Performance & Events

Upcoming Performances & Events

CITY ON THE RISE by Francisco H. Cortés – Sept. 17 – 25


Jump-Start’s contribution to FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA 2021 SAFOTO is CITY ON THE RISE.  Photographer Francisco H. Cortés offers an ethnographic look at the residents of the Cassiano Homes on San Antonio’s Westside and their connection and access to art.  The exhibit will be at  Jump-Start Theater, 710 Fredericksburg Road, San Antonio, Texas 78201.  CITY ON THE RISE opens with a reception Friday, September 17, 6:00 – 10:00 PM and will be on view September 20 – 24, 1:00 to 4:00 PM.  A closing reception will take place Saturday, September 25, 6:00 – 10:00 PM.  Please note: Temperatures will be checked at the door and masks are highly encouraged for all attendees.  For more information, call 210-227-JUMP.

Recently, the majority of attention on public housing in San Antonio has focused on the planned demolition of the Alazán-Apache Courts, an acknowledged center of cultura, constructed beginning in 1939. Recognizing that, Cortés noted that the Cassiano Homes, built in 1953, now faces the same fate. While Cassiano is widely known for its many historic and vibrant murals, most residents have limited access to arts education and the benefits it provides. As a community that is often associated with a negative narrative and whose homes will be lost, their stories must be preserved. Who makes the community of Cassiano Homes? 

Francisco Cortés was born on the border between the rural states of Oaxaca and Veracruz in southern México. After migrating to Texas at an early age, Francisco called the Southside of San Antonio his home before leaving to pursue Chicano Studies and photojournalism at the University of Texas at Austin. A San Antonio resident again, he is known for his photojournalistic storytelling, ranging from pensive moments, to civil unrest, to the experiences of immigrants in their alternating contexts. With film photography and darkroom printing techniques as his foundation, Cortés addresses his images with a minimalist approach, accentuating rather than manipulating truths. He instructs young people of color in photography through Detrás del Lente and The Light Catchers Society.  See for more information.


Jump-Start Performance Co. is bringing back MinuVistas. MinuVistas 2 will feature original one-minute videos with the theme “The Good, The Bad and The Virus”.

Jump-Start company member Lisa Suarez launched the first installment this past June. The interest and excitement expressed by the participating artists and those who hoped for another opportunity has paved the way for MinuVistas 2.  Lisa sees this as a way to open Jump-Start’s stage, albeit virtually, to not just our close artistic friends, communities and collaborators, but beyond.

Virtual Presentation: Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 7:30 P.M. (CDT).  MinuVistas 2: “The Good, The Bad and The Virus” will be presented via Zoom. Admission is at the audience member’s discretion to “choose-what-you-pay”: $0, $5, $10, $15 or $20.  A Zoom link and password will be emailed after the purchase is complete.

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.