Letter from the Chair

Welcome, I am proud to be the chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance working with a world-class faculty ensemble that choreographs, designs, directs, performs, researches and writes for some of the most prestigious national and international artistic venues in ongoing collaborations. We bring all this knowledge and experience to our students and productions as we are committed to academic excellence and professional placement.

Our mission is to provide students with contemporary training in our state-of-the-art facilities, helping them to become competitive in their respective fields.  Our department is invested in education and art-making, breaking boundaries and sharing our knowledge, offering students the opportunity to learn and gain experience in all facets of the Performing Arts for stage and screen. We encourage students to explore traditional as well as experimental and controversial subjects through both our curriculum and our production season.

In addition the Department supports the Tricklock Company, through its Revolutions International Theatre Festival, involving students in performances and workshops with a unique global perspective. 

With our partnership with the National Institute of Flamenco we host the Flamenco International Festival, bringing the finest, most exciting traditional and cutting edge choreographers and performers from Spain, offering performances, workshops, and master classes.

We are the only US member school participating in The Asia Theatre Education Centre (ATEC), headquartered at the Central Academy of Drama in Beijing, China. UNM students have been presenting their work as part of the festival and also viewing productions from China, Japan, Korea, India, Mongolia, Russia, Australia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Singapore.

Our students have been performing for over a decade in the acclaimed “Hannibal,” a multimillion-dollar site-specific performance in Sölden, Austria, with the department and college financial and artistic support.

A continuing and vibrant partnership between the University of New Mexico Dance Program and American Dance Legacy Initiative (ADLI) housed at Brown University, originated the Dancing Legacy: Southwest Project. This partnership has allowed our students to travel to Bak School for the Performing Arts (Florida), New York State Summer School for the Arts at Skidmore College, and Brown University offering profound experiences with the technique and choreography of David Parsons, Robert Battle, Donald McKayle and others. In 2013, UNM was the site of an ADLI residency that helped develop Limón Etude based upon the choreography of 20th century master José Limón, choreographed by Carla Maxwell, artistic director of the Limón Company.

We are committed to exposing our students to the wealth of historic and contemporary dance at the highest level of artistic rigor and embodied learning, and have been the site of re-stagings of the work of Martha Graham in collaboration with the Martha Graham Dance Company, as well as a rare reconstruction of a work by dance pioneer Hanya Holm.

The Linnell Festival of New Plays represents the diversity and specificity of New Mexican culture, where professional directors, generally from New York, LA or Chicago, direct selected student works from the MFA in Dramatic Writing, offer stories and characters that directly address the concerns of our community. It provides writers with the critical experience of seeing their work in front of a paying audience while forging important connections between the UNM Theatre Department and the national theatre community.

I encourage prospective students to contact us for any additional information beyond what the site can provide and feel free to visit our facilities. We will be happy to take you on a guided tour, If you are an alumnus/alumna or an individual interested in supporting the arts at the University of New Mexico, you know that we will always be here for you.

Vladimir Conde Reche
Department Chair

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