Stevie Eller Dance Theatre
During the fall semester 2023, Duane Cyrus, Director of the School, will celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre with special programming that includes guest works and featured events. Join us as we celebrate two decades of great performances and top-notch dance education. Additional details for the 2023-24 season will be released in late spring 2023
In 2003 the University of Arizona’s dance program was privileged by the completion of the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre. Home to the UA Dance Ensemble, dance majors rehearse and perform in this award-winning, state of the art facility. The 29,000 square foot complex, which houses a 300-seat theatre with spacious stage, full-fly system and full orchestra pit, is host to some 50 performances a year by majors in the dance program. These performances are supported as well by a costume shop, scene shop, pilates studio and ample dressing rooms. The theatre’s design –an integration of art, movement and architecture– features second-story studios surrounded by glass.
Lead architects on the project, Donna Barry and Jose Pombo (then with Gould Evans), created a space so inviting and yet so innovative that several awards announced and recognized their work. A 2003 Citation Award from the AIA and a Best Public Project over $5M were quickly followed in 2004 with the AIA Arizona Honor Award. In short order, the building was added as one of only fifteen on the list of “Arizona’s Greatest Architectural Wonders.”