about us

Three of the principals in the company have been working together continuously for 35 years. Hundreds of plays, community projects , parades, puppet plays, playwriting labs, internships, an internationally distributed magazine, a national festival, school residencies, touring productions, collaborative productions, training workshops... all have gone into building the work of this alternative theater. THEATERWORK is actively engaged in culture-building through its performance work, its attention to the creative development of its artists, associates, apprentices and the communities which surround and sustain it. Cultures - when they are strong - are open, roomy, generous and celebratory. A theater has to be part of that. The theatrical experience - whether on stages or in hospital rooms - strives to re-ignite a sense of the common good... the common ground. THEATERWORK has become the artistic home to many extraordinary theater professionals, writers, visual artists, musicians and poets. Its ever-expanding audience is both diverse and ready for engagement. Critics have said: "Theaterwork continues to feel the pulse of a local culture with alarming sensitivity!" ... "Delicious, shivery theater!" ... "Astonishing ceremonies of remembrance." ... "The place explodes with visual vivacity!" The first seventeen years in New Mexico have seen over one hundred main stage productions, including works by Chekhov, Ibsen, Moliere, Cruz, Marquez, Miller, Brecht, Wilde, Shakespeare, Zacarias, Huff, Fuentes, Friel, Ruhl, Sontag, Anouilh; operas by Poulenc, Stravinsky, Humperdinck; three zarzuelas; many works by New Mexico playwrights and pieces based on stories gathered from within communities of all sorts. THEATERWORK has deep roots in the international community from its founding as El Teatro Laboratorio de Bogota in 1970, through its work as Cherry Creek Theatre in Minnesota, and now as Theaterwork in the New Mexico. "The people are a story that never ends, a river that winds and falls and gleams in many dawns; lost in deep gullies, it turns to dust, rushes in the Spring ... The people are a story that is a long, incessant coming alive from the earth in better wheat, percherons and engines, persistent and inevitable. The people always know that some of the grain will be good, some of the crop will be saved, some will return and bear the strength of the kernel, that from the bloodiest year some survive to outfox the frost." Meridel LeSeur