Alys Stephens Center marks 25 years—here’s how to celebrate


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Gladys Knight played a sold-out show at Jemison Concert Hall in 2019. Photo via UAB

If you were wondering why a troupe of dancers scaled the Alys Stephens Center building last week, it’s because they’re celebrating 25 years of the arts! (How else would you celebrate something so special?) Let’s take a peek into the prolific center’s history, as well as some upcoming performances you don’t want to miss…

The history of Alys Stephens Center 🎭

Following their groundbreaking ceremony in 1993 (shown above), the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center (ASC) officially opened to the public in 1996. It was named in honor of Alys Robinson Stephens, a lifelong supporter of the arts throughout the Birmingham community.

Complete with a red carpet rolling through the halls, the center is a haven for local art lovers. It has four unique venues that range in size from an intimate 100 seats up to space for 1300.

All four of the theaters were carefully and thoughtfully built. They are each designed for symphonic sound and have cutting edge sound equipment to ensure an unforgettable, immersive experience.

25 years calls for a celebration 🎉

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Celebrating 25 years. Photo via UAB

You can’t just let a quarter of a century slip by without a little pomp and circumstance. ASC has exciting plans to celebrate the big 2-5 over the next few months.

In addition to performances from some ASC favorites (more on that later), they are also encouraging you to share your own stories and photos of memories at the center using the hashtag #MyASCStory.

If you’d like to show your support, you can purchase an engraved brick to be displayed in Haskell Courtyard for $250. Feeling a little more generous? Consider purchasing a seat plaque in the Jemison Concert Hall.

Alys Stephens Center is Birmingham’s spot for live music, theater and more 🎶

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Bringing people together through the arts. Photo via UAB

ASC is committed to bringing arts to the Birmingham community, through a variety of programs, events and multiple free shows annually. Whether you’re in the mood to see an orchestra performance, dancing, singing or maybe some illusions, ASC’s got you covered.

ASC adheres to UAB and CDC safety guidelines including social distancing and masking indoors. All events are currently at half capacity—meaning guests can enjoy more intimate performances in a safe and comfortable setting.

Upcoming performances at Alys Stephens Center 💃

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Some great performances are headed our way. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Some of ASC’s favorite acts will be back this year. Check out what’s on tap + purchase your tickets now:

Are you ready to be entertained, Birmingham? Review ASC’s full event schedule here.

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