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ATG Scholarships Deadline April 20

posted Mar 27, 2018, 8:32 PM by Jonathan Dunski   [ updated Mar 27, 2018, 8:34 PM ]

Scholarships for Young Theatre Students!

The Albuquerque Theatre Guild (ATG) is funding YOUTH THEATRE SCHOLARSHIPS to help children and youth learn about live theatre during extra-curricular theatre-education programs. Young ones may be eligible for up to $200 to go towards program tuition.

  • Thirty scholarships worth up to $200 are available in 2018.
  • Awards may be used for any eligible youth-theatre program offered by an ATG member organization.
  • Scholarship funds must be used for tuition costs only (not materials or travel expenses).
  • Tuition awards will be paid directly to the educational organization.
  • Application deadline is April 20, 2018.
  • Awards will be announced on May 4, 2018.
  • Scholarships must be used by May 31, 2019.

  • Applicants must be between 5 and 17 years of age.
  • Students may not submit more than one application.
  • Applicants must identify the organization and program for which the scholarship will be used.
  • Admission to the program is not included in the scholarship. You must apply/audition/enroll in the program through the organization's own process.
  • Applications must be co-signed by the student and a parent or guardian.
  • Download the "YTS application 2018" below, or find it on the ATG website
Apply today for PLAY's "Summer Project" or any PLAY workshop that you intent to participate in now though May 31, 2019

What a great opportunity! Thanks, ATG! 

Follow Us on Instagram

posted Mar 2, 2018, 3:08 PM by Jonathan Dunski   [ updated Mar 2, 2018, 3:15 PM ]

As of today, we've got 929 Friends who like our Facebook page, but only 60 followers on Instagram. In the future we'll be live streaming play on both social media, and we don't want you to miss it!

If you're an Instagrammer, please... follow us!

Opera Unlimited Summer Camp*

posted Feb 26, 2018, 4:11 PM by Jonathan Dunski   [ updated Feb 26, 2018, 4:16 PM ]

* a message from our friends at Opera Unlimited

The 18th Opera Unlimited Summer Opera Camp will feature Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience

Patience, the 6th operetta written by Gilbert and Sullivan, opened in 1881,

and was their most successful production until The Mikado opened four years later.

Aficionados consider Patience to be one of their favorite G&S operettas (Russ Sype,

who spoke with the kids in July, is one of these). Patience is a satire of the poetic

snobs and it skewers pretentiousness of all kinds; while it was aimed at the English

aesthetic movement of the 1870s, it remains relevant today as we have no lack of

pretension. There are 5 male and 5 female leads, and rousing songs for the chorus.

It is very funny, and the music is wonderful. We have abridged the score specially

for Opera Unlimited. Loretta Robinson will return as Music Director and Natalia

Tikhovidova (Sofia Home’s aunt) will be the pianist.

Over the years, we have worked hard to keep our expenses low. The camp runs at a

loss and we use some of our own personal money to make up the difference: it’s

worth it to see the joy on the kids faces when the production comes together.

Nevertheless, the steadily increasing cost for renting The Highland High School

Performing Arts Center is forcing us to increase camp tuition. Tuition for 2018 will

be $100 per student; families with more than one child in camp will receive a 10%

discount for each child. We will also offer a $10 rebate to any family that refers a

new student who attends our camp.

We are very sorry to have to increase the cost of camp – this is our first increase

since 2010. Note that in 2010 we paid $800 to rent Highland; last year our cost was

over $3000. We will continue to offer scholarships to students who need them: if

anyone would like to fund a scholarship or otherwise help support the summer

opera camp, it would be gratefully appreciated (and it is a tax-deductible donation).

OU’s Opera Camp remains the least expensive high-quality camp experience in town.

Voice lessons alone cost at least $25/half-hour.

We will meet on May 5th and 6th from 1-4 PM at the First Unitarian Church (3701

Carlisle Blvd NE, ABQ) to hear the kids sing: there will be an accompanist,. You need

only come to one of these meetings; please come with your tuition payment. The

camp will run weekdays from June 5th through July 6th, (1-4 PM) and performances

will be July 6th and July 7th.

For a reservation or more information, please contact:

Cy or Jane Hoffman at 822-0849

Click below for a PDF flyer. Please share with young ones you think may be interested.

Thank you!

Poetry Master Class

posted Sep 26, 2017, 11:11 AM by Jonathan Dunski   [ updated Oct 2, 2017, 4:33 PM ]

PLAY Conservatory will host alumna Gigi Guajardo for a poetry performance and writing workshop.  The whole family is invited to attend!

Sunday October 1, 4:00-5:30 PM
Brevé Crepes and Coffee 
6001 Osuna Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109

Gigi will perform some of her work, answer your questions about her career and life as an artist in New York City, and lead the group to create an original poem.

Gig Bella, poeta

GiGi Bella is an award-winning poet and social justice advocate. She represented Albuquerque, NM at the 2017 Women of the World Poetry Slam where she became the tenth ranked female poet in the world. She was recently named the Project X Bronx Poetry Champion and is representing the Bronx and New York City as part of the groundbreaking Project X Poetry Slam Team. She is a two-time member of the Albuquerque Poetry Slam Team (2013, 2016) and was named a National Semi-Finalist and a Group Piece Champion at the National Poetry Slam in 2013 and 2016, respectively. She also spoke on the NM Senate Floor for Anti-Racism Day, and was a featured speaker at the Santa Fe Women's March. Her book, 22, is available through Swimming With Elephants Publications.

The event is admission free, but a "pay what you will" donation is suggested.

Did you miss it? You can see the workshop and leave comments on our Facebook page:

Sale: Costumes, Props, and Sets

posted Aug 14, 2017, 1:26 PM by Jonathan Dunski   [ updated Aug 14, 2017, 1:32 PM ]

Like a snake who sheds her skin in order to grow, we are liquidating our entire stock of sets, props, and costumes.  It's simply too costly to rent storage space. We are sad to see our current stock of high quality stagecraft items go, but glad that they will be re-purposed to have new lives on other stages.

The items will all be on sale for one day only:

Saturday, August 26
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Apartment Association of New Mexico 
6755 Academy Rd NE, Suite B 
Albuquerque, NM 87109

(Sets and props will be on display in the parking lot; costumes will be inside.)

We have a large inventory of costumes that would make fine stock items. A few good Halloween costumes for kids, too. For example, we have at least 30 Dalmatian costumes in various sizes. The sets are all sturdy pieces that could serve many kinds of plays. 

Bring your own shopping bags. Bring your own truck. We can deliver large items to your site that day for a $50 delivery charge. Items will be priced to move. EVERYTHING MUST GO.

Click here for the Facebook event. We will be posting photos of select items there.

For more information, contact

Panera Bread Fundraising Dinner

posted Jul 27, 2017, 1:19 PM by Jonathan Dunski   [ updated Jul 27, 2017, 1:21 PM ]

Help support PLAY Conservatory

August 23, 2017

4:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M.

at the Panera Bread bakery-cafe at

3550 South Highway 528 NW

Albuquerque, NM 87114

(on the west side, near Cottonwood Mall)

Download the flyer below, and bring it along with you -- when you dine with us on this evening, Panera Bread will donate a portion of the proceeds from your purchase. Hand in a hard copy or show an electronic version of this flyer upon placing your order. Purchases of gift cards are not counted towards the event.

It's a great way to combine great taste and great fun - for a great cause.

Casting Call: Harry Potter Video

posted Jul 24, 2017, 9:28 AM by Jonathan Dunski   [ updated Jul 24, 2017, 9:29 AM ]

Casting Call for Non-Union teen actors

PROJECT: 30 seconds or less promotional spot for social media distribution

ORGANIZATION: Spoken For, an organization dedicated to ending human trafficking in New Mexico (

GENERAL INFO: Spoken For is organizing a Harry Potter themed mystery dinner entitled, "Murder at Malfoy Manor." These dinners will take place October 12th-14th, 19th - 21st, and 26th - 28th

SHOOT DATE: Sunday, August 13th, 2017

LOCATION: A private residence in Albuquerque, Northeast Heights


Harry Potter (male, 15)
Hermione Granger (female, 15)
Ron Weasley (male, 15)

We are seeking teen actors to the play the roles of Harry, Hermione, and Ron from the Harry Potter series—particularly during their 5th year at Hogwarts. You do NOT have to look exactly like the characters, but rather, embody their inner life. All ethnicities and ages welcome to audition.

COMPENSATION: 1) catered craft services, and 2) credit/copy

CONTACT/AUDITION INFO: If interested in auditioning, please contact Lauren Myers at roomofreqprod@gmail.comBe sure to include resume and headshot (or a very recent photo that looks just like you!). You will be sent sides and requested to self-tape your audition. For any other questions, please email Lauren or contact her at 505.350.0737.

Download the printable PDF file below.

New Play Workshop: Dream to Stream

posted Jul 20, 2017, 2:04 PM by Jonathan Dunski   [ updated Feb 12, 2018, 3:27 PM ]

We’re going to write and perform an original play. It’s going to tell a compelling story that's important for young people. This short yet powerful piece will play before a small live audience, as well as the hundreds and thousands of viewers who watch the performance on their phones and tablets.  

So how will it work?
Creative Director Jonathan Dunski is calling the process "Dream to Stream"… 

Collaborative Playwriting
The ideas for a play, themes, and plots will be generated by the young artists enrolled in our INVENT workshop. After a thorough creative dialogue, the playwright will refine and fix the characters, lines, and action of the play. The play will be short (less than 10 minutes to play), multisensory (enhancing the experience of the in-person audience), small cast (2 to 4 players), low spectacle (minimal costumes, props, etc.), flexibly staged (site independent; adaptable to any common place), and flexibly cast (roles can be played by more than one company member).  

Cast by the stage director, the play will be developed through a series of rehearsals (evenings and/or weekends), meeting once per week for 2 hours. Performances will take place at times and locations, to be determined.

Performing & Live Streaming
According to the design of the social media director, performances will be live-streamed on a social media app (Facebook, Instagram, etc.). These streamed performances will encourage the remote audience to attend the subsequent performances in person, and will recruit young people to participate in our subsequent workshops to create more new works. Audiences may attend the performances free of charge. A variety of (rent free) locations will be utilized for performances: for example, café, bookstore, library, park, campus, lobby, food court – these host locations will get special recognition as sponsors/partners of the play. 

Teachers, Students, and Volunteers
The workshop will be led by as many as five contracted teaching artists: creative director, playwright, stage director, social media director, and production stage manager. Additional contractors may be needed, including a marketing director, development director, ASL director, and interpreters, as needed. As many as 10 students (ages 10 to 17) will be enrolled as the players – young Theatre artists who will act and crew the performances. The workshop will be supported by a volunteer project manager and two apprentices – volunteer interns who serve as auxiliary teaching artists.

This workshop is funded in part by a grant from New Mexico Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

How can you get involved?

To apply as a teaching artist, email

To enroll as a student, click here.

To support this work with your donation, click here.

To invite a performance to your location, email

The Tortoise Versus the Hare

posted Jun 18, 2017, 1:06 PM by Jonathan Dunski   [ updated Jun 18, 2017, 1:12 PM ]

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — PLAY Conservatory presents a new take on a classic fable with The Tortoise Versus the Hare: The Greatest Race, playing at First Unitarian Church on June 23 and 24.  

Somewhere in desert country, the inhabitants of West Sandy Bottoms are preparing for the highlight of their year – the annual race between the Mammals and the Reptiles.  Philoh Ferret reminds the racing fans that his service station is for “mammals only.” The Hare’s weasely managers brag about their racing star as the various reptiles assemble to choose their candidate. As we see the race through the eyes of a TV news team covering the event, we soon discover that there is more than a sporting rivalry between the brown animals and the green animals -- there’s genuine animosity. As the race proceeds, a tiny bunny is lost in the wilds of Tornado Gulch and, almost miraculously, the mammals and reptiles unite to conduct the search…together. 

Conceived and Written by Jim Caron; Music by Greg Boris; Lyrics by Jim Caron; Directed by guest teaching artists Nicholas J. Main and Hannah Stephens.

Two public performances of The Tortoise Versus the Hare play on Friday June 23 at 7:30 and Saturday June 24 at 2:00 pm  at First Unitarian Church, 3701 Carlisle Blvd NE (Carlisle and Comanche) in Albuquerque.  

Running time is 60 minutes.  The play is appropriate for children ages 4 and up, and intended to be an inspiring and fun time for the entire family.

General admission is $10. Purchase advance tickets online at (Box Office Page) or at the door one hour before curtain.

The Missoula Children's Theatre (MCT) will have provided a week-long residency teaching and directing 30 local students, ages 5 to 16.  Touring for 39 years, MCT brings magic to nearly 1,200 communities in all 50 states, 3 Canadian Territories and 5 provinces and 16 countries, annually.  Their mission is the development of life skills in children through participation in the performing arts.  To find out more, go to

PLAY Conservatory, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, offers unique and challenging educational Theater programs for kids.  We strive to creates innovative, inclusive, and inspiring works that play to every generation.  To find out more, go to www.playconservatory.orgThe Tortoise Versus the Hare marks PLAY Conservatory’s 31st production since its origin in 2007.

For more info, contact

Seminar: Innovating and Activating Theater for Young Audiences

posted Jun 2, 2017, 3:19 PM by Jonathan Dunski   [ updated Jun 7, 2017, 12:48 PM ]

Free Seminar!

Saturday, June 10 at 10:30 AM - 12 PM

Friends Meeting
1600 5th St NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Fresh from attending the One Theatre World conference in Berkeley, CA, director Jonathan Dunski will share his experience with the Albuquerque Theatre community. He will convey the themes, ideas, and best practices he learned. Format: 60-minute presentation with slides, followed by a 30-minute Q&A/ open discussion.

One Theatre World is the most significant gathering of theatre for young audiences professionals in North America presented by Theatre for Young Audiences/USA, featuring performances, juried breakout sessions (workshops and discussions), master classes, a keynote address, special events, and networking opportunities.

One Theatre World 2017 took place Wednesday May 3 to Saturday May 6, in various locations in San Fransisco, Berkeley, and Oakland, California. Bay Area Children’s Theatre hosted this year’s gathering.

Jonathan intends to carry the "innovate/activate" torch back to the teaching artists in New Mexico... so that we will be inspired to energize the work we are doing for our young audiences and future theatre artists and patrons.

Topics he'll be reflecting on will include: using data to measure audience impact, partnering with local family attractions like the botanical gardens, creating works for autistic kids, and Theatre for the Very Young. 

Admission is free, but a tax-deductable donation ($15 suggested) to PLAY Conservatory is encouraged.


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