About the Theater


The mission of the Crowley Theater is to provide a performing arts and meeting spaces to individuals, nonprofits, and educational groups that serve the Marfa community.


The Crowley Theater aspires to be a steward for the advancement of cultural activities in West Texas. By fostering a creative environment, by making its venues available for use at no cost, by supporting presenters that are diverse, and by maintaining state-of-the-art venues that serve as a vital cultural resources.


The Crowley Theater is a 501(c)3 organization. It is the only performance space within 300 miles that is available to organizations at no charge, with the scale and technical resources to support dramatic performances, seated concerts, film screenings, lectures and school functions.

In 1998, the former Big Bend Feed Store was purchased and the dream of providing a forum for the civic, cultural and creative voice of the local community began to become reality. The Theater maintains many of the original structure’s unique features, including hardwood floors and its distinctive façade.

Facilities in the Crowley Theater include 168 fixed seats and two wheelchair accessible seating areas in a raked house, a raised stage area with rear-loading access into the backstage, two separate dressing rooms with showers, green room back-stage with kitchen and stove, a furnished lobby, ADA restrooms at the front, a disabled access ramp from the exterior, and an electric lift to the seating area. If extra seating is needed, we have 50 stackable chairs.

Tim Crowley, Director

Rob Crowley, Technical Director


“Although I’ve done most of my theater work in New York and London, many of the great theatrical experiences of my life have taken place in the Crowley Theater in Marfa.”
— Wallace Shawn, playwright and actor

“The Crowley Theater is the performance hub of the cultural mosaic that now makes up Marfa.”
— Douglas Humble, Lannan Foundation

“The Crowley Theater plays a central and significant role for this small and remote town of ranchers, artists, border patrol officers, retirees and town folk.”
— Dan Dunlap, former Mayor of Marfa, Texas

Support for the Crowley Theater’s Capital Improvement campaign was generously provided by the Brown Foundation Inc., Houston, Chadwick/Loher Foundation, Horizon Foundation, King Foundation, Kirkpatrick Family Foundation, Permian Basin Area Foundation, Rea Charitable Trust, and countless community members.

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