Congratulations to Denise Reyes, National Geographic Future Voices of New Mexico Winner!

Denise Reyes, PAPA 11th grader is the 1st place winner of the National Geographic Future Voices of New Mexico Film Contest for her PSA film “Family Dinner.”  $300 for 1st place and an awesome film.
The festival took place yesterday 3.25.14 in Santa Fe at the Lensic Performance Art Center.  PAPA Film and Media were unable to attend because of NMSBA testing conflicts.  However, we were able to send a PAPA Senior delegation to attend and accept the award.  Thanks to our awesome PAPA Seniors as well.
Congratulations to all PAPA Filmmakers and Photographers that participated in this years contest.  Beautiful work by all.
We will be posting our photos and films on our PAPA Film and Media Facebook page, PAPArazzi.

PAPA Student Wins Logo Contest

Asociacion Nacional de Grupos Folkloricos (ANGF) hosted its first annual logo contest. Students were asked to come up with a design that depicts Albuquerque. One picture stood out from all the rest of the other entries – the logo designed by Sarah Sprouse. Her artwork will be featured in ANGF conference materials in the end of July 2014.

Thespian Success

PAPA’s Thespian Troupe attended the NM State Thespian Festival on Friday & Saturday, January 17 & 18, 2014.

Danae Otero score the highest in the Solo Musical Theatre category. She was selected to perform in the Showcase at Festival and advanced to Nationals. Nik Hoover scored the highest in the Costume Design and Construction category. He was selected to share his designs in the Showcase at Festival and advanced to Nationals. 5 other PAPA Thespians received “superior” marks and also qualify to advance to Nationals. Nationals are June 23-28, 2014 inLincoln, Nebraska.

Congratulations PAPA Thespian Troupe!

Awesome News!

Taylor Williamson won first prize in the Student under 18 division of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Photography Competition for his photo “Badlands.” It will be published in the next issue of O’Keeffe Magazine next month.

PAPA establishes Partnership with Working Classroom.

On January 14, 2014, Ms. Meggan Gomez, Theatre Director at Working Classroom,
visited Ms. Beck’s theatre classes in order to share information about Working Classroom’s scholarship opportunities to attend after school acting classes and art classes. Students learned that through Working Classroom’s programming, they could obtain free tutoring, low cost ($10 per session) acting and art classes, college scholarships and paid internships! Any PAPA student can apply, and
needs to see Ms. Beck for an application. Applications for the February session at Working Classroom are due January 24, 2014. Also, Ms. Gomez and Ms. Beck will be collaborating to build a partnership between PAPA and Working Classroom, so stay tuned for more exciting info! Visit Working Classroom’s website at

Ms Beck has set up a partnership with the new artistic director of Working Classroom, a non-profit arts organization located in Barelas, which offers after school classes in art and theatre. She will be nominating students from PAPA to be considered for these scholarships. The classes take place M-T, starting at 4pm, which means that students in an 8th period class aren’t eligible. Students don’t have to be enrolled in an art class or theatre class to be considered!

Teachers may nominate a student in grades 8-12 by emailing or students can request an application from Ms Beck.

Please congratulate Noah Glasier (Withrow), who was nominated and selected for the current class scholarship in theatre at Working Classroom!

Questions – contact Ms Beck!

Juliette A. Beck, M.A., Level II
Theatre Dept. Head/Thespian Troupe Director/Theatre Teacher
Public Academy for Performing Arts

Trick or Treat so Kids Can Eat Food Drive

ThespianFoodDrivePAPA’s Thespians collected over 255 pounds of food for their fall
food drive, “Trick or Treat so Kids Can Eat”!
Please click on the photo link to see them pose with their “haul”.
The food was donated to Abq’s Storehouse, which serves families in need.
Thanks to everyone for your support!