The Overtime Theater: Theater for the People

The Overtime Theater: Theater for the People

The Overtime Theater has been a staple in San Antonio’s community theater scene since 2007. A self-proclaimed “gateway theater”, the OT has produced almost every type of show there is, from plays to musicals to variety shows. The best part is that every show is original, written by local, San Antonio playwrights. They even host improv theatre workshops and shows every week!

The Denials Improv at The Overtime Theater

What I love most about the Overtime is their dedication to their mission statement- to make theater accessible and enjoyable for everyone, whether they’re onstage, backstage, or in the audience. The actors are literally on the same level as the audience, which creates an amazing sense of closeness between the two- the audience can feel like they’re a part of the show. 

Announcement Board at the Overtime Theater

When I first started working with the OT, I didn’t know what to expect. I did theatre in high school, but acting at the Overtime is unlike any experience I’ve ever had. Almost everyone knows each other, but they welcome new members with open arms! There is a mutual understanding that everyone is there to grow as a performer, and that really helped my confidence. 

Marie Warren Bunch and Aurora Chase in Blessed Are the Meek by Jules Vaquera at The Overtime Theater
Marie Warren Bunch, (left) and Aurora Chase (seated) in Blessed Are the Meek by Jules Vaquera.
Photo by Jules Vaquera

Ride the Musical by Dan Timoskevich and Rachel Roth was my community theatre debut, and it recently won an ATAC Award for Best Original Script and Best Original Score back in October! This was such an exciting moment for me; I can officially say I was in an award winning musical!

Ride the Musical at the Alamo Theater Arts Council Awards 2019
Ride the Musical at the 29th Annual ATAC Awards
From Left to Right: Meaghan Setterbo, Dan Timoskevich, Tim Ahmed, Amie Rose, Ali Gomez, Venny Mortimer, and Nicole Erwin.
Photo by Carl Adair
And Then There Were Some at The Overtime Theater
Debbie Basham-Burns, Justin Keown, and Jay Overton in And Then There Were Some by Emily Fitzgerald.
Photo by Emily Fitzgerald

The OT is a 501(c)3 organization, which means everyone involved in each show is there as a volunteer. If you attend a show at the Overtime, please consider donating to our Love Bucket! I also regularly hold item donation drives there to benefit the Nighthawk Advocacy Center at my school, Northeast Lakeview College (look for the blue bin!).

Ride the Musical at the Overtime Theater
Ride the Musical
Standing (L-R): Christopher Steinmetz, Dorianna James, Amie Rose, Robert Moritz, Venny Mortimer, Caitlin Palmer. Seated (L-R): Tim Ahmed, Meaghan Setterbo, Beth Schwartz, Ali Gomez, Sharon Beales
Photo by Dan Timoskevich

If you’d like to get involved with the Overtime Theater, feel free to check out their website or Facebook page for tickets and audition information. The OT is located at 5409 Bandera Rd Ste 205, Leon Valley, TX 78238. I hope to see you there soon!

  1. Very Well-written, informative and inviting article, Ms. Setterbo, keep acting up, ‘cause you’re going places!!!

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