we present — free of charge — two Shakespeare plays every year while maintaining a professional company of actors that perform throughout our community year-round.
The Festival is committed to presenting Shakespeare’s plays free of charge so that the whole community can enjoy these great plays in a beautiful setting, together.
We are one of only 14 such free, public festivals in the entire United States and we believe we are building something special.
In 2022, 4,000 people saw King Lear and As You Like It. 2023 promises to be even bigger and better.
Shakespeare’s plays are the most performed in the world — and have been for 400 years — because they speak to people of all races, cultures, backgrounds. Each production brings our community together, at one time and place, to celebrate, not merely Shakespeare, but the concept of community itself.
What We Need
Our 2023 budget is $80,000. Because we don’t charge admission, and make the plays available to everyone on an equal basis, we need your help to mount this year’s shows: to build the sets and costumes, and pay all the artists and technicians who work so hard to bring the plays to life. With your help we will present 18 performances of Comedy of Errors and A Midsummer Night's Dream in June 2023 and continue our educational outreach.
How You Can Help
Your gift of any size will help create these live Shakespeare performances. Please donate to the NMSF today and help this important part of Albuquerque’s cultural life continue and grow.
Our Future Depends on You!
We have three long-term goals:
Remain the preeminent producer of Shakespeare’s plays in the state of New Mexico, with the highest standards of production, extending throughout the state.
Become an economic force for the state of New Mexico and city of Albuquerque. The Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City, Utah has an annual economic impact of $35 million beyond ticket prices, based on a 2012 study. We believe the New Mexico Shakespeare Festival can, in not too many years, create a similar impact.
Create educational and outreach programs, which allow the people throughout New Mexico to experience the rewards of Shakespeare on stage, an all of live theatre.
The New Mexico Shakespeare Festival (NMSF) is a professional, year-round program. It presents, free of charge, two of Shakespeare’s plays every summer at the New Mexico Veterans Memorial. Additionally, the NMSF maintains a company of actors which performs in classrooms and at senior living sites in the Greater Albuquerque area throughout the year.