Company Overview / History
Our Mission: Dad's Garage engages, cultivates and inspires artists and audiences alike by producing innovative, scripted and improvised works that are recognized locally, nationally and internationally for being undeniably awesome.
Founded in 1995, Dad's Garage Theatre has grown from a small volunteer led organization to a thriving mid-size theatre led by professional artistic and administrative staff. The family at Dad's has continued to grow along with us including over 300 volunteers and performers. Despite losing our home to a new development in 2013, we still entertain roughly 30,000 people each year at our temporary home (7 Stages Theatre) in Atlanta,, at public events across the continent, and at festivals across the globe. Dad's gives a new definition to the phrase "original work" with innovative world premiere plays created by the Dad's Garage family like the upcoming King of Pops: The Musical! an original work written by ensemble member, Mike Schatz.
In addition to our outrageous original scripted productions, Dad's Garage produces improv shows year-round. You can always be sure we've got something awesome running every single weekend. We perform traditional and original improv formats including the improvised soap opera Scandal!, TheatreSports (we're the only officially sanctioned team in the Southeast), and our Japanese-style game show Samurai Davis Jr. and Dim Sum's Super Mega Happy Fun Time Improv Show!
Our work has been recognized and supported by the Atlanta Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Trust, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group, Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund and The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta. By creating a supportive environment for an artistic, technical, and administrative ensemble, we are able to elevate the awareness of the Atlanta community to original theatrical works and the creative outlets found through improvisation. This leads to the production of more than 350 performances a year for our audiences, and the training of new improvisers in our High School Outreach Program, as well as onsite classes and workshops for the general public. Now a fixture in the Atlanta arts scene, Dad's Garage has won Best Theatre and Best Improv Troupe in Creative Loafing for 10 years, as well as similar awards in almost every major publication in the city.
You can find more info about our history (and add to it if you know it) on Wikipedia.