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THE OFF CENTER

a performance warehouse managed

by Rude Mechs since 1999

2211-A Hidalgo

Austin, TX 78702

The Off Center is a multi-arts warehouse space that has been managed by RUDE MECHS since 1999. As a theatre collective, we are dedicated to creating a community center for artists of all disciplines, and an affordable, flexible performance space that is affordable for all artists and their patrons.

Approximately 15,000 people move through our doors each year. By keeping our rental rates low, and often giving the space away for free, we subsidize the work that goes on in The Off Center to the tune of about $15,000 to $20,000 per year.

The Off Center warehouse complex comprises:

A medium-sized flexible performance space 55' x 38' (maximum of 93 seats)

3 studios for visual artists

Rude Mechs administrative offices

The Scenic Coop - a lending library of scenic and properties materials available to the community for free

The Scene Shop - available to arts groups at a very cheap rental rate

The Off Shoot  - a classroom for Grrl Action and rehearsal space for Rude Mechs.

Rude Mechs has operated The Off Center since 1999. In 2008, we undertook a major renovation to create The Off Shoot, a 1400 sf space dedicated to the participants of Grrl Action. For information about the renovation project, click here.


Support for The Off Center provided by:

The Off Center yard was landscaped and is maintained by the generosity of Touch O' Green Landscapes. They make our grounds beautiful and we love them for it. We hope that you will contact them for any of your landscaping needs.

The Off Center building paint design was generously donated by Redstart Design Studios . Not only did they design it, but they created the templates and dug in with us to paint it. We are incredibly lucky to have them as friends. Again - they are fancy, so if you need something extraordinary done to the inside or outside of your place, contact them!

And then there is Studio 512. They fearlessly jumped into donating the design of The Off Shoot - our Grrl Action room. The project is nearly complete. Come by anytime to check it out!


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