The Thing About PushPush…
The groundwork for PushPush started in 1990 at Atlanta’s 7 Stages, where Tim Habeger helped cull together 60+ Atlanta theater professionals for studio workshops to improve their artistry and explore collaboration. These workshops lasted for seven years and resulted in six acclaimed productions. The success of these shows responded to Atlanta’s growing appetite for risk-taking Theater.
Founded by Tim Habeger, Shelby Hofer and Milton Sams in 1997 (with help from Rob Nixon beginning 1998), PushPush formally started in 1997 when the need for permanent performance space triggered the move to a 1200 sq. ft. home on Zonolite Road in Virginia Highlands. In 2003, PushPush relocated to an expanded 5000 sq. ft. facility within a six-acre revitalization in Decatur at East Decatur Station.
In 2007, PushPush celebrated its 10th year by inaugurating New Street Arts a project employing new Artistic Planning Program and open-source strategies to help organize a hub of over 300 artists and more than 20 groups benefitting from the PushPush mission.
In 2010, the organization entered its 14th year with a travel grant from The Theater Communications Group to perform, collaborate and develop its international outreach program, The Portal Project, with artists in Berlin, Germany. As a result, they were able to co-create and perform three shows in Berlin with partner theater Ballhaus Ost. The company also completed its revised strategic plan supported by a Toolbox grant from the Community Foundation For Greater Atlanta. Their 2009-2010 show 101 Humiliating Stories was named as one of Atlanta’s Top 50 plays of the decade by Creative Loafing and commissioned for a remount in 2011 in a partnership with Synchronicity.
In February of 2011 PushPush received a grant from Turner Voices for its Slow Down Atlanta Stage-to-Screen series project. This was also a banner year for the PushPush adult education program with six nationally recognized artists from outside of Atlanta gracing their stage and space with 18 guest performances and workshops outside of their normal season activity. They also launched two critically hailed literary events, Write Club Atlanta and Naked City.