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Stage Left Productions was founded in 2016. What started out as a plan on piece of paper , has grown into an amazing theatre that offers wonderful youth and adult productions. Stage Left's inaugural season was performed at the Ventana Lakes Yacht Club in Sun City Arizona. In early summer 2017 Stage Left acquired a second performance space at the Paradise RV Resort Ballroom that same year Stage Left created Stage Left Productions Jr. (SLPjr)  a youth program for kids ages 7-19. By early 2018 Stage Left was already busting at the seams with productions. In early April that year Stage Left secured a permanent home at the Bell Mar Plaza in Surprise Arizona. Thanks to the wonderful and amazing donors and led by Stage Left's artistic director Cody Dull, Stage Left raised over $850,000.00 to build out the space to accommodate Stage Lefts needs. This space includes a spacious lobby and a beautiful eighty seat theatre. Stage Left moved into the space in May of 2019  later that year Amber Ryan came on board as the official youth and education director. In 2019 Amber Ryan created the Home School Youth Theatre Program which as grown from a handful of kids to over  100!  Since then Stage Left has provided an outlet for creative community involvement, while seeking to produce quality entertainment.


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Total Income as of 05/31/23---- $108,809.00(Updated Monthly)

  1. Contributions------------------$47,000.00

  2. Youth Participant Fees----------$17,809.00

  3. Grants-------------------------$11,500.00

  4. Ticket Sales--------------------$32,500.00

Total Expenses as of 05/31/23----$113,912.00 (Updated Monthly)

  1.  Occupational Expenses--------$35,330.00

  2. General Expenses--------------$27,234.00

  3. Employee Expenses------------$22,821.00

  4. Production Expenses-----------$28,527.00

SLP'S Managing Artistic Director

Originally from Columbia Falls Montana, Cody Dull earned his BFA in Directing from Nebraska Wesleyan University. Past directing credits include:  The Dinner PartyCollected StoriesDead Man's Cell PhoneRipcord, Who's Afraid of Virginia WoolfThe Giver (2022 AriZoni Directing Nomination), The Revolutionists, The Country House (2022 AriZoni Directing Nomination),  20th Century Blues, God's of Comedy, Crimes of the Heart, Outside Mullingar, Velocity of Autumn, A Doll's House Pt 2,Tea for Three: Ladybird, Pat. & Betty (2021 AriZoni Directing Nomination), I'll Eat You Last: A chat with Sue Mengers, Who's Holiday (2021 AriZoni Award-Director)Bad DatesThe Last RomanceA Streetcar Named DesireKen Ludwig's Comedy of Tenors (2020 AriZoni Award- Director) Diary of Anne Frank, God's Favorite, Other Desert Cities, Bright Star, Honky Tonk Angels Holiday Spectacular, The Great Gatsby (2018 Broadway World Award Best Director of Play), Five Women Wearing The Same Dress, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, James and The Giant Peach, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,  The Mad Tea Party, Play On!, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Fruitcakes, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Odd Couple: Female Version, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Exit Laughing, Brighton Beach Memoirs, How The Grinch Stole Christmas (2016 AriZoni Directing Nomination), Mom’s Gift, Alice in Wonderland (2016 AriZoni Directing Nomination), and many more. Even though directing is Cody’s main theatre passion, he has also dabbled in acting, set, and costume design. Recently he has been nominated for an AriZoni in Costume Design for Who's Holiday and Always a Bridesmaid, and Set Design for A Doll's House Pt 2.  In 2022 Cody received two AriZoni Awards, one for his Prop Design for Crimes of the Heart and Sound Design of A Tuna Christmas.

SLP'S Youth/Education Director

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Amber Ryan developed a love for the performing arts at an early age and believes magic happens in the theater.  As an actor, Amber has worked on Theater, TV, Film, Industrial and both local and national Commercial projects. For the past 10 years Amber has worked with kids ages 3-18 developing and teaching acting techniques and directing youth theater productions. 

Her directing credits include:  Guys and Dolls Jr, Selfie, 15 Reasons Not to be in a Play, Big Bad, Charlotte’s Web, and The Adventures of Rose Red: Snow White's Less Famous Sister (2020  AriZoni Directing Nomination) One of her biggest achievements has been to create and develop an after-school theater program for a local charter school.  In 2019, this program inducted 9 students into their newly-chartered International Thespian Society Troupe.  The troupe went on to compete at the Arizona Thespian Festival, and came in 3rd in the state. 

Amber is excited to have found a home at Stage Left Productions.  She has big goals to expand the SLP Jr program, grow the Home School Theater Program, and, to launch a community outreach program.  Stay tuned to learn more about how this new program will bring together youth performers, local actors and senior members of the community in a unique and powerful way.   

“Working with young actors is a true passion,” says Amber.  “I love seeing them grow in their acting techniques, but more importantly, I love seeing them grow in their self-confidence.  They are building qualities that will benefit them in every aspect of their lives!  That is where the true magic happens.”

Stage Left Productions Staff

Rodney Rickard...................President and Operations Manager

Cody Dull............................ Managing Artistic Director                

Amber Ryan........................Youth/Education Director

Sara Castillo........................Development and Outreach Volunteer

Stephanie Ruffino......Box Office

Stage Left Productions is a 501(c )(3) non-profit organization Tax ID 81-1633476

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