Thursday, January 17, 2013

Theatre Sizzles in the Sonoran Desert

Today, theatre companies in Tucson seem to be as common as wild sage. Our theatres are full of life - thriving, producing, training and churning out entertainment like so many cactus flowers in the spring. Community theatres, theatres that pay stipends, theatres that produce only musicals, theatres that present hard-hitting issue works, comedy playhouses and improv only companies dot the landscape. Training is available from a plethora of sources, including the University, though the newly formed School of Theatre, Film and Television has no graduate program for actors. The region boasts several professional training programs led by theatre professionals who have performed everywhere from LA's sea of 99-seaters and on every level from internet web-series to the big screen to Broadway. Full disclosure - I am artistic director of a disability-friendly company called Universal Access Productions, based downtown. 

This is the first of many columns that will examine the state of Tucson's theatre scene and highlight the companies, spaces and talent in the Old Pueblo, our beautiful, complicated, dusty city, famous for its summer monsoons and embarrassing politics.
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