Until 2013, we were long-term residents in a rented building in Inman Park, helping to contribute to the energy of the community, but we lost our theatre to a mixed-use development. The following two years became the finest in our history; we overcame the challenges of rebuilding by leveraging relationships across the community and developing an achievable plan of action. We partnered with another local theatre, 7 Stages, for temporary space. We ended up raising over a million dollars and procured a preferential bank loan. Then we secured our new “forever home,” a former church, in the Old Fourth Ward. We worked with experts who donated their time and services to develop a renovation design. We completed the project on time and on budget, opening our doors in December 2015. Our new “Forever Home” will allow us stay in our neighborhood as we help bring new energy to the area.
Most of the shows we produce are created entirely in-house by our resident artistic ensemble, and the work incubated here goes on to other theatres. While just about everyone in the artistic group at Dad’s is an improviser, the artists also write, direct, design, and perform in our scripted shows and write, perform, direct, and edit pieces for DGTV, our very own YouTube channel. We support the creation of new and experimental works that travel around the country and transform the careers of their creators. The individuals who make up our artistic rosters consistently work in film, television and theatre on the national level. You may have seen them in such critically acclaimed works as Archer, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Too Many Cooks, and the film Selma. Our team even travels the film festival circuit, and have been a Grand Jury Prize Winner at SXSW.
Through our High School Outreach Program, we are able to kick-start a love for theatre and improv at an early age. The program is provided free of charge to high schools in Metro Atlanta each year and culminates in a performance on our Main Stage. We build the skills of confidence, failure resiliency, and teamwork in a positive and uplifting environment. We are proud of the program, and happy to give class clowns throughout the metro area a renewed sense of purpose, but also thrilled to bring shy students out of their shell.
We put on performances 52 weeks a year and host special event performances throughout our calendar. When you add it all up, we produce over 400 shows a year. Our facility has a large mainstage with flexibility for an intimate 90 seat show or larger 210 seat performance. And we have our own bar and lobby for pre and post-parties as well as an intimate cabaret stage.
Through our dedication to nurturing artists in the beginnings of their careers, Dad's Garage has become a launch pad for creative success. Our performers, designers, and other creative professionals go on to become leaders in their fields, and work with other theaters across the world. By saying "Yes, and..." to emerging creative voices, we give them the support necessary to succeed in the arts.