Scottsdale Desert Stages Theatre is an award-winning, non-profit performing arts theatre located in Arizona’s premiere shopping, entertainment and dining destination, Scottsdale Fashion Square.

Established in 1995 by Laurie Cullity, the late Gerry Cullity and Joan Thompson, the theatre 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 theatrical training and performing experience they receive at Desert Stages will assist them on their journey.

Each year, Desert Stages offers:

  • 250 performances with 38,000 seats.
  • Eight adult productions, cast primarily from local actors.
  • Five youth shows with casts of 60-125 actors, ages 3-19.
  • 300 youngsters the opportunity to learn theatre arts as theatrical camper/actors, teen directors, choreographers and counselors

Desert Stages is a proud member of the American Association of Community Theatre


Desert Stages Theatre has two intimate stages, Actor’s Café with 56 seats and Cullity Hall with 219 seats.


Scottsdale Fashion Square is surrounded by several parking structures. The most convenient parking for Desert Stages Theatre is the North Parking Structure.
Valet parking is also available.


To contact our Desert Stages staff, please email them at info@desertstages.org

Executive DirectorEllen Versen
Artistic DirectorGary Jurkovich
Business ManagerStephanie Yampolsky
Box Office Manager/Group SalesLinda Barton
Program & Website Advertising Sales ManagerMichael Lev
Director of Marketing and Social MediaVirginia Olivieri
Theatre RentalDrake Dole
Graphic DesignerDina Osinski
PhotographersRenee Ashlock, Jen Wilbur, Wade Moran
ProgramMichael Lev, Dina Osinski
Production SpecialistDrake Dole
Weekend Box Office SupervisorMichael Lev
Box Office StaffMaggie Barton, Drake Dole, Jeremy Figueroa, Michael Lev, John Martoccia, Meryl Rose, Karen Rhoads, Jordan Yampolsky
Parent Communications LiaisonMeryl Rose
Friends LiaisonShelley MacDonald
Summer Camp AdministratorKristyn Alba
Webmaster/IT SupportKrissy Blackband, Bill Watson
Center Stage/Academy CoordinatorAngela Kriese

Read more about Desert Stages Center Stage Theatrical Training, Theatrical Camps, Alumni and Awards.
Read more about The Story of Desert Stages.