The DAC has been home to local, national and international performing artists since 1948. Bring your next film festival, dance recital, live concert of staged performance to our stage, or utilize our free creative space rehearsal rooms for your auditions, production meetings, workshops and rehearsals.
Austin artists – are you in need of a creative space? The City’s new Artist Access Program provides free or low-cost rental of space within the Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s Cultural Centers. Space can be used for rehearsals, performances, workshops, or to create smaller works of art. Applications are ranked by an impartial panel made up of professional, Austin-based artists using an established criteria. Rehearsal time is free, and performance space is rented at a reduced rate of $1 per ticket sold. Applicants are asked to provide a free educational program enhancement for the public. Apply today and learn more at austintexas.gov/artistaccess.
Click on the links below for more information about the theater and the no-cost Creative Space Rooms.
To reserve the DAC theater, you will need to download and complete a reservation request form and submit it either via email, mail or in person. All submitted requests will be time stamped and processed in the order they are received. Requests sent via mail will be processed by the date they are received. Approval of your reservation request will be determined based on the availability of the space and the Dougherty’s ability to accommodate your needs.
To reserve one of our two free creative space rooms you must download and complete a Creative Space Reservation Request Form, and submit it via email at DACInfo@austintexas.gov, or in person. If the facility is able to accommodate your request, a DAC representative will contact you via email and phone to confirm.
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.
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.