Alys Stephens Center (ASC)

In September 1996, the Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center was founded on the campus of the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) as a lasting tribute to the late Mrs. Alys Robinson Stephens, a lifelong patron of the arts and a well-known and beloved member of the Birmingham community. The Center became the home of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra as well as UAB’s Department of Music and Department of Theatre. The Alys Stephens Center quickly became the center for entertainment and arts education in Birmingham and central Alabama and has established itself as the premier center for arts and education in the area with more than 100,000 visitors annually.

One of the most important elements of the ASC story is our collective opportunity to establish and grow community — not only among the people around us, but also within the larger, more esoteric meaning of the word. It’s about pride in ownership and infusing a sense of civic opportunity and responsibility in all that we do. It’s about people, performers, professors and more. We are a community of caring, like- minded, kindred spirits who come together with the common goal to inspire, educate, entertain and encourage one another to reach their full potential. We are a community in the most basic and tangible sense of the word, and together we are driven to even more.

Meet the Team

Monica Dent
Ticketing Office Manager

Jennifer Dixon
Ticketing Services Coordinator


Eric Essix
Programming Director

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  • Street parking, UAB Zone F lots and XXLOT15DXX located behind AEIVA are available.
  • Weekday parking varies based on the event. Nights and weekends, park in UAB Zone B lots and the parking deck on the corner of University Boulevard and 12th Street South.
  • Accessible spaces are in XXLOT15DXX and the lower circle.
  • Patron drop-off areas are in upper and lower circles.
  • The gated lot adjacent to the ASC is for Arts Circle level and above members and corporate sponsors.

Upcoming Events

  • ASC PresentsRosanne Cash

      One of the country’s pre-eminent singer/songwriters, Rosanne Cash has released 15 albums of extraordinary songs that have earned four Grammy Awards and nominations for 11 more.  

  • ASC PresentsLizz Wright

    Acclaimed vocalist Lizz Wright is a steward of American music, bringing brilliant color and vibrancy to singular original works and compositions by some of the greatest songwriters of...

  • ASC PresentsVoctave

    A cappella sensation Voctave has had over 150 million social media views of their videos, and their latest album, The Spirit of the Season, Deluxe Edition, reached No.

  • ASC Presents Punch Brothers and Béla Fleck: My Bluegrass Heart

    Punch Brothers have built their sound on a platform of virtuosic instrumentalism and dazzling arrangements. Formed in the late 2000s after the dissolution of mandolinist Chris Thile’s former...

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