American Southwest Childrens Theatre Company

For over 29 years, NMSU Theatre Arts has provided exceptional children's theatre programming through our Amercian Southwest Children's Theatre Company program (formerly Children's Theatre Workshop).  This after-school program is based on the theory of creative dramatics: children learning life skills--collaboration, creativity, expression, cooperation and trust--while creating a theatre piece of their own devising. 

Our program is team-taught by nationally-renowned director Larissa Lury supported by a cadre of education majors enrolled in New Mexico State University's elementary education program.  It is intended for students in first through sixth grade.

We believe that great programming can also be affordable: our workshop is only $25 for five weeks of classes!  We will offer two five week sessions throughout the academic year: October-November and March-April.

Every child deserves arts education.  They deserve a chance to develop life skills in a safe and fun environment.  Amercian Southwest Children's Theatre Company provides that and so much more!



1st-3rd Graders
Fall Session: Mondays, October 20th-November 17th: 3:30pm-5pm

“When the moon has a green rim with red meat inside and black seeds on the red meat, then in the Rootabaga Country they call it a Watermelon Moon and look for anything to happen.”
--from The Rootabaga Stories by Carl Sandburg

Come live inside a world where spiders weave toboggans that can take you to the moon, where people buy things with fleems instead of money, and clothes turn into popcorn.   For five weeks, we will use drama to take on the unique characters, and dive into the silly, fun and surprisingly poignant universe of Carl Sandburg’s Rootabaga Stories.


4th-6th Graders
Fall Session: Wednesdays, October 22nd-November 19th: 4pm-5:30pm

Leshies.  Werewolves.  Selkies.  Kitsune.  Encantados.  What do these creatures have in common?  They are shapeshifters—sometimes human, sometimes animal—theirs are the stories of transformation and of moving between worlds.  Join as us we transform ourselves as actors to take on these creatures and to bring their stories to life.


PAYMENT:  Payment may be mailed ($25 for each 5 week session; checks payable to NMSU Theatre Arts) to:

NMSU Theatre Arts
Attn: Box Office
PO Box 30001; MSC 3072
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001

or brought to the Center for the Arts box office between 12-4 pm Monday-Friday

or called in to the Center for the Arts box office at 646-4515

Further questions?  Please contact director Larissa Lury.



Please fill out the form below to enroll you child(ren) in our American Southwest Children's Theatre Company after-school workshops.

After you submit the form, our box office manager will call and confirm your enrollment. 


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