The Arizona Theatre Company is a professional regional theatre company operating in both Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona. The company has been known as the official "State Theatre of Arizona" since 1978. It performs a season of six productions at two theatres—the only League of Resident Theatres member to do so—at the Temple of Music and Art in Tucson and the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix.
ATC was founded in 1966 as the Arizona Civic Theatre and performed in the basement -of the old Santa Rita Hotel in Tucson. In 1972, the company achieved full professional status and became a member of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT).
In the past 45 seasons, ATC has produced more than 280 plays, from the classics of Shakespeare, Shaw and Molière to the works of contemporary writers such as Shepard, Stoppard and Fugard. ATC has also committed itself to the development and presentation of new works both on the mainstage and through special programs.
ATC is actively involved in numerous educational and community engagement programs in its various communities in an effort to increase public awareness of ATC and cultivate current and future audience interest and support.
Learning & Community Engagement
Arizona Theatre Company offers both adult and student learning opportunities state-wide. Annually, ATC engages over 12,000 students with live professional theatre performances; serves Arizona classrooms with over 1400 hours of pre- and post-performance workshops; reaches over 100 Arizona schools in 8 counties; and offers more than 240 audience talkbacks and post-show discussions with creative artists.
Student programs include the Student Matinee Series, MySHAKESPEARE and Open Doors. MySHAKESPEARE is a multi-layered three-year community engagement project focusing on the words and performance of Shakespeare. The students participating in Open Doors attend professional productions, including theatre, ballet, opera and symphony. Following the performance, students meet with guests artists to discuss the production and its elements.
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