4th Wall Theatre Company
4th Wall Theatre Company is a professional Equity theatre in Houston, TX, founded in 2011 by married couple, Philip Lehl and Kim Tobin-Lehl. Its original name was Stark Naked Theatre Company, which was changed in 2016 *. 4th Wall has maintained an eclectic range of programming, producing classics by Shakespeare and Strindberg, American classics, and several world premieres.
The company’s mission is to develop and support theatrical artists by aiming to pay a living wage, in order to grow and sustain the community of professional theatrical artists in Houston; and to develop and promote the highest aesthetic of acting that is truthful, by producing exciting, cutting-edge, live theatre.
4th Wall produces four main stage shows per season in a 99-seat black box theatre. The space, Studio 101, is a rented, converted studio in the 1st Ward arts complex called Spring Street Studios.
The company has garnered many accolades for its twenty-three full productions, including the Houston Press’s “Mastermind Award”; as well as 2 Best Production citations in the annual Houston Press Awards (for “God of Carnage” in 2013, and “Lobby Hero” in 2017.) The Co-Artistic Directors have been nominated several times for the Best Artistic Director award at that same ceremony, winning once.
*Why change our name?
Although it was a very difficult decision, as we have great affection for the name Stark Naked and hate to see it go, we can’t let anything keep us from bringing what we do to a larger audience and continuing to grow.
What does it mean?
The imaginary wall through which the audience sees the world of the play.
Does “4th Wall” mean something more to us?
Yes – we strive to “break through the 4th wall” to create the most intimate theatrical experience an audience member can have in a live performance