You may have noticed that we look a little familiar. Once upon a time we graced Austin's stages as the Austin Commedia Society. Since we went on hiatus, our Company Members have explored all sorts of other creative avenues, but Commedia is like a pizza pie – you can't help but come back for seconds. 

 
 

About Us

La Fenice's original incarnation, the Austin Commedia Society, was founded in 1999. During our four year run, we produced 13 original scenarios, were featured in John Rudlin and Olly Crick's Commedia dell'Arte: A Handbook for Troupes, and hosted an international Commedia dell'Arte Festival in 2001 with participants from both American coasts, Italy and England.

 

After a brief haitus as company members pursued graduate degrees, started families and wandered the American countryside, we re-organized under our own 501(c)(3) in 2009. Since then, we have produced one original work annually, toured our performances to West Texas and area schools, organized another international festival in 2011 (with participants from Italy, Hungary, Australia, England and the USA), and established bi-monthly international dialogues on challenges faced by modern Commedia dell'Arte performers. Our members have been published in international publications on Commedia dell'Arte, and have taught innumerable workshops to youth and professional performers.

 

Our organization is managed exclusively by its members, and governed by a board of directors selected by the membership in a raucous annual meeting. 

 

Our current Leadership is as follows:

 

President: Adam Rodriguez  

Vice President: Aaron Johnson

Secretary: Genevieve Kinney

Treasurer: Kate Meehan

 

Artistic Director: Aaron Johnson

Managing Director: Kate Meehan

 

Company Members

Our membership is a sweet combination of lots of training, sweat equity and a willingness to look like fools onstage.  We include actors, dancers, stand up comics, and musicians, and we're pretty passionate about participating in and contributing to the international Commedia dell'Arte Community.

Company Members at Large

We are part of an international community of people. Our members at large are folks near and far with whom we collaborate, swap ideas and scheme.

 

Performance History

as La Fenice

(All performances in Austin, Texas unless noted otherwise.)

 

2019: Who Framed Roger Replicant? (Butterfly Bar, La Kiva - Terlingua, TX - B. Iden Payne Award Winner: Lead Actor in a Comedy, Nominee: Production of a Comedy, Featured Actor in a Comedy, Fight Choreography, Live Music Performance)

2018: Cthulhu Beach Party (Butterfly Bar - B. Iden Payne Award Winner: Lead Actor in a Comedy, Nominee: Production of a Comedy, Cast Performance - Scripted Theatre)

La Fenice's Holiday Spectacular! Spectacular! (The Hideout) 

2017: Death Race: Inferno (Butterfly Bar, Coldtowne, La Kiva, Terlingua, Texas - B. Iden Payne Award Winner: Lead Actor in a Comedy, Nominee: Featured Actor, Fight Choreography, Properties Design)

2016: Siege of the Dark Nebula (Butterfly Bar, Cinnabar Theatre, Terlingua, Texas - B. Iden Payne Award Winner: Lead Actress in a Comedy, Nominee: Production of a Comedy, Lead Actor in a Comedy, Original Script)

2015: Lure of the Maiden's Chest (Butterfly Bar, Cinnabar Theatre, Terlingua, Texas - B. Iden Payne Award Nominee: Production of a Comedy, Featured Actress in a Comedy, Fight Choreography, Original Script, Cast Performance)

2015:  Kill the Messenger (Butterfly Bar, Flat Rock Theatre - Lajitas, Texas, Starlight Lounge - Terlingua, Texas)

2014:  Kill the Messenger (Butterfly Bar)

2013:  For Whom the Dong Tolls (Padres - Marfa, Texas, Flat Rock Theatre - Lajitas, Texas, Starlight Lounge - Terlingua, Texas, Spiderhouse, Butterfly Bar)

2012:  Sparrow of Roma (Austin Backyards, La Kiva - Terlingua, TX, Flat Rock Theatre - Lajitas, TX)

2012:  Sloop of the Damned (Whip In, Starlight Lounge - Terlingua, TX, Swan Dive)

2011:  Sparrow of Roma (Opal Divine's, Texas State University)

2011:  Suitors and Tutors (Flat Rock Theatre - Lajitas, Texas, Sul Ross University - Alpine, Texas, Behind the Chili Cookoff Site Theatre - Terlingua, Texas, Texas State University)

2010:  Suitors and Tutors (Club DeVille, Ruta Maya, Flipnotics - B. Iden Payne Award Nominee: Original Script)

as The Austin Commedia Society

​2003:  Zombies!  A Musical (Ruby's Barbeque)

2003:  Pantelone's War (Mother Egan's, Club Deville, Behind the Chili Cook-off Site Theatre - Terlingua, Texas, Fiddler's Hearth - South Bend, Indiana)

2002:  Rumplestiltskin's Angels (Taste of Italy Festival, Mother Egan's)

2002:  The Family Jewels:  A Tragedy (Republic Square, Mother Egan's, Marfa Theatre - Marfa, Texas, Starlight Lounge, Terlingua, Texas)

2002:  The Amazing Dr. Sly McCann's Fantastical Traveling Medicine Show (Republic Square, Starlight Lounge, Terlingua, Texas)

2001:  Isosceles Love Triangle (Commedia dell'Austin Festival, Taste of Italy Festival, Austin Critics Table Award Nominee)

2001:  Tourist Trap (Commedia dell'Austin Festival)

2001:  Arlecchino's Magic Piccolo (Zach Scott)

2001:  Kingmakers Anonymous (Ruta Maya)

2001:  Tourist Trap (Playfest)

2001:  The Many Loves of Columbina (Frontera Long Fringe Festival, Ruta Maya)

2000:  The Servant Who Stole the Nightmare Before Christmas (Austin Children's Museum)

2000:  And So the Ship Flies (MOM Fest)

2000:  Pedrolino's Friends (Zach Scott)

2000:  The Many Loves of Columbina (Club DeVille)

2000:  Tragic Lovers (Club Deville)

2000:  Dungerella (Austin Children's Museum, Community Little Theatre - Roswell, New Mexico)

2000:  One to the Right (Frontera Long Fringe Festival)

1999:  And So the Ship Flies (Movements Gallery)

1999:  Tourist Trap (Austin Children's Museum, MOM Fest)

1999:  Isosceles Love Triangle (Club Deville, MOM Fest)​

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