About ZTP

Our Mission

Zilker Theatre Productions: Strengthening community, enlivening the spirit, and inspiring the artists of today and tomorrow.

Our Story

Originally created as a project of the Austin’s Parks and Recreation Department in 1959, the Zilker Summer Musical continues to provide high-quality musical theater entertainment to Central Texans and visitors from around the world.
Zilker Theatre Productions (formerly known as “Friends of the Summer Musical”) has been dedicated since its inception in 1987 to preserving this special gift to Austin audiences by producing the Zilker Summer Musical as well as sponsoring a variety of other community outreach and youth training programs.
Zilker Theatre Productions, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides award-winning, free admission entertainment, boasts an audience of over 45,000 annually. ZTP is dedicated to the celebration and preservation of that unique American art form, the Broadway musical, by mounting large-scale musical productions at the Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater in Austin’s beautiful Zilker Park.

Be Part of An Austin Tradition…

It is through the generosity of individuals like you that this tradition continues. Please be generous when considering your donation here online, by mail, or during the show’s intermission.


If you’re an organization interested in finding out about the benefits of sponsoring ZTP, click here.


Celebrating the magic of musical theatre…since 1959.


What We Do…

… Zilker Theatre Productions produces one of the longest running, free, outdoor musical in the country… since 1959!
…In addition to high-quality musical theater, ZTP offers educational opportunities like free audition workshops, pre-show entertainment for youth, literacy partnerships, and internships.
 …ZTP works closely with the City of Austin to maintain and update the beautiful Beverly S. Sheffield Zilker Hillside Theater.  (Over $800,000 improvements made since 2008!)
… ZTP provide schools and other arts organizations access to high quality theater resources like our incredible costume stock, lighting and sound equipment, as well as warehouse space.

Some important things to note…

Zilker Theatre Productions Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy
It is the policy of Zilker Theatre Productions (ZTP) that there shall be no discrimination against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, gender, race, physical disability, religion, ethnic background, sexual orientation, or any other grounds impermissible under state or federal laws and regulations.
Further it is the policy of ZTP that there shall be no sexual harassment against any individual or group of individuals and that activities that might create a hostile work environment for any individual or group of individuals are strictly prohibited.
All activities conducted by or on behalf of ZTP shall be in compliance with applicable state and federal laws regarding discrimination and harassment. This policy will be strictly adhered to by all Board members, volunteers, and contractors, and any violation of this policy shall be cause for involuntary termination of the party from further association with ZTP.
This policy shall be posted on the ZTP website and a copy kept with the corporate records.


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