Performing arts 2012-13 season preview
Actors Theatre: This company situated “Off Broadway - Just Downtown” performs at Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix. Info: (602) 252-8497 or atphx.org.
Actor’s Youth Theatre: This group that holds rehearsals at Ballet Etudes in Gilbert performs at Mesa Arts Center. Info: (480) 907-7050 or actorsyouththeatre.org.
Arizona Theatre Company: The state’s leading professional theater company performs at Phoenix’s Herberger Theater Center. Info: (602) 256-6995 or arizonatheatre.org.
Arizona Women’s Theatre Company: AZWTC produces contemporary, provocative plays written by women; it’s known for its annual Pandora Festival of plays at Scottsdale Center for the Arts. Info: (602) 738-4597 or azwtc.org.
ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts School of Theatre and Film: Students perform at locations across campus. (480) 965-5337 or theatrefilm.asu.edu.
Black Theatre Troupe: The only professional African-American theatre company within the Four-Corners states, BTT has, since the 1970s, produced plays that reflect the heart and soul of the African-American experience. Their fall productions will be staged at the Playhouse on the Park in Phoenix’s Viad Tower, before moving into their permanent home, the BTT Center for the Performing Arts, in February. Info: (602) 254-5121, ext. 4, or blacktheatretroupe.org.
Childsplay: Arizona’s company of professional, adult artists who perform for young audiences and families at Tempe Center for the Arts. Info: (480) 921-5700 or childsplayaz.org.
Christian Youth Theatre: This kids’ company focuses on developing character one stage at a time and performs at Phoenix Center for the Arts. Info: (480) 310-0366 or cytphoenix.org.
Copperstar Repertory Company: The Gilbert peformance troupe for youth and adults presents its shows at the Higley Center for the Performing Arts. Info: (480) 699-1655 or copperstarrep.org.
Desert Rose Theatre: After having to move venues no less than four times in seven seasons, DRT is the East Valley’s little theater that could, now making its home in east Mesa’s Power Square Mall. Info: desertrosetheatre.com.
East Valley Children’s Theatre: This youth troupe begins its 16th season at the Playhouse Theatre at Mesa Arts Center. Info: (480) 756-3828 or evct.org.
Greasepaint Youtheatre: This Scottsdale company, formerly known at Stagebrush Theatre, creates programming designed to develop life skills and aesthetic knowledge for youth to carry with them as artists and audiences of tomorrow. Info: (480) 949-7529 or greasepaint.org.
Mesa Encore Theatre: This community theater company celebrating 75 years in Mesa performs at Mesa Arts Center. Info: (480) 834-9500 or mesaencoretheatre.com.
Nearly Naked Theatre: This company is “dedicated to producing the Valley’s most challenging and provocative productions” at The Little Theatre at Phoenix Theatre. Info: (602) 254-2151 or nearlynakedtheatre.org.
Phoenix Theatre: Founded in 1920 as Phoenix Little Theatre, this is the oldest arts institution in the Arizona and one of the oldest continuously operating arts organizations in the country, providing programming for all generations. Info: (602) 254-2151 or phoenixtheatre.com.
San Tan Players: This group, along with San Tan Chorale and San Tan Orchestra, is part of San Tan Community Performing Arts, a group launched in 2006 to provide performing arts opportunities for residents of the Southeast Valley. They put on concerts and musicals at venues throughout the East Valley. Info: (480) 297-7552 or stcpa.org.
Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre: Three troupes provide entertainment on two stages at a performing arts complex near downtown Scottsdale. Info: (480) 483-1664 or desertstages.org.
Scottsdale Musical Theatre: Utilizing a live orchestra for every performance, this community theatre company recreates Broadway musicals in their original form in Phoenix Country Day School’s intimate Dorrance Auditorium. Info: (602) 909-4215 or scottsdalemusicaltheater.com.
Southwest Shakespeare Company: The classical theater company headed by Jared Sakren performs at Mesa Arts Center. Info: (480) 644-6500 or southwestshakespeare.org.
Space 55: Formed in 2006, Space 55 Theatre Ensemble develops new, under-represented and innovative theatre — and presents it in a relaxed, casual environment in downtown Phoenix. Info: (602) 663-4032 or space55.org.
Stray Cat Theatre: This critially acclaimed company celebrating its tenth season performs at the Tempe Performing Arts Center near Sixth Street and Mill Avenue. Info: (480) 634-6435 or straycattheatre.org.
Teatro Bravo!: This company produces, at venues in Phoenix, English- and Spanish-language plays and seeks to develop the talents of Latino actors, directors, playwrights, designers, stage managers and administrators. Info: (602) 258-1800 or teatrobravo.org.
Theatre Artists Studio: A member organization of actors, directors, playwrights, producers and designers, TAS perfoms primarily original works on its own two stages in Scottsdale. Info: (602) 765-0120 or thestudiophx.org.
Theater League: The community-based performing arts organization produces and presents National Broadway Tours and professional touring productions at Mesa Arts Center and Phoenix’s Orpheum Theater. Info: (800) 776-7469 or theaterleague.com.
The Torch Theatre: This downtown Phoenix venue specializing in improvised longform theatre is home to six troupes: Apollo 12, Galapagos, Light Rail Pirates, Mail Order Bride, Phoenix Neutrino Project and The Remainders. Info: (602) 456-2876 or thetorchtheatre.com.
Valley Youth Theatre: Famous alumni of this company include actress Emma Stone and singer Jordin Sparks. Info: (602) 253-8188 or vyt.com.