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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Math Wiz


PAPA student Stephen Harrison scored in the top 10 students out of 1,044 that took the UNM/PNM math competition test.  Stephen had 3 hours to complete the test and he got 9 out of 10 problems correct. The next round of the competition will be in February! Good luck Stephen!

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!

319 Pounds of Food Donated to The Storehouse

PAPA’s International Thespian Society hosted their 2nd annual food drive called Trick or Treat so Kids Can Eat during the month of October.
The PAPA community donated 319 pounds of food
to The Storehouse. To help support The Storehouse, please visit

Thank you to everyone who donated to our food drive!


Photo: PAPA Students help load PAPA’s donations of non-perishable food into The Storehouse truck.