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Take the Stage 

National Scenic Design Competition

Shakespeare on the Plaza and ABQ Public Art present TAKE THE STAGE, a national design competition for a public, interactive art installation on Civic Plaza, which will also serve as the setting for Shakespeare on the Plaza’s summer repertory of plays. Shakespeare on the Plaza is an unabashedly public theatre program that seeks to narrow the gap between audience and the theatrical art form. The TAKE THE STAGE program is a furthering of that public-oriented mission - to open up theatre to the public, allowing them to play and explore in the same space as our artists.

Winner Announced

The 2017 Take the Stage Design Competition winner,  Glen Gunderson, 

was selected from over 20 applicants from around the country. Glen's winning designed pictured here, incorporates all the elements we were looking for ina playfulness  playfulness, adaptability, and openness to play and experience Glen was born and raised in South Florida and grew up fishing on the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico on commercial boats. He attended Portland School of Art, graduating in the late 1970's with a degree in Sculpture, and worked as a welder, cabinetmaker and construction worker. In the early 1980's he moved to New Mexico to pursue a career as a freelance artist and exhibition designer at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History .