From theatre to music, there are many fans and supporters of Performing Arts In Las Cruces.
The NMSU Center for the Arts serves as a critically needed home base for fine arts programs at NMSU. This effort is to encourage a shared experience for the various NMSU arts and activities. At the same time, it will provide the community with the ease of accessibility to the wide array of artistic ability the university has to offer.
Construction on Phase I of the project is began in June 2010 and includes a 500-seat Dance and Theatre Arts Performance Hall, classrooms and rehearsal space, state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology, fly space and an orchestra pit. In addition to a Visual Arts Center (Phase II), a Grand Performance Hall to be constructed during Phase III will seat up to 1,200 visitors. The Center’s multi-phase development has been planned in collaboration with each involved department and the community. Providing the means of support and the opportunity for facilitation indicates Las Cruces welcomes a centralized venue in which the community’s talent can thrive.
Funding for Phase I of the Arts Complex appeared under the General Obligation Bond, Ballot D. Additional funding has come from long-time community members and project volunteers.
Doña Ana Arts Council
The Doña Ana Arts Council, Inc. (DAAC) is a non-profit organization working to improve the quality of life in Las Cruces and Southern New Mexico by ensuring that the performing, visual, and literary arts are an integral part of education, economic growth, and community development. Through exciting events, innovative programs and aggressive advocacy, DAAC lays economic foundations, provides administrative services, and assists in broadening the vision of the arts in the greater Mesilla Valley. DAAC is the facility operator for the historic Rio Grande Theatre and the organizer of the annual Renaissance ArtsFaire.
Contact: PO Box 1721 • Las Cruces, NM 88004
575.523.6403 • www.las-cruces-arts.org
American Southwest Theatre Company
The American Southwest Theatre Company was founded in 1984 by Dr. Bruce Streett and Tony Award-winning playwright Mark Medoff. Their purpose was to invite visiting Guest Artists to work alongside a Resident Company of theatre professionals to enrich the community and New Mexico State University’s Department of Theatre Arts’ students. In the last ten years alone, over 175,000 patrons have attended ASTC/NMSU performances at the Hershel Zohn Theatre (Now, the newly built Center of the Arts building at NMSU). An additional 110,000 area elementary school children have been provided with free theatre performances through the award-winning “Theatre for Young Audiences” program. Another 5,000 high school students have seen matinee performances at a reduced cost.
Contact: PO Box 30001; MSC 3072 • Las Cruces, NM 88003
575.646.4517 • http://theatre.nmsu.edu/astc
Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra
Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra – Under the baton of Music Director / Conductor Dr. Lonnie Klein, the Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra is a select professional ensemble that performs a wide variety of pieces from the standard orchestral repertoire. Each year the Symphony’s 80-member ensemble performs six classical concerts and four educational outreach programs. Additionally, members of the Orchestra also take part in special performances like the “Mariachi Cobre,” a new Family Concert and in chamber music runouts to schools in our city and surrounding rural areas. Principal players and Artist Faculty at NMSU provide leadership in the Orchestra.
Contact: PO Box 1622 • Las Cruces, NM 88004
575.646.3709 • www.lascrucessymphony.com
Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference
Las Cruces International Mariachi Conference – The exciting cultural event of the year in the regional Southwest, the Spectacular Concert is a performance of international recording artists joined by world-renowned Mariachi groups at Pan American Center, NMSU. The Spectacular Concert showcases over 750 workshop students in performance with world-class musicians and dancers during the staged opening numbers. An audience of over 7,000 attends the traditional performance. Visitors from the regional area and across America travel to Las Cruces to attend this truly Spectacular Concert.
Contact: 1298 Med Park Dr • Las Cruces, NM 88005
575.525.1735 • www.lascrucesmariachi.org
Choral Ensembles At NMSU
Doña Ana Lyric Opera – Choral ensembles at NMSU include: the University Singers, Masterworks Chorus, Concert Choir, Gospel Choir, Campus Choir, Crimson Chord Company and the Doña Ana Lyric Opera. The opera presents four shows a year, including a Broadway musical using high school students in the summer. There are two traditional operas performed each fall, spring and summer, using New Mexico State University students and visiting professionals. Shows are at the NMSU Music Center Recital Hall.
Contact: David A Klement P.O. Box 30001, MSC 3F • Las Cruces, NM 88003
575.646.1306 • http://music.nmsu.edu
Mesilla Valley Concert Band
The Mesilla Valley Concert Band was founded in 1987 through the joint efforts of Dr. William Clark, Mr. John Schutz, and Mr. Mike White. First called the Mesilla Valley Community Band, the group began with 30 participants who answered an advertisement Dr. Clark placed in the local newspaper. The concert band has now grown to an ensemble of around 100 performers, ranging in age from 18 to 90, with many full-time musicians and music teachers, local business people, educators, retirees and students. The band also includes players who have progressed through the New Horizons Band under Dr. Clark.
Contact: 1300-G El Paseo Rd Box 141 • Las Cruces, NM 88001
NMSU Dance Program
The New Mexico State University Dance Program’s goals are to inspire and train the next generation of movement educators and performers. The program and the Pan American Dance Institute are host to three performing companies (Dance Sport Team, Contemporary Dance, and Sol Y Arena) and two dance clubs (Dance Society, DanceSport Club.) Performances are regularly scheduled throughout the year at various locations around the region.
Contact: P.O. Box 30001, MSC 3M • Las Cruces, NM 88003
575. 646.2070 • http://education.nmsu.edu/hpdr/dance/
Las Cruces Civic Concert Association
MESILLA VALLEY INTERNATIONAL FOLK DANCERS
LAS CRUCES CHAMBER BALLET
BALLET FOLKLORICO DE LA TIERRA DEL ENCANTO
Las Cruces Grande Sweet Adeline Chorus
Argentine Tango Group
Southern New Mexico Music & Dance Society
BIG BAND ON THE RIO GRANDE
BIG BAND DANCE CLUB
LAS CRUCES SYMPHONY GUILD
MESILLA VALLEY CHORALE
Venues / Theatres
NMSU Pan American Center
The Pan American Center is a 13,000-seat multi-purpose arena located on the grounds of New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The Center is the home court for the men and women’s basketball teams and women’s volleyball team of New Mexico State University. Additionally, some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry have graced the Pan American Center’s stage.
Las Cruces, NM 88003
Atkinson Recital Hall
With its 512-seat capacity and newly installed state-of-the-art sound system, performances in the Atkinson Recital Hall are truly an excellent entertainment experience. Annual events include the ASNMSU Cultural Series, the Dona Ana Lyric Opera Series and the NMSU Choirs Series.
1075 North Horseshoe
Las Cruces, NM 88003
Rio Grande Theatre
The Rio Grande Theatre is a 422-seat, state-of-the-art performing arts facility with a forty-foot fly loft, dressing rooms, digital projector, sound and lighting equipment, acoustical panels, refrigerated air, a refurbished lobby, and gallery spaces. It also contains the offices of the Doña Ana Arts Council.
211 N Downtown Mall
Las Cruces, NM 88001
Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts
The Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts is a year-round venue for world-class performances in theater, music and dance. An aristocrat among theaters, the $22-million structure is splendid and elegant, yet intimate and welcoming. In its 514-seat hall, you’ll encounter a powerful experience of the performing arts, outstanding acoustics, intimate seating, and artistry of the highest caliber.
108 Spencer Road
Alto, NM 88312
(575) 336-4800 (local)
(888) 818-7872 (toll free)
NMSU Center for the Arts
The Center for the Arts is designed to consolidate NMSU’s arts programs into one centralized location. The building is designed to house a performance space with 466 seats, a 74-foot-high fly tower and full theater and dance support areas (rehearsal room, green room, sound and equipment rooms, dressing rooms, costume shop, scene and prop storage). The structure also will contain public space (lobby, restrooms, box office), shared classrooms, a home for the NMSU theater department, and building support (storage, loading dock). In the brand new $38 million dollar Center for the Arts building, we are confident you’ll understand why NMSU Theatre Arts offers the best undergraduate training in the southwest!
31000 East University Avenue
Las Cruces, NM 88003
Black Box Theatre
This theater is the home of the No Strings Theatre Company, presenting plays mostly by contemporary, little-known or local playwrights. Creating opportunities for Las Crucens to see less traditional theatre forms such as puppet theatre, improvisation, and performance art.
430 N Downtown Mall
Las Cruces, NM 88001
Built in 1905, the Fountain Theatre is New Mexico’s oldest movie house, and in the early days, presented both cinema and vaudeville performances. It also bears the distinction of being the only continuously operating movie theatre in the state and is home to the Mesilla Valley Film Society.
2469 Calle De Guadalupe
Mesilla, NM 88046
Las Cruces Community Theatre
Las Cruces Community Theatre is an all volunteer non-profit organization for the community and by the community. It is the public’s theatre and all interested people are invited to join in the effort to present quality live theatre at a reasonable price.
313 N Downtown Mall
Las Cruces, NM 88001
Oñate Performing Arts Center
This is a 592 -eat performing arts center for the Las Cruces Public School District.
5700 Mesa Grande Dr
Las Cruces, NM 88011
ACT – A Children’s Theatre of the Mesilla Valley
Teaches theatre, film performance and production skills to young people, while developing in them an appreciation and love of the arts. Located in the Mesilla Park Recreation Center Auditorium
304 West Bell
Las Cruces, NM 88005