Live Theatre Workshop provides performance and education to entertain, enlighten and uplift our community and to develop theatrical talent.
LTW consists of five complementary programs designed to bring theatre and theatre education to the Tucson Community. The LTW Mainstage program produces 9 published works each season. All productions are staffed entirely by local artists and are performed on the LTW stage. ETCETERA, LTW’s late-night program, produces 6 shows each season. Diverse, local artists create ETCETERA performances, and the goal of the program is to reach younger audiences and people who do not regularly attend theatre. The Onstage Education program offers 4 ten-week terms and summer camps, which include theatre, musical theatre, acting, and technical classes to ages 6-adult. Teaching artists work in residence 4-6 local schools at low-to-no cost for participants. LTW’s Family Theatre Program produces 5 original musical performances each season for families, schools, and community organizations. All Family Theatre works are commissioned from local writers and musicians. Family Theatre productions perform on the LTW stage as well as in 10 - 15 schools and organizations each season. The Readers Theater program offers 2 -4 free staged readings to introduce new plays or plays we are considering for upcoming seasons.
Live Theatre Workshop is a unique and special little theatre. The artists, the staff, the board, and the volunteers come together to create performances and theatre education because we love what we do, and to bring the best theatre to Tucson. We believe that Tucson deserves a thriving theatre scene that is accessible to all who want to participate. With our outstanding foundation, government, and individual support, we are able to offer workshops, classes, scholarships, and free and reduced tickets to the entire community. Our programs work together to produce excellent shows, and our education and family programs work in unison to create the next generation of theatre artists and patrons so that the future of Tucson theatre is even more vibrant.
The Mainstage is graced with award winning artists as well as up-and-coming talent, who create dynamic theatre that makes us laugh, cry, and think—sometimes all at the same time. These shows are attended by over 13,000 people a year. To ensure that all Tucsonans have a chance to experience live theatre, we have some of the lowest ticket prices in town and offer hundreds of free tickets to organizations and schools across the city.
The OnStage Education Program is a safe place for diverse groups of students to express their creativity, learn teamwork, and gain self-confidence and skills that prepare them to be innovative and well-rounded adults. Each year 600 kids participate in a variety of beginning to advanced performance classes. With the help of some outstanding funders, these classes are brought to children who have limited access to theatre education. Over 20 schools are connected to the LTW education program, and $9,500 in scholarships are awarded each year. The OnStage Education program was recognized by the Tucson Pima Arts Council as the Best Arts Education Program in Tucson in 2013 and nominated for a Governor’s Arts Award in 2015.
The Family Theatre program deepens our connection to kids and families by offering interactive musical theatre performances on Sunday afternoons and in over 15 schools across the city. These performances have become a tradition for Tucson families. Kids are introduced to and learn to love theatre through this program, and many continue on to take LTW classes and even advance to become performers in these shows themselves.
The ETCETERA Late Night performances explore avant-garde and new styles of theatre that are created and performed by our community. Works by new authors from across the country is programmed alongside local and regional authors. Original and community derived works that feature local musicians, artists, mimes, dancers, and actors is at the core of this unique program. The ETCETERA stage works closely with U of A students, high school theatre programs, and cultural organizations to produce an eclectic mix of theatre and music that is relevant to our community.
All of our programs work together year-round to entertain theatre lovers, educate and train the next generation of theatre artists, and foster a love for the arts by all in this great city. Live Theatre Workshop has been incorporated for 20 years and in our current location at 5317 E. Speedway Blvd. for 17 years. These walls have seen thousands of outstanding performances and become a safe and creative place for people from the community to come together to be entertained, enlightened, educated, and uplifted.