Founded in 1912 as the San Antonio Little Theatre as part of the growing Little Theater movement sweeping the nation, The Public Theater of San Antonio operates in the first city-owned and city-built theater in the United States. The Public produces a series of professional live theater productions annually. Each year, more than 30,000 patrons attend performances or participate in our community engagement programs. The Public’s staff, with the help of 250 volunteers, produces a series of plays in its two theaters.
The Russell Hill Rogers Theater, seating 350 patrons, is home to larger plays and musicals while The Cellar Theater, seating 60 patrons, houses a variety of dramas, comedies, and experimental works. Both stages host original works by local playwrights as well as classic and recent Broadway hits. The Public contracts hundreds of local artists, showcasing some of San Antonio’s greatest talent. In July 2017, The Public entered into a contractual agreement with Actors Equity Association to become San Antonio’s first and only regional AEA Small Professional Theater.