Good News!

Good News!

OnStage rated NMSU as one of the 10 most underrated theatre programs in the southwest region! Check on the article here: OnStage.

Many Congratulations to Larissa Lury who recently received a travel grant from NMSU College of Arts and Sciences, and a $1,000 scholarship from the National Alliance of Acting Teachers to attend their ten-day teacher development intensive this summer in Los Angeles. The program will gather acting teachers from around the country to work with three highly recognized master teachers: Ron Van Lieu, Sharon Marie Carnicke and Slava Dolgachev, with an eye towards furthering the craft of acting in our contemporary classes. We have some pretty amazing world-class educators here in the Department of Theatre Arts!

Professor Larissa Lury directed GROUNDED for Southern Rep in New Orleans, and has been recently nominated for Big Easy Awards for:

Best Play

Best Actress in a Play

Best Sound Design

Best Lighting Design

She also received a Process Space grant from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council for summer 2017. Congratulations Professor!

Congratulations to the January 2017 ASTC Travel Scholarship Recipients! The recipients are Stephanie Vasquez-Fonseca, Xodia Choate, Robby Sciortino, Taylor Rodriquez, and Madison Millerwho will use their awards to travel to professional conferences and workshops such as SETC and KCACTF.

American Southwest Theatre Company presents guest screen actors Jane Sibbett and Eric Lutes

American Southwest Theatre Company presents “Inside Hollywood” with guest artists Eric Lutes and Jane Sibbett for a public presentation in the ASNMSU Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27. Both are professional screen actors but Lutes is also a noted painter, and Sibbett has also been a producer of documentaries and a theatre director in Hawaii with original work.

The presentation will include some video clips of their work, stories of show business, and an open question and answer session with the audience. They will also attend a question and answer session in the Theatre Workshop class (same location) from 12:30 to 1:20 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, and all are invited. Tickets for admission are not required, but donations are appreciated (suggested donation $10); NMSU students are free. We hope you can join us.

The American Southwest Theatre Company is a non-profit organization that benefits the NMSU Theatre Arts students.

For more information contact Managing Director Wil Kilroy at or 575-646-6000.

Sustainability Manager on Panel for Sustainably-oriented Theater Production Oct. 1st

Please spread the word to colleagues and students that might have a particular interest in “going green”! The current production playing at NMSU Theatre Arts, from 9/22-10/2, The Servant of Two Masters, is being presented via set and costume elements constructed from reused and upcycled items – including an amazing dress made from water bottles. Dr. joni newcomer, Manager of Environmental Policy and Sustainability at NMSU, will be speaking after the production about sustainability on campus. The audience will participate in a Q/A session after the show about Aggies Going Green. This special show is Saturday, Oct. 1 at 2 p.m. in the ASNMSU Center for the Arts.

For more information contact joni newcomer at 6-7563 or sustain@nmsu.eduThe NMSU Theatre Department is teaming with The Beloved Community Project, a community building organization for young adults with intellectual / developmental disabilities, to offer opportunities to explore theatre as a community. This is an invitation to join a project that will be meeting every other Tuesday startingTuesday August 30th at 4pm on the lawn just outside the ASNMSU Center for the Arts on the corner of University and Espina. Here is a video about The Beloved Community project created about their work last spring:

The session on Tuesday August 30th will be theatre games led by Larissa Lury and Megan McQueen. Anyone who wishes to join in this fun hour of getting to know each other through theatre games is most welcome! Further, if anyone is interested in leading future workshop meetings, there is a sign up sheet on Larissa’s office door, or she can be reached at Dates are: 8/30, 9/6, 9/20, 10/4, 10/18, 11/1, 11/15, 11/29.

Production Stage Manager

Production Stage Manager Mike Wise directs Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming, opening at the Las Cruces Community Theatre August 12-28.  The production features many NMSU and Theatre Dept. affiliates including ASTC Board Member Mike Cook,  Matt Esqueda, Chris Lininger, Annie Pennies,  Charley Davis, and Tiffini Reimann.  Starring.James Kirk, Monte Wright, and Spencer Taylor too! Visit LCCT for information and details about the show:

Visiting professors Algernon D’Ammassa and Monica Mojica will join the NMSU theatre department this year as guest instructors. Both have acted and taught extensively in Las Cruces for several years and wil be a welcome addition to our team.

Student Nico Holguin will attend the prestigious Stella Adler Conservatory in Los Angeles this summer!

Two of Professor Tom Smith’s short plays, “End of the Meal” and “My Days are Filled with Numbers” will be published in August by Smith and Kraus in 105 Five-Minute Plays for Study and Performance.

Professor William Storm’s book, Dramaturgy and Dramatic Character: A Long View has been published by Cambridge Press.  Click on the cover to discover more about this fascinating book!

Kennedy Center American College School Center Festival

At the regional Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Austin Parrish and Josh Horton made it to the final round of the Irene Ryan Scholarship auditions, Aidan Viscarra won best scene partner, Robbie Sciortino directed a ten minute play and Valentin Guereque was cast in a ten minute play. The rest of the group competed, attended workshops and saw productions.

Professor Tom Smith’s short play “small things” was selected to be workshopped at the 2016 Association for Theatre in Higher Education conference in Chicago.

Alumnus Gavin Worth recently had an art opening in Milan of his incredible wire work. Gavin’s work can be seen HERE

Professor Tom Smith was named a Regent’s Professor. This is NMSU’s highest honor for faculty, recognizing continous and outstanding contributions to NMSU and the profession. He is only the second professor from the Arts to receive the honor.

Claudia Billings was selected to be a special guest coach for NMSU’s football team on Saturday, October 31. Not only did the Aggies win that game, but they broke a long losing streak in the process. Congratulations Claudia!

Monologues from some of Professor Tom Smith’s plays have been included in a new volume of work published by YouthPLAYS. For more information, click Go Solo: Contemporary Monologues for Young Actors.

NMSU Theatre Arts was one of five college programs noted in Playbill, the premiere online resource for theatre, for its innovative productions. The article highlighted NMSU Theatre Arts’ co-production with Scaffolding Theatre Company of this summer’s “Chicago” that was set in a women’s prison. The other four schools in the article include Stanford, Harvard, Pace University and Yale.

The full article can be viewed at