Resident Companies

The Mesa Arts Center maintains formal relationships with several Mesa-based arts organizations that perform at the international award-winning facility. These organizations were instrumental in helping realize the vision that is the Mesa Arts Center and directly assisted in making it become a reality. We are committed to providing technical, marketing, and box office assistance to help assure the success of these important and vibrant partners. Please be sure to attend their exciting and engaging performances and activities throughout the year!


Ballet Etudes

Since 1987, it has been the intent of Ballet Etudes to realistically  duplicate the experiences of a professional ballet company for serious young dancers in Arizona with the best training and performance opportunities available.


East Valley Children's Theatre

East Valley Children's Theatre is in its 25th season of producing exceptional theatre for children and their families. EVCT also offers  classes, camps and performance troupes throughout the year.

Mesa Encore Theatre

Mesa Encore Theatre, Arizona's longest running community theatre company, brings the excitement of live theatre to the community with integrity and dedication to excellence. MET respects the talents and skills of its volunteers and welcomes everyone to participate, enjoying and enhancing their performing arts experience, both on stage and behind the scenes.


Metropolitan Youth Symphony

Founded in 1982, Metropolitan Youth Symphony (MYS) is one of the valley’s finest youth orchestra education programs. MYS is dedicated to professional orchestral training for students through the ninth grade.

Sonoran Desert Chorale

The Mission of the Sonoran Desert Chorale is to celebrate the art of choral music by providing meaningful experiences for musicians and audience members.

Southwest Shakespeare Company

"Southwest Shakespeare Company is the premiere Classical Theatre of Arizona and is the largest tenant in the Mesa Arts Center, performing in 3 theatres. Its education programs rival any in the state."



Symphony of the Southwest

Under the baton of Cal Stewart Kellogg, the Symphony of the Southwest presents live classical music to audiences in the East Valley.  Since 1956, the Symphony has been committed to bringing culture, education and beauty to audiences of all ages and backgrounds.

Also parent company of the Youth Symphony of the Southwest, come see amazing 15-20 year olds in FREE concerts.