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What we believe



Penfold Theatre offers the north Austin metro area intimate stories that speak to its unique character, nurture local professional theatre, promote empathy, and inspire hope.



We imagine a world that celebrates the humanity and uniqueness of every person.


Core Values

We exercise high-level craft.

We make doors for all to enter.

We create with a vision for tomorrow.

We care for our artists and audiences.



Who we are




Ryan CrowderRyan Crowder

Producing Artistic Director  |  ryan@penfoldtheatre.org


Ryan Crowder is a co-founder of Penfold, as well as an actor and director. Acting and directing credits include shows with Penfold, Hidden Room Theatre, Austin Shakespeare, Austin Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre and the Monomoy Theatre on Cape Cod. For his work onstage, Ryan has received the Austin Critics Table and B. Iden Payne Awards. He holds an MFA from the Professional Actor Training Program at Ohio University, a BFA from Abilene Christian University and a certificate from the Denver Center of the Performing Arts.


Nathan Jerkins

Associate Artistic Director  |  nathan@penfoldtheatre.org


Nathan is also a co-founder of Penfold, as well as an actor, director and author. Before moving to Austin, Nathan was a founding member of the Itinerate Theatre Company, which served the Abilene and Dallas areas. Now, besides acting and directing regularly for Penfold, Nathan appears on many Austin stages - including Hidden Room Theatre, Austin Shakespeare, City Theatre and others - for which he has received multiple awards and honors. Nathan has also authored several live radio scripts, one of which is currently produced around the country. He holds a BFA from Abilene Christian University.


Gabriella Fultz

Patron Services Manager  |  gabie@penfoldtheatre.org


Gabie joined Penfold shortly after moving to Austin in 2013, serving under then Managing Director Zena Vaughn. Since that time, she has overseen patron services for over twenty mainstage productions and special events at Penfold. She has also provides front of house management for Austin Scottish Rite Theatre and Paladin Theatre Company. Gabie graduated from Abilene Christian University with a BFA in Theatre and an emphasis in stage management.



Board of Directors

Penny Billingsley Nathan Jerkins
Rob Brown Chrishaun Keller-Hanna
Molly Bucy Amy Minor
Ryan Crowder Edna Rehbein
Cathie Fincannon Randy Robinson
Kathy Frederick Brett Weaver


Penfold's History


Penfold was founded in June 2007 by Ryan Crowder, Nathan Jerkins and Sean Martin. The trio set out on a road trip across the central United States and brought home a vision for professional theatre in north Travis and Williamson counties. Upon return, they assembled a National Advisory Board, consisting of prominent theatre leaders from across the country. With their help, Penfold underwent an extensive period of planning and development, from which it emerged in the spring of 2008.


In its first eleven seasons, Penfold produced 42 plays and musicals, which together garnered over 129 local awards and honors, including Austin Critics Table Award for Best musical (two years in a row), Austin Critics Table and B. Iden Payne Awards for Best Actor and several years in the Austin Chronicle’s Top 10 lists.  Penfold has also been featured in the Austin Chronicle, Austin American-Statesman and Community Impact Newspaper.



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