Located in downtown Phoenix, the historic Herberger Theater Center is within a few blocks of several popular Phoenix attractions, including Symphony Hall, Arizona Center, Chase Field, Phoenix Convention Center, and US Airways Center. Its mission is to, "support and foster the growth of the performing arts in Phoenix as the premier performance venue, arts incubator and advocate." Accordingly, it continuously contributes to the cultural and educational development of the Valley.
Originally built in 1989, the non-profit Theater received $16.6 million in voter-approved bonds in 2006 and underwent extensive architectural, structural and technical renovations. It's now fully ADA compliant, and features a sparkling LED-equipped light fixture in the rotunda's center. The seating, platforms, lighting, and carpet were completely refurbished, the Monroe Street entrance was expanded to 5 doors, and a covered entrance was constructed on the Van Buren Street side for the Kax Stage. There's now a concession's window facing a patio with tables and chairs, and a second floor lounge with a balcony above the southwest lobby, named after G. Robert Herberger.
Our Editor, Diane, has seen many shows here, and asserts that this is the perfect place to enjoy a musical, improv theater, play, dance recital, orchestra, or a Broadway show. You can even host your corporate or personal event at the Herberger.
With 3 beautiful performance spaces, state-of-the-art equipment and lighting, and exceptional acoustics, it's no wonder that about 175,000 people visit the Herberger Theater Center annually.
Other companies that perform regularly at the Theater include:
National touring companies perform at the Herberger, and local companies that perform here include:
Kax Stage, Center Stage, and Stage West
The Herberger Theater Center features 3 posh, intimate performance spaces. Each is ideal for theater and dance performances, meetings, presentations and events, and offers catering options.
Center Stage, the Theater's main performance space
Originally called the "Performance Outreach Theater," this space was renovated and renamed "Kax Stage" in honor of Katherine "Kax" Herberger. Kax and her husband G. Robert (both now deceased), were prominent Valley philanthropists and patrons of the arts. They donated $3 million to the Theater to help it get started, and supported it throughout their lives.
G. Robert & Katherine "Kax" Herberger
Every year, the Herberger Theater Center helps thousands of children ages 3-20 experience live theater performances for the first time with its youth outreach programs.
The Herberger Theater Center hosts special events during the year, such as the Festival of the Arts and the Phoenix Improv Festival.
Personal and Business Packages
The Theater offers several Special Occasion Packages and Dinner Packages, ranging from intimate, personal celebrations to large corporate events, and for an extra fee you can include live entertainment. If you prefer, the experienced caterers and Theater staff will also help you create your own special event or dinner.
Enjoy a reasonably-priced lunchtime performance held at Kax Stage on select weekdays. Bring your own lunch, or pre-order one from the Theater's caterer.
See Herberger's website for their calendar of events, and for information about packages and the Lunchtime Theater.
Art Gallery, located in the Steele Pavillion.
Hall Of Fame
Honors Arizona natives and residents who've achieved national or international acclaim in the performing arts and/or broadcast communications.
The Theater's property is owned by the city of Phoenix, is maintained by the Phoenix Convention Center Department, and is operated in partnership with the Phoenix Performing Arts Center, Inc. It's won numerous awards, including: