The Historic Y Center for the Performing Arts
The Historic Y features three state-of-the-art performance spaces (The Rogue Theatre, The Scoundrel and Scamp Main Stage and the Ricardo Alvarez Studio (The Riquito) while Studio Y contains the sYnapse Dance Space. These four venues host theater and dance events and other entertainment options to the public throughout the year by the following resident companies and other community performance groups. Check out our Calendar to see what’s currently happening at The Historic Y.
The highly awarded Rogue Theatre is dedicated to and acclaimed for creating the highest quality theatre possible, challenging, stretching, and invigorating our community by presenting plays which offer complex and provocative points of view related to important social, political, and personal issues. The Rogue Theatrical Company produces 5 productions per season, each running for three weeks, Thursday to Saturday evenings and Saturday and Sunday matinees. The Rogue usually stages a summer production as well. For information about the Rogue, please visit http://www.theroguetheatre.org.
Since September 2017, The Scoundrel & Scamp has immersed, challenged and invigorated our community in theatrical works ranging from classics to new in a space where local artists and cross-generational audiences alike explore deep and provocative questions regarding self, tribe, life, death and what it ultimately means to be human, striving to cultivate the next generation of theatre artists through collaboration, imagination, inquiry, and training.
The Scoundrel and Scamp produces two series in two adjacent performance spaces, the Main Stage and the Ricardo Alvarez Studio (“The Riquito”). The S&S Season for Scoundrels contains immersive, intelligent work that will engage and transform its audiences and is best enjoyed by adults and young people aged 14+. The S&S Season for Scamps is designed to capture the imagination of all ages, whether you are 5 or 105, with works of visual and physical theater by world-renowned artists and playwrights.
The Scoundrel & Scamp also hosts a Community Performance Series of work produced by other companies and organizations from the greater Tucson community and beyond. For more information about The Scoundrel & Scamp, please visit https://scoundrelandscamp.org.
ZUZI! is a non-profit arts service organization committed to catalyzing personal expression and healing through movement-based art forms and somatic practices for people of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities offering classes, workshops, and performances for our community to fully experience live art. ZUZI stages three performances each year on the Scoundrel Main Stage.
Founded on the eve of the 2020 global pandemic, co-founders and Tucson natives Hayley Mellum & Nicole Surran have been changing the definition of dance in the 520. We know it takes more than professional training and innovative choreography to be an impactful dance company. At 520, we combine technical training, innovative choreography, and unique performance opportunities with a constructive and nurturing environment. We are committed to kind humans, diverse bodies, and an environment as warm and friendly as Tucson itself. Come dance with us?
The Bennett TheatreLab offers professional acting conservatory training aimed to give the talented amateur the tools, skills, and confidence to successfully approach a professional career in theatre and film. The Lab typically features performances by its students at the end of each semester. For information, please visit https://www.bennetttheatrelab.com.
The Historic Y Community Center – Classes and Public Resources
In addition to the companies above which offer courses and workshops in their areas of expertise, The Historic Y also hosts a variety of independent educators and practitioners offering classes and public workshops in dance, movement, and acting. Dance offerings as of Fall 2021 include Salsa, Belly Dance, and Argentine Tango. Studio Y is also the home of COlab Dance, offering collaborative dance experiences for dancers aged 7-18, focusing on contemporary, jazz, lyrical, hip hop and ballet..
The Historic Y is also home to Tucson Community Supported Agriculture, the Tucson Audubon Nature Shop, the Green Party of Pima County, the Liberal Catholic Church and Women Under the Sun, National Networking and Events. In addition, tenant Gilda Guerry offers notary and paralegal services, Amanda Bergstrom of Radical Path Counseling offers mental health care, and The Human Communication Studio offers programs to help people master the power of communication.
As around 90% of the tenants located here are non-profits, there are also many volunteer opportunities. For more information about who offers what at The Historic Y, please see our interactive Directory. For a schedule of classes and events, please consult our Calendar.