The Dougherty Arts Center (DAC) has been home to local, national and international performing artists since 1978. Bring your next film festival, dance recital, live concert of staged performance to our stage, or use our free creative space rehearsal rooms for your auditions, production meetings, workshops and rehearsals.
The DAC offers the following spaces for reservations:
- 150 seat theater with two dressing rooms for a hourly rental fee
- 2 450 sq. ft. community "creative spaces" free during business hours.
Rental Inquiries and Reservations
Theater rental requests for 2022 will begin being accepted on July 30, 2021 at 1pm CST.
- Download the 2022 Rental Request form to your device.
- Complete the document, save to your device and email it as an attachment to DACTheater@austintexas.gov
- To reserve a free creative space, complete the Creative Space Request Form. DAC staff will review the request and respond within 2-3 business days.
Lucy Miller-Downing, Theater and Event Coordinator
Frequently Asked Questions
- What kinds of events could I host in the theater?
The DAC theater is equipped for the purpose of a variety of different events. It is best suited for small staged theatrical performances, acoustic concerts, dance recitals, film screenings and lectures.
- Can I reserve space at the DAC for a personal event?
The DAC does not rent space for life, family or personal events such as weddings, birthdays, quinceañeras, family reunions and social gatherings. This allows more space availability for community organized events.
- Is the Julia C. Butridge Gallery part of the theater rental package?
No. The Julia C. Butridge Gallery is not included in the DAC theater rental agreement. The gallery is open to the public during regular business hours and cannot be reserved for private events. Renters will work with the Theater Coordinator to coordinate the concessions and box office set up in the gallery.
- I want to host an event and invite vendors to sell merchandise. Can I do that?
Theater clients are allowed 2 tables in the gallery adjacent to the entrance of the theater to sell concessions or merchandise with the appropriate permits. We do not have the ability to accommodate additional vendors in the theater, gallery or outdoor area.
- I would like to serve my guests and participants alcohol during my rental. Can I do that?
Renters planning to sell or serve alcohol to the public at the DAC will need to request so in writing to the theater coordinator and will be required to obtain general and liquor liability insurance, TABC permit for the sale of alcohol and a temporary food permit. More information can be located on the PARD Special Events website.
- Can I tour the facility?
Of course! However all tours and walkthroughs of the theater and creative spaces are by appointment only. Please email DACTheater@austintexas.gov to schedule a tour today
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