University of Arizona:

Stevie Eller Dance Theatre


Designed for the distinguished Dance program at the University of Arizona, this 300-seat theatre features excellent sightlines, state-of-the-art performance lighting and full scenic capabilities. The architectural design, by Gould Evans Associates was inspired by the written system of dance notation and the concept of "architecture as choreography". The exterior lobby columns echo the notation for George Balachine's "Serenade". There is no proscenium frame - the house walls become the stage walls, creating a remarkably intimate relationship between audience and performer.

The facility has already been honored by the Arizona and Western Mountain Region chapters of the AIA, the United States Institute of Theatre Technology and Southwest Contractor Magazine. It has been featured in magazines around the world, including L'Arca (Italy), Revista AU (Brazil), The Architectural Review and Stage Directions.


Western Mountain Region AIA Honor Award, 2003
Merit Award, United States Institute of Theatre Technology, 2003
2003 – AIA Arizona Citation Award
2004 – AIA Arizona Honor Award
Gould Evans Affiliates, Architects


Donna Barry
Design Principal - AC Martin Architects
444 South Flower Street,
Suite 1200
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(213) 683-1900

Construction Data

28,600 SF, Construction cost $9M

Completed 2003