By Jake Gaines 

Spektral Quartet. Photo by Dan Fullman

Recently, after spearheading a $3M renovation of Austin’s largest theater, Executive & Artistic Director Bob Bursey announced his first curated season of music, dance, theater, and performance for Texas Performing Arts on the UT campus. A dozen live productions will mark its 40th Anniversary season in 2021-2022 and it offers an array of choices…there will be something for just about everyone.  

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Photo by Andrew Eccles

The performance lineup includes established and emerging artists, revivals and new works, long-time favorites and first-time visits. The season brings the city a survey of current developments and leading voices in the performing arts in America today.  In fact, audiences will see some of the highest examples of artistic excellence.

The Plastic Bag store. Photo by Rundle Mall

The 40th season of performances will take place in Texas Performing Arts’ newly renovated Bass Concert Hall, the intimate McCullough Theater, and at other locations on the University of Texas campus and around Austin. The 40th season is one of Texas Performing Arts’ anchor series for 2021-22.  It joins the previously announced Broadway in Austin season, which includes the return of Hamilton, Disney’s The Lion King, and the Austin debuts of HadestownTootsieCharlie and the Chocolate FactorySummer: The Donna Summer Musical, and Mean Girls.  Broadway in Austin season subscriptions are currently available at

Helen Sung with the UT Jazz Orchestra. Courtesy of Joseph Boggess Photography

In addition to the 40th Season and Broadway in Austin, the Texas Welcomes Series hosts events by national touring attractions, concerts, and comedians.  A full list of performances is available at