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February 4 and 5, 2023


New Mexico Shakespeare Festival, presented by the City of Albuquerque, is the only free, public theatre festival of its kind in New Mexico.  But what does it mean to be a public theatre festival? We believe that the ideas of public connection, common values, and shared experiences are more important than ever in our city, county, and world.  The power of theatre is to actualize those ideas - and the power of public theatre is to spread those ideas without limits on who can participate. 


All of that starts with you!  Below you will find brief descriptions of the shows and information about our upcoming auditions for the 2023 Festival.  Please consider signing up for auditions as soon as possible.  


Auditions for the 2023 New Mexico Shakespeare Festival will take place February 4 and 5, 2023 at Keshet Dance and Center for the Arts, 4121 Cutler Ave NE.  Audition times are Saturday Feb. 4, 2 – 5 pm and 7 – 9 pm and Sunday Feb. 5, 2 – 5 pm and 7 – 9 pm. 


PLEASE NOTE: Keshet requires mask wearing at all times. You will be allowed to remove your mask when you are performing.


Interested actors should sign up for an audition slot at 

and prepare a 1 – 2-minute Shakespearean monologue. 


Rehearsals will begin in April and performances will run June 9 – July 8, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. There may also be touring opportunities during the year.


2023 plays will be A Midsummer Night’s Dream directed by Julia Thudium and Comedy of Errors directed by Paul Ford.

For further information, contact Donna Marie Barra at


Shakespeare in Albuquerque

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 the plays of William Shakespeare as acted by our company of professionals.  Let us know if you would like to be a part of a creative and dynamic arts activity in our city - email

Veterans Memorial Park

“The NMSF is one of just 2 free Shakespeare Festivals west of the Mississippi. Albuquerque can be proud of that!”

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