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the 2020 season


twelfth night

 new mexico veteran's memorial park 

1100 Louisiana SE

June 5-28, 2020 

 Shows are Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun at 7:30
Plenty of free parking, no tickets necessary, green space for picnicking,  benches provided - bring a cushion!
Shakespeare in Albuquerque
Meet the Team

The New Mexico Shakespeare Festival presents free, outdoor Shakespeare in the center of Albuquerque and creates programs that reach out to populations with limited access to the arts.  We do this in order to foster public connection on common ground, whether it is among our diverse audience members, between the audience and the professional artists in our company, or with those organizations that support our productions and programs.

The New Mexico Shakespeare Festival presented by the Vortex Theatre and The City of Albuquerque is one of a handful of Shakespeare festivals in the nation that takes place in the urban center of a major US city. We believe a healthy city has a vibrant center, and we are proud to be a part of the downtown renaissance in Albuquerque.  Check out our lineup and be a part of a creative and dynamic city. 

Hamlet is directed by Peter S. Kierst, and Twelfth Night is directed by Ana Maria Campoy of Seattle. Artistic Director Kierst said, “Having previously appeared in and directed Hamlet, I’m pleased and excited to bring it to our festival audiences. The addition of Ms. Campoy to our team this summer will enable us to create a Twelfth Night that really speaks to our New Mexico patrons.”

Find out more

Join This Year's Cast
Auditions will be held January 4 and 5, 2020 at Sandia Preparatory School
532 Osuna Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113.
Interested actors should prepare a 1 -  2 minute Shakespeare monologue. Seeking men, women, and gender nonconforming actors ages 15-70. This production is open to, and encourages, ethnically diverse actors. Latinx actors are especially sought.
The role of Hamlet has been cast. Contact director Peter Kierst at 505-977-8729 or for more information about auditions.  
Audition appointments may be scheduled on the Vortex's website.