Austin History Center

FronteraFest Records

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Hyde Park Theatre
Title: FronteraFest Records
Inclusive Dates: 1993-2012
Abstract: FronteraFest was founded in 1992 as an opportunity for area writers and performers to present their work in a create and supportive environment without having to confront the usual obstacles of producing. The administrative files, event flyers, financial records, marketing materials, newspaper clippings, posters, scripts and applications document the development and growth of FronteraFest from 1993 through 2012.
Identification: AR.2012.016
Quantity: .4 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archives stacks and qAR
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

FronteraFest is a five-week long performance festival showcasing Austin's dynamic and diverse performing arts community, ranging from actors and dancers to performance artists and poets and beyond. FronteraFest began in 1993 as a four-week showcase for short works of 25 minutes or less. By 1999, the festival had expanded to include the Long Fringe (works of 45-90 minutes), Mi Casa Es Su Teatro (works presented in homes throughout Austin) and Bring Your Own Venue (site-specific work or shows running in other spaces) were added to the Short Fringe (performances of 25 minutes or less).

The festival was originally produced by Frontera Productions at the Hyde Park Theatre in Austin, Texas by Artistic Director Vicky Boone. When Boone moved on to the film industry Frontera Productions ended, but she offered the Hyde Park Theatre space to Ken Webster's Subterranean Productions, which became Hyde Park Theatre. Boone encouraged Austin Script Works (now ScriptWorks) to take over FronteraFest and in 2002 they joined with Hyde Park Theatre as co-producers of the festival. There is no requirement that the work presented in the festival is original, but the vast majority of performances are new works, a testament to Austin's love for innovation and creativity. Although, primarily a showcase for Austin artists, FronteraFest has also attracted performers from as far away as Canada, New York, Seattle and San Francisco as participants.

Scope and Contents

The FronteraFest Records are arranged into three series: Administrative Records, Performance Records and Publicity. The Administrative Records series (1999-2012) contains schedules, sponsorship packets, tech packets, application materials, publicity packets, marketing plans, welcome letters and annual budgets. The Publicity series (1993-2012) includes programs, flyers and posters for the event. Also included are a few newspaper articles promoting FronteraFest. Lastly, the Performance Records series (2012, undated) consists of application materials, notated scripts, rehearsal schedules, set designs, prop lists and sound cue lists.


Arranged into three series:
I. Administrative Records
II. Publicity
III. Performance Records


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Moore, Christi.
Hyde Park Theatre (Austin, Tex.)
Austin (Tex.)

Related Material

AF Subject - Theater - Frontera/Hyde Park Theatre T6500 (58)

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Periodicals - Frontera Incognita

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

FronteraFest Records (AR.2012.016). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2012/032

Donation Date: 2012


Annual additions to the collection are expected.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Administrative Records, 1999-2007

Box Folder
1 1-7 Administrative records, 1999-2007

II. Publicity, 1993-2012

Box Folder
1 8-13 Programs and flyers, 1993-2012
Location FlatFile
qAR 03/04/003 Posters, 1993-2012

III. Performance Records, 2012, undated

Box Folder
1 14 "The Birthday Girl", undated
15 "The Requirements", 2012
16 "Howell and Hume", 2012