The Festival is back!  

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!

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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.”
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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   Mark J. Richman
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 Levi Gore
Rosencrantz   Owen Danan Martin
Marcellus   Stuart Neef
Ensemble  Margie Maes
Ensemble  Megan Pribyl
Ensemble  Michelle Varela

Ensemble Chris Black

Ensemble Eddie Dethlefs

Ensemble Rachel Foster

Ensemble Hallie Harris

Ensemble Joel Miller
Soldier Grace Walker
Priest  George Williams


The Cast of Twelfth Night

Viola   Virginia Benitez-Jones
Lady Olivia   Fabianna Borghese
Sea Captain    Bradd Howard
Feste   Ed Chavez
Malvolio   Debi Kierst
Duke Orsino   Allison Letterman
Fernanda   Beatrice Villegas
Sir Toby Belch   Elizabeth Olton
Sir Andrew Aguecheek   Kellen Paine
Antonio    Maria Teresa Herrera
Priest, Musician   John Rollinger
Maria   Abigail Ropp
Curio, Officer Two, Musician   Spencer Scott
Valentine, Musician   Rudy J. Miera
Sebastian   Yesenia Gonzalez
Officer One, Musician   Andrea Zamora