Off Center

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 a flexible performance space that is affordable to 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 Off Center Teens 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 Off Center Teens.

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!


In 2008Studio 512 fearlessly jumped into donating the design of The Off Shoot – a rehearsal space and classroom dedicated to the participants of Off Center Teens (then, Grrl Action).

The renovation of The Off Shoot is also sponsored in part by generous individual gifts, and corporate and private foundation grant awards from:

The Laos House – Center for Personal Learning made a very generous gift in honor of Robert Bryant, founder/director; and in memory of Charles Smith, chef/philosopher/long time resident of East Austin.

Carrie Kenny and Sarah Sloan of Austin, Texas, generously contributed a gift that will honor Carrie’s father, John F. Kenny of Washington, DC. The gift supported the creation of a writing studio in the newly renovated Off Shoot.

The John F. Kenny Writing Studio is a place for the participants of Off Center Teens to write privately about their passions and dreams. It is also be a space that allows for the participants to meet with their artistic mentors who guide them as they conceive and create long-term artistic projects.

* The Meadows Foundation
* Impact Austin
* Austin Community Foundation
* Dollar General Corporation