Performance & Events

Upcoming Performances & Events

Friends First, Sisters Second – May 20 – 22

Jump-Start Performance Co. presents a first glimpse of two independent plays that share themes of adoption and sisterhood, “Filling Blanks” by Lisa Suarez and “Sisters” by Sheila Sisler-Currie.

“Filling Blanks” by Lisa Suarez

Two adult sisters realize that their long-time resentment of each other stems from childhood misconceptions, but they become aware that fact-checking is now impossible since the ones with the answers are long gone.  The sisters attempt to fill in the blanks in their stories with sometimes comical, sometimes disturbing results and revelations.  Are some blanks just better left alone?  For “Filling Blanks,” Lisa Suarez used interviews and conversations with siblings to gather and document their experiences of being adopted or not knowing who their “real” dads are.  Featuring: Giomara Bazaldua and Lilla Bernal

“Sisters” by Sheila Sisler-Currie

Following the death of their father, three young sisters are abandoned at an adoption agency by their mother.  Each girl was adopted or in foster care from the late 60’s through the early 70”s.  The sisters recount contending with situations of extreme abuse and their struggles to remain strong through adversity and change.  Featuring: Pamela Dean-Kenny, Kim Corbin, Fran Sells and Sheila Sisler-Currie.

Sterling Houston Festival June 4 – 19, 2022

Le Griffon  June 17 -19 – Jump-Start Performance Co. will mount a revival of Sterling Houston’s Le Griffon. Based on Houston’s novella of the same title, Le Griffon is set in early 1800s New Orleans and reinterprets the classic tale of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein. A “creature” is created by white doctor, Francios Le Favorite using body parts from free and enslaved men of color. Steve Bailey, who directed the premiere of Le Griffon at Jump-Start Theatre in 2000, returns to San Antonio to direct and reimagine this feature production of the festival. Performances are at the Little Carver Theatre located at the Carver Community Cultural Center on June 17-19, 2022. Ticketing information and more detail available soon.

Past Performances & Events

Pop-Up Poetry Production April 2021

Visiting Guest Artist Dennis RedMoon Darkeem April 2020 (Bronx, NY)

Performance Party XXX6: Tradionally Untriditional Jan. 2021

Brunch of Champions Dec. 2020 

Allerseelen Nov. 2020

I’ll Remember For You Sept. 2020

8 x 8 Cabaret Du Jump en Noir Aug. 2020

Tejana Rasquacha July 2020 

She Wears Bells (INKubator June 2020)

Model Talks Mar. 2020

Jessica St. John: Memories of a Drag Queen (On & Off Fred. Rd. Studio Tour Feb. 2020) 

Performance Party 35 Jan. 2020

Tejana Atomica Oct 2019

Brunch of Champion Oct 2019

Connected by Teletextile (INKubator Sept. 2019)    

8 x 8 Cabaret Du Jump – August 2019

Gaylord’s Last Happy Hour by Chuck Squier – June 2019

Payasos on Parade – April 2019

Flatbed Teatro – Westside Walkout – March 2019

On & Off FREDericksburg Rd. – February 2019

Guest Artist: Judith Sloan (Queens, NY) – February 2019 

Semana de Sueños by Eraina Porras – January 2019

Performance Party 34 – January 2019

Tejana Rasquacha by Marisela Barrera – December 2018

Brunch of Champions – October 2018 


Family Endeavors – October 2018 – September 2019
Woodlawn Elementary – October 2018 – June 2019
Bonham Academy – October 2018 – July 2019
Guest Artist: Judith Sloan – February 2019

Community Series

THE COMMUNITY SERIES (work by guest artists in our theater) includes:
INKubator, in which we select a San Antonio artist or company to create and produce a new work

ON & OFF FRED, when we present the work of a visual and/or performance artist as part of a neighborhood studio tour and art walk

8 X 8 CABARET DU JUMP, eight 8-minute performances by guests and company in an 8-foot cube

A special GUEST ARTIST RESIDENCY that includes their performance and presentation of workshops for the company and community.

JUMP-START-AT-LARGE (performance that takes place anywhere but our theater) includes:

STILT-WALKERS AND PERFORMANCE ARTISTS OF JUMP-START who appear at Fiesta San Antonio parades and other surprise locations; and

FLATBED TEATRO, which brings a fresh show on a flatbed trailer to libraries, parking lots and fields around San Antonio.