2021 Director Information

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.

Peter S. Kierst, director of Hamlet also serves as Artistic Director of the NMSF. He has directed Hamlet, Julius Caesar,  The Merchant of Venice, Richard III, Romeo & Juliet, Henry IV and Henry V, The Importance of Being Earnest, All is Calm and many other plays at The Vortex, Albuquerque Little Theatre, Mother Road and other Albuquerque theatres. As an actor, he has appeared in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf, Sleuth, A Life in the Theatre, The Lion in Winter, The Tempest and others. He was Artistic Director of The Vortex from 1981-83, and currently serves on its Board of Directors.  He is a professor of political science at UNM.

Ana María Campoy, director of Twelfth Night, is a first generation Mexican-American theatre artist who works as an actor, director, and translator throughout Puget Sound. She has worked administratively within the Community & Education Programs of the Pacific Northwest Ballet, where she developed her skills of collaboration among artists and administrators while continuing to advocate for students and artists of color. As an adjunct Professor at Shoreline Community College, she's held the position of Director of Education & Community Engagement at Seattle Public Theater. She currently works as a teaching artist with Seattle Repertory Theatre and teaching mentor Arts Impact's Voices in the Field Program that focuses on migrant youth. As an actor, she has worked with various Seattle companies including Pork Filled Productions, Seattle Public Theatre, Seattle Shakespeare Company, and Seattle Children’s Theatre. She has introduced bilingual adaptations to Seattle Shakespeare Company’s touring program, with productions including The Taming of the Shrew (Artistic Associate, 2017), Twelfth Night (Artistic Associate/Assistant Director, 2018) Macbeth (Director, 2019), and Hamlet (Director, spring 2020). One of her most notable adaptations (alongside Arlene Martinez-Vasquez) is David Auburn’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, Proof. She is a passionate and proud advocate of the performing arts and believes that the arts provide communities a voice and individuals self-exploration. At the center of her work lives the driving desire to create opportunities for artists of color, to remove economic and geographical barriers for audiences and students, and to expand and deepen our American identity.

Theatre Accommodations

Come early and enjoy pre-show entertainment starting at 7 p.m.  Feel free to bring your own cushions or stadium seats and enjoy true theatre.

Getting There

The NM Veterans Memorial is at 1100 Louisiana SE, just north of the Kirtland Air Force Base gate.


There is ample free parking at the NM Veterans Memorial.