About Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre

Executive Director & Artistic Director Laurie Cullity
Current Location 4720 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ. 85251
Location August 2017 Scottsdale Fashion Square, Scottsdale, AZ
Box Office (480) 483-1664

Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre is an award-winning, non-profit performing arts theatre in Old Town Scottsdale. Desert Stages was established in 1995 by Laurie Cullity, the late Gerry Cullity and Joan Thompson. Desert Stages is committed to offering high-quality entertainment for the entire community and prides itself on providing a creative and inclusive environment where actors can learn, grow and thrive. Many Desert Stages alumni have gone on to work as professional actors in New York and Los Angeles but, no matter what a child aspires to, the training, education and experience they receive at Desert Stages will assist them on their journey.

Following 13 years in their current location, Desert Stages will move to their new theatre space within Scottsdale Fashion Square in August 2017. 

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Laurie Cullity has served as Executive and Artistic Director of Scottsdale Desert Stages for more than 20 years. Laurie co-founded Desert Stages in 1995 with her husband, the late Gerry Cullity, and Joan Thompson. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from Rutgers University and, prior to moving to Arizona from the east coast in the early 1990s, she owned and operated several dance schools and co-founded three threatres, including the Lanark Inn Dinner Theatre, The Actor’s Cafe and The Mystery Playhouse. Over the course of her more than 40 years in theatre, Laurie has been involved in over 165 productions as an actor, choreographer, director and producer.

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Scottsdale Desert Stages prides itself on the creative, inclusive and joyful nurturing of each of its actors and the exhilarating experience these actors bring to their Arizona community with each and every performance.

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The Mission of Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre is to enrich the lives of our community by providing as many actors as possible with the opportunities to expand their creative talents, and achieve their dreams. To entertain; to communicate positive personal messages; and to enrich and change lives through this theatrical experience.

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