Our Mission: Dad’s Garage transforms people, communities, and perspectives through laughter.
Founded in 1995, Dad's Garage is an award-winning non-profit theater company that brings in over 30,000 people a year at our new Ezzard Street home in Atlanta's historic Old Fourth Ward, public events across the continent, and festivals around the globe. Each season features original plays and world premieres created by our performers; this creates the backbone of our programming. Dad's Garage serves a younger demographic not typically served by traditional arts organizations. We introduce them to other arts organizations—such as The Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Opera, and Atlanta Ballet—through strategic programming collaborations. We have established ourselves as a “Gateway Drug to the Arts” and are dedicated to building a new generation of arts consumers.
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 theaters. 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 theater 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 won awards at some very fancy film festivals
Through our High School Outreach Program, we are able to kick-start a love for theater 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.