CEO & Board of Directors

From Our CEO

Arizona’s Center Stage

I love that statement because it really speaks to why the Herberger Theater Center was built and why we exist today. We are the place where the audiences converge for the celebration of art. One of the things that first excited me about theater was the collaborative nature of the performance. You not only have the performer on stage but there are so many other people involved. There are the people backstage moving scenery, others raising the curtains or drops, still others running lighting cues or playing music or sound effects. Plus, there are the designers and technicians that created the costumes, scenery, lighting, sound and makeup. Not to mention the director, choreographer, musicians, stage manager, and so many others.

But when everyone works together, when the music swells, the lights come on, the curtain goes up, the scenery, the costumes and make-up support the scene and the performance begins, it is the collaboration and contribution by everyone involved that makes the moment magic.

The collaboration doesn’t stop there because there is another very important participant, our guests. It is the union between the magic on stage and the audience in the seats that makes the live performance a truly one of a kind experience.

Today, that intersection of audience, art and community doesn’t just happen on one of our three stages. Performance and audience have converged here in Bob’s Spot Gallery Lounge, the Art Gallery, the lobby, outside on the patio, the plaza and on the east side of our block. As we continue moving forward, you can expect to see even more of this as we expand our collaborations with our amazing Resident Companies, as well as develop new partnerships with Arizona State University, Arizona School for the Arts and many others.

All of this will create more diverse opportunities for traditional and non-traditional performances that will engage audiences in many different ways. Keep watching this website, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter so you won’t miss any of the exciting opportunities that are happening soon and in the future.


Board of Directors

Debra Larson
Franklin Covey
John Weldon
Vice Chair
Salmon, Lewis & Weldon
Mike Parrish
Vice Chair
Stinson LLP
Alan Augenstein
Retired (PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP)
Jill Clark
Transact Campus
John Chan
Phoenix Convention Center
Laurence De Respino
U-Haul International. Inc.
Patrick Dostal
Scott Frerichs
Jennings Strouss
Dawn Gabel
Quarles & Brady LLP
Becky Gonzalez
Kaaren-Lyn Graves
Monica Greenman
Dawn Hart
Lindsay Jewell
Perkins Coie
Greg Marshall
Snell & Wilmer
Kevin Mattingly
Phoenix Convention Center
Mitch Menchaca
City of Phoenix, Office of Arts & Culture
Pedro Miranda
Squire Patton Boggs LLP
Trish Niemann
Cable One
Bardia Nikpourian
Michael J. O’Connor
Jonathan Poure
National Bank of Arizona
Devney Preuss
Downtown Phoenix, Inc.
Laura Showalter
Pinnacle West
Michael Sillyman
Kutak Rock LLP
Jennifer Holsman Tetreault
U.S. Foods, Inc.