New Mexico Young Actors, Inc., Est. 1979

All of our productions feature youth, ages 9—19, in all roles. We strive to have a positive impact on children and youth by making their lives a little brighter through the creativity of dramatic arts.

Proudly sponsored by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment of the Arts

Classes

Drama I

Our Drama I class is for new NMYA students and is required before a student is eligible to audition for our major productions. In Drama I students learn:

  • Voice Technique
  • Improvisation
  • Sense Memory
  • Emotional Recall
  • Stage Directions
  • Stage Stunts
  • Pantomime
  • Self-Confidence
  • And much more!

Drama I culminates with a scenes presentation at the end of the semester.

Advanced Drama

Our advanced drama classes provide the opportunity for our students to engage what they’ve learned in Drama I. The focal point of our advanced drama classes is the musical or play production. Any student who completes Drama I is eligible for Advanced Drama. Students in Advanced Drama will learn:

  • Advanced Voice Technique
  • Audition Technique
  • Dance
  • Stage Presence
  • Characterization
  • Basic Stage Make-Up
  • And more!

Students in advanced drama will be cast in either the play or musical and will receive adequate performance and stage time as part of their training.

Click below for the registration form and information about classes for our upcoming semester.

Scroll below for information about the class schedule.

Class Schedule

Our Fall and Spring semesters are generally 18 weeks and follow the Albuquerque Public School calendar. Our summer intensive workshop is a 4-week session during the month of June.

Drama I: The schedule for Drama I remains the same throughout the semester. These classes meet once a week for two hours, usually on Wednesdays or Fridays. The class culminates with a public presentation of a scenes program on the final day of the term. Each student enrolled in Drama I will receive a role in the scenes program.

Advanced Drama: The schedule for Advanced Drama begins with two weeks of auditions for our play and musical, after which the shows are cast by the director. Every student will be cast in either the play or the musical. After casting, rehearsals for the shows begin. The musical generally rehearses 6 to 8 hours a week on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The play rehearses 3 to 4 hours a week on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

After the productions, regular classes are held until the end of the semester on Monday and Thursday evenings. These classes feature further training in acting technique and are often taught by professional artists as guest instructors of NMYA.

Parents

Working with parents is an important part of the success of our program.  Here you will find tuition payment information, and soon, volunteer forms and answers to frequently asked questions.

Tuition

NMYA tuition is $90/month, plus a $20 registration fee. For our advanced drama classes, there is also a production fee of $50 for the musical and $40 for the play. The production fee covers part of the cost of make-up, scripts, scores, a production T-shirt, as well as other production expenses.


Tuition Assistance

NMYA offers tuition scholarship assistance to students who are eligible.  Please contact NMYA directly in order to obtain an application.

Teachers

Productions at NMYA are performed at the beautiful and historic KiMo Theater during the school day or are taken on tour directly to your school. Every semester we perform for over 3000 children from public, private, and parochial schools, as well as many home-school groups in six or more performances at the KiMo. Additionally, every semester our play is taken on tour to schools throughout the Albuquerque region. We have also taken our tour to Cuba, Grants, and other rural communities throughout the state. We invite you to bring your class to one of our productions at the KiMo or to book our performance troupe at your school. Please note: Our productions are very popular and frequently sell-out. It is advisable to book early!

Please call us directly at 505-821-8055 in order to book your school or class.

Below, find study guides for our upcoming shows in order to enhance your students’ experience and appreciation of the performance.

Study Guides

Sponsors

Special thanks to our following sponsors (2015–2016):

$5000+

The Brabson Library and Educational Foundation

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New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts

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The Urban Enhancement Trust Fund

$1000—$4999

Steve and Heather Allen

Terry Gomez, DDS

Jim Gross, Carousel of Music

Rick and Nancy Siegel

$500—$999

Paul and Ling Bower

da Vinci’s Pizza

Matt and Tessa Davidson

Goodwill Industries of New Mexico

National Christian Foundation

$100—$499

Amanda Allen

Anonymous

Carey and Susan Blanchard

Jessalyn Brach

Robert Davidson

Patricia Dupree

Craig Jenson and Heidi Jochem

Kristine Keener

Rick and Lisa Nickerson

Donald and Rebecca Olson

David and Alice Redmond-Neal

James and Linnea Sands

Other Wonderful Contributors

Mandi Babineaux

Shannon Biggers

Costco

Lee Crowder

Judy Davidson

Paul and Susan Droege

Tracy Franke

Janis Fuhs

William and Shelby Gracey

Aiden Juhl

Kurt and Rosanne Killion

Tana Lyon

Krista R. Rose

Lynne Sanchez

Valerie Scott

Wal-Mart

Kay Mollett Wall

Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Witemeyer

Gregory Wyss

About Us

Rick Nickerson, Director Emeritus, started New Mexico Young Actors as Nickerson’s Young Actors in 1979.  Since then we have seen thousands of students come through our program.  We have produced over 75 shows and performed for over an estimated 200,000 audience members in the Albuquerque region.  Our shows feature only children and youth, ages 9—19, on stage.

Staff

  • Paul Bower
    Paul Bower Executive Director

    Paul was appointed Executive Director of NMYA in January, 2015, after more than a decade as NMYA’s music director. For 15 years he has worked as a freelance singer, director, conductor, and teacher in Albuquerque. As a professional singer, he has been heard with companies regionally and throughout the United States in over 30 opera and musical theater roles, in addition to performing recitals in Asia and Europe. He has two Bachelor’s degrees in music from Northern Kentucky University and a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of New Mexico.  Paul directs all of the major productions for NMYA.

  • Rachel Ribeiro
    Rachel Ribeiro Drama I Instructor

    Rachel comes to NMYA with several years’ experience teaching theater to middle and high school students, most notably with the Las Montañas Theater Club in Las Cruces, NM. Under her direction, the club claimed first or second place at the NMAA One Act Play competition for three years in a row (2011-2013). Her lifelong passion for the performing arts was first nurtured as a child with the East Side Players, in Cincinnati, OH, and continued with high school and community theater productions.  She has performed with The Sweaty-Toothed Madmen (Wenham, MA) and the No Strings Theatre Company (Las Cruces, NM). Rachel loves nudging and cajoling the inner spark of every young actor.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in English from Gordon College in Wenham, MA, and a Master’s degree in Teaching English from New Mexico State University.

  • Cheryl Sharps
    Cheryl Sharps Resident Pianist and Music Assistant

    Since 2008, Cheryl has played for many of the community theater companies in Albuquerque, including Albuquerque Little Theatre, Musical Theater Southwest, Landmark Musicals, The Adobe Theatre, and Mother Road Theatre.  At Albuquerque Little Theater, she was the music director for Cats and The King and I, for which she earned the Vivian Vance Outstanding Musical Director Award in 2015. In addition to working as a pianist and piano teacher, she has worked as an audiologist, and as an administrator for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Cheryl has a BA in Speech and Hearing Sciences and an MA in Audiology from Indiana University.  Soli Deo Gloria!

Secretary Lee Megill
Accounting Alisha Urquhart, Mileshosky and Co.

Resident Artists

Choreographer Josh Megill
Costumer Rosemary Gallegos
Graphic and Web Design Workshop Media
House Manager Lisa Fenstermacher
Light Designer Myers Godwin
Make-Up Designer Jacqueline Chavez
Props Master Dione Colón
Set Designers Mike and Wendie Cutcher
Sound Engineer Chad Scheer
Stage Manager Stephanie Bauer

NMYA Board of Directors

President Jessalyn Brach
Vice-President Dione Colón
Secretary Deanna Esquibel Hopkins
Treasurer Dr. Terry Gómez Kroeter
Member Matt Davidson (Merchandising)
Member Nancy Siegel
Member Kaylee Whitlow (Parent Coordinator
and Social Media)

Advisors

Ben Anello
Janet White

Newsletters

Repertory (1979–2016)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (M) 2002
Aladdin and His Wonderful Magical Lamp 2001
Aladdin, Jr. (M) 2010
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (M) 2006
Alice in Wonderland, Jr. (M) 2016
Annie, Jr. (M) 2007, 2012
Beauty and the Beast, Jr. (M) 2011
The Belle of Bisbee 2011
Big Bad 2015
The Big Hunt 1979
Bumper Snickers 1998
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 2005
Charlotte’s Webb (M) 1995, 2002
Cinderella’s Glass Slipper (M) 2008, 2015
Clowns 1983
Country Dreaming * 1982, 1986, 1991
Curse of an Aching Heart 1983
The Dark Castle 2000, 2006, 2014
Doc, Doc, Goose! 2015
Dr. Dogsbreath Deveraux 2001
Dr. Do-Noodles, Here Comes the Judge 1980
Egad, What A Cad! 1986
The Emperor’s New Clothes 2004
Everyone Is Good For Something 1997
The Frog Princess 2002, 2003, 2008, 2013
Fat Sam’s Grand Slam (M) 1981, 1985, 1990
The Glass Slipper 1999
Hansel and Gretel (M) 1999, 2004, 2013
Happily Ever After 1999, 2001, 2006
Here Comes the Cows 2010
Honk! Jr. (M) 2008
Ill-Advised News (M) 1980
I’m A Celebrity 1997
Jack and the Giant (M), 2000, 2006, 2015
Just a Simple Soap Opera 1979
Kiddledywinks! 2007
King Midas and the Palace of Gold (M) 1996, 2007
Let’s Stop Child Abuse * 1989—1994
The Little Match Girl 1996
The Little Mermaid, Jr. (M) 2013

The Magic Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle ** (M) 2004, 2010
Miss Nelson Is Missing! ** (M) 2005, 2011
The Music Man, Jr. (M) 2012
My Name is Rumpelstiltskin 2009, 2014
Nellie’s Fishy Fate 1988
Never Trust a City Slicker 2009
Not Fit For Man or Beast 1980, 1982, 1985
Oklahoma! (M)1986
The Oldest Team in Vaudeville (M), 1984, 1988, 1994
Pecos Bill and Slue-Foot Sue 1996, 2000, 2005
The Pied Piper of Hamelin 2012
Pinocchio 2012
Pinocchio (M) 2001
Pippi Longstocking ** (M) 2003, 2009
The Princess and the Pea 2010
Puss in Boots 2013
Ransom Of Red Chief (M) 1992, 1997
Rapunzel 2011
Robin Hood (M) 1993
Safe and Sound 1986
Science is Wonderful 1979
Showdown at the Sugarcane Saloon 1989, 1999
Sneakers (M) 1989
Snow White & Seven Dwarfs (M) 1998, 2003, 2014
The Stinky Cheese Man (M) 2005
Stop That Villain! 1991
The Three Bully Goats Griff 2016
The Trouble with Christmas 1980
True Blue and Trusted 1982, 1984, 1987, 1990
Tumble Weeds 2004
The Villain Wore A Dirty Shirt 1997, 2002, 2007
Willy Wonka, Jr. (M) 2009, 2014
The Wizard of Oz (M) 2000
Zorro’s Back In Town 1998, 2003, 2008

(M) Musical
NMYA Original Work
** Southwest Premier

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