Producing Artistic Director Caroline Reck was working as an actor/ puppeteer in Paris, France in 2004 after completing her physical theatre training at Ecole Jacques Lecoq, when the opportunity arose to become the caretaker of beautiful, chaotic old houseboat on the River Seine. The landlady agreed to let her turn “Le Clochard” (The Hobo) into “Cabaret Le Clochard” (Hobo Cabaret), and Glass Half Full theater was born.
Glass Half Full Theatre has collaborated with performers from around the world to create original, multilingual works of theater for adults and for children, employing a range of physical theater and puppetry techniques. Since relocating to Austin, Texas in 2011, Glass Half Full Theatre has received multiple grants from the Jim Henson Foundation and the City of Austin to create new work, and received dozens of Austin theater award nominations, earning Outstanding Original Script, Direction, Acting and Puppetry from the B. Iden Payne awards, and The David Mark Cohen New Play Award, Visionary Vivifier Award, and Sound Design and Acting Awards from The Austin Critic’s Table.
In collaboration with Trouble Puppet Theater, Glass Half Full initiated an annual puppet series in 2011 called The Austin Puppet Incident, which features local performers and continues to bring in national talent to perform in Austin. In 2012, we gained sponsorship with the Austin Creative Alliance and offered our first full season of Austin productions (The Orchid Flotilla and FupDuck), which received wide critical and audience acclaim, earning 15 theater award nominations and winning Outstanding Direction of a Comedy and Outstanding Original Script from the B. Iden Payne Awards.
From 2013 through 2014 we focused on the creation of Once There Were Six Seasons, which was awarded a prestigious Jim Henson Foundation grant and was the subject of a PBS/ Arts in Context documentary, won the Austin Critic’s Table Visionary Vivifier Award, and toured to the National Puppetry Festival in 2015. We also began our ongoing physical comedy series, Missionary Position: Pleasure Journeys for the Intrepid Lady Explorer, which has toured in the state of Texas and has three separate installments (Sessions 1-3)..
In 2015, we debuted Simple Sundries, a human comedy about the commodification of Austin’s “Authenticity.” We also began a series of collaborations with several theaters for young audiences in Austin. Zach Theater commissioned a “theater for youth” adaption of Once There Were Six Seasons, which performed in January and February to 5,000 children. Zach then invited us to join the collaboration with Teatro Vivo to create a bilingual, one-woman puppet version of Cinderella (Cenicienta), for which we wrote the script, directed, and performed. Cenicienta received the Austin Critic’s Table Mark Cohen New Play Award, Best Actress, and the B. Iden Payne Outstanding Puppetry Awards. We then collaborated with the Lionheart Youth Theater and the pop orchestra Mother Falcon to create a brand new puppet adaptation of Peter and the Wolf, called Petra and the Wolf, that was presented by the Paramount Theater in December of 2015 and December 2016. Petra will begin a national tour in 2017 represented by Holden Arts.
In February 2017, we debut our Don Quixote de La Redo at the Mexican American Cultural Center in Austin, Texas.