The Learning & Education Department


Mission Statement:

To use theatre as a catalyst to inspire creativity.

We are committed to fostering the imagination and skill sets of all ages and offer various programs to enrich and empower every individual. From student matinees and school-based residencies to internships and master classes, we have something for everyone. Art plays a vital role in the creation of a healthy society. We believe in the power of theatre arts to affect social change. That is why Arizona Theatre Company’s unique learning opportunities are designed to increase awareness and celebrate difference. We’re all going on a journey. It is all about the art and the audience. Sometimes in partnership, sometimes in collision. From both places learning and opportunity emerge.

Theatre Arts education has been a part of the mission since the company’s inception in 1967. With a starting point of performances staged in the ballroom of a Tucson hotel, Arizona Theatre Company now offers an array of education and community programming strategically designed to place live theatre throughout the state.

In the 2017/2018 Season, ATC Learning & Education

Served over 13,000 students

Had Residencies in 10 out of 15 countries

And partnered with 291 schools and organizations

Our programming can be broken up into three categories:

For Students programs such as ATCteen and SOS that young people ages 13-19 can get involved with

For Educators Ways of integrating the arts into classrooms across the state and exposing students to professional theatre in our theatres

For All for the student of any age to engage more deeply with theatre in a myriad of ways


Director of Learning & Education

Israel Jimenez is the Director of Learning and Education for Arizona Theatre Company. Before joining the ATC family, Israel led Valley Youth Theatre’s education department efforts as Director of Education and Outreach. He oversaw the central components of the theatre’s education and community programs, including the award-winning Literacy and the Arts program- a partnership with Arizona school districts that utilizes the live theatre experience to increase time spent reading, comprehension of the story, and exposure to the performing arts. Mr. Jimenez taught theatre arts at Arizona School for the Arts, directing ASA’s main-stage productions and established their first improvisation troupe. As an actor, Mr. Jimenez has performed with local and regional theatre companies including Childsplay, Southwest Shakespeare, Seattle Children’s Theatre, Pacific Conservatory Theatre, and with Arizona Theatre Company’s Café Bohemia. Mr. Jimenez is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts and holds a BFA in Theatre Arts from the Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

Education Associate (Tucson)

Jasmine Roth is the Education Associate for Arizona Theatre Company in Tucson. She graduated summa cum laude from Union College in Schenectady, NY, with her Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts. She also trained as an actor with the Powerhouse Apprentice Program, Saratoga Shakespeare Company, and SITI Company. Before joining the ATC Learning & Education team, Ms. Roth taught theatre and dance for several organizations and schools throughout Tucson, including ZUZI!, Diverse Dance, Christian Youth Theater, and the Catalina Foothills School District Community Schools Program. She can also be found as a freelance actor, dancer, and director for several local theatre companies.

Alina Burke
ATCteen Coordinater


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