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Rendering of the stage door entrance of the new theatre, as seen from corner of Alvarado and McDowell Roads.

At The Phoenix Theatre Company, we’ve spent more than a century building our professional reputation. We cultivate brilliant artistry, onstage and backstage. We create intimate, world-class experiences for a modern audience, with sophisticated in-house production facilities capable of making everything you see on our stages. The Phoenix Theatre Company is gaining a national reputation as a theatre that develops Broadway-bound plays, like the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego and Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago.


Our $20 million Centennial Capital Campaign will make it possible for us to more effectively compete for these projects, and the many financial and cultural benefits they would bring to our community. Together we can open up exciting new opportunities for the City of Phoenix and The Phoenix Theatre Company, and set the stage for the next 100 years.


We enjoy a strong reputation for excellence among national producers and playwrights and we field multiple serious inquiries from Broadway producers every season about The Phoenix Theatre’s Company’s capacity to bring pre-Broadway development investment to Arizona. To compete for these projects, we need a theatre with a full fly loft, below-stage traps and the infrastructure to model a Broadway production, as well as 500 seats to make the revenue side work.


Renovation of our existing Hardes Theatre complex into an Arts Innovation and Training Wing will create much-needed classroom, rehearsal and training space. This provides an immediate, positive and substantial benefit to the community by supporting our signature programs dedicated to healing through the arts.

The Arts Innovation and Training Wing will support:

The national headquarters for our Partners That Heal program – a powerful direct-service program using interactive improvisation interventions with heart patients, cancer patients, patients in ICU, virtually anyone in a vulnerable situation. The program has been hugely popular locally with area hospitals and trauma centers and is now poised for exponential growth as a national training program for health care professionals.

Our inclusive Summer Theatre Camp, which provides more accommodation of physical, neurological and emotional special needs than any arts camp in the state. This program consistently earns the highest praise from the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center for its ability to support children with Down syndrome, autism, mobility issues, emotional diagnoses, severe allergies and other challenges. These children attend camp alongside neurotypical peers and the program continues to demonstrate the remarkable impact that arts intervention can have.

History is manifested either through man’s wars or man’s arts. I have a tendency to want to believe that the arts are the more passionate, more caring, more loving, and also more enduring legacy.


Producing Artistic Director

Join us

There are ways to give that fit every budget. We want everyone to have the opportunity to elevate our community by participating in this exciting and historic expansion project!

Giving a gift of any size supports all of our Campaign initiatives. Or, if you prefer, you may designate your support to a specific aspect of the Campaign. Either way, you will be making a powerful investment in the future of the Phoenix Theatre Company and helping to position Arizona as a major player on the national stage.

For those on fixed incomes, a bequest can be a perfect way to support this Campaign. We will be happy to talk with you about tax benefits and how to leave a living legacy of your love for the theatre. Visit phoenixtheatre.giftlegacy.com

We are happy to acknowledge major contributions to this Campaign with naming opportunities. Every unnamed space in our new and existing buildings represents a chance to celebrate your gift! Contact Marisa Butler, Director of Development at m.butler@phoenixtheatre.com or call 602–889–5288 to learn more.



Robert Machiz – Honorary Chair

CEO, Weight Watchers of Arizona

In memoriam


William Pope – Co-Chair

CEO, Sun Chase Holdings


Reed Glick – Co-Chair

Founder, Principal R Entertainment


Patty Johnson – Co-Chair

Owner, Connections Marketing & Communications


Robert Meza – Member

Representative, State of Arizona


Dr. Angela DeRosa – Member

President/CEO, DRM Integrative Health, LLC and Hormonal Health Institute, LLC


Michael Barnard – Member

Producing Artistic Director, The Phoenix Theatre Company


Vincent VanVleet – Member

Executive Director, The Phoenix Theatre Company


Laurie Lemley – Member

Director of Special Projects, The Phoenix Theatre Company


Marisa Butler – Member

Director of Development, The Phoenix Theatre Company