Tempe Center for the Arts

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Tempe Center for the Arts
Address 700 West Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe, Arizona 85281
United States
Coordinates 33°25′54″N 111°56′55″W / 33.43167°N 111.94861°W / 33.43167; -111.94861Coordinates: 33°25′54″N 111°56′55″W / 33.43167°N 111.94861°W / 33.43167; -111.94861
Owner City of Tempe
Type Performing and Visual Arts Center
Capacity Studio - 200 Seats
Theater - 600 Seats
Lakeside - 200 Seats
Construction
Built 2004 - 2007
Opened September 9, 2007
Construction cost $65 Million
Website
www.tempecenterforthearts.com

Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) is a publicly owned performing and visual arts center in Tempe, Arizona. Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA), sponsored by Northern Trust, is a jewel in the crown of a city known for its support of the arts. Opened in September 2007, this strikingly magnificent venue houses a state-of-the-art 600 - seat proscenium theater, a 200 - seat studio theater and a 3,500 square-foot gallery. Its Lakeside Room seats 200 and overlooks Tempe Town Lake, with views of the Papago and Camelback mountains.

Mission: Tempe Center for the Arts is making waves in the desert by embracing art in all forms and all voices.

Vision: Tempe Center for the Arts presents and produces compelling, provocative and inspiring programs to promote meaningful engagement with the most relevant performance arts being made today.

Architecture[edit]

The building was designed by Barton Myers Associates of Los Angeles and Architekton of Tempe. A citizens group, formed in 1998, spearheaded a ballot initiative to create an arts center. The resulting increase in the sales tax of .1% was used to fund seed money for the management, design, and construction of the facility.

At the entrance, environmental designer Ned Kahn uses 8,000 embedded marbles and tiny mirrors to create a shimmery sunlit effect at the Center’s marquee. He echoes this shimmering effect on the west wall of the Lakeside room where a massive array of mirrors captures and digitizes the available light reflecting off the Center’s expansive negative edge pool.[1]

Unlike most theaters, this lobby is open to the public without a ticket and becomes a popular gathering place that brings art and community together while enhancing the Tempe landscape, promoting positive quality of life issues related to sustainability, recreation and culture.[1]

A management firm (Kitchell CEM) was selected by the city government to oversee a three-phase design competition, leading to the selection of the design team in 2000. Following public input, the design was completed in 2003. Construction began in April 2004 and took 40 months. The Center was completed in August, 2007, with a grand opening on September 9, 2007.

The Center features a roof made of complex geometric folded plates. The roof is highly visible from the surrounding freeways and the man-made Tempe Town Lake, which occupies the natural watercourse of the Salt River, immediately adjacent to the site. It is also visible by many airplanes landing at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, two miles west of the building.

Five public art pieces were included in the design:

  • Entry Marquee[1] – Ned Kahn
  • Fireplace[2]– trueNorth - Mayme Kratz and Mark Ryan
  • Fountain Reflections[3] – Ned Kahn
  • Lobby Carpet[4] – Ramona Saskiestewa
  • Aurora[5] - Brower Hatcher

The Center includes the Gallery at TCA, a visual arts gallery featuring free exhibits of two- and three-dimensional artwork by local and internationally recognized artists.

Producing Artistic Director: Ralph Remington[edit]

To advance the goals outlined in its recently completed Arts and Culture Plan, the City of Tempe has hired theater veteran Ralph Remington to serve a new role within the Community Services Department as Arts and Culture Deputy Director and Artistic Director of Tempe Center for the Arts sponsored by Northern Trust.

Remington is the former Western Regional Director/Assistant Executive Director of Actors' Equity Association and the former Director of Theater and Musical Theater for the National Endowment for the Arts. He has also written seven feature screenplays and two plays. His essay “To Be Black in America,” has been published in the African American literary anthology, “Blues Vision” while another essay, “Michael, Obama, and Post-Racial Deconstruction,” was published in the anthology “Goodbye, Billie Jean: The Meaning of Michael Jackson.” His play "Penetrating Whiteness" was a semi-finalist in 2015 at the Eugene O’Neill National Playwright’s Competition.

Ralph Remington is the founding producing artistic director of Pillsbury House Theatre, in Minneapolis, Minn., where he was also an elected member of the Minneapolis City Council.

TCA Presents 18-19 Season:[edit]

Annie Moses Band - Sept 22[edit]

Grounded by faith, the Annie Moses band blends classical, folk, bluegrass, and pop in a unique way that is both fresh and poignant.

Ensemble Mik Nawooj - Oct 20[edit]

Led by composer/pianist, JooWan Kim, Hip-Hop Orchestra Mik Nawooj (EMN) creates new concert music based on the musical materials of hip-hop and by sampling compatible classical compositional techniques.

Changüí Majadero - Oct 27[edit]

Changüí Majadero has recaptured the traditional Afro-Cuban music with an innovative and unique combination of raw Cuban Roots and East LA Grit.

Dinner at Five - Nov 3[edit]

Written & Directed by Lloyd J. Schwartz (The Brady Bunch, Gilligan’s Island, Harper Valley PTA), Dinner at Five stars TV legends Kathy Garver (Cissy from Family Affair), Larry Thomas (The Soup Nazi from Seinfeld), Caryn Richman (Gidget from The New Gidget) and Christopher Knight (Peter Brady from The Brady Bunch) in a swinging play filled with one-liners, zingers and a raised eyebrow here and there.

Dailey & Vincent - Nov 17[edit]

Five-time GRAMMY® award winners individually, and three-time nominees collectively, Jaime Dailey and Darrin Vincent are one of the best duos in American music- bluegrass, traditional country and gospel - today.

The Revolutionists - Dec 2018[edit]

This irreverent comedy set during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror propels itself into modern times while standing up for one’s beliefs and who runs the world.

A Christmas Carol - Dec 6 - 23[edit]

This spectacular Broadway musical adaptation of the classic Charles Dickens tale will leave you and yours wrapped in the joy of the season.

Co-presented with resident artist:

Scottsdale Musical Theater Company

Detroit '67 - Feb 22 – Mar 17[edit]

Inspired by American history, this powerful play unfolds during an explosive moment in Detroit when the soulful sounds of Motown are breaking records and breaking down barriers.

Disrupt FEST - Apr 2019[edit]

Returning April 2019, for its third annual festival, this mashup of super-charged experiences includes provocative, unique artists who challenge preconceived concepts of the traditional performing arts.

Current Residents Artists[edit]

Past Resident Artists[edit]

Home to city-produced programs:

Photo Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-10. Retrieved 2008-11-12. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-10. Retrieved 2008-11-12. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-10. Retrieved 2008-11-12. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-10. Retrieved 2008-11-12. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-10. Retrieved 2008-11-12. 

External links[edit]

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