Awesome Opportunity!

In February, Ms. Beck submitted a grant proposal to The New Mexico Department of Health’s Office of School and Adolescent Health for the Positive Youth Development Youth Leadership Track/Youth Team

The scholarship is an awesome opportunity for Youth to learn from their peers about various adolescent health topics, network, learn, build leadership skills and have fun.

The scholarship covers registration for the Positive Youth Development Track at the 19th Annual Head 2 Toe Conference, breakfast, snack and lunches, hotel rooms, fees, and workshop materials.

NMDOH announced that PAPA’s YouthCHAT team (8 students plus Ms. Beck) was selected to receive full scholarships for the Positive Youth Development Track at The 19th Annual Head 2 Toe Conference at the Hyatt in Downtown Albuquerque on April 15-17, 2015. Thank you to NMDOH and Tessa Medina Lucero for this opportunity!

PAPA Student Performs in La Boheme

PAPA Student Alivia Abernathy will be in this production – here’s the details:

Opera Southwest, Puccini’s La Bohème

March 22, 25, 27 & 29, 2015

7:30 pm-Wednesday & Friday

2 pm-Sundays

Albuquerque Journal Theatre

$12, $22, $32, $52, $62, $72, $77, $82, group rates available

La Bohème is a fully staged opera with orchestra, sung in Italian with English supertitles, and presented in two acts with one intermission. One of the most famous, popular and enduring operatic classics, this tale of love and loss in 19thcentury Paris is filled with some of opera’s most beautiful and recognizable music. Whether you are experiencing it for the first or fifteenth time, La Bohème never fails to touch the heart.

One Man Show

Congratulations to PAPA student, Skye Ward for having a one man show of his art at the NM Developmental Disabilities Planning Council Bldg. at 625 Silver SW, Suite 100.  Here’s some photos!

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PAPA and Paws to People

8th grader Casey Combs brought a request to the Middle School Student Council to support the Paws to People organization.  Paws to People joins the fight against catastrophic diseases like cancer, epilepsy, dementia–there are nearly 400+ diseases shared by humans and animals.

PawstoPeople Our PAPA students rose to the task and collected 562 pairs of shoes!  The Paws to People representative stated this is the most shoes collected from a single source so far!  Ms. Montoya’s 5th period dance class collected 180 pairs of shoes. Check out the Paws to People facebook page!!/PawsToPeople

PAPA’s Advanced Flamenco Students Take Master Class

Adriana Maresma, professional flamenco dancer/choreographer from Jerez, Spain, spent three days, from 3pm to 4pm, with the PAPA advanced flamenco class, teaching technique and setting original choreography.

: bailaora, choreographer, instructor

Adriana Maresma Fois Flamenco show in Seattle, Wa 11-29-2013“Adriana Maresma Fois’ insides are on fire; she fights with intensity and uninhibited vehemence.”- Neue Luzerner Newspaper, Switzerland.

Adriana’s unique fire and elegance are what have marked her style and personality as a highly recognized artist. Her impassioned performances and choreographies have conquered stages throughout North and South America, Asia and Europe including NYC Metropolitan Opera, Festival Flamenco Albuquerque,Vancouver Flamenco Festival, and International ¨GYPSY tour in Europe.

Adriana’s vast professional experience has given her the opportunity to work with celebrated artists and companies including María Benítez Teatro Flamenco Company, Joaquín Ruíz, Javier Latorre, Plácido Domingo, Carmen Linares, The Boston Pops, Flamencos En-Route European Touring Company , Antonio ¨El Pipa¨Company..

Adriana received her B.A. in Dance and Photography from the University of New Mexico. She has continued growing as a professional studying in Madrid, Sevilla and Jerez   (where she resides now over 15 years).

As choreographer, Adriana’s piece, ¨La Puerta de Mi Sangre, won First Prize and Best Stylization in the Bento International Dance Festival, Brazil. She also has worked extensively dancing and choreographing for opera, such as The Avenches Ópera, Switzerland.

Most recently, AM Flamenco Danza, Adriana´s own company, based in Jerez, Spain, did a six city tour in the United States with the soul searching creation of ¨POESÍA FLAMENCA¨,

“Powerful and skilled… Yerma (dancer, Adriana Maresma Fois) dances her frustration, her wild-bird hands and her storm weather shifts are given new meaning…”

Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine

George Nason Drama Festival Wrap-up


PAPA Theatre was thrilled to participate in The George Nason Drama Showcase Festival at Cleveland High School and Valley High School on November 13 & 14th. Students watched performances by Cleveland High School, Mazano High School, Albuquerque High School, Atrisco Heritage Academy, Valley High School, Eldorado High School, Nex+Gen Academy, Del Norte High School, Cibola High School, Highland High School, Los Lunas High School, and Eisenhower & Hoover Middle School’s Drama Clubs.

Students attended workshops on Writing Theatre Reviews, Shakespeare, Improv, Cold Reads, Auditions,
Dramatic Action, Film Acting, Theatre Technology and Scene Work.

The festival was adjudicated by Dr. Anne Beck of ENMU, Ms. Robin Lane, and Ms. Lori Stewart.
Ms. Paula Stein organized the festival.

PAPA Senior Victoria Arellano was the student adjudicator for Atrisco Heritage Academy and Eldorado High School. PAPA’s advanced acting class was asked to close the festival with our dramedy, 4 A.M. by Jonathan Dorf. Our performance was a success and we received no negative feedback during the public critique.

Than you to the host schools, adjudicators, students, staff and Ms. Stein for this amazing theatre festival!