Adrienne Dawes’ Many Hats

(Credit: Laura Skelding)
(Credit: Laura Skelding)

Audio By Valerie, Words By Dave

Writer, producer, director, comedian… Adrienne Dawes has many hats. She wears them well and often at the same time.

Adrienne Dawes has taken a different approach to concept of comedy than our other subjects. You’d think being shy would be a detriment for her. Instead, it proved advantageous since it gave her the opportunity to observe. Observing inspired her to write which is how she chose to approach comedy.

Dawes was raised in Austin since the tender toddler age of one and after graduating high school she went to Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY which is near Yonkers, which is north the Bronx. From this point, her life was broken into four year increments. Four years in Austin, then to Chicago where she studied improv comedy at Second City. Along the way she dabbled in stand-up and musical improv which is a story you must hear here:

Adrienne Dawes: The Past

Dawes returned home to Austin after being unable to secure a school to pursue her Masters in Fine Arts. She returned home to her family, and home to The Salvage Vanguard Theater and her performing arts family. It was discouraging for her but she didn’t quit. She kept writing, she launched her own production company, Heckle Her. She brought a comedy musical named Never Have I Ever from Chicago and put it on stage in Austin. She networked. She kept working. She kept creating and gave Austin shows like Doper Than Dope and Doper Than Dope 2. 

Adrienne Dawes: Current

Adrienne Dawes drops some serious life advice in her second interview with Valerie Lopez. It’s advice many of us need. It’s about drive, creativity, and how it leads to happiness. It’s about breaking free of social stereotypes, rules, expected roles, and doing what you want to because you can. Dawes should be an inspiration to anyone feeling they’re caught in a rat race and want to break free.

Feel free to check out Dawes’ website for updates on her various project. In case you were wondering about the books she mentioned in the interview, here they are:

Banvard’s Folly – by Paul Collins
The Species Seekers: Heroes, Fools and the Mad Pursuit of Life on Earth – by Richard Conniff


Adrienne Dawes

Valerie Lopez


Heckle Her Presents: Hoot!

By Dave

Adrienne Dawes and her company, Heckle Her, brings their comedy music cabaret Hoot! back to the Salvage Vanguard Theater for the second year in a row.

Adrienne Dawes (Source:
Adrienne Dawes (Source:

I saw part Dawes’ sketch show, Love Me Tinder a while back at the New Movement Theater and was enamored by it. But Love Me Tinder isn’t her only project, she’s written and produced several plays and has won Stanley and Evelyn Lipkin Prize for Playwriting. I could post all her credits, but it’s written more eloquently on her website.  In a nutshell, Adrienne Dawes is busy, and her hard work has paid off.

Hoot Is Back


Hoot! is a music and comedy cabaret in its second year. The concept is to mix local comedians and musicians into a night of entertainment befitting a venue like the Salvage Vanguard Theater. The theater will be closing soon but they are going out with a bang… or hoot. Dawes has curated an extensive line up for this year’s Hoot! Check it out:

Girls Girls Girls – Improvised Musicals
Michael Ferstenfeld (SONDEIM FOR ONE)
Southpaw Jones
Ammon Taylor
Maggie Maye
Megan Sherrod & Quinn Buckner
Kerri Atwood
Bryan ‘Lubu’ Roberts (Ghetto Sketch Warlock)
MC Harold
Ryan Darbonne (Dem Beach Boys)
Ryan Fechter
Nitra Gutierrez, Katie Goan & Mandi LeBlanc
Khattie Q (Catalina la O)
Michael Joplin (Manateeman)
Christine Hoang & Annie Kim Hedrick
Erik Secrest
Jay Byrd (Edith Piaf and a Washtub Bass)
Jarrett King & friends (Mouth House)
Loose Threads (Tapestry Singers)
Love Me Tinder

The line up is a cornucopia of Austin’s music/comedy scene. Southpaw Jones brings his folky flair and love of Fatty Arbuckle to the event whileDe MC Harold mixes improv and rap. Whether you’re a rap, or folk fan (or anything else for that matter) Hoot! has something for you. On top of that, you get to see Maggie Maye live.


There are plenty of ways to get those sweet sweet Hoot! tickets. If you buy them early bird style, they only cost $8.00 on the Heckle Her site. Hoot! has two shows this weekend Friday, April, 29th and Saturday, April, 30th at 10:30pm. The Salvage Vanguard Theater is located at 2803 E Manor Rd in Austin.