Chandler Center for the Arts CCA Anywhere series challenges the traditional arts viewing experience
Created in response to the inability to host shows indoors, Chandler Center of the Arts put their spin on virtual performances in a series called CCA Anywhere. The series highlights high-quality performances on their stage that audience members can view ‘anywhere’ like the title implies. As many venues and production companies have come to learn, […]
Hang and Focus Live – Arizona Theatre Company’s Podcast That’s Changing the Way We Talk about the Arts
In an ever-changing and innovative digital landscape, one company has stood out to me the most – Arizona Theatre Company (ATC). From their initial approach to cancellations and pay-per-view performances to their Hang & Focus Live Podcast, the company has managed to keep theater-goers and arts enthusiasts happy with the wide range of content the […]
Arizona Cardinals’ Defensive End once took the spotlight at the Herberger Theater
Blood, meat pies, a barber, and the NFL? In 2018, Arizona Broadway Theatre and the Herberger Theater were co-producing Sweeney Todd, a Tony award-winning musical about the Fleet Street barber. The show, in its Arizona Broadway Theatre rendition, lent itself to a spotlight walk-on role. While many of these roles came to be auctioned off […]
Arizona Arts Spotlight: Judy Rollings
Judy Rollings has been working with the Herberger Theater Center since its early days. Currently the Director of Art Education and Outreach, Judy directs Lunch Time Theater and the Arizona Young Artists’ Competition. If you have ever attended a Lunch Time Theater show, you know Judy’s famous curtain speech, which she executes precisely and consistently […]
ASU Gammage among first venues to release upcoming live schedule
While Broadway may not be opening until the Fall, their national tours are beginning to take shape across the country, especially here in Phoenix. In January, ASU Gammage became one of the first major venues to release their upcoming 2021-2022 live schedule. Announced almost a full year after the remainder of the 2019-2020 season was […]
Just when should we expect shows to return to venues across the valley?
While shows have not returned in a traditional sense, there are still some places you can catch shows in the coming months as restrictions lessen and companies begin to produce indoor shows. Arizona Broadway Theatre has been hosting live performances indoors for some time now, limiting capacity and enforcing mask policies when guests are not […]
The History of Plated & Staged – A different kind of gala
In 2015, a committee of staff and board members came together to create a new fundraising event for the Herberger Theater. Board member Theresa Dwyer suggested that we expand on Gourmet Theatre, an event that Actors Theatre had held for 20 years. Actors Theatre graciously allowed us to take on the event and make it […]
Frances Cohen left the arts community with many things, but her scholarship competition may be the greatest.
Frances Smith Cohen is known around the Arizona arts community and the world for her exceptional talents in bringing the arts, particularly dance, to the communities she served. We had the privilege to capture an interview with Fran about the competition a few months before her passing. In the conversation, Fran told us how the […]
Meet the Herberger Arts & Broadcast Hall of Fame newest induction: Billie Jo and Judd Herberger
The grandest of all ceremonies occurred in late October of 2019 to celebrate the greatest Arizona arts philanthropists of their time, Billie Jo and Judd Herberger. First known around the world for her water aerobics videos, Billie Jo, and her husband Judd, have since become some of the most generous arts supporters in Arizona. Her […]
How did COVID-19 force arts organizations to pivot?
The day of March 15, 2020 changed the course of Arizona arts forever, following Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s executive order that prohibited public events of 50 people or more. For the Herberger Theater and Arizona Broadway Theatre, it meant halting the current run of La Cage aux Folles, which opened just 9 days prior. Other […]