Cockroach Theatre Finds Downtown Home

Don’t be alarmed it’s only a metaphor for the stellar survival techniques of those creepy critters. Cockroach Theatre was thought up by five UNLV Alumni in 2002. The students did not expect to stay in Vegas, although, that’s what ended up happening. After graduation they began putting together ideas and performed a midnight showing of the famous Broadway production “Line”  by Isreal Horovitz. The performance went well so the company continued to feature “nomadic” performances throughout Las Vegas. They even got the opportunity to showcase performances at several festivals outside of Vegas, such as the Endinburgh Fringe in 2003, the Burning Man in 2005  and the Minnesota Fringe in 2007. They still continued to entertain in the valley and for the past ten years Cockroach Theatre has put on many shows throughout the city in different venues, well until now that is.

The Cockroach Theatre purchased a space in the Las Vegas 18b Arts District and was able to raise enough money -$23k to be exact – to revamp the space and build a 80+ person theater.  This month they will introduce their new home, Arts Square Theatre which is located in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. The Cockroach Theatre plans to entertain the community with their own works as well as be a resource for other performing art groups in need of a venue. The Arts Square Theatre will be an available space for dance, improv and other types of creative expression artists. They also plan to have workshops and classes during the day at the theatre.

Arts Square Theatre will have a soft opening sometime this month with the official opening set for September. This will be an exciting addition that will bring more performing art focus to the local art community. We will continue to bring you up to date information about the theatre so keep checking in.

You can also learn more about the theatre at


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Will Adamson
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 16:52:06

    Thank you for the kind words! I wanted to offer a quick point of information/ slight revision – as we’ve never been to France as a company 🙂 However,…

    Cockroach Theatre attended the Edinburgh Fringe in 2003 with an original work, “Savage”, by Shawn Overton for the monthlong festival.

    We also attended the Burning Man Festival in 2005 with an adaptation of “Permanent Brain Damage” by Richard Foreman, adapted by director, Jason DeFreitas.

    And the last Festival we participated in Nationally was the Minnesota Fringe, in the Twin Cities, 2007, presenting Jayme McGhan’s original full-length, “The Methuselah Tree.”

    Thank you again for the mention! We look forward to presenting our upcoming season in downtown lv in our new home.


  2. offthevegasstrip
    Jul 06, 2012 @ 17:01:53

    Thanks for the correction and for viewing the site. I’m excited to see what you have in store for us. 🙂


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