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Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre
Set to Move Inside Scottsdale Fashion Square in the Fall

Non-profit community theatre launches $900,000 relocation campaign with September deadline

Scottsdale, AZ (March 2016)-Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre, the award-winning, non-profit performing arts theatre in Old Town Scottsdale, has launched a Next Stage capital campaign in support of their upcoming move. Following 10 years in their current location on Scottsdale Road, Desert Stages will move to their new theatre space, previously occupied by Harkins Theatres within Scottsdale Fashion Square, in the fall of 2016.

“We are delighted to announce our plans to move into such a prominent location within Scottsdale Fashion Square,” said Laurie Cullity, co-founder and Executive & Artistic Director of Desert Stages. “Our beautiful new space will be more modern and much larger, 12,500 square feet compared to our current 6,500, and we are looking forward to the wonderful experiences this will offer both our audiences and our actors!”

Desert Stages kicks off their Next Stage campaign with a $30,000 grant from the Arizona Coyotes and funds raised at their annual gala, “Look Into Your Heart” on February 27 bringing monies raised to nearly $75,000 already applied to the move.

Funds raised in Desert Stages’s Next Stage campaign will underwrite renovations necessary to turn the space previously used as movie theaters into a world-class performing arts theatre, complete with two theatre spaces, expanded classrooms and new light and sound packages. Desert Stages is offering multiple naming opportunities at their new space with high-visibility not only among their patrons, actors and families, but also Scottsdale Fashion Square’s 11 million annual shoppers.

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.


Miss Laurie speaks about DST's Upcoming Move on 12News

Miss Laurie was recently on 12News speaking about DST's upcoming move. Read the article here

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