7 Towers began in 2010 as a collaboration between an actor and a dramaturg (later turned director), both interested in the basic relationship between story, performer, and audience. Placing a particular emphasis on organic rehearsal processes and honest storytelling, we value fundamental methods of communication over flashy spectacle. We are committed to the use of research in the creative process, striving for the closest possible representation of life, emotion, and events. In this way, we utilize the spectrum of academic and practical approaches to performance, continually connecting text to human experience. In the rehearsal room, we value improvisation and intellect, allowing actors’ intuitive understanding of self and story to shape both process and product. We thrive on experimentation. Our fundamental vision is of a theatrical process that searches for precise and deep truth, deeper than what the average person, or even the average artist will accept as sufficient.
In August of 2013, 7 Towers under the Artistic Direction of Christina Gutierrez welcomed its first core acting company, consisting of company veterans Aaron Black, Suzanne Balling, Travis Bedard, David Boss, Sara Cormier, and Stephen Price. The company also welcomed Katy Billik Hogge as Resident Producer, and Ben Woods as Marketing Manger. In the summer of 2014, 7 Towers continued to expand by adding Sam Mercer to the core acting company, welcoming Amanda Gass as Resident Stage Manager, and Joe Stephenson as Resident Dramaturg.
7 Towers is a sponsored project of Austin Creative Alliance.
7 Towers is motivated by what Martha Graham describes as a “queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive.” We are dedicated to making theatre that challenges the status quo, both in content and in production style. We seek to produce both new and classic plays that ask exhaustive and probing questions about the society we live in and the function of art within it. We are not interested in asking questions we already know the answers to. We strive to simultaneously grant actors a greater degree of creative freedom in the rehearsal room and to make them more responsible for the product in production. We believe that exploring contemporary experience through direct, honest, and often irreverent storytelling can open live theatre to new and diverse audiences.