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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I buy tickets?
You may purchase tickets by calling the Box Office/Ticket Sales at 480.350.2822. The Box office is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and on Saturdays and Sundays for special events only. The Box office opens 2 hours prior to an event. Purchase tickets online[FM1] . If you need to contact the Box Office for any reason, call 480.350.2822 or email tcaboxoffice@tempe.gov.

Where is Tempe Center for the Arts located?
TCA is located on 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway,Tempe, AZ 85281.
Free parking is available for events occurring at the Tempe Center for the Arts.

The Mill Avenue/Third Street Metro Light Rail stop is less than a mile away. Bus Route 48 serves TCA from the downtown Transit Center, as well as the Light Rail stop. 

TCA is located on the southwest end of Tempe Town Lake and resides in a beautifully appointed 17-acre lakeside art park developed by Design Workshop, a Tempe landscape architecture firm. 

Where can I get event information?
TCA Event Calendar is listed on our Home Page and list all performances, activities and events for the year.

TCA Events Calendar

May I rent TCA for a special event?
Yes, TCA is available for rentals for personal or corporate events. TCA offers premier venues for unique theatrical, corporate and social events. From 10 person meetings to 1,000 guest receptions, TCA tailors its spaces and services to meet the needs of each client.

Rental Information


What is the 17-18 Season, TCA Sponsored Shows and Events?
TCA strives to be a venue with a bold community profile that draws constant audiences by providing a stage for stimulating events and a channel for relevant conversations. In serving this purpose, TCA’s 17-18 Season includes compelling, provocative and inspiring performing arts programming. The 17-18 Season is our programming and, therefore, is presented and/or produced by TCA (performances are not rental events).

In addition to our 17-18 Season and to increase the quantity and quality of program offerings to promote meaningful civic engagement, TCA-sponsored shows are either free to the public or affordably priced events that are multi-disciplinary and include multi-cultural art forms.

Why is TCA presenting and producing its own shows?
TCA is responding to Tempe residents’ requests to:

  • Expand TCA’s presenting program and provide a range of offerings that meet the interests of diverse audiences.

  • Protect and promote artistic expression and cultural awareness to bring people together.

  • Celebrate diverse traditions that strengthen sense of community and place.

  • Maintain a strong commitment to advance Tempe as a vibrant and progressive community for cultural and artistic activity.

     

Can you explain the Tempe Center for the Arts Architecture?
The strikingly magnificent TCA, designed by Tempe-based Architekton and award-winning Barton Myers Associates of Los Angeles, houses a state-of-the-art, 600-seat proscenium theater, a 200-seat studio theater and a 3,500 square-foot gallery. The finely appointed Lakeside overlooks Town Lake, with views of the Papago and Camelback mountains, and is available for meetings, banquets and special events. TCA is located on the southwest end of Tempe Town Lake and resides in a beautifully appointed 17-acre lakeside art park developed by Design Workshop, a Tempe landscape architecture firm. TCA features a roof made of complex geometric folded plates. The roof is highly visible from the surrounding freeways and the man-made Tempe Town Lake, which occupies the natural watercourse of the Salt River, immediately adjacent to the site. It is also visible by many airplanes landing at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, two miles west of the building.

Why is the logo Tempe Center for the Arts sponsored by Northern Trust?
In 2015 the City of Tempe entered into a naming agreement with The Northern Trust Company (financial institution based in Chicago) for $7.3 million distributed through a 20-year period to name TCA as “Tempe Center for the Arts sponsored by Northern Trust.”

How is TCA associated with the city of Tempe?
The city of Tempe offers visual and performing arts through Tempe Arts & Culture Services which is comprised of TCA, Tempe Public Art Program, Arts Engagement, Tempe History Museum, Tempe Galleries, Edna Vihel Activity Center, the Studio Artists Program and Community Arts Events.

What is Tempe Arts & Culture Services?
The city of Tempe’s General Plan 2040 Public Art and Cultural Amenities goals is to enhance and promote Tempe as a diverse, stimulating cultural and arts community where cultural amenities inspire and enrich people’s lives and experiences through Tempe Arts & Culture Services.

Tempe Arts & Culture Services objectives

  • Increase and promote community-initiated arts projects, to encourage artists, residents, and neighborhoods to develop and provide activities in community settings throughout Tempe.

  • Expand and promote the existing programs to encompass more diverse projects, such as performing arts activities, and arts education in community settings.

  • Create an atmosphere in which the arts can flourish and inspire Tempe residents to recognize the arts as essential to the whole life of our community.

  • Enrich the lives of the local and extended community by providing life-long engagement in accessible cultural, social and educational experiences.

  • Promote and sustain Tempe as a destination for quality services, innovative resources and memorable events for all ages and diverse backgrounds.

  • Embrace the arts’ position as an essential piece of the cultural fabric of the community by fostering a broad range of performing and visual arts experiences coupled with engaging social opportunities.

  • Help the community achieve a safe, healthy and vibrant quality of life.

  • Deliver customer-focused, innovative and financially sustainable services to diverse populations, and

  • Create outstanding value for those served through shared vision, superior service and sustainable practices.

How long has Tempe Center for the Arts been in operation?
TCA opened on Sept. 9, 2007, as a premiere rental facility and offered many free public program series. In 2016, TCA began producing and presenting a performing arts season of programming, introducing more public offerings. TCA continued its programming efforts with existing partners and residencies.    

How may I support Tempe Center for the Arts?
You may support TCA in many ways – please go to the Get Involved section of the website. 

How may I become a volunteer?
You may volunteer to be a Gallery docent, Administrative, Usher/Ticket Taker, Will Call or Stage Hand.

What if I have other questions?
If you additional questions, please contact:
Administration/Stage Door (480) 350-5683 
Box Office (480) 350-2822  or  boxoffice@tempecenterforthearts.com
Rentals/Events (480) 350-2814  or  events@tempecenterforthearts.com
Gallery at TCA (480) 350-2867 
Media/Marketing (480) 350-5255 
Production (480) 350-2877