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 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.

UA Presents at University of Arizona Tucson (520) 621-3341 (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.

Nearly Naked Theatre (602) 254-2151 they seem to be on hiatus right now, but hopefully will be back with us soon.

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 in new location at 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, Sarah Sullivan, and Ashley Hare

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

Southwest Shakespeare Company at Mesa Arts Center

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

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 And keep checking their film schedule; too many great films for me to list all of them.

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 recent 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!

FALL 2020 in the Valley of the Sun

italics=School of Music, Dance & Theatre (MDT) production

Events in all bold (not just the title) counts as credit for my students


Please let me know about online performances so I can list them!

A good source of virtual programming (always changing) is the TDF site, where you can sign up for a weekly newsletter letting you know about virtual programming of Broadway/Off-Broadway/Off-Off B shows and more.


29 JUST GIVE ME ONE HALF HOUR WITH MY MOTHER new solo by Deb Margolin. Webcast by Dixon Place (NYC) 7:30pm EST

-10-24 THE ROOM by Harold Pinter. Archival Rehearsal footage from the Wooster Group (NYC) 

 27  FUTURE ID'S AT ALCATRAZ premiere of film about ASU School of Art professor Gregory Sale project working with formerly incarcerated on envisioning life post-prison. 4pmEST/1pm MST screening and panel discussion. Register/free


16 REPERTORY CONVERSATIONS WITH A.I.M Choreographer Kyle Abraham and his company members talk about their work.  Free!  12-1pm. ASU Gammage Beyond 

17  Kristina Wong, Daniel Alexander Jones (Jomama Jones), Constance Hockaday in "conversation about art, activism, and the performance of power." Kristina has been presented many times by Gammage Beyond and is always amazing, witty and powerful. Presented by UCLA CAP  7pm AZ time

18-Nov. 15. FORCED ENTERTAINMENT: COMPLETE WORKS TABLE TOP SHAKESPEARE: AT HOME presented by Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA. Rotating schedule so go to site to get the details. I saw the live version of these very inventive and weirdly appealing shake-out of Shakes back in 2018. And here's the virtual version!  All 36 plays now modified for at-home performances. "The combined performances in Complete Works: Table Top Shakespeare: At Home explore the dynamic force of narrative in relation to Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies, histories and late plays. What follows is simple and idiosyncratic, absurd and strangely compelling and through a kind of lo-fi, home-made puppetry, the stories of the plays really do come to life in vivid miniature. Each play is intimately retold by one actor, sitting alone at a table alongside shelves lined with household objects and a collection of everyday products which become the play’s characters."  You must RSVP to get the full (rather complicated) schedule.

18 Downtown Variety: Take 14. LaMama and CultureHub present  "an online live performance series that features short acts of dance, music, theater, new media, comedy, A/V performance, and more. Responding to national protests and social isolation, Downtown Variety brings La MaMa's 1960s café aesthetic to a virtual platform that links performers and audiences in real time across distance" Featuring Belarus Free Theatre, Annie-B Parson+Stacy Stearns of Big Dance Theater, BaFia Santana, Paul D. Miller/DJ Spooky with Ali Santana, Tareke Ortiz, Nuum Collective,  Kameron Neal.  8pmEST Free

23 gather: a live online storytelling event. 6:30pm "Storytellers Steve Adelman, Chandra Crudup and Drew Drake will circle up with guest host Ruchi Kalra. The theme this month is “Remember When.”

23. SHFT: Daniel Nez "will discuss his artistic process and how he weaves in his Dine (Navajo) heritage into his work. Daniel Nez is an exhibiting artist from the Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts WEAVE exhibition, part of the CURIOcity series.  6pm viaFacebook Live

26 AMERICAN DREAMS  ASU Gammage Beyond   6pm. Live broadcast! Pre-register to participate!

"You are invited into the live online studio audience of American Dreams, a game show where you, the people, decides which contestant will receive the ultimate prize: instant citizenship to “the greatest nation on earth.” Weaving audience engagement throughout four rounds of voting and more, this playful participatory performance takes a page from America’s favorite game shows while exploring who and what we choose to believe—and how those choices come to shape who we are." By Leila Buck, with Tamilla Woodard, Jens Rasmussen, Osh Ghanimah, and Imran Sheikh Directed by Tamilla Woodard Design by: Stacey Derosier, Sam Kusnetz, T. Paul Lowry, Kerry McCarthy, and Ryan Patterson With: Andre Ali Andre, Leila Buck, India Nicole Burton, Jens Rasmussen, Imram Sheikh and Andrew Valdez. A Production of Working Theater

26-27 RABT  (Connection’ in Urdu) "is a devised theatre show that invites the audience to question and experience connection. It’s a dreamscape. It’s ethereal. The show reveals and conceals. But at the center of it all, the show asks the question: How, why, and when do we feel connected to ourselves, to others, and to God/Higher Reality?" Created by our extraordinary graduate student Muneera Batool (Interdisciplinary Media and Performance).  1-2:30pm PST . View on FaceBook And if you would like to be part of the audience that interacts with the piece, register here 

29 FINDING THE DREAM  7pm. "Violist and composer Nokuthula Ngwenyama unites with violinist/composer/educator Daniel Bernard Roumain for a special volley of music and discussion. These world-class artists will discuss how classical music is positioned in a world awakened to the need of a complex tune-up in equity, opportunity and representation. Ngwenyama debuts her new work, “Finding the Dream,” inspired by Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and recent victims of police brutality. Roumain provides musical counterpoint to the piece and elaborates on issues of moral amnesia, the urgent need for embracing systemic change, classical music’s lack of recognition of people of color past and present, and the trauma it can inflict. Send in your thoughts and questions during the show for a special Q&A and conversation with the artists.

30 FEMINIST FUTURES IN THE BORDERLANDS. 6-7:30pm AZ time. "Panel discussion about art, performance, gender, and borders. Five artists who participated in Binational Arts Residency: Ana Maria Alvarez (dancer/choreographer), Ana Teresa Fernandez (Visual), Carolina Aranibar-Fernandez (Multi-media), Yadira De La Riva (Theatre) sponsored by ASU Art Museum, Performance in the Borderlands. register

30 CONDER/dance "personal stories through dance. Performances by: Alicia-Lynn Nascimento castro and Alexander Patrick, Maya Toczek, Amy Symonds, Emily Laird, David A. Olarte and Anthony Denaro aka YNOT, Lauren Jimenez 6pm Facebook Live. Our very own Carley Conder and company!



-5 (and for 10 suceeding Mondays) 10 QUESTIONS: RECKONING UCLA School of the Arts presents a series of extraordinary artists and thinkers. "UCLA faculty members from disciplines as diverse as music, dance, theater, chemistry, anthropology, African American studies, gender studies, medieval studies, environmental law, public health and psychology will join UCLA Arts Associate Dean Victoria Marks to explore a fundamental question: What Is kindness? What is hope? What is loss? What is love?"  7-8:50pm PST

-11 New York Film Festival (virtual)  lots of premieres and world cinema (but purchase ticks soon because they sell out). Some highlights: a new print of the incredibly beautiful Wong Kar-Wai IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (2000), shot by the great cinematographer Christopher Doyle. A new doc by Frederick Wiseman! Spike Lee's take on David Byrne's AMERICAN UTOPIA! Films from Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mexico!

2-4 HUMAN NATURE Binary Theatre Company

3 Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art/SMOCA Fall Virtual Opening party. 6-8pm  And the Museum opens to actual in-person visits beginning October 3, but you need to reserve timed-entry.

9-Nov 1. Donmar Warehouse (London) presents Shakespeare on Film: Julius Caesar, Henry IV, and The Tempest. All Directed by Phyllida Lloyd.  Free! An excellent opportunity to see prominent performers and an important contemporary director tackle these plays. Filmed live in London in 2016 

10-12 Occidentalmente: Virtual Festival of Latin American Performance Art. "Coinciding with the controversial date of the much questioned "discovery of America", the program proposes a reflexion on the historical processes of actualization and revision of history considering post-colonial, decolonial, neo-indigenist, and emancipatory approaches that are present in today's societies. The virtual program will feature artists whose work reference notions of mestizaje, cultural syncretism, and socio-cultural hybridity that pronounce inclusion and not necessarily the obliteration of the historical process and human development."  Selected Artists: Yamila Gabriela Glardon (Argentina), Jefferson Skorupski (Brazil), Zheyra  Sofía Vera Castillo (Mexico), Andrez Olmos Guillen (Bolivia), Kareen Lorena Labbé Weber, MURTA (Chile), Salomé Cosmique (Colombia), Ariadna Pastorini (Uruguay), Arturo Herrera aka Toña (Honduras), Jorge Ismael Rodríguez Lopez de Lara (Mexico), Laura Elizabeth Victory (Argentina), Marcelo Angelo Díaz Tapia (Chile), and anarkolab (Brazil). Curated by Hector Canonge

10-14 HUDSON VALLEY DANCE FESTIVAL  7pm (EST) 4pm AZ time.  The stream will be available for 4 days after premiere on October 10.  " diverse collection of festival premieres, made-for-the-moment filmed shorts and highlights from past festivals, with choreography by Ayodele Casel, Billy Griffin, Stephen Petronio, Jamar Roberts, Caleb Teicher, Peter Walker and Adam Weinert" 

11 FALLING & LOVING directed by Anne Bogart and Elizabeth Streb. Performed by Bogart's SITI Company and Streb's Extreme Action dancers, to a text by Charles Mee. "swinging bowling balls and buckets that dump water, flour, confetti and more" Presented by Peak Performances, Montclair State University (NJ)  5pm AZ time (8pm EST)

12-23 DESPERADO LGBTQ FILM FESTIVAL Hosted by Paradise Valley Community College 

15 DANCING EARTH. ASU Gammage  7:30pm  "a multimedia dance theater work that illuminates the practical, spiritual and cultural aspects of renewable energy, combining intertribal perspectives with Indigenous futurities.  Dancing Earth's physical, visual and spiritual expression of timeless Indigenous ways in the contemporary world is a fascinating, beautifully compelling journey.

16 CROSSFADE LAB REUNION AND FUNDRAISER. 6-7:30PM  an online event to raise money for this CALA Alliance series. Featuring conversations and performances by Carla Morrison, Carolina Caycedo, Daniel Alarcon, Dolores Dorantes, Guillermo Galindo, Helado Negro, Julieta Venegas, Nao Bustamante, Natalie Diaz, Rafa Esparza, Rita Indiana, and Tania Candiani. Moderated by author and Crossfade LAB co-curator Josh Kun, all of the artists will tell new stories about trans-border cultural connections and moving our cultural imagination forward.

17-20 ROE by Lisa Loomer "an historically sweeping play with a large ensemble cast that illuminates the history of one of the most polarizing social issues of the modern era, the Roe v. Wade, U.S. Supreme Court ruling that established a woman’s right to an abortion. The play provides a reminder of the human stories behind the debates and how hard we have to work to compassionately communicate with people with whom we may disagree." Directed by Tracy Liz Miller (who did ASU's fabulous MEN IN BOATS a few years back). Produced by WAM Theatre 

23-24 COME AS YOU ARE Annual ball/cypher/workshop event sponsored by ASU Dance and Performance in the Borderlands. Films, workshops, panels. In memory of our much-mourned former colleague and mentor Marcus White. FB Live @comeasyouare_CAYA

23-25. MACHOS devised by Teatro Luna.  Lyceum Theatre. Directed by Alexandra Meda " In 2006, frustrated by the Patriarchy and its impact on all genders, Teatro Luna's Company of Latina and Women of Color set out to ask men the question directly: what does it mean to be a man and who taught you to become one? They ended up learning so much more. The result was Machos, a performance drawn from interviews with 100 men nationwide and performed in drag by the all-femme social justice theatre company in 2007 in Chicago and on a regional tour that the Chicago Tribune called "Hugely Entertaining".  From one young man’s relationship with his correctional officer father to a man cheating on his wife with himself, Machos presents a range of true-life stories with Teatro Luna’s trademark wit, humor and unique point of view. Revisiting this script over a decade later is an exciting challenge in light of the large-scale cultural shifts in relationship to gender, exploding the binary and expanding space for mainstream inclusion practices. What a moment this crisis presents in deepening our empathy and relationship to those on the margins through art that recenters people of the global majority."

via Vimeo

24-25 THERE'S SOMETHING OUT THERE Binary. @binarytheatreco

24 THE TAMING by Lauren Gunderson. Directed by Brenda Jean Foley and presented by the wonderful Bridge Initiative via Broadway on Demand. I think Gunderson is one of the most produced current playwrights. "Tweetering, pandashrews, and undying giddiness for James Madison -- what else could you expect to find at a Miss America pageant? In this hilarious, raucous, all-female "power-play" inspired by Shakespeare's Shrew, contestant Katherine has political aspirations to match her beauty pageant ambitions. All she needs to revolutionize the American government is the help of one ultra-conservative senator's aide on the cusp of a career breakthrough, and one bleeding-heart liberal blogger who will do anything for her cause. Well, that and a semi-historically-accurate ether trip. Here's lookin' at you, America."  4pm Saturday-4pm Sunday PDT

28 TAIKOPROJECT 6pm ASU Gammage "Drums and martial arts movement fill the theater with aural and visual landscapes. TaikoProject is exhilarating, explosive and will intrigue students through visual arts, choreography and rhythm. The artists also introduce new sounds through many different forms of percussion, bamboo flutes, yokobue, marimbas and koto—the Japanese Harp". Free! 

28 SOUL CLAPS IN THE SANCTUARY: politics of liberation in black queer music & dance of 80's 90's, 200's. DJ Scholar, Lynee Denise, and Dr. Marlon Bailey explore "questions of DJ culture, the ballroom dance scene in Detroit, and queer cultural production as a survival strategy in Black communities". Produced by Performance in the Border/Lands in connection with Come As You Are/CAYA. 10am RSVP:

-ongoing WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME Heidi Schreck. The film version just dropped on Amazon Prime. I was able to see the live show in NYC awhile back, and it's a brilliant blend of humor, information, self-analysis, and a reflection on our country and the complex document that brings us together (and asunder). Essential. I don't normally push commercially broadcast shows on this site, but it's an exceptional election year so I make an exception. 


6-10 Scottsdale International Film Festival (20th Annual) mostly online/streaming

7-8 MILES BETWEEN (a staged reading) Binary Theatre  @binarytheatreco

13-22. HEDDA GABLER by Henrik Ibsen. Galvin Playhouse. Directed by Heather Lee Harper


20-22. FOR THE VOICE Binary Theatre @binarytheatreco

20-22 ANTIGONE AT THE BORDER Phoenix' Teatro Bravo and Tucson's Borderlands Theatre co-pro this production directed by our very own Ricky Araiza and written by Borderland's David Pinate. "a groundbreaking collaboration of digital theatre-making. Antigone at the Border is a postcolonial reimagining of the Greek classic by Sophocles.  Ensemble members of Arizona’s two Latinx theater companies collaborate to interpret the story of Antigone Guzman, a DACA recipient and humanitarian aid worker who confronts her uncle, Creon Cardenas, the newly appointed border patrol chief of the Thebes sector in a battle of wills. Through livestream video and edited digital media, Antigone at the Border explores age-old questions of membership and belonging amongst Latinx border communities."

-ongoing WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME Heidi Schreck. The film version just dropped on Amazon Prime. I was able to see the live show in NYC awhile back, and it's a brilliant blend of humor, information, self-analysis, and a reflection on our country and the complex document that brings us together (and asunder). Essential. I don't normally push commercially broadcast shows on this site, but it's an exceptional election year so I make an exception. 






12-21  NEW PLAY FESTIVAL new work by our MFA Dramatic Writers.  Light Switch by Dave Osmundsen; All Hell by Jesse Saywell; en-DANGER!-ed by A.R. Corwin. Productions will be presented at either FAC 133 or Now & Then. 

MARCH 2021

19-28 HEDDATRON by Elizabeth Meriwether. Galvin Playhouse. Directed by Ron May

APRIL 2021

9-18 LUCHADORA! by Alvaro Saar Rios. Lyceum Theatre. Directed by Ricky Araiza

MAY 2021

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