averse slate of original theatrical productions peppered with 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 a tool for intellectual investigation. We tour these performances nationally and abroad; maintain Rude Studios, a suite of rooms that are home to artists of every discipline; house a scenic lending library; and run Off Center Teens, a year-round theatre camp for teens. The quality and innovation of the company’s theatrical productions have firmly established Rude Mechs as one of Austin’s most highly valued cultural assets

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. .

In 1999, Rude Mechs assumed the management of The Off Center, a performance warehouse in East Austin. The Off Center housed a flexible 100-seat theatre, the administrative offices of Rude Mechs, studios for visual artists, a rehearsal room, Austin Scenic Coop, and a scene shop, and The Off Shoot, a classroom dedicated to the work of Off Center Teens. In 2012, The University of Texas at Austin increased Rude Mechs’ rent by over 300%, and the company was forced to leave The Off Center at the end of that term, in May 2017. In June 2017, Rude Mechs acquired an 18-month lease on 5K sf of space and created Rude Studios: rehearsal rooms, crafting space, classroom, meeting, dance, admin and storage space for Austin artists.

Rude Mechs is an ensemble-based theatre company that operates with a full company of 33 members. We create original plays that we produce in Austin, TX. We have received over 180 local and national awards and nominations for our work. We’ve enjoyed four Off-Broadway premieres and toured to top national venues such as The Walker Arts Center (Minneapolis, MN), The Wexner Center (Columbus, OH), and Woolly Mammoth (Washington D.C.). We seek to participate in the international community of artists by contributing to festivals such Austria’s SommerSzene, the Galway Arts Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (winner Total Theatre Award for Best New Play by an Ensemble), the Kiasma Festival, the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, and the Under the Radar Festival in NYC. Our touring productions include “Field Guide”, “Not Every Mountain”, “The Cold Record”, “Replacement Tapes”, “Stop Hitting Yourself”, “Now Now Oh Now”, “The Method Gun”, “Get Your War On”, “How Late It Was, How Late”, “Cherrywood”, and “Lipstick Traces.” Our Off-Broadway productions include “Stop Hitting Yourself”, “The Method Gun”, “Get Your War On” and “Lipstick Traces.” Our production “The Method Gun” was selected for the 34th Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays.  Our emergence into this community was marked by a feature in The New York Times that identified Rude Mechs as one of three companies in the country “making theatre that matters.” We are deeply proud to represent Texas as a home for cutting-edge theatrical practice.


Not Every Mountain (premiere 2018)
Text by Kirk Lynn
Costume Design by Aaron Flynn
Lighting Design by Brian H Scott
Sound Design and Original Music by Peter Stopschinski
Set Design by Thomas Graves

This is one of Rude Mechs’ most beguiling performance ideas in a long time.
So – it’s like this. We will gather to build a mountain using pulleys, cranks, magnets and string. We will shift your sense of scale again and again with simple magic – fly over the mountains, relax in the hidden valleys.

Come enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience with original landscapes designed by Thomas Graves, original soundscapes and music by Peter Stopschinski. A meditative litany by Kirk Lynn. Leave your cell phones on, let us borrow a few of them to light the mountains, to play bird songs and thunder as the rain comes through, to record the clouds.

If you want a play about characters: stay away, this is not that play.

If you want a mellow meditation on change, permanence and our place in the natural world, please be our guests.

Not Every Mountain is the first episode in Perverse Results, our long-form experiment in episodic collaboration. Episode 2, Gragariart, a noise and music excavation of the Ikea catalogue by Lana Lesley & Peter Stopschinski, will be presented August 2017.

Stage: Blackbox
Capacity: TBD
Traveling Personnel: 12
Running time: 70 minutes – TBD
Language: English
Performance space: min. 9m x 9m
Freight: Minimal



July 7-15,2018 | Guthrie Theater | Development & Workshop Premiere