Our own Ricky Araiza and Ernesto Ortiz have started a podcast to review local theatre, Sippin' Tea in the Balcony

PHX Stages also has a handy calendar/guide for Theatre offerings in the Vally

If you are interested in auditions for local productions, go to and sign up for their audition notices.

the ASU Film Association/AFA also keeps a list of available actors and projects in the Valley.

ASU's Sidney Poitier New American Film School has an amazing program curated by Adam Collis, Hollywood Invades Tempe that brings writers, directors, designers, cinematographers and generally important folks in the film industry to our Campus.

ASU Herberger Institute of Design and The Arts, School of Music, Dance and Theatre Season. Tickets at Galvin Playhouse/Nelson Fine Arts Building 965-6447. Performances usually at Galvin or Lyceum theatre. Dance performances in either FAC 122 or PEBE 132. All HIDA students may attend HIDA events free but you must purchase tickets in advance.

Binary Theatre a student run, ASU School of Music, Dance & Theatre supported effort at creating new work. Check site for their deadlines for proposals, events, etc. Currently at Prism in APMA building

Performance in the Borderlands events sponsored by the School of Music, Dance & Theatre, the Office of the President, and the Mexican Consulate General in Phoenix.

ASUGammage (480) 965-3434 Students get 50% discount on Beyond Broadway events, but you must go to Gammage box office (SW corner of campus at Mill/13th St.) before evening of show.

ASU School of Communications Performance Studies Empty Space at the Cornerstone Performing and Media Arts facility, 970 E. University at Rural, NE corner (same building as SPB/Prism)

ASU Art Museum right next to our FAC, has a great series of shows and is a perfect place to get away from classes for an hour. They have a regular series of lunchtime talks. And there is the Ceramics Research Center up the street at 699 S. Mill.

ASU School of Art has several galleries with regularly scheduled exhibits of student work . Many studios and programs of the School moved to Grant Street Studios in downtown Phoenix at 605 E. Grant

Art Media+Engineering AME Digital Arts Ranch corner of Myrtle and University

The Museum of Walking, School of Art Professor Angela Ellsworth's ongoing series of walks and contemplative discoveries. A full schedule of events that always are transformative and a glorious relief from our everyday lives. Participate in one of her guided walks and you will come out more observant and utterly refreshed/revived.

Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing (ASU Tempe) readings, workshops (480) 965-6018

Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance (IAP) program in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciencesat ASU West.

Arizona Arts Live (formerly UAPresents) at University of Arizona in Tucson (90 minutes by car from Tempe)

Borderlands Theater, Tucson (90 minutes by car from Tempe)

Scottsdale Center for the Arts 480-994-ARTS, includes: Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts (SCPA): 50% off student rush discount tickets 72 hours in advance—unless performance is selling out. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMOCA) free on Thursdays 10-8 and Fri/Sat evenings and especially check out SMOCA LOUNGE

And SCPA's latest venture, the Scottsdale Cinematheque, showing independent, foreign, and art films not shown in other locations in the Valley.

Ingite Phoenix "Lighting a fire under the Valley's creative community." Short-form Lecture/demonstration series usually held at Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts.

Now & Then Creative Company, created by our 2017 MFA Dramatic Writing graduate John Perovich.

Theatre Artists Studio in Paradise Valley supported and operated by member artists. 4848 East Cactus Road, Suite 406 (602) 765-0120

Arizona Theatre Company presents in Phoenix and Tucson Student tickets always $10 with ID!

Black Theatre Troupe 602-254-2151 x4. Their new Performing Arts Center located at 1333 East Washington in Downtown Phoenix

Stray Cat Theatre 480-820-8022 now presenting (mostly) at Tempe Center for the Arts! On the lake!

Tempe Center for the Arts. On the river in Tempe, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway 480/350-2TCA (2822) Director Ralph Remington is taking it in some new and exciting directions.

Phoenix Theatre more mainstream, but very strong productions and casts. Rush tickets 15 minutes prior to curtain for $15 with student ID!Working artists/actors can get an ArtsCard for that same deal (bring in a professional resume, Playbills with your name, etc. to b.o. during non-curtain hours to get the card)

Teatro Bravo! 602-258-1800 produces plays in English and Spanish that promote a complex portrait of the U.S. Latino/Latin American populations of Arizona. Venues vary.

Founded by Guillermo Reyes and now managed by ASU graduate MFA candidate Ricky Araiza!

New Carpa Theater directed by James E. Garcia. Focusing on Latino and multicultural work 602-460-137. Producing new work all around town.

Space 55 1524 N. 18th Ave off of Grand. Lots of performances, workshops, events

Childsplay has moved to downtown Phoenix Herberger Center. 602-252-8497. Administrative offices are still in Tempe at the old Mitchell School 480-921-5700

Rising Youth Theatre led by our very own Xanthia Angel Walker,

South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute 7050 S. 24th Street Phoenix, Arizona 85042

Southwest Shakespeare Company at Mesa Arts Center and Taliesin West

Mesa Arts Center included SW Shakespeare, Galleries, music events, etc. And as of late August 2015, Light Rail will take you there!

Brelby Theatre Company an ever-growing presenter in West Valley, run by recent ASU grads!

BLK BOX PHX a new non-profit theatre for Phoenix first seaons 2018.

Theater Works 8355 W Peoria Ave, Peoria AZ 85345 (623) 815-7930

iTheatre Collaborative explores some very compelling scripts at the downtown Herberger

Phoenix Center for the Arts

Farce Side Comedy and Barren Mind Improv at MU Stage (Memorial Union)

The First Friday of every month, downtown Phoenix galleries are open late into the evening 6-10 (and beyond) This has become a huge event, and a great way to get to know downtown Phoenix. Third Friday Artwalk has emerged as an alternative to the hysteria of First Friday 602-256-7539 Artlink also sponsors the annual Art Detour in March (possibly postponed during Covid times)

And the Artlink Calendar of local events

Phoenix Urban Guide/PUG helpful for finding galleries, cultural stuff downtown, maps for First/Third Fridays, etc.

Phoenix Art Museum 1625 N. Central Ave. (at McDowell) (602) 257122 Film program seems to be on temporary hold but check!

Musical Instrument Museum/MIM very impressive list of events and visiting artists. Too many to list! 4725 E. Mayo Blvd in North Phoenix

Arizona Latino Arts & Cultural Center/ALAC has exhibitions, performances, classes. A great resource in downtown Phoenix 147 E. Adams St.

Culture Coalition with a focus on indigenous artists

Ballet Arizona. (602) 381-1096. (888) 3BALLET.

Arizona Opera (Phoenix/Tucson) (602) 266-7464 Symphony Hall, 75 N. 2nd St.

Harkins Cinema operates the Valley Art on Mill Ave in Tempe and Camelview Fashion Square in Scottsdale which both show independent and foreign films

AZ India Indian cultural events and Indian/Bollywood films shown locally

DESPERADO LGBT FILM FESTIVAL Annual festival held at Center for Performing Arts, Paradise Valley Community College, 18401 N. 32nd St. Phoenix in September

Phoenix FilmBar on Roosevelt Row. Films you can't see anywhere else.

No FestivalRequired. Steve Weiss' ongoing series of exhibitions of short films, new video work, etc. Various Locations but often part of the film series at Scottsdale Center for Performing Arts

Arizona Humanities Council lectures and presentations too numerous to list. The Ellis-Shackelford House 1242 N. Central Avenue Phoenix 85004-1887 Phone:602/257-0335

Arizona Commission on the Arts 417 W. Roosevelt Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003-1326 (602) 255-5882

Check out the Bridge Initiative jump-started by a grant from AZ Commission on the Arts and dedicated to the work of female theatre artists and writers. Our very own Laurelann Porter is the literary manager!

Music venues to check:,

Kimber Lanning's excellent listings for local music events

The Phoenix Dance Observer, helmed by School of Dance graduate Julie Ackerly, is working to increase the awareness of dance and choreographic work here in the Valley, and to provide a space for dance criticism sorely lacking in our town

Theatre supports the local economy! So does supporting locally-based businesses.

And a great local biz to support is Changing Hands Bookstore. Two locations in Tempe and Phoenix. Frequent reader discounts, readings, presentations, workshops. And the Phoenix location has a bar attached, First Draft.

Help our environment (and your own sanity); use public transporation. Take advantage of Valley Metro/Light Rail goes directly from ASU to downtown Phoenix and downtown Mesa!

And, if you've read this far, you deserve a prize. If you are a student, you can go to the Hayden Library front desk for passes that provide a one-week free entrance to institutions such as SMOCA, Phoenix Art Museum, and other great places. Limited amount, so plan ahead!


The Drama Book Shop re-opened June 2021, thanks to Lin-Manuel Miranda and others. New location at 266 W. 39th St. Interested in the growing field of immersive, non "theatre-based" theatre? Check out and sign up for their newsletter. Listings for LA and SF as well. Comprensive info on Broadway show prices and price-breaks, including lotteries (for Hamilton!) and standing room: The Public Theatre's free SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK has a virtual ticket line, if you can't deal with the lines In 2018 NYC started the Culture Pass program; get a library card and you are eligible for free passs to places like The Whitney Museum, MOMA, etc. The old reliable TDF discounts and their TKTS booths, which now have an app for your phone! TodayTix has some good discounts as well Don Shewey's blog For Dance-focused work, Wendy Perron (choreographer, dancer, writer, and former Editor of Dance Magazine) has an excellent blog Not An Alternative a hybrid arts collective and non-profit organization with a mission to affect popular understandings of events, symbols, and history. Work that questions and leverages the tools of advertising, architecture, exhibit design, branding, and public relations. Performances, installations all over town For interesting non-mainstream films, check out: IFC 323 Sixth Avenue at West Third Street | (212) 924-7771 Anthology Film Archives at 2nd Ave. and 2nd St. in East Village, Film Forum 209 West Houston Street, between 6th Avenue and Varick (7th Avenue)and the film series at MOMA Film Series, Metrograph in Lower East Side Film Society at Lincoln Center/Walter Reade Theater Great music and intimate setting. Joe's Pub at the Public Theatre Pangea at E. 11th and 2nd Ave has reasonably priced food and some great acts in their club in the back. David Cale and lots of other talented folks have workshopped new material there over the years. Brave new work and works-in-progress at Dixon Place at 161 Chrystie The elaborate and expensive arts display case for Manhattan, The Shed on 30th St. New York Live Arts 219 W. 19th St. Soho Rep has a small space that they consistently challenge and transform through brilliant new scripts, directors and designers. Roulette 509 Atlantic Ave. (at 3rd Ave)Brooklyn (917)267-0363 The Kitchen 512 W. 19th Street Japan Society Chocolate Factory in Brooklyn new and always compelling work The Bushwick Starr is moving into a new space at 419 Eldert St. in Brooklyn 2021 Baryshnikov Arts Center/BAC 450 W. 37th St. (866) 811-4111 Performance Space 122 (now Performance Space/New York) E. 9th Street and First Ave HERE at 145 Sixth Avenue National Sawdust is composer Paola Prestini's very active presenting space in Brooklyn 3-Legged Dog Art & Technology Center LaMama on 4th Street. Continuing on in the spirit of Ellen Stewart Abrons Art Center in the real LES (NYU-free zone) down on Grand Street (at Pitt) has great stuff. New York Theatre Workshop some of the smartest and most challenging new productions around. And the best stage in NYC An unusual space, originally in Brooklyn and now on Ave. C in LES, focusing on conceptual/visually-based Performance Art, Grace Exhibition Space & Gallery AUNTS collective sponsors interesting events, performances, classes at a variety of venues. BRIC in Brooklyn is home to a lot of very compelling new performance Recess a project that started in Soho and Red Hook in 2009 and has grown to encompass multiple projects/performances. "reimagines a public for art. By envisioning our public as participants, we challenge common distinctions between process and product and maker and consumer. Recess is a generative meeting place for an inclusive creative community" St. Ann's Warehouse in Dumbo/Brooklyn has some large-scale, beautifully produced stuff WAX/Williamsburg Art Nexus founded way back in 1999 by Marisa Beatty, Brian Brooks, Melissa Rodnon and David Tirosh, continues on at Triskelion. Lots of new and emerging dance talent and showcases. CATCH a series of events that started in Brooklyn and moves all around. 2015 Obie Award Winner! Best Ambulatory Feast of Experimental Performance- Village Voice Best of 2013. Curators Andrew Dinwiddie, Caleb Hammons, and Jeff Larson. Cathy Weis curates an amazing series of events at her loft on Broadway. Sundays on Broadway Free! Cathy Weis Studio/Weisacres, 537 Broadway, between Prince and Spring streets. Press buzzer #3 and walk upstairs. Elevator available upon request The Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space. 155 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009 • 973.818.8495 Howl! Arts/Howl! Archive, a new project documenting the artistic history of Lower East Side. and East Village. Founded 2015 at 6 E. 1st St. Lincoln Center Claire Tow Theater on the roof of the Beaumont. 112 seats and the home of their LCT3 program for new works and new audiences. Great space. Head Bronx-ward for Arthur Aviles and crew's BAAD (Bronx Academy of Arts & Dance) classes, events, parties! Do go to the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site. It's beautiful, evocative and disturbing. Yes there was all that squabbling over money and real estate and politics but this expression of a void, of loss, is very moving. And if your range extends to a few hours north, check out Mount Tremper Arts near Woodstock. Matthew Pokoik curates a really excellent series, with talents like Young Jean Lee, Tere O'Connor, Jonah Bokaer, Brian Rogers, and poet Ann Carson trying out new work. Also in the Summer, The International Festival of Arts & Ideas in New Haven. 14 days of all sorts of great stuff. Just a Metro-North commutor train ride away from NYC. Greenlight bookstore in Ft. Greene has a great series of readings, book groups, etc. So does McNally Jackson in Soho and Williamsburg.