UNM Department of Theatre and Dance

UNM Department of Theatre and Dance The Department of Theatre and Dance is committed to academic excellence and to providing a venue for students to discover and follow their passion.
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The University of New Mexico Department of Theatre and Dance is proud to share the accomplishments of our talented students and faculty and our many innovative projects. We hope you get a sense of the excitement we feel as we study and create performances in a community that supports exploration, risk-taking, and collaboration across disciplines. Thank you for visiting us on facebook!

Mission: The Department of Theatre and Dance provides a broad, liberal arts education in the related performing arts of Dance, Theatre and Design for Performance that cultivates critical thinking and analysis as well as helping students build the basic skills for creative expression. For emerging artists and specialists, we provide tools to build careers in their chosen field and networks to the professional world, both nationally and internationally. We serve the community through high quality performance events that showcase student and faculty artistic work and serve as a laboratory for applying skills learned in the classroom and studio.

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This week’s faculty spotlight is onBrianna Figueroa.Brianna Figueroa is a dance historian, performance scholar, and prac...
01/12/2021

This week’s faculty spotlight is on
Brianna Figueroa.

Brianna Figueroa is a dance historian, performance scholar, and practicing artists. She earned her PhD in Performance as Public Practice from the University of Texas at Austin where she focused her research on the vibrant but critically under explored legacy of contemporary Latinx dance-making in the U.S.

Her current project investigates the articulations of trauma through dance performance, especially when undertaken by minoritarian subjects. Dr. Figueroa is interested in the phenomenological possibilities toward healing that theatrical embodiment offers for dance maker/s and performers, and how dance performance provides a social context for processing trauma.

At UNM, Dr. Figueroa teaches dance theory and dance technique courses. In line with her research, she actively employs trauma-informed approaches in her teaching, modifying and expanding pedogeological practices developed in traditional classroom settings for the dance studio.

Dr. Figueroa also works as a freelance dramaturg in dance and theatre. And, she is a founding member of Block Party Collective, a group of scholars and artists based in Austin, TX who curate interdisciplinary and interactive performances that center youth and queer/folks of color. Block Party Collective

01/09/2021

Virtual Audition for the Dance Major at UNM NOW OPEN!
Dance artists & scholars of tomorrow, join us to earn a BA in Contemporary Dance or Flamenco!
Are you passionate about Dance?
Visit dance.unm.edu for more information.

UNM Fine Arts
12/28/2020

UNM Fine Arts

Happy Winter Break Lobos! We’re just trying to bake the world a better place!

Drop your best cookie puns in the comments below 🍪⤵️

UNM Fine Arts
12/24/2020

UNM Fine Arts

Season’s Greetings from all of us here at UNM Fine Arts!

Happy Holidays from everyone here at the UNM Department of Theatre and Dance! Today is #GivingTuesday, please follow the...
12/01/2020

Happy Holidays from everyone here at the UNM Department of Theatre and Dance! Today is #GivingTuesday, please follow the “Give” link below to improve a Fine Arts Lobo’s life through a tax-deductible donation and make a difference today! Can you help turn #GivingTuesday into #LobosGiveDay?

https://www.unmfund.org/fund/cfa-theatre-and-dance-chairs-fund/

This week’s faculty Spotlight is on Vladimir Reche. A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Vladimir received his BFA from The Ju...
11/25/2020

This week’s faculty Spotlight is on Vladimir Reche. A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Vladimir received his BFA from The Julliard School and MFA in choreography from the University of Iowa; danced with Cisne Negro Dance Company, Ballet Stagiun, and guest artist for other companies. Vladimir has been performing, choreographing and teaching all over the globe. Amongst the countries he had worked in are Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Colombia, England, Germany, Italy, Mongolia, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, South Africa, the United States and Uruguay. Vladimir also participated in a workshop in Israel with Ohad Naharin and dancers from the Batsheva Dance Company, immersing himself in Naharin’s Gaga technique.
With his extensive training in ballet and his background in Graham, Limón, and Taylor techniques, Vladimir teaches technique classes that align traditional with contemporary techniques, applying the necessary approaches to guide young dancers of the current generation toward the demands of present performance arenas.
As a choreographer Vladimir frequently collaborates with composers, costume, set and lighting designers; he choreographs for students and professionals in the contemporary, ballet and theatrical idioms (plays and musicals). He chooses to comment on current issues engaging collaborators, performers and audience members using traditional and/or contemporary language. Vladimir works with final cut pro for video editing as well as Photoshop and Lightroom for his digital photography.
For more information visit vladimircondereche.net

Arts Leadership + Business in collaboration with the UNM Office of Career Services invites you to the 2020 UNM Arts Care...
11/09/2020

Arts Leadership + Business in collaboration with the UNM Office of Career Services invites you to the 2020 UNM Arts Career Fair

The Career Fair is open to students and alumni from the UNM College of Fine Arts. The virtual fair is a great opportunity for students and employers to connect and engage about upcoming jobs, internships, and career paths in Fine Arts fields.

A virtual fair, registration required.

https://unm.joinhandshake.com/login

For more information email [email protected]

Arts Leadership + Business in collaboration with the UNM Office of Career Services invites you to the 2020 UNM Arts Career Fair THIS THURSDAY!

The Career Fair is open to students and alumni from the UNM College of Fine Arts. The virtual fair is a great opportunity for students and employers to connect and engage about upcoming jobs, internships, and career paths in Fine Arts fields.

A virtual fair, registration required.

https://unm.joinhandshake.com/login

For more information email: [email protected]

Full Volatile Space Video linked below! Join playwrights Inua Ellams and Erik Ehn for a conversation about (im)migration...
11/09/2020
Volatile Space, Guest Speaker Inua Ellams

Full Volatile Space Video linked below! Join playwrights Inua Ellams and Erik Ehn for a conversation about (im)migration, the search for empathy, and connections across generational spaces. The two explored such varied topics as risk-taking in writing and performance; analogue vs. digital worlds as spaces for art; and the state of theatre now. Full video up now on our YouTube Channel.

Born in Nigeria, Inua Ellams is a poet, playwright & performer, graphic artist & designer. He is a Complete Works poet alumni and facilitates workshops in creative writing where he explores reoccurring themes in his work - Identity, Displacement and Destiny - in accessible, enjoyable ways for participants of all ages and backgrounds.

His awards include: Edinburgh Fringe First Award 2009, the Liberty Human Rights Award, The Live Canon International Poetry Prize, The Kent & Sussex Poetry Competition, Magma Poetry Competition, Winchester Poetry Prize, an Arts Council of England Award, a Wellcome Trust Award, A Black British Theatre Award and The Hay Festival Medal for Poetry.

Erik Ehn is a playwright, director, educator, and theorist of contemporary theatre. He is known for proposing the Regional Alternative Theatre movement. A recent graduate of the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley California, with a Master of Theological Studies degree and the former dean of theater at CalArts, the California Institute of Arts, he is the former head of playwriting and professor of theatre and performance studies at Brown University. His published works include The Saint Plays, Beginner, and 13 Christs.

Ehn is co-founder and co-artistic director, alongside Lisa Bielawa, of the Tenderloin Opera Company in San Francisco and also an artistic associate of San Francisco’s Theatre of Yugen. He is a visiting professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of New Mexico.

https://youtu.be/xX05qPFghGM

Join playwrights Inua Ellams and Erik Ehn for a conversation about (im)migration, the search for empathy, and connections across generational spaces. The two...

This week’s faculty spotlight is on Inseung Park. Inseung Park is a scenic designer and scenic artist for live entertain...
10/09/2020

This week’s faculty spotlight is on Inseung Park. Inseung Park is a scenic designer and scenic artist for live entertainment. He has designed the set for a wide variety of live performances – theatre, musicals, dance, and opera – across the country. His scenic designs have been seen in the productions for Stages Repertory Theatre Houston, Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis, Provision Theatre, Theatre At The Center, Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Chicago, Looking Glass theatre in New York, Theatre Three, Stage West Theatre in Dallas, Black Hills Playhouse, and The Winnipesaukee Playhouse. He pursued evocative and practical abstraction distinct from film and television, exploring design journey that evolves with the creative team. He loves the sets that have a lot of creative potential for the production teams. He is a versatile designer competent for the best communication with traditional and digital art media. In addition to working as a designer, he has taught scenic design and numerous design related courses – rendering, CAD, scenic painting, digital media, and period styles – at Indiana University South Bend, and currently at University of New Mexico. He serves as an Associate editor for USITT’s teaching archive, a digital publication of teaching resources for scenic design commission. His designs have been nominated for the best scenic design for several prestigious awards including Joseph Jefferson Award (The Hiding Place at Provision Theatre), and New Hampshire Theatre Award (The Waltz and Mary’s Wedding at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse). The film, Wake that he designed had been awarded the grand prize in Kodak competition and screened at Cannes Film Festival. He holds MFA in Scene design at University of Texas Austin.

UNM Fine Arts
09/15/2020

UNM Fine Arts

General Election: Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020
Last day to register to vote: Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 (in New Mexico)
Last day to request an absentee ballot: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 (in New Mexico)

We encourage everyone to be informed – on the issues and on their options for voting – and then to make a plan to vote.

08/25/2020
Stress Management Strategies: Adopting Healthy and Professional Communication Skills

Arts Leadership and Business adjunct lecturer Katie Dukes Walker sat down via video to interview Ingela Onstad, MM, LMHC, BCC, and owner of Courageous Artistry LLC, to ask how we can all manage some of the stress and uncertainty as performers, artists, students, and as regular stressed-out humans. We learned a lot from this video and know you will too.

Arts Leadership and Business adjunct lecturer Katie Dukes Walker sat down via video to interview Ingela Onstad, MM, LMHC, BCC, and owner of Courageous Artist...

Rockit Vocal Studios
08/20/2020

Rockit Vocal Studios

I am so excited for this! After the amazing feedback following our podcast together ( www.rockitvocalstudios.com/podcast ) Ingela Onstad and I have joined forces again to offer a FREE online session exploring performance anxiety and stage fright.

This is such a common theme for so many of my clients and with Ingela's incredible background as a classically trained vocalist, licensed mental health therapist and performance anxiety coach, you'll learn so much about what causes it this type of anxiety and tips to manage it.

To learn more about Ingela check out https://www.courageousartistry.com

This FREE session is online Thursday August 27th at 6pm MST. Performers, singers, speakers welcome! Registration required.

🌟🎙🌟Heres the link to save your spot! See you there!

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https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0of-morD8qG9GQV7ha6YSYqesR3pP4eEHY

08/17/2020
UNM Fine Arts

UNM Fine Arts

Hi, I’m Harris D. Smith, the new Dean for UNM Fine Arts. I just wanted to give a warm welcome back to our faculty, staff, and students. I hope you had an enjoyable summer break. As we move forward into this unique school year, I just wanted you all to know that I’m looking forward to working with you, supporting you, and learning more about the fine arts. I hope you all have a productive and more importantly, safe school year. Go Lobos!

08/05/2020
Marbles trailer

Marbles Project Statement
Marbles represents isolation and its relationship to sanity. During this pandemic, the world has seemingly come to a standstill, with an emphasis on survival. There are countless news stories about death tolls and what countries are doing to mitigate the spread of the virus. The continual flood of information although necessary can also be overwhelming; Marbles is meant to give us permission to not feel ok but to makes sure that if you are struggling internally you know you are not alone. We aimed at creating something beautiful yet emotional. The video begins upbeat but chaotic, just like life at the beginning of the pandemic. Towards the end of the video, the beat slows and fades into a familiar song allowing viewers to take a breath. Thus, together we can acknowledge our pain while realizing isolation could be the breath of fresh air the world needed.

Isabel Tafoya Personal Artist Statement
My life growing up on a ranch in Northern New Mexico was filled with elements of culture needing to be explored; where magic, god and responsibility are intertwined. Who I am, is a question requiring continual investigation? Art acts as a prism allowing me to see the many facets of life so that I can make sense of the world around me; it is not a singular lens with a singular answer. I like to focus on the small: who we are internally, where we fit into the world, and why day- to-day experience matters. Art is how I evaluate topics that can feel complicated or overwhelming.

Joseline Mendoza’s artist statement
As an artist, I am essentially attentive in creating what I feel motivates me to learn. I continue to stay knowledge hungry so that every day that I work hard and push myself, something new helps me improve. I hope to share how meaningful and precious creating can be and what impact that can have on others and myself.

View the full video here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=422XLIm9W50&feature=youtu.be

The University of New Mexico - UNM
07/09/2020

The University of New Mexico - UNM

Here's what you need to know right now if you're an international Lobo intending to study in the US during Fall 2020. For more detailed steps and direct links ➡️ https://bit.ly/2ZapqAG. You are welcome at UNM and you are an important member of our community.

This Crinoline Period inspired Social Distancing Hoopskirt is 6 feet in diameter and made from cost-effective, easily ob...
07/03/2020

This Crinoline Period inspired Social Distancing Hoopskirt is 6 feet in diameter and made from cost-effective, easily obtained materials in light of COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. The project was done by Jasmine Barroso Lyons, a BAIA student with a focus on Costuming as well as Flamenco.

The faculty and staff of the UNM Department of Theatre and Dance stand in strong solidarity with individuals and communi...
06/24/2020

The faculty and staff of the UNM Department of Theatre and Dance stand in strong solidarity with individuals and communities seeking justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, David McAtee, and the multitude of other Black individuals who were and continue to be killed by law enforcement and vigilantes. We condemn the racist violence against Black people in the United States and around the globe. We commit to deepening our efforts to fight racism, elevate equity, and work in coalition toward creating a more just world—amplifying and supporting those that already do that work. We will be announcing our plan to act on these commitments in the coming academic year. In the meantime, we acknowledge and embrace our responsibility to strive to dismantle the systemic violence of racism and anti-Blackness, and join friends and colleagues, activists, artists, and students in the crucial struggle to make Black Lives Matter here and now, and always.
UNM Fine Arts

UNM Fine Arts
06/22/2020

UNM Fine Arts

To UNM College of Fine Arts Faculty, Staff and Students –
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It’s time for me to say my formal farewell to the faculty, staff and students of the UNM College of Fine Arts. Most of you know that I’m moving a new position as Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communications at Towson University in Baltimore, MD. While I’m excited about the exciting journey ahead of me, I’m truly sad to leave UNM and the College of Fine Arts. This great college has been my home since 2004 and the students and colleagues I have worked with have changed the way I think about teaching, research and being an artist.
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To our 2020 Graduates- many congratulations for all you’ve accomplished. From what I can tell from viewing online galleries and YouTube links- the ever resilient 2020 graduating seniors and grad students took the high road during this global crisis and continued to make amazing art. To all continuing students at UNM – remember, there are many perks to being a lobo – make sure you take advantage of every opportunity to network, travel and learn as much as you can from your peers, faculty and staff.
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What I’ll miss about New Mexico:
* Being surprised nearly every day with the beautiful light/landscape and the big sky
* The openness and friendly atmosphere
* The chile – all of it, red, green and in between!
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What I’ll miss about UNM
* Faculty and staff colleagues who give their all every day
* Tremendous students who come from so many places, experiences and world views
* Walking into the beautiful lobby of the UNM Center for the Arts!
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Sending you all my very best –
Regina Carlow

UNM Fine Arts
06/18/2020

UNM Fine Arts

The UNM College of Fine Arts condemns all racially motivated acts of violence, dehumanizing aggression and the systemic racism that is ingrained in nearly every aspect of higher education in this country. The onslaught of racism and violence against black lives is not new and it impacts us all, especially those who must witness people who look like them and their brothers, mothers, children, and loved ones lose their lives and dignity in egregious and brutal attacks by

Law enforcement and unchecked gun violence from our neighbors.

It needs to be said again and again. Black Lives Matter.



We know that words and statements are meaningless without action; this College is committed to raising awareness of anti-racism – especially anti-Black racism through revision of our curriculum, performance practices, and classroom discourse. We pledge to take a stand as one voice through a prism of disciplines to find a way to enact change from within our organization. We stand firm in the conviction that we must work together as artists, educators, and activists to change the tide of this destructive force. While it is easy for some of us to hide behind our privilege, we know that we must disrupt the status quo of Arts Education and look deeply into our infrastructure and policies. We must create safe spaces in our classrooms, studios, lecture halls, and performance venues for Black stories, Black voices, Black images, Black bodies, and Black scholarship to emerge as central, valid, and worthy.



While this statement is made at a moment in time, it is a time when we are galvanized by the latest killing of an innocent Black citizen it reflects a commitment to moving forward together as a college of artists to use art, music, film, dance, and theatre to enact respectful dialogue with the hope of racial justice.

https://finearts.unm.edu/wp-content/uploads/Statement.pdf

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Remember those behind the scene moments in your college Green Room? The mad love affairs, the big dreams, the "in" jokes? Join us for all that and MORE on Oct 23 & 24 for the first FULLY streamed production of the award-winning, Off-Broadway musical! https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=355633369014902
Hey UNM Dance & Theatre! I am seeking 4-6 dancers for a new project for performances in spring & beyond. First rehearsal gathering is Thursday, Nov. 7th 1 -3pm. Studio 115 @ Carlisle All movement styles welcome, but should be comfortable with some or any of the following: collaborative devising--improvising / freestyle--sounds or singing--taking & giving direction--writing or drawing-- duet work or partnering--dancing outdoors--making maps --documenting / journaling--learning set material in the studio. If you’re interested, but not available on Nov. 7th, please email me: [email protected] --these are not permanent rehearsal times--
Congratulations and best wishes to all on closing night!
Hello ABQs Performers- dancers, aerialists, actors, martial artists!!! This wonderfully talented company is having a workshop audition Firday afternoon! Hope you all can make it.