Inside ATC

About The Play: Women in Jeopardy!

Crime and punishment. Law and order. Wine and cheese. One of these is not like the others, except in Wendy MacLeod’s Women in Jeopardy!, a perfectly structured mash-up

Celebrate Everything with STEM SWAG!

ATC is proud to partner with STEM SWAG during our 54th Season! Throughout the season they are supplying us with beautiful floral arrangements for our opening night celebrations in Phoenix.

UArizona Student Makes ATC Debut!

On December 3, University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television junior, Camden Stankus, went on stage to play the role of Elizabeth Darcy with thirty minutes notice!

About The Play: Christmas at Pemberley

What is it about Jane Austen? Is it the setting, England during the Regency, where a prince instead of a king ruled and empire waist dresses were introduced by another “Emma”? Is it the language, where women speak up and men listen?

Q&A with Costume Designer Connie Furr

As we voyage into rehearsals for the next show in our 54th season, we are delighted to feature another Arizona artist, Arizona State University professor (and award-winning design extraordinaire) Connie Furr.

A Letter from Pemberley Cast Member Seth Tucker

Dear ATC Family, The wait is over. The silence that befell the theatre has lifted. The darkness that filled our stage has been banished, and the emptiness that filled both our seats and hearts

Secrets Behind The Scenes

Off The Record … Mr. and Mrs. Darcy’s chemistry sizzles on stage and off!  Newlyweds John Patrick Hayden and Alexis Bronkovic met in Minneapolis while working on Born Yesterday at the Guthrie Theatre.

Student Matinees Are Back!

Thursday, November 18 marked another great day in the return of live theatre at ATC! Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley welcomed over 500 students from around Tucson for our first Student Matinee in almost 2 years.

‘Miss Bennet’ gives new life to ‘Pride and Prejudice’ characters

Orignially published in the Arizona Daily Star. by Cathalena E. Burch Poor Mary Bennet. Jane Austen barely gave her any ink in her 19th century novel “Pride and Prejudice.” Mary, the middle of the five Bennet sisters,

Q&A with Seth Tucker

Meet Seth Tucker Seth conducted this interview while working at Barnstormers Theatre in New Hampshire. Renowned as the oldest summer stock of 91 years in the country, he is currently performing in a reimagined telling

Shop It Forward!

SHOP IT FORWARD TO HELP BENEFIT ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY! Join us in celebrating Scottsdale Fashion Square’s 60th Anniversary by Shopping it Forward from October 15 – December 15.

BTS: Christmas at Pemberley

Check it out! The Production Department has been busy working on the set of Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley. Follow along in this time lapse video, see the backdrop and flooring of the set come to life!

Q&A with Elena Quach

Meet Elena Quach  Elena expresses that’s she is so freaking excited, and that her students are ecstatic about her being cast. Upon telling them on the first day of school that she would be missing some of the winter session, her students excitedly exclaimed,

ATC Returns to the Stage

Originally published on ONStageAZ.com.   A new direction, mission and leadership team advance ATC into its 54th season.   Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) puts artists and audiences at the heart of all it does.

“My 80-Year-Old Boyfriend” To Go Off-Broadway

Originally published on BroadwayWorld.com. By Robert Encila-Celdran It’s rush hour on a Friday afternoon and I have the good fortune to locate a parking spot across the lane from the Temple of Music and Art. I don’t recall parking this close

New Faces in ATC’s Education Department

ATC is pleased to introduce a new Education Department! Meet Director of Education Christopher Moseley and Education Outreach Coordinator Emily Burritt! Chris has been involved in theater education for over 15 years.

Now is the Moment Grants Commemoration

Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust Awards Surprise “Now is the Moment Grants Commemoration” to 71 Nonprofits, including ATC—the Largest Single-Day Grant Initiative in Arizona History 

Spotlighting Our Schools

This summer, as we prepared to get back on the mainstage, Arizona Theatre Company’s Production Department cleaned all of our lighting instruments. In doing so, we discovered we had equipment to share!

ATC Volunteer Ushers In the House

The Temple of Music and Art in Tucson was filled with laughter, friendship and joy on Saturday, September 4 as nearly 150 volunteers gathered for an orientation to prepare for ATC’s long-anticipated 54th Season.

Rachel Lynett Wins ATC’s 2021 NLPA

Rachel Lynett, a playwright, producer, and teaching artist, has won Arizona Theatre Company’s 2021 National Latinx Playwrights Award for Black Mexican. Set against current questions of inclusion and representation,

New Research: Benefits of Live Theatre

Live theatre can boost empathy and pro-social behavior, according to new research by Eric W. Dolan, published in PsyPost July 25, 2021. Watching a live theatre production can increase empathy for the groups depicted in the plays

Thank You to The Stonewall Foundation

For over 15 years The Stonewall Foundation has graciously supported ATC through their grant making initiatives and recently awarded us with a $250,000 gift, enabling us to return to the stage

ATC Celebrates Pride at Scottsdale Fashion Square!

By Caroline Yu Posted June 18, 2021 in the Daily Independent Together with local organizations and businesses, Scottsdale Mayor David Ortega and other city officials celebrated Pride

ATC Thanks The Piper Charitable Trust

ATC would like to extend our deepest thanks to the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust for its recent grant to our organization to assist with impacts due to the COVID-19 crisis. The Piper Trust recognizes

Gary Jackson Turns 60: Tito’s Vodka Celebrates with ATC

Tito’s Handmade Vodka and a group of friends came together at Christopher’s at Wrigley Mansion to celebrate Gary Jackson’s 60th Birthday, a fundraiser for Arizona Theatre Company. Jackson is an advocate for the arts,

“how to make an American Son” receives NEA Grant

Arizona Theatre Company has been approved for a $10,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support how to make an American Son. This project will support salaries and wages for the world premiere production

Returning to the Stage in a Healthy Way

We acknowledge that everything in the world has changed with the worldwide pandemic, and there is perhaps no industry more impacted than the arts. But we’re adapting every single day. We’re working with other theatres

Virtual Student Matinees: Somewhere Over the Border

We are thrilled that our Virtual Student Matinee Series was successful this season! Our production of Somewhere Over the Border, a new musical that follows the story of Reina as she goes on a journey to find a better life for her and her son,

ATC Announces 2022 Gala Date

Arizona Theatre Company will hold its gala, A Celebration of the 54th Season, on Saturday, March 12, 2022, at the Temple of Music and Art in Downtown Tucson. More information coming soon!

Arizona Theatre Company Announces 54th Season

Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) on May 14, 2021, unveiled its 54th Season, including six productions in Tucson and six productions in Phoenix starting in September 2021 and running through July 2022.

Society of Chairs 2021

Congratulations to all of the recipients, including our very own!   Sean Daniels and Geri Wright were honored with the Community Champion Nonprofit Executive Award at the Frontdoors Media Society of Chairs Gala!

Robert O’Brien honored by Kennedy Center

Mesa Community College student Robert O’Brien has been honored by the 2021 Kennedy Center American Region 8 College Theatre Festival for his scene,“The Regular Thursday Night D&D Game.”

John Larroquette in ATC’s Audio Play: The Heath

Join us for The Heath, Lauren Gunderson’s heartwarming story based on her grandfather’s life. Lauren turns her storytelling on herself as she wrestles with how you make peace with a beloved relative who seems unlike you in every way.

Digital Play Reading: Ponzi

When a person is defined by something they do or what they have, what happens when their identity changes? As part of RomeroFest, a month-long celebration of the diverse, thoughtful and impactful works of Arizona Theatre Company

Ready, Set, Give!

Save the Date for Arizona Gives Day on April 6, 2021!   With every gift of support, you help keep live professional theatre in Arizona.    AZ Gives Day is a yearly giving movement with the goal of uniting nonprofit organizations big & small.

Digital Play Reading: Halsted

How do we love and find hope when we don’t have the words? As part of RomeroFest, a month-long celebration of the diverse, thoughtful and impactful works of Arizona Theatre Company Playwright-in-Residence Elaine Romero,

Carol DuVal Whiteman: Emeritus Trustee

The Arizona Theatre Company staff, volunteers, artists and Board of Trustees extend a heartfelt thank you to Carol DuVal Whiteman for her visionary leadership and support of the arts and education in Tucson. She had a love of the stage.

ATCteen Improv Team FUSAI

We’re so proud of ATCteen improv team FUSAI (or the Future Underground Society of Arizona Improv) for performing two shows in February! Earlier this month, they performed in Unscrewed Theater’s Sunday Smashup alongside other teams.


In collaboration with The Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre and Winding Road Theater Ensemble, ATC is producing RomeroFest, a month-long celebration of the diverse, thoughtful and impactful works of ATC Playwright-in-Residence Elaine Romero

We Reached Our Goal!

We Reached Our Goal! Every dollar that was donated to our Bring Us Back to Live campaign has made it possible for us to return to live professional theatre later this year. Along with our anonymous matching funds donors, we couldn’t

Coronalogs: New Works Collaboration

The first Coronalogs: Explorations of Identity, Culture and Well-Being During COVID-19, a partnership between Arizona Theatre Company and local community colleges to create new works by student playwrights focusing on the human

Chanel Bragg: FrontdoorsTV

Carey Pena speaks with Associate Artstic Director Chanel Bragg about how ATC moved quickly to keep subscribers and supporters engaged. Throughout these last 10 months, we have launched a Podcast, Digital Season, and Matching Funds Campaign.

I. Michael Kasser: Super Achiever

Real Estate Mogul, Avid Athlete, Philanthropist By David Pittman From the January edition of BizTucson I. Michael Kasser has many interesting accomplishments to his name after 80 years on this planet. His greatest business success is unquestionably

Gerry Murphy: Honorary Trustee

The Arizona Theatre Company staff, volunteers, artists and Board of Trustees extend a heartfelt thank you to Gerry Murphy for his support. Gerry had a lifelong respect for the ability of the arts to nourish a more civilized society.

ATCteen Participates in #ENOUGH

Nine students from the Tucson area, Mesa and Laveen participating in our ATCteen program are playing key roles in the digital premiere of seven winning plays from #ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence, a national short play competition

Education & The Realness

In November, over 300 students from six schools in three different Arizona Counties, tuned in to watch our Digital Reading of The Realness.   In addition to watching the digital production, schools received a worksheet with discussion questions.

Digital Play Reading: The Realness

T.O. has escaped the suburbs and comes to the big city to immerse himself in authentic, “REAL” hip-hop culture. It doesn’t get much more real than MC Prima. The moment he meets her, T. O. falls madly in love. But when he becomes

Bring Us Back to Live: Matching Funds Campaign

Arizona Theatre Company Launches New Fundraising Campaign ‘Bring Us Back to Live’ will help ensure the show will go on A “ghost light” is a small, single-bulbed light that shines whenever a theater is dark. Some say it chases away spirits;

THINGS I KNOW TO BE TRUE to Become Amazon Series

Things I Know To Be True, the Andrew Bovell play that ATC co-produced the American premiere of, is in the works to become an Amazon series starring and executive produced by Nicole Kidman. ATC co-produced the American premiere of

Slivy Edmonds: Honorary Trustee

The Arizona Theatre Company staff, volunteers, artists and Board of Trustees extend a heartfelt thank you to Slivy Edmonds for her visionary leadership and support of the arts and education in Tucson. As a longtime ATC trustee and honorary trustee,

Benjamin Scheuer: In Concert From London

In an Arizona Theatre Company exclusive, award winning singer-songwriter/children’s-book-author Benjamin Scheuer streams in from England, performing one of London’s first in-person concerts.  The video will be available to ATC subscribers on October 15th

Digital Play Reading: Slow Food

Irene and Peter just want to have a nice meal out on their big anniversary in Palm Springs. But their highly neurotic waiter, Stephen, will not bring them their food, and everything goes horribly, ridiculously wrong. This absurd server will have

Eliana Pipes Wins 2020 ATC NLPA

Eliana Pipes, a playwright, actor and filmmaker, has won Arizona Theatre Company’s 2020 National Latinx Playwriting Award for Dream Hou$e, which follows two Latinx sisters on an HGTV-style show who are selling their family home,

A Message from Geri Wright, ATC Managing Director

Dear ATC Friends and Supporters, Arizona Theatre Company’s board and staff are determined to continue bringing you high-quality theatre virtually and as soon as it is safe in-person on our stages. Hear from our Managing Director Geri Wright

Digital Play Reading: Alma

Audiences will be able to enjoy the launch of our first of in a series of creative digital performance offerings with Alma, the story of a daughter and her mother and the thread of the American dream. Written by Benjamin Benne, our 2019 Latinx

Char & Alan Augenstein: Frontdoors Magazine

10 Questions with Char and Alan Augenstein: Philanthropists and arts supporters. From the August 2020 Issue of Frontdoors Magazine 1. Where did you move to Arizona from, and when? CHAR: We were excited to have the opportunity

The 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues

The 24 Hour Plays will partner with Arizona Theatre Company on an exciting edition of The 24 Hour Plays: Viral Monologues, available July 14th on IGTV @24hourplays, on The 24 Hour Plays’ Facebook and YouTube channels, and on their website.

Chanel Bragg: Associate Artistic Director

Arizona native Chanel Bragg, an artist and passionate advocate for equity, diversity and inclusion, has been named Associate Artistic Director. A graduate of Northern Arizona University and Cortez High School, Bragg is a producer, director,

Hang & Focus: The Podcast

Arizona Theatre Company has launched a podcast! Available on Facebook, Youtube, Apple Podcasts, and Spotify. Hang & Focus Live allows us to share the connection to the art we create, the artists we love and support, our staff and you, our patrons

The White Chip: A Benefit Reading

The original Off-Broadway cast of The White Chip will perform a live reading for audiences to see of ATC’s Sean Daniels’ play about his unusual path to sobriety as a fundraiser for The Voices Project, a grassroots recovery advocacy organization, and ATC.

We Will Weather The Storm

Dear Friends, First and foremost, I hope you and your family are safe and sound. I know for me, I’m waking up every morning grateful to be in this community, working at and fighting for the theater that changed my life when my parents brought me

Behind the Scenes: Trees for Women in Jeopardy!

While we get ready for The Legend of Georgia McBride to hit our stage, our Production is already hard at work building the set for our next show, Women in Jeopardy! As part of that set build, they are creating some amazing trees! Click through

Artist Spotlight: Patrick Holt (Tempest DuJour)

Spotlight on Patrick Holt (Tempest DuJour), Costume Designer for The Legend of Georgia McBride. When strangers discover that I do drag I get one of two responses. There’s either an exclamation of fabulosity and delight, or an uncomfortable pause

ATCteen Phoenix at ADE Youth Arts Showcase

ATCteen Phoenix was asked by our friends at the Arizona Department of Education to perform at their Youth Arts Showcase Event on March 6th. A group of our students will be devising a piece of theatre based on a painting by the Arizona winner

The Honors College Visits “Master Harold”…and the Boys

ATC would like to thank ASU’s Dr. Mathew Sandoval and his 40+ students from Barrett, The Honors College who attended a performance of “Master Harold”…and the Boys as part of their Human Event course work. Dr. Sandoval integrated the important

ATC@FilmBar: Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Don’t miss our ATC@FilmBar film series! Our last film screening of the season is, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Wednesday, March 25, 6:00 p.m. Arizona Theatre Company, in collaboration with FilmBar, presents ATC@FilmBar, a short series of films

February 2020 ATC Donor Events

ATC donors and friends had an amazing month of events at Arizona Theatre Company. Great Food, Good Friends and Stimulating Conversations are what you can expect at Opening Night Dinners at ATC! The Giving Circles Opening Night Dinner at

From our Cohorts: Opening Night

“Master Harold and the Boys”, Opening Night, January 24th, 2020 One of the privileges of being in the Cohort Club is to see the evolution of a play from the first rehearsals all the way through to its opening night. One can enjoy the whole

From our Cohorts: January 14, 2020

Cohort Club, “Master Harold and the Boys”, January 14th, 2020 This was the first day of tech rehearsals in the theater with the stage manager and lighting and sound personnel situated in the middle of the theater with their equipment and computers. The first part of this (first session) was spent discussing

From our Cohorts: January 10, 2020

Cohort Club, “Master Harold and the Boys”, January 10th, 2020 First morning session. This session focused on the first part of the play up to the end of Hally’s first phone call with his mother. The director’s emphasis was on the nuances of mood and mood shift. One concern of the director was to ensure […]

From our Cohorts: Cabaret Opening Night

Opening night (December 6th 2019) One of the great things about being in the Cohort Club is that one gets to see the evolution of a production from its earliest beginnings all the way through to opening night. In the case of Cabaret I was able to attend the earlier rehearsals but, unfortunately, had to […]

From Our Cohorts: Cabaret, November 12, 2019

The final session of the day (4:30pm – 7:30pm) in the rehearsal room was a “stumble through” of Act I with the entire cast present. And yes, “stumble through” is official theater terminology! Before the start of the scene the director pointed out that up until now the cast had been working

From Our Cohorts: Misha Kachman and the Design of The Royale

By Howard Allen & Royce Sparks On my first day in the Arizona Theatre Company’s new Cohort Club, I listened to a table read of “The Royale,” the first play of the season and the first play choice of ATC’s new Artistic Director Sean Daniels (who brought the Cohort Club community sharing idea with him […]

From Our Cohorts: Why We Go To the Theater

There are many reasons why we go to the theater: to be amused by wit, parody, and satire; to learn something new or to see something we thought we knew in a new way; to be provoked and sometimes infuriated. But why the theater, that most ancient of art forms, when we could be at […]

From Our Cohorts: The Royale, September 1, 2019

Day 18, September 1st, 2019 This Sunday was the last day of rehearsals in the rehearsal room before the technical rehearsals begin in the theatre next week. The last two afternoon sessions involved going over certain the details at end of Scene 5 and the beginning of Scene 6, a

From Our Cohorts: The Royale, August 24, 2019

Day 11, August 24th, 2019 The last two sessions of the day were devoted to scene 6. This is the climax of the play. It is a complex scene with many moving parts that have to mesh together at the end to deliver, as it were, the knockout punch. The scene centers on the confrontation […]

From Our Cohorts: The Royale, August 21, 2019

Day 8, August 21st, 2019 The last two afternoon sessions focused on Scene 5. This scene is set in the locker room just before the big fight between Jay and Bixby. The three main components are: (i) Fish presenting Jay with a gramophone; (ii) The meeting between Jay and his sister,

From Our Cohorts: The Royale, August 17, 2019

Day 5, August 17th 2019 The cast are now rehearsing on their feet. They are, as it were, finding out where they stand in the play and where they stand on the stage. The focus of the first morning session was Scene 1, the fight between Fish and Jay. The director emphasized precise positioning of […]

From Our Cohorts: The Royale, August 14, 2019

Day 2, August 14th 2019 I attended the “Table Work” sessions from 12 – 3pm (the day ended at 6pm). Scenes 1 and 2 were read through, two or three times each, and the concepts and characters were refined in the course of this iterative process. A couple of things stood out to me. In […]

Meet the Artist: LOW DOWN DIRTY BLUES Scenic Designer

VIDEO: Courtesy of Second Nature Productions, LLC. Click here to watch the video interview. Vicki Smith is the scenic designer for ATC’s production of Low Down Dirty Blues and a longtime collaborator at ATC. Most recently, she designed the set for our production

In Context: Irish Farming Traditions and OUTSIDE MULLINGAR

AUTHOR: Lorraine Koleski, ATC Dramaturgical Volunteer, with Erin Treat Schauer, Dramaturg In part, Outside Mullingar revolves around four characters who are deeply tied to the traditions of Irish family farming. The characters’ essential connection to the land, to their ancestors,

Flip The Script: The Poetry of Marisela Treviño Orta

We’re thrilled to be producing Marisela Treviño Orta’s magical play The River Bride. The play is one of a trilogy of grim Latino fairy tales penned by the playwright, including Wolf at the Door (premiering at the New Jersey Repertory Company next fall) and Alcira. In addition to writing for the theatre,

Community Partnership: Chapel Haven West

AUTHOR: Erin Treat, Online Engagement Coordinator As part of our renewed commitment to our Arizona communities, Arizona Theatre Company is proud to share the details of a burgeoning partnership with Chapel Haven West! Chapel Haven West (CHW) is a private nonprofit agency in Tucson

Meet the Artist: CHAPTER TWO Director Marsha Mason

VIDEO: Second Nature Productions, LLC. Click here to watch the video interview. Marsha Mason is the director for ATC’s 2017/2018 season opener, Chapter Two. Ms. Mason returns to ATC this season after directing last season’s production of An Act of God. She has received four Academy Award


AUTHOR: Chloe Loos, Artistic Intern ­­ATC’s Holmes and Watson carries on a long and storied tradition of reimagining the canon (which refers to the short stories and novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle), characters, situations, and even time or location of the famous detective. Why has he survived

Flip The Script: Roots Music In RING OF FIRE

AUTHOR: Chloe Loos, Artistic Intern Did you know that some of your favorite songs have been in the making since the time of your great-great-(maybe even great)-grandparents? Due to America’s history of immigration and colonialism, our early music came from a wide variety of people.

In Context: Johnny Cash’s Influence Today

AUTHOR: Chloe Loos, Artistic Intern Not many artists can say that they’ve had a music career spanning over fifty years, released 96 records across multiple different labels, and sold over 90 million copies, but Johnny Cash can. That – and his inclusion in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame,

Meet The Team: Phoenix Box Office Manager Geri Silvi

Re-published with permission from OnMedia Publications. Meet Geri Silvi, Arizona Theatre Company Box Office Manager and the March Arts Hero. Geri is often the first point of contact for theatregoers, and she uses the opportunity to make their experience positive.

Flip The Script: Rasquachismo and LA ESQUINITA, USA

AUTHOR: Chloe Loos, Artistic Intern Despite the striking set design and incredible use of sound and lights in La Esquinita, USA, perhaps the most striking feature is the unique aesthetic attitude the show maintains. As the show’s first regional production,

In Context: El Teatro Campesino

AUTHOR: Chloe Loos, Artistic Intern La Esquinita, USA was developed at El Teatro Campesino, the longest running Chicano theatre in the United States. The company was founded in 1965 by Luis Valdez on the Delano picket lines of the United Farmworkers Union

In Context: From The Creative Behind LA ESQUINITA, USA

AUTHOR: Rubén C. González, Playwright / Performer of La Esquinita, USA I began writing La Esquinita, USA in 2007. I was working as a substitute teacher in Southeast Los Angeles to subsidize my acting career, when I was asked to teach a class of troubled high schoolers for ten weeks.

In Context: A Note From The Director Of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

AUTHOR: David Ira Goldstein, ATC Artistic Director and Director of Fiddler on the Roof When Fiddler on the Roof opened on Broadway in 1964, it was instantly embraced. Fiddler became the first Broadway show to run for more than 3,000 performances, it spawned hundreds of productions

Behind the Scenes: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Rehearsals

AUTHOR: Arizona Theatre Company We can’t invite you directly into the rehearsal room (we wouldn’t all fit!), but we’re giving you the next best thing! Our first-ever video blog gives you a special, behind-the-scenes look at the first week of rehearsals for Fiddler on the Roof.

Meet The Artist: KING CHARLES III Scenic Designer G. W. Mercier

AUTHOR: Erin Treat, Online Engagement Coordinator G. W. Mercier is the scenic designer for ATC’s 50th Anniversary Season-opener, King Charles III. His past work includes Head of Passes (Public Theater), for which he received Lucile Lortel and Drama Desk Award nominations;

Meet The Artist: DISCORD Actor Mark Gagliardi

AUTHOR: Erin Treat, Online Engagement Coordinator Mark Gagliardi plays Charles Dickens in ATC’s much-loved production of The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord. He has appeared on stage (and online)

Meet The Artist: DISCORD Actor Larry Cedar

AUTHOR: Erin Treat, Online Engagement Coordinator Larry Cedar plays Thomas Jefferson in ATC’s current production, The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord. His work spans theatre, film, television, voice acting, and more.

Flip The Script: Intersecting Lives

AUTHOR: MERLE REAGLE Merle Reagle, who passed last August, was the Sunday crossword creator for the Arizona Daily Star, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and 50 other major papers. Merl grew up in Tucson and was a longtime friend of Discord playwright Scott Carter.

Meet the Artist: DISCORD Actor Armin Shimerman

AUTHOR: Erin Treat, Online Engagement Coordinator Armin Shimerman plays Count Leo Tolstoy in ATC’s latest production, The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord. He’s best known for his work on the science-fiction series

Meet The Performer: Lola Yamasaki

Author: Katherine Monberg, Literary Associate Meet Lola! Lola is a nine-year-old shepherd mix, and our esteemed canine guest for the Tucson run of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. In the text of Steinbeck’s novella and on the stage, Lola is a symbol: of love and connection

Behind The Scenes: FENCES – A Story In Paint

AUTHOR: Lydia Lopez, Scenic Art Intern How does a scenic artist tell a story? A painter of theatrical scenery brings the set to life by way of paint color matching, style of application, texture, and surface finishes. Sometimes it’s a very realistic set, other times it’s about cleanliness

Meet The Artist: FENCES Actor James T. Alfred

AUTHOR: Erin Treat, Online Engagement Coordinator James T. Alfred plays Lyons in ATC’s critically acclaimed production of August Wilson’s Fences. Other ATC credits include Jitney, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, To Kill a Mockingbird, and most recently, The Mountaintop.

In Context: Reading In The Digital Age

AUTHOR: Chloe Loos and Katherine Monberg “People don’t read things!” A common complaint around my desk and my dinner table, as my colleagues and family will attest, from a dramaturg whose craft revolves around literature and language. But my assertion really isn’t quite true;

Staff Picks: Digital Content We Love

Among other things, Sex With Strangers deals with a writer’s life in the blogosphere. Many up-and-coming writers and artists are now getting their start online – writing blogs, self-publishing e-books, hosting podcasts and YouTube channels, etc.

Meet The Artist: Stray Cat Theatre

Author: Ron May, Stray Cat Theatre Artistic Director Arizona Theatre Company has added a seventh show to the 2015-16 season as it presents Sex With Strangers, a very special production from Stray Cat Theatre, one of Arizona’s leading indie theatre companies. Stray Cat Theatre

In Context: The American Century Cycle

Author: Katherine Monberg, Literary Associate August Wilson’s American Century Cycle is a collection of ten plays that chronicle a collective century of the Black American experience, with each of the ten plays set in a different decade spanning the 20th century. Nine of the ten plays

Flip The Script: Songs From SNAPSHOTS

If you’re a fan of Wicked, Godspell, or Pippin, chances are you recognize some of the tunes in ATC’s latest show, Snapshots. But can you name all 28 songs? We’ve put together a playlist of some of the songs that appear in Snapshots, sung with their original lyrics, to help you “name that tune” when […]

Meet The Artist: ‘DISGRACED’ Scenic Designer John Ezell

John Ezell is the Scenic Designer for ATC’s exciting Arizona premiere production of Disgraced. We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Mr. Ezell to discuss his work on the production. ATC: Your original background is in painting. How did you transition from painting to scenic design?

In Context: Music, the World, and Irving Berlin

AUTHOR: KATHERINE MONBERG, LITERARY ASSOCIATE Hello, and welcome to the ATC blog! My name is Katherine Monberg, and I’m the Literary Manager at ATC. Among the many theatrical aspects that all combine to make a production is the wonderful world of dramaturgy:

Flip the Script: The Dulcet Tones of Tin Pan Alley

AUTHOR: KATHERINE MONBERG, LITERARY ASSOCIATE Tin Pan Alley is the designation given to the collection of music publishers and songwriters that developed and dominated the music publishing industry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries,

In Context: Stray Cat Artistic Director Ron May

AUTHOR: RON MAY, STRAY CAT THEATRE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR I’m on Facebook a lot. I tend to be a colossal smartass: my posts are rarely safe for work, I have a total potty mouth, and I also have a running gag of posting what people have called my “guy on scruff” posts. They are interactions I […]