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NMSF Educational Outreach Programs

Our Educational and Outreach Programs includes Shakespeare Comes Alive! Shakespeare on the Train and Inside the Rehearsal Hall.  Due to funding we’ve received in the form of grants and sponsorships, many of these activities are completely free of charge.  For more information please contact Education Director, Bill Berg at: 


this summer, the New Mexico Rail Runner Express is once again turning into a stage. Since 2010, a small team of local actors has been bringing Shakespeare scenes onto the Rail Runner every June. Fun props and street clothes help bring these short comedic scenes to life. Unable to perform between 2020 and 2022, Shakespeare on the Rails is very excited to return to performances on the following dates.

Saturdays - June 3, 10, 17, 24

Departing Downtown ABQ at 10:08 a.m. (#702T - 6/3, 10 & 17; #704 6/24)

Departing Santa Fe at 12:57 p.m. (#703 T - 6/3, 10 & 17; #705 6/24)

Performances take place on the bottom level of the southernmost passenger car. All performances are free!

Passengers will be treated to half-hour performances of excerpts from this season’s Festival productions of The Comedy of Errors and A Midsummer Night’s Dream as well as other popular Shakespeare plays and sonnets. The performances are family-friendly, while enhancing the experience of riding to patrons. 

Directing Shakespeare on the Rail is Bill Berg, the director for the New Mexico Shakespeare Festival education and outreach program. Part of this outreach includes this site-specific Shakespeare project aboard the Rail Runner.




We come to you! If you have a classroom full of students studying Shakespeare, a group of adults interested in performing or learning more about Shakespeare in performance, or even a group of young children eager to learn more about “playing” Shakespeare, we can help! We can tailor these presentations to your needs. Following are some examples:

  • Actors perform scenes and monologues from a variety of plays and talk about the character development process.

  • Directors and/or designers discuss the process through which they take a script and prepare to mount it for production.

  • Actors and/or Directors create workshops to teach Shakespeare in performance.

  • Actors and/or Directors provide feedback to aspiring performers on prepared material.


IN THE REHEARSAL HALL (Pre-recorded video and video conferencing)

  • They’re some of the greatest stories and most interesting and multi-layered characters in the English language.  They have the ability to teach us what it truly means to be human,  but they can be so hard to understand!  How do you even begin to comprehend what Shakespeare is trying to tell us through his plays?  Join the New Mexico Shakespeare Festival company as we bring you into the rehearsal space and show you how we approach this challenging language.  Through a series of video presentations (and/or video conferencing with your class if you like!), we will show you methods of interpreting meaning, developing character, staging movement, and through it all, we hope you’ll see just why these plays still speak to us over 400 years later.     

  • Videos are available on our YouTube Channel:


  • Additionally, on our YouTube channel, we have included last year’s summer season Hamlet and Twelfth Night (a bilingual version adapted by Director Ana Maria Campoy).

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