Thursday, April 30, 2020

Quarantine Q/A: Trisha Ditsworth

Trisha Ditsworth 
photo by Reg Madison Photography
by Gil Benbrook

Our series of interviews with individuals involved in the Phoenix theatre community continues today with a conversation with Trisha Ditsworth, who has appeared in dozens of shows in town, including playing leads and supporting roles in many musicals at The Phoenix Theatre Company and Arizona Broadway Theatre. Ditsworth also just made her professional directorial debut directing Nice Work if You Can Get It at Ariona Regional Theatre.

COVID-19 has affected us all in many ways. The theatre community has been harshly impacted with show closures and postponements. We hope this series of daily interviews will be a way to provide some personal insight to what people are doing during this period of time while highlighting familiar individuals from the theatre community in town.

Was there a show you were in or involved with or preparing for when the stay at home order started? 

Ditsworth - "Yes, my husband (Matravius Avent) and I were in rehearsals for Something Rotten at The Phoenix Theatre Company. We will be back with the show at some point!"

How have you been personally impacted by our current situation? 

"Oh my goodness, what a difficult question. It has been incredibly challenging on so many levels. I have to remind myself to be grateful for what we do have, and not worry things I cannot control."

How has your daily routine changed? 

"Lately we have been waking up really early to work on a mural in our backyard. I love having extra time to paint, but I miss my friends and family so much. I miss being on stage, telling a story. I really miss my Something Rotten cast, they are AMAZING!"

What do you feel will be different when theater restarts? 

"I think a night at the theatre will mean more. We won’t take as much for granted. We will appreciate the simple joys of life!"

When do you think that’ll happen? 

"When it’s safe to do so. I sure hope it is sooner rather than later!"

What have you been doing to stay creative during this time? 

"I’ve participated in several online cabarets and interviews. I’ve been teaching as many lessons as I can over Zoom or Facetime, (acting and voice). I’m painting SO MUCH, which I absolutely love, but is very time consuming. I just finished a painting for a dear friend, and I think it took a total of 15 hours over several days."

Trisha Ditsworth in The Sound of Music at The Phoenix Theatre Company
photo by Reg Madison Photography
Any binge tv shows you’ve watched? 

"We’ve been watching Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and it is amazing what kind of lengths the show creators go to! So amazed by that show, and it’s perfect for two musical theatre lovers in our household."

Any new hobbies you’ve taken on? 

"I’m newly obsessed with cactus and succulents, so I’ve been planting a lot. Potting plants, learning how to propogate plants…it’s exciting! I love my plant babies. And of course, I have been painting/repurposing pots to put the plants in. Because, why not? I’ve got the time!"

How has this experience changed you? 

"It’s teaching me that I’m a bit impatient when it comes to life. Hopefully I am learning to slow down. Be more accepting of the unknown. Acknowledging and accepting my feelings even if they aren’t the best parts of me. I am learning to take deep breaths."

What is the one thing you’re most looking forward to when the stay at home order is lifted? 

"First, I need to hug my family and friends about 80 times. THEN...Performing in Something Rotten! It is one of the most hilarious shows I’ve ever been a part of, and I cannot wait to get back to the magic of theatre."

The Phoenix Theatre Company's Behind the Curtain, Episode 5 focuses on Partners That Heal

The Phoenix Theatre Company presents Behind the Curtain, Episode 5

A virtual backstage pass to all things The Phoenix Theatre Company

The Phoenix Theatre Company launches Behind the Curtain – a new, online-only show streaming every Thursday at 7:30pm. Every episode is a backstage pass to the magic of theatre. This week’s episode provides an inside look at Partners That Heal.

“This is your sneak peek into everything The Phoenix Theatre Company has to offer,” says show host and Producing Artistic Director Michael Barnard, “it’s your chance to interact with the people who inspire, unite and uplift our community and beyond.”

This week’s guests are the Partners Pasha Yamotahari, Brian Sweis, Mike Lawler, Kim Manning, Liz Pollen and Sally Jo Bannow along with staff from pediatric units in Phoenix hospitals. The episode will feature a Q&A with the Partners, demonstrations of improv games and an introduction to Partners That Heal LIVE, a new initiative for virtual hospital visits.

“As our medical community battles COVID-19, we're adapting to serve.” Says Partners That Heal Artistic Director Pasha Yamotahari. “We cannot enter patients' rooms, but we can still enter patients’ lives. Through remote, live visits to patients, families, and healthcare providers, we are continuing our mission of sharing imagination, interaction, and creating happy memories—which is needed now for than ever.”

Streaming starts Thursday, April 30 promptly at 7:30pm. Viewers can RSVP here and stream with or without a login here. To learn more about Partners That Heal, visit

Actor's Youth Theatre is seeking a new Artistic Director

Actor's Youth Theatre is seeking a new Artistic Director

Resume's are being accepted through 5/1/2020 at

Actor’s Youth Theatre is a non profit performing arts organization with the mission of educating,
entertaining, and enriching the lives of individuals in our community.
You have been hired as an independent contractor for an upcoming production with AYT.
The Independent Contractor Agreement contains information pertinent to the production, your
specific role, compensations, AYT’s code of conduct and important dates and is entered into
between: Actor’s Youth Theatre and the Contractor named below.

The Actor’s Youth Theatre Artistic Director is responsible for conceiving, developing, and
implementing the artistic vision and focus of a theatre company. He or she is responsible for all
major decisions about the ongoing development of the aesthetic values and activities, after
extensive consultation with the Executive Director.
This position is a part-time position and reports to the Executive Director.

General responsibilities include but are not limited to:
● Recommends hires to Executive Director and works with ED in supervising and
evaluating key personnel, including Educational Staff, Directors, Choreographers,
Production Manager and Stage Managers
● In conjunction with the Executive Director, develops, implements, and evaluates all
programing for the year including education for recommendation of the approval by the
Board of Directors
● With Executive Director, develops annual program budget for season lineup, and
classes/class schedule Board of Directors’ approval before the start of each fiscal year
● Acts as a spokesperson for the organization's artistic purpose via speaking
engagements, public and social appearances, and, as requested, at fundraising events
and solicitations
● Fosters the development of good relations with other cultural organizations by
participating in meetings and joint activities where appropriate
● By request of the Board of Directors/Executive Director, the Artistic Director may on a
monthly basis report to the Board of Directors to give an update on artistic/educational
programing activity
● Ensures all employees follow established policies and procedures established by the
Executive Director and the Board of Directors
● Ensures classes are covered each day by finding a substitute when instructors are not
able to, subbing for the teacher themselves or providing an appropriate alternative
activity for the students
● Plans and conducts monthly staff meetings (in person or via video conference)
● Perform post production debriefing after each show
● Job includes: Directing two (2) productions per season decided on by the AD and ED
and all performing groups (see contract for “Director”, “Music Director” and/or “Instructor”
● Abides by the AYT Staff Ethics Policy (see attached document)
● The Artistic Director may be asked to work directly with a member of the Board of
Directors or a sub-committee of the Board of Directors/ theatre community on a project
for the purposes of that work they will report to that member of the board/sub-committee

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
● Education and/or Experience: Bachelor’s degree (BA) from four-year college or
university with emphasis on stage production/theatre management; or two to four years
related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and
● Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret stage productions. Ability to
respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or
members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for
publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present
information to patrons, public groups, and/or the Board of Directors.
Personal Characteristics:
● Creative
● Outgoing, positive attitude and enthusiasm for working with children, young adults and
their families
● Demonstrated ability in creating and communicating a vision
● Demonstrated ability to achieve expected financial results
● Holds self accountable to high personal standards of conduct and professionalism
● Excellent coaching and developing skills
● Respect for individuals (students, parents, vendors, and employees)
● Appreciation of diversity (thought, ethnic, gender, etc)
● Flexible in approach; can readily adapt to business and team needs and changes
● Open to feedback and self improvement
● Dressed in proper dress code requirements, looking neat, clean and professional at all
● Exercises good judgment and decision making skills
● Previous theatre management experience desired
● Must demonstrate an extremely high regard for confidential and sensitive information

Physical and Environmental Work Conditions representative of those that must be met by a
team member to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential
While performing the duties of this position, the team member will regularly be required to:
● Work days, nights, and/or weekends as required
● Work in moderate to loud, fast paced environment with distracting conditions
● Sit for extended periods of time
● Move about facility and stand for long periods of time
● Read and write handwritten or digital notes
● Lift and carry up to 30 pounds

Salary: Salary commensurate with experience
Hours: Part Time (20 hours per week)
Annual Review: Annual: Conducted by Executive Director

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being
performed by individuals assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of
all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified in this position. AYT
Board of Directors reserves the right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job
at any time.

AYT Board of Directors

Desert Stages Theatre to stream THE BUTTERFLY'S DAY

Gerry Cullity's The Butterfly's Day to stream May 1st-3rd, 2020

Desert Stages Theatre is proud to stream their 2018 production of Gerry Cullity's The Butterfly's Day. The stream will be live this weekend, May 1st-3rd, 2020, on their website at beginning on Friday at 10am MST.

Written and composed by Desert Stages late founder, Gerry Cullity, “The Butterfly’s Day” is an original musical about a butterfly who lives for only one day. The butterfly must overcome the evil Gypsy Moth Queen and her accomplices Sneaky, Sleazy, Slimy and Sluggy, who attempt to banish butterflies forever. The show was directed by Kristen Alba and Erin Tarkington.

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, Desert Stages is committed to continue engagement and offer new virtual content. You can follow along on Desert Stage's social media platforms as well as their website at

Arizona Theatre Company presents HANG & FOCUS LIVE WITH SEAN DANIELS

If you missed Hang & Focus LIVE with Sean Daniels last Friday, don't worry! You can go watch the entire event HERE. Sean spoke with Lucky Yates from FX's Archer, musician/composer Brian Lowdermilk, and ATC's Costume Shop Manager Mary Woll.

Sean Daniels will be doing Hang & Focus LIVE via Facebook Live each Friday afternoon at 4:00pm MST.

Be sure to check out ATC's Facebook page this Friday, May 1st to hear Sean speak with special guests:
Tony-nominated Sheryl Kaller (Broadway: Next Fall, Mothers & Sons. Off Broadway: The White Chip)
Dan Bakkedahl (Veep, Life in Pieces, Daily Show)

Don't miss this new, exciting, unpredictable discussion!

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Quarantine Q/A: Ron May

Ron May
photo by Reg Madison Photography
by Gil Benbrook

Our series of interviews with individuals involved in the Phoenix theatre community continues today with a conversation with Ron May, the artistic director of Stray Cat Theatre.

COVID-19 has affected us all in many ways. The theatre community has been harshly impacted with show closures and postponements. We hope this series of daily interviews will be a way to provide some personal insight to what people are doing during this period of time while highlighting familiar individuals from the theatre community in town.

Was there a show you were in or involved with or preparing for when the stay at home order started?

May: "Yeah - we were just about to audition DANCE NATION for Stray Cat. It initially looked like there might not be a conflict but as quickly as everything snowballed it became pretty clear pretty quickly that this was going to hit harder and linger longer than anyone was initially expecting. Up side is it hit before we got started. Down side is it clipped us at the knees before we even got started."

How have you been personally impacted by our current situation?

"Outside of the obvious, I know a handful of people who have come down with the thing. Most have made a full recovery. I have one friend who is unfortunately having a very rough time bouncing back but he's making progress. I know of some casualties from it but none really from my immediate circle. All in all thus far it hasn't packed a huge personal wallop."

How has your daily routine changed?

"Hugely. For the past several weeks I'm supposed to have been in rehearsal. And work is now all remote from home. I have never in my life felt like my rent has been so well USED. Like...I am IN! THIS! APARTMENT! Usually my place - while certainly somewhere to sleep and to recharge on weekends - has always kind of served as a glorified storage facility during the week. NOT THIS MONTH!"

Ron May in Stray Cat Theatre's The Year of the Rooster
photo by John Groseclose
What do you feel will be different when theater restarts?

"Fuck. That's the million dollar question, isn't it? It's so hard to know really. The variables involved seem endless. My spider sense tells me programming may shift a bit to the more comfortable for a while. Not necessarily for Stray Cat but - the sort of paradigm as a whole? There will likely be an anxiety for a bit re-entering those physical theatre spaces - similar-ish to what being in an airport felt like when flying after 9/11. I imagine new rules on how seating is arranged. The whole question of how we physically share space with one another - something I don't know we ever gave a whole lot of thought to previously - may undergo some upheaval until we can recalibrate a new normal. I keep thinking how we've all our entire lives put up with those people coughing in the house during shows like they had consumption - and while annoying, they were still there ALL the time. I have a feeling those days are numbered. Like - that person won't last past the first cough. Which, while long overdue - is also mildly unsettling knowing that just coughing in a theatre for a while is going to for some have the impact of someone yelling "Fire!" Like. How can it not? There may be more reliance on virtual or streaming production? I think that's certainly something that is still wide open for discovery and exploration that mitigates a lot of these immediate issues - even though it technically flies in the face of the 'event' of theatre. Of COURSE we would rather be there - live - just as a lot of people would rather see a sports game live from the stands - but there's a whole new set of problems that need a new set of solutions. And honestly, a whole OLD set of problems that streaming performances can actually work to SOLVE. I also wonder if theatres will start re-thinking understudies now. In the past it's been kind of hit or shit. MOST theatres, if someone gets sick, oh well. You make of it what you can. Something tells me that's not a laurel we'll be resting on as much anymore. I wonder, too, if 'cattle call' auditions will go the way of horse and buggy. There's really just so much. BUT. I really do think for as much re-negotiating of what this is all going to look like moving forward and how difficult that may be? There's also tremendous opportunity to really look at some of the untended cracks in the foundation we've collectively ignored for so long."

When do you think that’ll happen?

"Well - I can only really think kind of selfishly. Stray Cat theoretically opens our next season in August. Which means we need to be cast and start rehearsing by late June. So of COURSE I hope by then. But no one can predict this shit. I've seen studies that say we shouldn't even consider beginning to relax social distancing until July 6. Which would safely - possibly - have us up and ready to open a show by August. But then the question also becomes do we want to be the guinea pigs for this and rush head first into production RIGHT on the verge of "we have no idea what the next chapter in this thing looks like." I know theatres that have cancelled or re-thought their summer seasons. I have to believe we'll all be back in some shape or form in the fall? Which means for Stray Cat we may not be back until our second slated show? But a lot of theatres I would think may be back in time to start the upcoming season on time. Obviously that's little more than a hope at this point. Whenever it is, I just hope we don't do it until we've made sure our houses are good and clean and safe before we invite people back in. No matter how long that takes."

What have you been doing to stay creative during this time?

"The fun creative side, I've been reliably devouring obscene amounts of pointless online content and reading lots of plays. I have a love-hate relationship with tik tok. I'll never use it but it scratches my itch for vine which I miss terribly. But honestly I feel like just getting through a day has become the new creative. The constant re-negotiation of how you do your job and where you are all day and who you can or can't see and what you can or can't do and how you negotiate that in the face of not knowing how long it's going to be and then planning for the unforseeable future and how much toilet paper do I have left and is it worth standing in that line of people right now - it's all kind of - filling that wheelhouse in a sense?"

Ron May and Joseph Kremer in  The Phoenix Theatre Company's One Man, Two Guvnors
photo by Erin Evangeline Photography
Any binge tv shows you’ve watched?

"I think like everyone on the planet I watched TIGER KING. Which I just thought was kind of gross. Though I do appreciate the memes it spawned. And was also very proud that the world seemed to know when to put it to bed. Like - it's pretty much old news now. So it's not like that fucking real housewives chick yelling at the cat meme that just would NOT die. "

Any new hobbies you’ve taken on?

"Raising a kitten. I got a kitten. I swore I would not get a kitten when I got a new kitty friend but this guy corrected me the day I met him. So now I have a new kitten and he is certainly more than a hobby but it's not like he leaves a whole hell of a lot of time for me to do, like - sudoku or jigsaw puzzles or knitting or anything. "

How has this experience changed you?

"Hmm. Can't really tell yet. The only "Wow YOU HAVE CHANGED!!!" thing I can really think of is I wash my hands a WHOLE hell of a lot more than I ever have. Ever. Other than that I'll just have to wait and see what fun things my anxiety has in store once we all try and get back to normal. Ha."

What is the one thing you’re most looking forward to when the stay at home order is lifted?

"I'm a hugger. Like - I hug my friends. And I haven't even SEEN most of them. And it's killing me. So. I'm going to hug the living shit out of people when this is over. And I'm holding on. And I'm probably crying into your shoulder. And I'm a grown ass man who won't be apologizing for it."

The Phoenix Theatre Company Further Postpones 100th Season of Shows

The Phoenix Theatre Company further postpones it’s 100th season of shows to help arrest the spread of COVID-19. In March, The Phoenix Theatre Company made plans to reopen May 13 after the CDC set nationwide social distancing guidelines and Arizona Governor Doug Ducey issued a statewide “stay at home” order through April 30.

“Out of concern for the safety and health of our patrons, we’ve made the difficult decision to further postpone the rest of our current season,” says Managing Director Vincent VanVleet. “but the fantastic shows we’ve been looking forward to aren’t going anywhere. We’ll be here when it’s safe to gather again.”

While its stages are dark, The Phoenix Theatre Company will continue to provide its programming virtually.

“To help us all stay in touch, we’ve launched a new, online-only show Behind the Curtain,” says Producing Artistic Director Michael Barnard. “It brings us great joy to gather with our patrons and artists as we look for new ways to stay connected while we stay at home.”

Streaming every Thursday at 7:30pm, every episode is a backstage pass to the magic of theatre. Behind the Curtain explores shows in The Phoenix Theatre Company’s 20/21 season and its community programming initiatives. To RSVP, visit

 “We remain unshaken in the belief that theatre brings out the best in us, inspiring hope and understanding.” Says Barnard. “And with the support of our steadfast patrons and a generous community, that mission will continue.”

The Phoenix Theatre Company requests your patience as the team works diligently to reach out to all ticket holders to reschedule purchased tickets. We anticipate longer than average wait times. However, anyone with immediate concerns can call (602) 254-2151 or visit

Convergence Ballet's Alice in Wonderland now available to stream!

Experience Convergence Ballet's Alice in Wonderland From The Comfort Of Your Own Home!!! 

For a limited time, audiences are invited to enjoy Convergence Ballet's original production of Alice in Wonderland from the comfort of their own homes!

Join Alice on a journey through the looking glass as she discovers a strange and wonderful new world re-imagined by the beautiful dancers of Convergence Ballet.

Rent and stream the performance for $2.99, or purchase and download for just $9.99!

CLICK HERE to purchase!

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Quarantine Q/A: SAM PRIMACK

Sam Primack
photo by Allyson Ochs
by Gil Benbrook

COVID-19 has affected us all in many ways. The theatre community has been harshly impacted with show closures and postponements. There is also an uncertainty  as to when theatres can reopen since it's unclear how current social distancing guidelines will work in an industry that is known for having audiences seated close to each other while engaged in live performances on stages sometimes within an arms distance away.

Today we launch a series of interviews that focus on individuals from the Phoenix area who work on stage and behind the scenes with the questions centered around what they've been doing during the last six weeks, how they've been staying creative and what they're looking forward to once things get back to normal.

We hope this series of daily interviews will be a way to provide some personal insight to what people are doing during this period of time while highlighting familiar individuals from the theatre community in town.

Was there a show you were in or involved with or preparing for when the stay at home order started?

Primack: "I was the Evan Hansen alternate on the North American tour of Dear Evan Hansen!"

How have you been personally impacted by our current situation?

"Since the mandated quarantine has begun, along with all of the other shows, we have been sent home waiting for the show to begin again."

How has your daily routine changed?

"My daily routine has changed mostly in the fact that I don’t really have a daily routine anymore. Since I’m currently not in school, my days consist of a lot of workouts and trying to keep myself occupied. "

What do you feel will be different when theater restarts?

"I’m interested in the amount of people who will want to come back to the theatre, considering how close everyone sits together and what types of shows people will be interested in seeing again. After months of depressing news and horrible death counts, will there be any desire to sit through a tragedy again, or will people find an outlet in theatre to relive their sadness?"

When do you think that’ll happen?

"Hopefully no later than August or September, but that’s thinking positively. Some people have rumored we will be out until January, so we will just have to wait and see. "

What have you been doing to stay creative during this time?

"During the quarantine, I’ve been trying to stay creative by being a part of several online virtual cabarets, while also creating new shows, one particularly that is coming soon that I’m very excited about!, and singing as much as I can. "

Any binge tv shows you’ve watched?

"I have been watching so many movies during this time, mostly old Disney movies that I haven’t seen since I was little."

Any new hobbies you’ve taken on?

"I started playing video games again, as well as several new fun board games that my family all plays. We probably play a game of Settlers of Catan almost every day, and the competitions are always ruthless. "

How has this experience changed you?

"Personally, this has been an amazing time to reflect and take some time for myself and also getting to spend this time with my family has been amazing."

What is the one thing you’re most looking forward to when the stay at home order is lifted?

"I cannot wait to be able to see my friends and family that I haven’t been able to see since this started and excited for the coming months and to see whats in store."

Sunday, April 26, 2020

The Bridge Initiative offers artistic and financial relief

The Bridge Initiative: Women+ in Theatre (TBI) offers a virtual series called SAI: Scratching our Artistic Itches. Every Sunday at 1pm, TBI presents a live, one-time-only reading of a unproduced play or a Pulitzer Prize winner. The playwrights are often in attendance and participate in the Q&A that follows. Actors are mostly from the Valley but some live in other parts of the country from Los Angeles to New York. And all participants receive a stipend for their time.

Because of COVID closures, TBI postponed its new play festival scheduled at the end of March, which was underwritten in part through the Tempe City Festival Grant. Tempe's Director of Arts Engagement, Maja Aurora, urged Producing Artistic Director Brenda Jean Foley to redirect festival funding to another endeavor. "It felt like a cloud lifted," says Foley. "Our festival was shuttered but almost the same week, I was empowered to put money into artists' pockets. Bridge is privileged to be in the position where we have no infrastructure and no paid staff so we can to use our bank balance and grant funding from the City of Tempe to least help a few artists pay a bill, as well as give our audience the opportunity to hear exciting new plays. That feels really good right now."

The SAI (pronounced "sigh") series continues through June 14th. The three playwrights and 13 actors contracted for the March festival were all offered roles in SAI; Foley estimates upwards of 80 readers and 11 playwrights will be compensated for their work in the series. True to TBI's mission, more than 50% of these individuals are female-identifying and non-binary. Audience interesting in viewing a reading can send an email to to receive the private Zoom link. For a complete list of play titles and casting, see


*THE COST OF LIVING, WATER BY THE SPOONFUL, and THE HEIDI CHRONICLES are presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Services, Inc., NYC.

April 26 - Hungarian Comedy by Susan Cinoman

Featuring: Brenda Jean Foley, Maren Maclean Mascarelli, Chris Mascarelli, Jai Raja, with Monica Sampson

Synopsis: Out in the country, far outside of Budapest, on a moonlit night, the lonely life of Angala, the farm woman, is turned upside down when a wayward gypsy breaks into her house, seeking revenge and love for himself and his rabbit.

May 3 -  Leaving Watermaine by N.N. Ewing

Synopsis: LEAVING WATERMAINE takes us to the not so distant past of “Jim Crow”, 1942, Watermaine. GA, where a middle-class African American family, the Mainlodges, struggle to maintain dignity and family unity where truth unfolds and dreams remain illusive, against the backdrop of con-man suitors, secret abortions, and the mysterious murder of Verdene’s secret lover.

Featuring: Thommi, A'mal, Chanel Bragg, Dayna Donovan, Rapheal Hamilton, Justin Hosten, Charles St. Clair, Dineta Williams-Trigg, with Tippi Hart

May 10 - The Cost of Living* by Martyna Majok

Featuring: Yessi Bastarrachea, Anita Hollander, John Plumpis, Benjamin Shrader, with Susan Xu

Synopsis: Eddie, an unemployed truck driver, reunites with his ex-wife Ani after she suffers a devastating accident. John, a brilliant and witty doctoral student, hires overworked Jess as a caregiver. As their lives intersect, Majok’s play delves into the chasm between abundance and need and explores the space where bodies—abled and disabled—meet each other.
Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize.

May 17 - Yoga Play by Dipika Guha

** pending rights approval
Featuring: Hira Ismail, Alan Khoutakoun, Shae Kennedy Leonard, Sebastian Kunnappilly, Taylor Moschetti, Omar Mustafa, Avery Volk, with TBA

Synopsis: Yoga Play follows Joan, who has been hired to stabilize Jojomon, a yoga apparel company, after its CEO is embroiled in a fat-shaming scandal. But just as she finds her stride, more trouble surfaces and sales free-fall. Jojomon needs an image makeover—and fast. Joan comes up with a plan so risky and unconventional that it could make or break the company and her career—and what it requires from her colleague, Raj, is far beyond the call of duty. This sharp comedy explores a Type-A personality in a feel-good industry rooted at the intersection of commerce and spirituality.

Just Be & All the Wrong Places by Maybe Stewart

Featuring: Donnie Cianciotto, Rachelle Dart, Gustavo Flores, Kevin Kantor, Mona Lesueur, Shonda Royall, Matt Venrick, with Gretchen Wirges

Synopses: Just Be is an in-depth exploration of gender and sexuality that eschews all theatrical and societal traditions. In this piece, you will take part in Maybe Stewart's journey of self-discovery as portrayed through theatre, movement, and poetry -- and may even come out the other side knowing more about yourself. A short excerpt of this BRAND NEW work will be read. All the Wrong Places is a glimpse into the lives of four young adults struggling to find their place in the world as they come to terms with their identities. They will have to learn when to hold on, when to let go, when to fight, and when to accept the way things are. Featuring identities rarely seen in the spotlight, this piece looks at the many forms humanity can take.

May 31 - The Flora & the Fauna by Alyson Mead

Featuring: Natalie Andrews, Christi Sweeney, with TBA

Synopsis: Ginnie and Adele have been friends for decades, helping each other navigate through life’s twists and turns. But when an inescapable event arises, they’re forced to confront the dark secret of how they met, and deal with forces trying to separate them in a way they never thought possible. The Flora and Fauna is a modern, #MeToo-inflected drama about unconditional love, loss, and the lengths we’d go to for one another. Sometimes in order to move forward, you’ve got to go back.

June 7 - Water by the Spoonful* by Quiara Alegría Hudes

Featuring: Bethany Baca, Connor Wanless, Diego Sutcliffe, Sonia Rodriguez Wood, with Victor Yang, TBA

Synopsis: Somewhere in Philadelphia, Elliot has returned from Iraq and is struggling to find his place in the world. Somewhere in a chat room, recovering addicts keep each other alive, hour by hour, day by day. The boundaries of family and community are stretched across continents and cyberspace as birth families splinter and online families collide. WATER BY THE SPOONFUL is a heartfelt meditation on lives on the brink of redemption. Winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize.

June 14 - The Heidi Chronicles* by Wendy Wasserstein

Featuring: Alaina Beauloye, Amie Bjorklund, Alison Campbell, David Dickinson, Fred Gerle, Marina Blue Jarrette, Chelsea McCasland, Katie McFadzen, E.E. Moe, TBA

Synopsis: Comprised of a series of interrelated scenes, the play traces the coming of age of Heidi Holland, a successful art historian, as she tries to find her bearings in a rapidly changing world. Gradually distancing herself from her friends, she watches them move from the idealism and political radicalism of their college years through militant feminism and, eventually, back to the materialism that they had sought to reject in the first place. Winner of the 1989 Pulitzer Prize.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Fountain Hills Theater's Quarantine Cabarets for April 24 & 25

CLICK HERE to watch!

Desert Stages Theatre presents The Roaring 20's! A Twenty-Something Showcase, tonight, April 24

Join Desert Stages this Friday on their Facebook page for:

THE ROARING 20's! A Twenty-Something Showcase

They will be streaming a fabulous group of 20 something aged artists who will entertain you with songs from their favorite shows!

Friday April 24th at 7pm

Streamed HERE on the DST Facebook page and a YouTube link will also be available.

Arizona Broadway Theatre presents Episode 5 of "Quarantined" AFTER DARK CABARET Series (Fri, Apr 24) and Episode 2 of STORYTIME-SATURDAYS with ABT's MARY POPPINS (Sat, Apr 25)

Episode 5 of Arizona Broadway Theatre's "Quarantined" AFTER DARK CABARET Series returns this Friday, April 24 at 7:30pm (AZ MST) LIVE on the theatre's Facebook page (@ArizonaBroadway)*.


Six fan-favorites from the ABT stage will join host Kurtis Overby direct from their homes and living rooms here in Arizona and from around the country. Performers include Beatrice Crosbie (Mrs. Banks in Disney's Mary Poppins also seen in An American in Paris), Brad Rupp (Jud in Oklahoma! also seen in Into The Woods), Jamie Parnell (most recently seen as George in La Cage aux Folles also seen in Disney's Mary Poppins, Showboat and A Christmas Carol), Jeannie Shubitz (likely most recognized as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady also seen in HMS Pinafore and Carousel), Michael O'Brien (A Christmas Carol, Sweeney Todd and An American in Paris) and Trisha Ditsworth (most recently seen as Sister Mary Robert in Sister Act also seen in The Sound of Music and Trailer Park: The Musical) along with ABT's resident Music Director, Josh Condon.

FRIDAY, APRIL 24 @ 7:30pm (AZ MST)
LIVE on ABT's Facebook page (@ArizonaBroadway)

*For those who DO NOT have Facebook ABT will post a YouTube link of the Cabaret on their website ( Saturday, April 25 at 11am AZ MST

Episode 2 of STORYTIME-SATURDAYS with ABT’s MARY POPPINS will air this Saturday, April 25 at 10am on the ABT Facebook Page (@ArizonaBroadway)*.

This week's theme: OUTER SPACE!

STORYTIME-SATURDAYS with ABT's MARY POPPINS is a 30-minute storytime led by ABT alum Renee Koher. Renee played Mary Poppins in ABT's 2018 production of Disney's Mary Poppins.

Each week’s storytime will have a specific theme and include the reading of two children’s books, learning opportunities and a simple craft project. Renee will be joined weekly by other “special guests." Viewers can leave comments or questions for Renee in the post's comment section.

*For those who DO NOT have Facebook ABT will post a YouTube link of the Storytime on their website ( Saturday, April 25 at 10am AZ MST

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Southwest Shakespeare Company announces a virtual RICHARD III this Saturday as well as information on their online education and STANDING O SERIES

from our friends at Southwest Shakespeare Company:

Southwest Shakespeare Company announced that following its ground-breaking 2019-20 season that included an all-female Richard II, presentation of the original work Becoming Othello: A Black Girl’s Journey, and a critically acclaimed Midsummer Night’s Dream, it will present alternative shows in their “Standing O Series” and online in the “Virtual Classics: LIVE!”

Under the direction of Director of Production Stacey Walston, Artistic Directors Betsy Mugavero and Quinn Mattfield, Community Engagement Director Clay Sanderson, and Executive Director Mary Way the series Virtual Classics: LIVE! has already presented four of Shakespeare’s finest on ZOOM. This innovative program is a remarkable opportunity to experience theatre with “Dream Teams” of award-winning Shakespearean actors such as Brian Vaughn, Debra Ann Byrd, Mugavero and Mattfeld.

These free presentations with world renowned actors will continue in the coming months and are not just for Shakespeare nerds – these performances represent a unique opportunity to experience the language that defines what it is to be human.

This week SSC presents Richard III  LIVE on Saturday, April 25th @ 7:30 on ZOOM or Facebook

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Featuring the talents of: Bo Foxworth as RICHARD III, Jesse James Kamps as BUCKINGHAM, Maren Maclean as QUEEN MARGARET, and Debra Ann Byrd as QUEEN ELIZABETH.

Coming attractions: Saturdays @ 7:30PM

4/25 Richard Ill  Zoom

5/2 The Merry Wives of Windsor Zoom

5/9 Henry IV Part 1

5/16 Henry IV Part 2

5/23  The Merchant of Venice

5/30  The Comedy of Errors

6/6 The Winter’s Tale

April 27 - SSC will launch an online Education series, Storytime Classics, A Novel Experience. Students and their families can listen and read along with classic literary works like Peter Pan, Wizard of Oz, and Treasure Island as part of SSC’s continuing mission of education and preservation of classical literature and live performance. The series begins Monday 12:00 - 2:30 with Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde. (See Schedule below*)

For links, email Clay Sanderson at

*Monday, April 27: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Tuesday, April 28: Peter Pan - Part 1
Wednesday, April 29: Peter Pan - Part 2
Thursday, April 30: Peter Pan - Part 3
Friday, May 1: Poetry Hour - Edgar Allan Poe

Monday, May 4: Dracula - Part 1
Tuesday, May 5: Dracula - Part 2
Wednesday, May 6: Dracula - Part 3
Thursday, May 7: Dracula - Part 4
Friday, May 8: Dracula - Part 5

Monday, May 11: The Wizard of Oz - Part 1
Tuesday, May 12: The Wizard of Oz - Part 2
Wednesday, May 13: The Wizard of Oz - Part 3
Thursday, May 14: The Wizard of Oz - Part 4
Friday, May 15: Poetry Hour - Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson

Monday, May 18: The Hound of the Baskervilles - Part 1
Tuesday, May 19: The Hound of the Baskervilles - Part 2
Wednesday, May 20: The Hound of the Baskervilles - Part 3
Thursday, May 21: The Hound of the Baskervilles - Part 4
Friday, May 22: Poetry Hour - Maya Angelou

Tuesday, May 26: Candide - Part 1
Wednesday, May 27: Candide - Part 2
Thursday, May 28: Candide - Part 3
Friday, May 29: Poetry Hour: Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman

Monday, June 1: The Secret Garden - Part 1
Tuesday, June 2: The Secret Garden - Part 2
Wednesday, June 3: The Secret Garden - Part 3
Thursday, June 4: The Secret Garden - Part 4
Friday, June 5: The Secret Garden - Part 5

Monday, June 8: Treasure Island - Part 1
Tuesday, June 9: Treasure Island - Part 2
Wednesday, June 10: Treasure Island - Part 3
Thursday, June 11: Treasure Island - Part 4
Friday, June 12: Treasure Island - Part 5

October 16 - SSC is also pursuing presentation of live theatre experiences in its Standing O Series October 16 - Nov 8 at Mesa Arts Center. The Main-Stage Repertory season returns February, 2021.

Artistic Directors, Mugavero and Mattfeld, are heading to Cedar City, Utah as headliners for their tenth summer at the Utah Shakespeare Festival.  Watch out for their appearances in the Virtual Classics:  LIVE series.

Audiences will have the opportunity to experience the thrill of live theatre when the Main-stage Repertory season returns in February 2021 with much loved Artistic Directors, Mugavero and Mattfeld, overseeing more groundbreaking theatre. SSC continues to seek innovative and safe ways to engage schools, families and the many supportive members of our SSC community.

To pursue this mission SSC needs the contributions and support of the community more than ever.  Donations can be made at With the support of our community, the show will go on!

Send checks to:
Southwest Shakespeare Company, Inc
PO Box 30595
Mesa AZ 85275

The Phoenix Theatre Company's Behind the Curtain, Episode 4 focuses on how an actor prepares for auditions, rehearsals and opening nights

The Phoenix Theatre Company’s weekly, online-only show Behind the Curtain is a backstage pass to the magic of theatre. This week’s episodes gives an insider look at how an actor prepares for auditions, rehearsals and opening nights.

Host Michael Barnard and this week’s guests Chanel Bragg, Alyssa Chiarello, Toby Yatso, Cole Newburg, Cydney Trent, Molly Lajoie, Lynzee Foreman and Mark Foreman give their personal tips for being prepared. Featuring samples of audition songs, dance combinations and monologues, the artists provide pointers on nailing an audition, the key to a successful rehearsal and a happy opening night.

“This is your sneak peek into everything that happens before the curtain rises,” says show host and Producing Artistic Director Michael Barnard, “it’s your chance to interact with the brightest talent The Phoenix Theatre Company has to offer.”

Streaming starts Thursday, April 23th promptly at 7:30pm. Viewers can RSVP here and stream with or without a login here.

To learn more about The Phoenix Theatre Company’s 2020-2021 season, visit

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Brock Pro Entertainment presents QUARANTINED COUPLES CABARET, Thursday, April 23

Who better to be quarantined with than the person you LOVE.

Join Brock Pro Entertainment this Thursday, April 23 for their QUARANTINED COUPLES CABARET featuring EIGHT super talented couples in the BPE family.

You don’t want to miss this one. Watch it HERE, this Thursday at 5p on Brock Pro Entertainment's Facebook page.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Mesa Encore Theatre presents livestream reading of THE LEGEND OF ROBIN HOOD, featuring the playwright Nathan Makaryk

from our friends at Mesa Encore Theatre:

Listen in while actors from Mesa Encore Theatre, along with some actors from the original California production, read this exciting new play. Playwright Nathan Makaryk will be with us, reading several passages from his related novel, 'Nottingham' to fill out the stage combat scenes and also participating in a Q & A afterwards.

Planned as the closing production for MET's 83rd season, we now offer this online reading instead. TOTALLY FREE (but of course we'll take donations!)

Come support MET and this amazing new work

RSVP at:


Monday, April 20, 2020

This week's virtual offerings at Brelby Theatre Company

from our friends at Brelby Theatre Company:

Brelby Theatre Company has been working to keep our artists and audience connected during this time of isolation by offering a variety of virtual series through our YouTube channel.

From our monologue series (Socially Distant, Artistically Connected) to our readings for the kiddos (Brelby Bedtime Stories) we've been creating opportunities for storytelling.

Brelby Night Live has us revisiting past Brelby original scripts through live virtual readings on Monday and Thursday evenings.
This week, we're featuring missing grace by John Perovich at 6PM on 4/20, and Beyond Musketeers: Utopia Lost on 4/23 at 6PM.

Brelby's Lunchtime Jam sessions, Quaran-tunes, feature a casual format for live acoustic music on Wednesdays at noon.

Tune in to

ASU Kerr Cultural Center presents GATHER, a new digital storytelling event, on Thursday, April 23

ASU Kerr shines spotlight on local storytellers for “Gather,” April 23 at 6:30 p.m.
New digital event brings together notable artists to share stories centered around the city of Phoenix
 via the venue’s Facebook Live page at

Co-presented by ASU Cultural Affairs venues ASU Kerr and ASU Gammage, the first installation of this new digital event series will feature three diverse and experienced storytellers. Erick Cedeño, Dr. Mathew Sandoval and Dan Hull are slated to perform. Pianist and local jazz favorite Charles Lewis will play live during the streaming show.

The three storytellers in the first edition of “Gather” will be sharing stories that involve the city of Phoenix, said ASU Kerr General Manager Tracey Mason.

Mason said, “We hope to create inspiring digital gatherings that keep us connected to the stories, art and music of Phoenix area residents during a time of increased isolation.”

Christine Anglin, ASU Kerr’s Contracts and Administration Coordinator and Fernanda Snellings, ASU Gammage’s Artist Liaison and Engagement Manager are behind the “Gather” series. Impressed by the high caliber of storytellers in the Phoenix metropolitan area and driven by their own work as storytellers and poets, respectively, the pair have set out to present artists and compelling work that encourages listeners to share their own stories, Anglin said.

“The storytellers featured in the event are making a unique impact on this oral tradition, cultivating roots in the 21st century and the desert landscape,” said Snellings.

“Stories connect people and show us that we are not so different…our stories speak to who we are,” said Anglin. “Phoenix has an active storytelling community filled with extremely talented storytellers…and those who are willing to listen.”

She added, “Viewers can expect to be lifted from their living rooms, bedrooms and even kitchens, and brought into a new world curated by the storyteller.”

The event is part of several live streamed events that ASU Kerr will broadcast via Facebook Live in the month of April.

“We are proud to be able to share new live streaming programming that supports Phoenix area artists,” said Mason. “We want to strengthen the bonds between local creators, residents, viewers beyond Arizona and the beauty of the arts in any way we can.”

Childsplay's Online Academy brings classes to your Living Room

Join the fun, acting skill-building, and collaboration with even more online classes from Childsplay Academy!

Ages 6-10

More sessions added
by popular demand!

Ages 10-16

With professional actor &
Charlotte herself, Debra K. Stevens


Ages 9+

Ages 6-10

Online Childsplay Academy means any
young person can join. No matter where you are, now we can all imagine together!

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Mesa Encore Theatre presents WHEN I GROW UP, Sunday April 19

Check out tonight's cabaret from Mesa Encore Theatre, WHEN I GROW UP, with all singers under age 18!

Join the Zoom format HERE

or watch on MET's website

Arizona Theatre Company Production, Costume Team Making Masks for Tucson Medical Center Staff

Resident Costume Designer Kish Finnegan, right
photo courtesy Arizona Theatre Company
from our friends at Arizona Theatre Company:

With the 2019/2020 season postponed, Arizona Theatre Company production and costume-shop team members, including several who have been temporarily laid off as a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, are investing their skills and their time into creating at least 200 masks for medical professionals at Tucson Medical Center.

The masks, as well as unused gloves from the paint shop, will be delivered to Tucson Medical Center, 5301 E. Grant Rd., early next week.

“We have the time, the skills and the materials and we know the need is great so we’re happy to get together to help protect the frontline medical workers who are taking care of our neighbors,” said Assistant Production Manager Tajh Oates, who is co-managing the effort with Costume Shop Manager Mary Woll and Marketing Manager Bitty Rosenberg.

ATC management announced in March that the final two shows of the season -- – The Legend of Georgia McBride and Women in Jeopardy! – are being moved to the 2020/2021 and 2021/2022 seasons, respectively.  ATC also announced that education programs, including the annual Summer on Stage, will return in 2021, but will not be organized this year.

The Company is creating a wide range of content that will be available online.

Resident Costume Designer Kish Finnegan and her husband, Ed, a furloughed massage therapist, have made 5 dozen masks on their own, at home and given them to home-health providers, nurses, neighbors and “random strangers who appear in need,” she said.

“These are incredibly uncertain times, but the response of our team to the pandemic truly shows their humanity,” said ATC Managing Director Designee Geri Wright.  “Even in the face of their own challenges, they’ve stepped up to help the medical professionals who are making great sacrifices by putting themselves at risk. I am personally humbled and deeply proud.”

For more information, visit

All Puppet Players and Seth Tucker present Garage Concert 4:20 - April 20

Next Monday at 8pm don’t miss Episode 4 of Garage Concert, a collaboration between All Puppet Players and their Monday Night "Twisted and Fisted Show - Quarantine Edition" and Seth Tucker

With guest performances from Toby Yatso, Sime, and Cassie Chilton. This will only air once and be deleted forever!!! So, make sure you don’t miss it!

WARNING: Adult supervision recommended!

CLICK HERE to watch on All Puppet Players Facebook page

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Southwest Shakespeare Company presents live ROMEO AND JULIET tonight at 7:30

Join Southwest Shakespeare Company LIVE ONLINE today, SATURDAY, APRIL 18th  at 7:30pm via ZOOM!

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Our weekly series of FREE live readings of Shakespeare's plays continues!

ROMEO: Miles Gaston Villanueva*

JULIET: Betsy Mugavero*

FRIAR LAURENCE: Richard Henzel*

NURSE: Sally Wingert*


BENVOLIO: Toby Tropper

PARIS: Ben Harris

LORD CAPULET: Harold Dixon*

LADY CAPULET: Brenda Jean Foley*

LORD MONTAGUE: Patrick Walsh

LADY MONTAGUE/Stage Directions: Heather Harrison



SAMPSON: Rashaud Williams

GREGORY: Victor Yang

PETER: Kaivan Mayelzadeh

ABRAHAM: Stephanie Faatz Murry

BALTHASAR: Melissa Toomey

*Member of Actors' Equity

Actors Youth Theatre, Limelight Performing Arts, and State 48 Theatre Company present EAST VALLEY CABARET, August 18

Actors Youth Theatre, Limelight Performing Arts, and State 48 Theatre Company have banded together to create an online cabaret.  The Arts are struggling in this pandemic.  This cabaret is free to view, and donations are accepted!

The cabaret will feature 15 performers (5 from each theater), as well as a message from Micheal James Scott, who played Aladdin's’ Genie on Broadway.  There also be a special performance from Almost Famous’ Casey Likes!

This cabaret will be live streamed via Twitch tonight at 5pm

The link to watch is:

All donations will be split evenly between the three theaters.

To donate: 

Friday, April 17, 2020

All Puppet Players' THE EXORCIST HAS NO LEGS to stream tonight, April 17

Every Friday All Puppet Players is digging into their vault to show a "bootleg" version of one of their shows. This is a one time only showing as the video is deleted once it "airs". They are also raffling off a stage used puppet.

This Friday's show is The Exorcist Has No Legs.

Both are LIVE on Facebook and Youtube.