The Festival is back!
"HAMLET" and "TWELFTH NIGHT" WILL OPEN IN AUGUST ON OUR BEAUTIFUL STAGE AT
VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK
We are delighted to announce that we will be opening our exciting 2021 season on August 27th.
We will begin with arguably the greatest of all Shakespeare's plays, "Hamlet", with a brilliant cast including some of Albuquerque's finest actors in a new production directed by Festival Artistic Director Peter Shea Kierst. Sheridan Johnson, well known to Festival and other Albuquerque and Santa Fe audiences, will play the title role. The next night we will open a wonderful bi-lingual adaptation of "Twelfth Night", adapted and directed by a visiting artist from Seattle, Ana Maria Campoy.
Both shows promise to be terrific nights in the theatre, under the fabulous New Mexico sky.
Look here for more details as opening night approaches!
Shakespeare in Albuquerque
Meet the Team
The New Mexico Shakespeare Festival presents Shakespeare’s plays, free to the public, in a beautiful outdoor setting, and creates educational and other outreach programs designed to bring the pleasure of Shakespearean performance to as wide an audience as possible. We believe that the Shakespeare’s plays belong to the community, and in the community. We seek to use these great plays to build a sense community among the diverse elements of our audience, and between them and the professional artists in our company.
The New Mexico Shakespeare Festival presented by the Vortex Theatre and the City of Albuquerque is one of only 14 free Shakespeare festivals in the nation. We believe a great city produces great theatre, and that there is no better venue for that than the beautiful Veterans Memorial Park where we perform, and the plays of William Shakespeare as acted by our company of professionals. Check out our lineup and be a part of a creative and dynamic city.
Hamlet is directed by Peter Shea 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
Congratulations to the following actors who have been cast in this season's New Mexico Shakespeare Festival:
The Cast of Hamlet
Gertrude, Queen of Denmark Augusta Allen-Jones
Ensemble Daniel Paul Anaya
Ensemble Alexandra Avila
Guildenstern Kainon Orion Bachtel
Ensemble Scott Bing
Claudius, King of Denmark Chad Brummett
Horatio Owen Reid Callis
Fortinbras, Prince of Norway Graydon Clarke
Polonius, Lord Chamberlain Marc Comstock
Ghost/Player King Paul Ford
Gravedigger Neil Faulconbridge
Lucianus, Ensemble Caedmon Holland
Ensemble Justin Holt
Hamlet Sheridan K. Johnson
Laertes Nicholas Johnson
Ophelia Caitlin Kelly
Player Queen Catalina
Bernardo, Ensemble TBD
Rosencrantz Owen Danan Martin
Marcellus Stuart Neef
Ensemble Megan Prybyl
Ensemble Michelle Varela
Priest George Williams
The Cast of Twelfth Night
Viola Virginia Benitez-Jones
Lady Olivia Fabianna Borghese
Sea Captain TBD
Feste Ed Chavez
Malvolio Debi Kierst
Duke Orsino Allison Letterman
Fernanda, Musician TBD
Sir Toby Belch Elizabeth Olton
Sir Andrew Aguecheek Kellen Paine
Antonio Anastasia Price
Priest, Musician John Rollinger
Maria Abigail Ropp
Curio, Officer Two, Musician TBD
Valentine, Musician TBD
Officer One, Musician Andrea Zamora