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Mission Statement

To create professional theatre that continually strives to reach new levels of artistic excellence; that resonates locally, in the state of Arizona, and throughout the nation.

Arizona Theatre Company will strive to:

Produce a broad repertoire ranging from classics to new works
Engage artists of the highest caliber
Achieve a leadership position in the national theatre community
Assure access to the broadest spectrum of citizens
Achieve cultural diversity in all endeavors
Serve as an educational resource providing outreach programs
Operate from a position of financial strength and fiscal responsibility


Forty years ago, quality professional theatre for the people of Arizona was just a dream. Today ATC is recognized as one of the most dynamic theatres in the country.

Founded in Tucson by Sandy Rosenthal in 1967 as the Arizona Civic Theatre, ATC achieved professional status in 1972, when it began hiring Actors' Equity performers on a modified League of Resident Theater (LORT) contract. The Arizona Civic Theatre began presenting a portion of its season in Phoenix in 1978, and a year later the name was changed to the Arizona Theatre Company.

As the professional resident theatre of Arizona, ATC has been performing full seasons in both Phoenix and Tucson to a combined audience of more than 150,000 since 1983. ATC has been cited as a national model for professional performing arts institutions in consideration of how it has managed and produced full performance seasons in two cities and how it has built audience support and established fiscal stability in both communities.

One of the founding precepts of non-profit theatres such as ATC is that ticket prices will always be kept within reach of all members of the community; therefore ticket revenues are not meant to cover total operating costs. The remaining balance must be raised through contributions from individuals, corporations, foundations and through grants from government agencies.

ATC has developed an impressive national reputation and now attracts some of the nation's most respected and talented theatre professionals. All of the staff of ATC are full-time professionals. Most visible are the actors who can be seen not only in ATC performances but also on television, in films, and on the stages of Broadway and other regional theaters.

ATC is also renowned for the quality of its productions' technical elements. The costume, scene and property shops build virtually all the costumes, sets and props used in ATC productions. Each shop is also responsible for transferring its items from the show's originating city to the other, and maintaining those items during the show's run in the second community. Behind the scenes, the ATC operation is kept moving by a small administrative staff of box office, accounting, fund-raising, marketing and management specialists.

In the past 39 seasons, ATC has produced more than 200 plays, from the classics of Shakespeare, Shaw and Moliere 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. This wide-ranging repertoire presents an exciting challenge to all departments at ATC - a challenge that is consistently met through the high standards that have come to be expected of the company.

ATC is actively involved in numerous educational and outreach programs in its various communities in an effort to increase public awareness of ATC and cultivate current and future audience interest and support. ATC performs in the state-of-the-art Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix, and in Tucson's historic Temple of Music and Art.





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