Actual Lives
Actual Lives Austin - Disability Culture with a Texas Twang
Since August of 2000, Actual Lives Austin has been making theatre with a focus on the lived experience of disability. Now in its seventh year, Actual Lives continues to be Central Texas' own and only ensemble dedicated to crip theatre with attitude. Sponsored by VSA arts of Texas, Austin's award-winning Actual Lives Austin is a motley crew of disabled performers who make comic yet thoughtful theatre from the raw material of everyday life. Trying hard not to be inspirational, Actual Lives Austin pokes fun at things that are supposed to be serious, speaks publicly about things that are usually private, critiques popular culture, and generally tries to stir things up.
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VSA Texas challenges perceptions of how people contribute by creating an arts-inspired, inclusive community of individuals with diverse abilities. Our goal is to provide support and training to the public, enhance personal growth, and offer Texans access to the creative work of people with diverse abilities. We believe the arts enhance the confidence, skills, and quality of life for all people.

We offer specialized training for artists and educators, programming which supports educational achievement and career success, and events that feature the work of our artists. Recognizing that every person has a voice that deserves to be heard, VSA Texas partners with volunteers, community organizations, educators, and state and local governments to promote and facilitate people with and without disabilities working together to create inclusive and strong communities. More at

Founded in 2001 by Artistic Director Allison Orr, Forklift Danceworks actively engages wide and diverse communities through the creation of unique dance projects featuring all kinds of people. Using the movement that comes from daily life as the choreographic starting point while casting community members as the primary performers in these projects, Forklift aims to keep the community at the center of their art-making while presenting innovative and award-winning art projects to thousands of patrons.

Forklift’s ongoing community-based educational programs aim to serve people who may not have access to dance any other way. Focusing on programs for children from low-income backgrounds and adults with disabilities, Forklift’s educational programs have served over 5,000 people since their inception in 2001. Through the company’s unique style of community-based dance making, Forklift seeks to broaden access to contemporary dance, engage wide and diverse communities, and spark the creative spirit in everyone. More at

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