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Organizational History and Description

Jump-Start Performance Co. has a history of continuous and vibrant artistic growth.

Since 1985, Jump-Start has created, produced or presented over 500 original performance works, reaching an audience of nearly one million people. Jump-Start’s audience and constituents are extremely diverse. A recent survey showed audiences to be comprised primarily of people of color and individuals of modest economic means. The company’s work, while nationally recognized, is firmly and proudly rooted in San Antonio and the richness of the city’s culture.

Productions include

On the Pulse of the Morning, the theatrical premiere of May Angelou’s inaugural poem, adapted by Jump-Start’s Artistic Director Sterling Houston; The House on Mango Street, an adaptation of a Sandra Cisneros novel; Memory’s Caretaker by Paul Bonin-Rodriguez, Santo Negro by Sterling Houston; Rosita’s Day of the Dead, a solo performance written by Rodrigo Duarte Clark for Ruby Nelda Perez; Habibi, an adaptation by Paul Bonin-Rodriguez of an award-winning novel by Naomi Shihab Nye; and Big, Bad and Beautiful, by Alicia Fernandez, a work written by, for and about women of size.

Guest Artists include

Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Peggy Shaw, Ntozake Shange, Robert Wilson, Astrid Hadad, Scott Turner Schofield, Robert Karimi, Denise Chavez, Karen Finley, Rodney Garza, Janie Sauceda, Raquel Araujo Madera, Leonard Cruz, Katherine Griffith, Tim Miller, and Adelina Anthony.

Collaborators include

San Antonio Dance Umbrella, San Antonio College, Palo Alto College, Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, The Classic Theatre of San Antonio, Carver Community Cultural Center, San Antonio Museum of Art, Blue Star Art Space, and Instituto Cultural de Mexico.

Jump-Start is proud of our community involvement and collaboration with other San Antonio artists and arts organizations. Because we provide a performance home for ethnically diverse artists and audiences, Jump-Start acts as a forum for cross-cultural dialogue and exchange.


Original Performance

Jump-Start Performance Co. produces three different artistic programs.

The Company Series

offers original productions developed by Jump-Start company members and presented in the organization’s theater.

The Community Series

brings visual artists, writers, dancers, and theater artists from our community into Jump-Start for exhibits, readings, works-in-progress and workshop productions.


includes company members and guest artists presenting original site-specific performances in venues throughout San Antonio.

Jump-Start also hosts Community Conversations using the Critical Response Process for works in progress and in rehearsal, as well as post-show audience talkbacks.



JUMP-START PLAYWORKS, an anthology of plays that premiered at Jump-Start, was published in 2004. The company was also featured in the book PERFORMING COMMUNITIES: GRASSROOTS ENSEMBLE THEATER, a survey of eight theaters from across the United States.



Jump-Start is located in The Green Building, just northwest of downtown San Antonio, Texas, in historic Uptown in the Beacon Hill neighborhood. Our home includes a 40-seat performance space, a gallery/lobby, and our company offices. Find us at 710 Fredericksburg Road at Ashby.

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