New Mexico Young Actors, Inc., Est. 1979
Our mission is to develop an appreciation of theater in our region through performances of plays and musicals for children by children, and to educate youth and the general public in the theater arts through drama classes and training while building relationships with parents, teachers, schools, and the community.
Proudly sponsored by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment of the Arts
- Voice Technique
- Sense Memory
- Emotional Recall
- Stage Directions
- Stage Stunts
- And much more!
Drama I culminates with a scenes presentation at the end of the semester.
- Advanced Voice Technique
- Audition Technique
- Stage Presence
- 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.
Our Fall and Spring semesters are 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 Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The play rehearses 3 to 4 hours a week on Mondays and Wednesdays.
After the productions, regular classes are held until the end of the semester on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. These classes feature further training in acting technique and are often taught by professional artists as guest instructors of NMYA.
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.
NMYA tuition is $405/semester, plus a $20 registration fee. For our advanced drama classes, there is also a production fee of $50. The production fee covers part of the cost of make-up, scripts, scores, a production T-shirt, as well as other production expenses.
NMYA offers tuition scholarship assistance to students who are eligible. Please contact NMYA directly in order to obtain an application.
Productions at NMYA are performed at a large, local theater during the school day or are taken on tour directly to your school. Every semester we offer performances of our musical to over 3000 children from public, private, parochial, and home schools. 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 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.
New Mexico Young Actors is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 charitable arts organization. All donations are tax-deductible.
New Mexico Young Actors has provided theater arts training through drama classes and productions of plays and musicals for children by children in the Albuquerque, NM region since 1979. In our history, we have touched hundreds of thousands of children with the power of drama, music, and dance. Our students have found a creative outlet for their talents and a means of expressing themselves in a safe and supportive environment. Our productions, featuring children and youth in all roles, continually garner praise from the community for their originality, creativity, and professionalism—many who attend our performances express a mild surprise that such quality can come from mere youth.
We at NMYA believe we are changing lives through our program and helping to shape a brighter future for the children in our community. It is no secret that today’s youth face many challenges. The arts provide encouragement and hope to young people when they need it the most. Many of our students have gone on to careers on Broadway and in film. Our students are found in the fine arts schools of universities and in dance and music studios and community theater organizations throughout the country.
This work could not continue without the generous support from individuals and foundations. We ask you to please consider making NMYA a part of your charitable giving plans.
You can now make a donation via Paypal by clicking the button below:
Scroll below to see a list of our sponsors.
Special thanks to our following sponsors (2021–2022):
Rick Nickerson, Director Emeritus, started New Mexico Young Actors as Nickerson’s Young Actors in 1979. Mr. Nickerson ran the company for 35 years, producing scores of musicals and plays, including many original works. He established NMYA as the resident children’s theater company at the historic KiMo Theatre and developed a comprehensive touring program to reach those seldom served by the arts in rural communities throughout the state. Mr. Nickerson retired in 2014 and Paul Bower because Executive Director after having served as resident music director for a decade. Mr. Bower grew the company to over 100 students and shepherded the organization through the global pandemic of 2020-2021. After 18 years with NMYA, Mr. Bower resigned in June of 2022. Joel Gelpe became NMYA’s third Executive Director in July of 2022. He is excited to continue to grow the company and impact the local community with the joy of theater. Since 1979 we have seen thousands of students come through our program. We have produced over 80 shows and performed for over an estimated 500,000 audience members in the Albuquerque region. We accept individuals, ages 9–19, into our program and all of our productions feature only children and youth on stage.
Resident Artists and Staff
|Accounting||Jared M. Lee, AVI Accounting|
|Company Clerk||John Craig|
|Graphic and Web Design||Workshop Media|
|House Manager||Lisa Fenstermacher|
|Legal||Atty. Ashley Strauss-Martin|
|Light Designer||Mark Ferris|
|Make-Up Designer||Jacqueline Chavez|
|Props Master||Jackie Hanson|
|Set Designer||Dahl Delu|
|Sound Engineer||Chad Scheer|
|Stage Manager||Vicki Marie Singer|
NMYA Board of Directors
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (M) 2002
Aladdin and His Wonderful Magical Lamp 2001
Aladdin, Jr. (M) 2010, 2018
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, 2019
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
Country Dreaming * (M) 1982, 1986, 1991
Curse of an Aching Heart 1983
The Dark Castle 2000, 2006, 2014
The Day the Internet Died 2021
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, 2017
Everyone Is Good For Something 1997
Fat Sam’s Grand Slam* (M) 1981, 1985, 1990
The Frog Prince of Spamalot 2019
The Frog Princess 2002, 2003, 2008, 2013
From Hair to Eternity 2018
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
James and the Giant Peach, Jr. (M), 2017
Just a Simple Soap Opera 1979
King Midas and the Palace of Gold (M) 1996, 2007
The Last Gladiator 2021
Legend of Sleepy Hollow 2018
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
Mary Poppins, Jr. (M) 2022
Miss Nelson Is Missing! ** (M) 2005, 2011
The Music Man, Jr. (M) 2012
The Musical Adventures of Oliver Twist (M) 2021
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
The Oldest Team in Vaudeville * (M), 1984, 1988, 1994
Oz! (M) 2017
Pecos Bill and Slue-Foot Sue 1996, 2000, 2005
The Pied Piper of Hamelin 2012
Pinocchio (M) 2001
Pippi Longstocking ** (M) 2003, 2009
Peter Pan (M) 2019
Pocahontas (M) 2016
The Princess and the Pea 2010
Puss in Boots 2013
Ransom Of Red Chief (M) 1992, 1997
Robin Hood (M) 1993
Robin Hood 2022
Safe and Sound 1986
Science is Wonderful 1979
The Secret Garden (M) 2018
Showdown at the Sugarcane Saloon 1989, 1999
Silver’s Secret 2017
The Sleeping Beauty 2019
Sneakers (M) 1989
Snow Queen 2016
Snow White & Seven Dwarfs (M) 1998, 2003, 2014
The Stinky Cheese Man (M) 2005
Stop That Villain! 1991
The Three Bully Goats Griff 2016
Treasure Island 2021
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
Virtual Complaint Department and Lemonade 2020
The Virtual Family 2021
Virtually Ever After 2021
We’re Going to Be Stars Someday * (M) 1988
Willy Wonka, Jr. (M) 2009, 2014
The Wizard of Oz (M) 2000
Zorro’s Back In Town 1998, 2003, 2008