The American Southwest Theatre Company (ASTC) was founded over thirty years ago, beginning with the 1984-1985 season for NMSU Theatre Arts and continuing to this day. 

ASTC has a proud and distinguished history over this span of time, and has received many awards and recognitions, including a citation by the Mayor of Las Cruces and a Resolution by the Regents of New Mexico State University.

ASTC is made up of a resident company, comprised of the faculty and staff of NMSU Theatre Arts, and a Board of Trustees, which is composed of volunteers from the community, from NMSU Theatre Arts, and from the University.

The Board carries out its activities in accord with bylaws that define its structure, governance, and mission. 

ASTC’s Articles of Incorporation were filed with the State of New Mexico in February 1984, and a Prospectus and statement of Long Range Planning were developed soon thereafter, both of which outline the Company’s values and goals.

A primary purpose of the ASTC Board of Trustees is to fundraise for the purpose of hiring guest artists to work alongside students in NMSU Theatre Arts. 

One of the founding intentions of ASTC was to insure that professional actors, directors, and other theatre artists could be hired, including on union contracts, to work on season productions in Theatre Arts.  The guest artist program has been integral to ASTC and NMSU Theatre Arts since the beginnings of the company thirty years ago. 

If you are interested in joining us as a Board member and working with ASTC and NMSU Theatre Arts, please contact Denise Welsh, Board President.