Published: March 7th, 2019

The Molly Blank Fund – ASU Gammage Teaching Artists Program 2019-2020 Cohort Application is Open

The TAP program, which spans the 2019-2020 school year, trains artists in the Kennedy Center arts integration method to be able to teach workshops in K-12 schools. The training also comes with a $500 stipend and the opportunity to be listed on the ASU Gammage Teaching Artist Roster for future employment opportunities. Any interested artists (theatre/spoken word, dance, music, or visual arts) should apply online. For questions, please contact [email protected].

Application Link: http://www.asugammage.com/TAP

Informational flyer: The Molly Blank Fund TAP 2019-2020

Applications will close on March 31, 2019. Applicants will be notified by April 21, 2019.


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Published: March 3rd, 2019

Celebrating JO Combs’ New Performing Arts Center

March & Youth Arts Month encompasses the celebration of Theatre in Our Schools. As part of this celebration we are thrilled to share a the story of an Arizona community’s success supporting the performing arts in their school.

We want to congratulate JO Combs High School on the opening of the Combs Performing Arts Center late January.

Thanks to bond dollars voted on by taxpayers within the J.O. Combs Unified School District in 2016, Combs High School was able to build San Tan Valley’s first professional Theatre space in the JO Combs School District.

According to the San Tan Valley Times “The new Performing Arts Center was designed for maximum functionality for students, educators, and audience members, accommodating 500 people. To serve area arts education programs and the broader San Tan community, the Center is being used as a hands-on teaching space for the school’s Stagecraft and Fine Arts programs and is acoustically balanced for both amplified sound and live performances.”

Congratulations JO Combs on opening this beautiful new space to support arts education and the arts in your community. Read the full article here: https://santantimes.com/combs-high-school-new-performing-arts-center/

Happy Youth Arts Month!

Happy Theatre in Our Schools Month!

Have a great youth arts story to share in your school or community? Email us at [email protected] or tag us on social media with the hashtag #AZYouthArts

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Published: March 1st, 2019

March is Youth Arts Month!

In March the Arizona Department of Education celebrates Youth Arts Month! This year we will highlight stories and educators from around the state with daily blog posts & weekly social media blasts.

Do you have an arts education story that you would like to feature on our blog? We would like to hear from you about the Youth Arts Education happening around the state. Please send your photos and stories to us at the Arts Education Inbox: [email protected]. You can also tag your photos on social media with #AZYouthArts #AZArtsED

Arizona arts educators, administrators, community organizations, and students work hard every day engaging in arts learning activities that are an essential part of a well-rounded education. Our world needs more of the creativity, problem-solving, collaboration, empathy, and social engagement that the arts develop. Take time this month to CELEBRATE young artists, their mentors, advocates, and supporters!


Haley Honeman

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Published: February 26th, 2019

March 19th ASU Theatre Experience

High school sophomores, juniors, and seniors and prospective transfer students are invited to the ASU Tempe Campus on March 16th from 4-9:30pm for the ASU Theatre Experience 2019. The event is free and includes a behind-the-scenes tour of ASU theatre facilities, workshop, and a pizza dinner with current ASU theatre students. Participants will also receive free tickets to the ASU MainStage show, Ajax, and attend a post-show talkback with the director and members of the cast–a unique opportunity to learn all about how the show was created! Please use the link below to register.



ALL participants (students and teachers) must register individually.  ASU staff will provide supervision while students are on campus. This event is for students and teacher chaperones only.

Also NEW this year:

ALL participants must sign an electronic Liability Waiver via DocuSign. Minors under age 18 must also have the signature of their parents/guardians in order to participate.  Teachers whose students or their parents do not have an email address or internet access should email [email protected] to discuss other options.  ASU is committed to conservation; therefore, no paper forms will be accepted at any time.

Show Information:

Ajax Written by Sophocles Translated by John Tipton Directed by Kristin Hunt


In the aftermath of the Trojan War, Menelaus and Agamemnon name Odysseus the greatest warrior, awarding him the armor of the fallen hero Achilles.  Furious at being passed over for this honor, Ajax vows murderous revenge in this timeless tragedy of madness and violence.

ASU’s production of Ajax incorporates punk music and culture as a storytelling backdrop, aiding in the creation of a concert-like theatrical experience.


Schedule: ASU Theatre Experience 4:00 pm: Check-in at Nelson Fine Arts Center, ASU Tempe Campus 4:30 pm: Backstage tour of Nelson Fine Arts Center 5-6:15pm: Workshops with ASU Teaching Artists 6:15-7pm: Dinner with ASU theatre students 7:30pm: Ajax and talkback 9:30pm (approximate): End of day/pick-up at Nelson Fine Arts Center


To register, FIRST complete the Liability Waiver as directed.  It will open in a separate tab.  IMPORTANT:  When finished with the Liability Waiver, please return to the form below to complete and submit your registration.

Only 50 spots available, so please RSVP as soon as possible. REGISTRATION DEADLINE: COB Friday, March 8, 2019.

Questions? Please email [email protected].

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Published: February 26th, 2019

NEA Musical Theatre Songwriting Challenge

In partnership with the American Theatre Wing, the NEA is now accepting applications for the national Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge. This program, now in its second year, provides high school students with the opportunity to develop original songs that have the potential to be featured in a musical theatre production. Deadline to apply: April 30.

NEA is thrilled to share the news that the next round of the Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge for high school students is now underway and accepting applications!

In case you haven’t heard, the Songwriting Challenge is a national songwriting competition open to high school students who have a passion for writing songs of any musical style that could be part of a musical theater production. This year’s competition follows a successful inaugural year in 2018 that featured finalists from across the country. For this second year, the Songwriting Challenge will again pair six finalist songwriters (either single songwriters or duos) with professional musical theater artists to develop the students’ original song into a Broadway-stage-ready composition.

For additional guidelines, timing, and details please visit our application portal. Students can also find additional video resources to watch and utilize as inspiration when applying.

Click here for more information on how to apply!

The Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts partnering with the American Theatre Wing and in collaboration with Disney Theatrical Productions and Samuel French, a division of Concord Records. The Songwriting Challenge is a national competition for high school students who have a passion for writing songs that could be part of a musical theater production and the wide range of musical styles represented in contemporary musical theater including hip-hop, rock, R&B, country, jazz, and more.

Please help us spread the word about this exciting opportunity for our young artists!

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Published: February 11th, 2019

Celebrate with Us on Thursday! “We Are Arizona” Reception


Celebrate with us this week at the “We Are Arizona” Opening Reception!

RSVP your attendance to the opening reception of the “We Are Arizona” 4th Grade Collaborative Visual Art Competition!

Thursday February 14th 6-8pm Sonoran Arts League Center for the Arts 7100 E. Cave Creek Road (Suite 144)

We are looking forward to recognizing this year’s participating 4th grade students, schools, and teachers and we are excited to announce that Superintendent Hoffman will join the Office of Arts Education to greet participants and recognize this year’s winners.

If you have already RSVP’d your attendance we look forward to seeing you there! If you haven’t RSVP’d, please email Arts Education Specialist Haley Honeman [email protected] by this Wednesday February 13th

For more information see attached flyer: Reception Invitation WeAreAZ 2019

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Published: February 6th, 2019

2019 Arizona Young Artists Competition

To all Educators of young performers between the ages of 15 and 20! COME and join a wonderful competition for a possible, $1500 scholarship, a definite chance to perform for Valley professionals, and a real opportunity to meet people your own age who share your passion for the stage! All levels welcome!

The Herberger Theater Center, Center Dance Ensemble, Arizona Broadway Theater and The Arizona Society of Arts and Letters are sponsors of the 2019 Arizona Young Artists Competition, its 20th Anniversary!

There are 4 different areas of competition; Acting (ages 15 – 19); Musical Theatre Voice (ages 15 – 19); Classical Voice (ages 16 – 20); and Dance (ages 15 – 19).

The registration fee is $25 (until Feb 10; $35.00 thereafter). Registration closes midnight February 24, 2019.

Please visit www.azyoungartistscompetition.org for information and links to register for each category.

Please call Mary Robinson at 602-254-7399 x 104 or email [email protected]

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Published: February 4th, 2019


Teachers are invited to participate in our FREE Teacher Tech Tour on Monday, March 4, 2019 from 5:00 – 6:30 PM. Teachers will come to ASU Gammage to meet with our Technical Director and have a special back stage tour of our historic Frank Lloyd Wright building to ask questions and learn more about the theater. Space is limited; register today!

Register at: Links.asu.edu/teachertechtour

Please email [email protected] or call 480-727-6250 if you have any questions.

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Published: January 28th, 2019

Student Tickets Available for Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman

Central High School Black Students’ Union presents Desert Dance Theatre’s “Sister Moses: The Story of Harriet Tubman,” an inspirational story that highlights the incredible accomplishments of Harriet Tubman and her work on the Underground Railroad. This production tells the story about this significant era in American History through music, dance and drama with a cast of over 40 performers.

A school field-trip opportunity is being offered on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 10:00am; and one evening public performance on Friday, February 1, 2019 at 7:00pm at Central High School Auditorium, 4525 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85012.

The cast will be made up of Desert Dance Theatre’s professional cast of dancers, singers, string musicians, percussionist and narrator, plus student dance and music performers from Central High School and neighboring elementary schools as well as  community talent of all ages. The school matinee performances are approximately 45 minutes in length and by reservation only. The school field-trip performance of Sister Moses are open to all schools throughout the Phoenix area and other surrounding areas. Admission to the school matinees is $5, and must be arranged by prepaid reservations only. Downloadable reservation forms are available at http://desertdancetheatre.org/sister-moses/ or contact Sherrilyn Parham at 602-764-7500 (X47746) or [email protected].

The Sister Moses Residency and Performances are supported by the Central High School Black Students’ Union and the Arizona Commission on the Arts which receives support from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts, and private contributors.

Desert Dance Theatre is a contemporary dance company known for its diverse modern dance repertory, interdisciplinary collaborations, and major thematic productions which address important historical as well as current issues. Don’t miss this exciting performance of music, dance and drama!

For more information, call 480-962-4584 or go to www.DesertDanceTheatre.org or http://desertdancetheatre.org/sister-moses/.

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Published: January 23rd, 2019

Student Night with Arizona Opera! February 27th

Student Night with Arizona Opera! Featuring Silent Night, music by Kevin Puts, Libretto by Mark Campbell

Based on true events surrounding the WWI Christmas Eve truce between British, French, and German soldiers.

February 27, 2019 @ 7:00pm, Symphony Hall, Phoenix Recommended for High School and up due to war related violence Registration is Required HERE

Tickets for Student Night are FREE for Title 1 schools and $5/$10 for non-Title 1 schools. The evening is reserved exclusively for students to get swept away by great music and stories – all while enhancing classroom learning.

About Silent Night: The Great War rages. It is 1914 and Europe has descended into darkness. On Christmas Eve, British, French, and German soldiers agree to a truce across the trenches. On that silent night, 100,000 soldiers briefly put aside their weapons and met one another face-to-face in no-man’s-land. Based on inspiring true events, this Pulitzer Prize-winning opera explores the human cost of war, and the ultimate price of peace. Sung in five languages with a sumptuous score, this global story is a modern masterpiece not to be missed.


Take advantage of this great performance opportunity with your students!

Photo by Pat Kirk, Opera San Josè


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