About Dat


As a non-profit organization, Deaf Austin Theatre’s purpose is to enrich, inspire, educate, create and entertain the Austin community by using American Sign Language (ASL) within all of our theatrical productions that range from classics to new works. We strive to impact our community, our audience members, and to create an accessible stage for all future artists.  

Our Mission

Deaf Austin Theatre creates memorable theatrical experiences through American Sign Language that enrich and mesmerize the Austin community.

Our Vision

Deaf Austin Theatre strives to create a world where theatre is accessible to everyone.

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Core Values


Artistic Excellence

We come together to create an atmosphere that empowers artists to do their finest work. 

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

We firmly believe embracing diversity is the key to keep our work relevant and vital. Everyone’s voice (signs) will be seen and valued. 


We strive to build partnerships to support our industry, our artists, our audiences, and our communities.


We believe that theatre should be accessible to everyone, regardless of your disability and/or ability.


Racial Equity Statement


Deaf Austin Theatre is committed to anti-racism work and fighting against the systemic racism within our country and industry. We strive to maintain a safe, inclusive, equitable home for Deaf artists of all races, ethnicities and backgrounds where everyone is seen and all voices are heard. 

We acknowledge that this work is an on-going process. Our commitment includes these steps:

  • Diversifying our board of directors to build a more diverse leadership team.
  • Listening, acknowledging, learning, and talking about the important and difficult discussions regarding racism and anti-racism work. 
  • Developing opportunities for more representation and spotlight on Black, Indigenous, People of Color within the Deaf community. 
  • Ensuring that every production is inclusive and equitable for all Deaf artists.


    Community Partners

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    DAT & GFT are excited to announce our upcoming production of The Last Five Years!
    All productions are pay what you can and all performances will be in ASL and English.
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    Check out DAT’s Production Manager, @sandy21mae!!!


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