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 Director/Co-Founder Laurie Cullity
Business Manager Stephanie Yampolsky
Box Office Manager/Group Sales Linda Barton
Program & Website Advertising Sales Manager Michael Lev
Director of Marketing and Social Media Virginia Olivieri
Corporate Giving & Fundraising Traci Langston (traci@desertstages.org)
Theatre Rental Drake Dole
Graphic Designer Dina Osinski
Photographers Renee Ashlock, Jen Wilbur, Wade Moran
Program Michael Lev, Dina Osinski
Production Specialist Drake Dole
Weekend Box Office Supervisor Michael Lev
Box Office Staff Maggie Barton, Drake Dole, Jeremy Figueroa, Michael Lev, John Martoccia, Meryl Rose, Karen Rhoads, Jordan Yampolsky
Parent Communications Liaison Meryl Rose
Friends Liaison Shelley MacDonald
Summer Camp Administrator Kristyn Alba
Webmaster/IT Support Krissy Blackband, Bill Watson
Academy Coordinators Kira Galindo

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