Herberger Theater Center
About the Herberger Theater Center:
Another jewel in the crown of the Phoenix theatre scene, the Herberger Theatre Center was instrumental in bringing life back to the downtown core of Phoenix. As with several other Phoenix area theaters, the Herberger boasts more than one theater space, with a total of three available spaces varying in size and scope. The three stages range in size from 120 to 800 seats and provide spaces for a variety of theater experiences from shorter one act plays to larger productions. They are currently home to two permanent resident theater companies, and often play host to several other prominent Phoenix companies such as Valley Youth Theatre and iTheatre Collaborative. The Herberger Theater Center also has quarterly art exhibits in the Upper Steele Pavilion, highlighting the works of local Arizona artists.
One inviting feature of the Herberger is their Lunchtime Theater program that takes place on certain weekdays during the week. These one-act plays give a voice to up-and-coming theater companies and gives them an opportunity to showcase their talents with a 30-45 minute performance. A perfect midday treat for those that perhaps don't like to go out a night, or those looking for more than just a sandwich during their lunch break.
High on their list of achievements is their dedication to fostering the arts in the community, especially amongst youth. Two programs worth highlighting are the Multicultural Theater Camp and the Arizona Young Artist's Competition. The first is a two week theater camp that helps teens heal through the arts. Teens from homes, shelters and facilities in the area are invited to create their own production from scratch and learn a wide variety of theater arts. The Young Artist's Competition invites youth 15-19 years of age compete in dance, voice and acting. The winner receives a scholarship for their arts education.