Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Coda Project Announces New A.D., New Name, & New Vision

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, May 11, 2008, (Austin, TX) – The Coda Project. The Coda Project proudly welcomes its new Artistic Director, Dustin Wills, embraces a new vision for theatre in Austin, and changes its name to TUTTO Theatre Company.

The Coda Project welcomes the vibrant, multi-talented Dustin Wills as its new Artistic Director. Mr. Wills, a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, brings what the George H. Mitchell Awards panel (2006) called his “enormous intellectual and aesthetic gifts” to our organization. Mr. Wills recently turned down a prestigious fellowship with the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C. to pursue his dream of running a theatre company, enthusiastically choosing The Coda Project as his new home. Both a playwright and a director, Mr. Wills has received impressive accolades for his work. His adaptation of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline received 8 Austin Critics Table Award nominations, a win for Best Director, Drama (2005-6), and The Austin Chronicle’s pick as one of the “Top 10 Theatrical Treasures and Pleasures of 2006”. His directorial work on Eve Tulbert’s Ashes, Ashes received a spot on the same Top Ten list for 2007 and 8 additional nominations.

In addition to his work in Austin with Theatre Action Project and Austin Shakespeare, Mr. Wills has launched three of his own pieces at the English Theatre of Rome to widespread acclaim. We look forward to strengthening this connection with The Eternal City in the summer of 2009. Stay tuned! (Visit our new website at:

Our 2008–2009 Season will mark the beginning of an exciting renewal for our organization. Inspired by the expanding arts community in Austin, we have re-imagined the company’s artistic ambitions while maintaining our dedication to the creation of multidisciplinary theatre. We have become committed to a re-investigation of history. By presenting a fictionalized form of history, we may re-envision the world in which we live today. The ‘normal’ codified history while the ‘other’ was rendered inkless—the woman never heard, the homosexual never seen, the under-privileged never felt, and countless others never known. Theatre is a place where our desire to archive an unwritten past is possible. We may allow ourselves to imagine a history that lets us desire the future.

We further acknowledge this transition and the fresh vision Mr. Wills brings to us by changing our name to TUTTO Theatre. ‘Tutto’ is Italian for ‘everything.’ The name celebrates the joining of our established traditions with a bold new vision.

Founded in 2001/2002, TUTTO Theatre Company set out to elevate cross-disciplinary communication in the Austin artistic community through bold, inspiring and collaborative productions of plays both new and old.

TUTTO Theatre Company is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) corporation and is funded in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Monday, May 19, 2008


Welcome to our new blog. A number of us will be posting here, including Dustin Wills, our new Artistic Director. Actors, Designers, and others will document the progress of shows in production. We're a collaborative, multidisciplinary theatre company in Austin, Texas. So sit down and stay awhile, and above all, enjoy the show!