Herberger Theater Center

An Official Phoenix Point of Pride


Herberger Theater Center Phoenix

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.


Performing Art Companies


Herberger Theater Center Aerial


The Theater's three resident companies are:

  • Actors Theatre

    • Creates contemporary professional theater.
    • Through community outreach, helps people who cannot afford full-price tickets attend theater performances.
    • Uses local artists and businesses as much as possible.
    • Can be engaged by organizations to perform at events.

  • Arizona Theatre Company, the official State theater troupe

    • Produces all its shows in Arizona, including classic and contemporary plays, musicals, and new works.
    • Has the largest seasonal subscriber base in the performing arts in Arizona, and is the only resident company in the US that maintains a two-city operation: Phoenix and Tucson.
    • Offers several educational programs, and a Professional Internship Program.

  • Center Dance Ensemble, the Herberger's resident Modern Dance Company

    • Created in 1988 by the Herberger Theater Center.

  • Ballet Dancer
    • Was one of 5 Arizona dance companies to participate in the Arizona Commission's "Arts' Dance on Tour" project, and has been on the Commission's roster since 1988.
    • Offers numerous educational outreach programs, including fieldtrips for students.

Other companies that perform regularly at the Theater include:

  • Valley Youth Theatre
  • iTheatre Collaborative

National touring companies perform at the Herberger, and local companies that perform here include:

  • Arizona Opera
  • Ballet Arizona
  • Arizona Jewish Theatre Company
  • Teatro Bravo
  • Childsplay


Stages

Herberger Theater Center Stages

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

  • Seats 802
  • Proscenium stage
  • Ramp accessible seating
  • Off-stage wagon house
  • Hydraulic orchestra pit and trappable stage floor

Stage West

  • Seats 325
  • Proscenium seating with cabaret, thrust, and in-the-round capabilities
  • European-style setting
  • Uncommonly large off-stage wagon house

Kax Stage

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.

  • Seats 118
  • Black-box theater
  • Separate covered entrance

G. Robert & Kax Herberger

G. Robert & Katherine "Kax" Herberger


Arts Education and Outreach Programs

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.

  • Wolf Trap
    Artists from the Center Dance Ensemble go to preschool and Head Start classrooms to train parents and teachers to use performing arts as a teaching tool.
  • Arizona Young Artists' Competition
    Recognizes aspiring performers ages 15-19 with scholarship awards for acting, dance, and voice.
  • Multicultural Theater Camp
    A two-week theater camp at the Theater for at-risk teens throughout Maricopa County.


Events and Packages

Theater-Sponsored Events

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.

Lunchtime Theater

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.


Herberger Theater Center West Side


Features

Art Gallery, located in the Steele Pavillion.

  • View and purchase works of art by Arizona artists displayed in quarterly exhibits. A portion of the sales-proceeds go to the Herberger Theater Center.
  • View the current exhibit online, at Herberger's website

Hall Of Fame
Honors Arizona natives and residents who've achieved national or international acclaim in the performing arts and/or broadcast communications.

Awards

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:

  • Best Cultural Attraction by a Downtown Phoenix Partnership
  • Best Theater Venue by Best of Jewish Phoenix
  • New Times Best of Phoenix Winner and Best Theater Venue for the Kax Stage
  • AZ Central's Best Regional Arts Center


Parking Options

  • Herberger
    Economical parking at the Arizona Center Parking structure, 400 North 5th Street.
  • Park Phoenix
    Parking options at several locations.
    Website: http://www.parkphoenix.com/herberger-parking.html
    Phone: 1-866-330-PARK (7275)
    Email: info@clickandpark.com


Location and Contact Information

  • 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix, AZ 85004(on the northwest corner of Third Street and Monroe in downtown Phoenix)
  • Phone: (602) 252-8497
  • Box Office: 602 254-7399
  • Website
    Be sure to check out their calendar of events and information about purchasing gift certificates, supporting the Theater, and for volunteer opportunities. (Diane has volunteered as an Usher at the Theater - it's a great way to both serve the community and experience some great shows for free!)

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