Our Mission

Available Light is a fellowship of artists dedicated to building a more conscious and compassionate world by creating joyful and profound theatre and serving our community.

We engage our community by staging provocative works that examine our culture, expose its shortcomings, and reveal the beauty of humankind.

We enrich the American theatre by seeking potent processes and vital forms that enable artists and audiences alike to live the life of the imagination.

About Available Light

Available Light is Ohio’s hippest and hottest presenter of new and original theatrical productions. AVLT is renowned by audiences and critics alike for bold creations by local artists and regional premieres of important new work by playwrights from around the globe.

We create theatre that other troupes do not and could not produce because we believe it is our duty as artists to engage our community, to examine our culture, and as we often put it, “to add to the sum total of joy and brotherhood (and sisterhood!) in the room.”

Our tickets regularly go for the wickedly reasonable price of “Pay What You Want” because now, more than ever, we all really need great art. And because now, more than ever, we cannot allow economic circumstances to shut anyone out of the theater.

We are committed to developing local talent and contributing to the local arts scene, and making Columbus a better place to live and work. We also collaborate with creative small businesses and provide opportunities for volunteers who don’t have formal theatre training. It’s all part of our mission to enable artists and audiences alike “to live the life of the imagination.”

In 2002, on some very firm advice from the SITI company’s world-renowned director Anne Bogart, Matt Slaybaugh gathered a number of his favorite artists to form the BlueForms Theatre Group. They quickly established a reputation for passionate and potent work. In late 2004, the company was named one of the “hippest, hottest, companies in the country” by American Theatre magazine. In 2006, BlueForms

After several prolific years of BlueForms productions, in early 2006, Slaybaugh founded Available Light Theatre with several BlueForms members. AVLT soon expanded its reputation for original work at the Cincinnati Fringe Festival and at home in Columbus. More popular and political world premieres followed in the earliest years of the 21st century.

Please go here for our full production history.

An AVLT Timeline

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