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Phoenix Theatre director shares insights

Post Date:09/01/2017 12:28 PM

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Learn history, future of oldest art organization in Arizona


Phoenix Theatre director shares insights


Hot Coffee Arts & Culture Lecture Series
Michael Barnard, Producing Artistic Director, Phoenix Theatre
“Phoenix Theatre: Past, Present and Future”
Tuesday, Sept. 26
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Total Wine, 1416 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear


Goodyear, Ariz. (Aug. 31, 2017) –Producing Artistic Director Michael Barnard shares a look at the history of the Phoenix Theatre, which began in 1920. Join this nostalgic look at the oldest arts organization in Arizona during the September Hot Coffee Arts & Culture Lecture Series on Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. at Total Wine and More, 1416 N. Litchfield Road, Goodyear.  

During the lecture, Michael will also review the upcoming 2017/2018 season and share the theatre’s plans for the future, including highlights of the 2019/2020 centennial season.

As the largest producing regional theatre company in the Valley, Phoenix Theatre, located at 100 E. McDowell Road, offers more than 400 performances on multiple stages as well as education and outreach programs. Each year, more than 100,000 people come to the theatre for exciting and inspiring performances in a historic venue that has launched stars’ careers; developed young audiences; and served as a home for emerging playwrights and composers.

Entering his nineteenth season as Phoenix Theatre’s producing artistic director, Arizona native Michael received his Master’s degree at Northwestern University after beginning his higher education in the fine arts at Arizona State University. Michael’s history with Phoenix Theatre goes back 38 years when he served as the theatre’s first production manager from 1979 to 1982. Michael’s career includes working for the Disney Corporation for nine years and directing over 1,000 special events for a multitude of causes working with both notable and emerging talent. He is an author, has served as an adjunct professor at Arizona State University’s School of Music and has received numerous awards including the 2011 National Arts and Letters Award for outstanding contribution to the field of Musical Theatre.

The Hot Coffee Arts & Culture lecture series is held the last Tuesday of every month from January through October at 7 p.m. in Total Wine and More, 1416 N. Litchfield Road. Light refreshments are served. Parking and admission are free. For more information, visit


About the Arts in Goodyear
The Arts and Culture Division was established in 2006 by the Goodyear City Council to create a distinct sense of place and cultural destination by integrating art into public spaces. Goodyear’s public art program promotes arts and cultural excellence in coordination with the private sector and other governmental agencies to increase awareness of the contributions of arts and culture to our economy and quality of life.

The Goodyear Arts & Culture Commission provides leadership in developing a community identity through the arts that embraces, celebrates and unites all of our diverse histories, beliefs, cultures, and aspirations.
Goodyear Arts & Culture Commission