About NMAL

In the summer of 2012, a group of Santa Fe actors banded together under the artistic leadership of Robert Benedetti. They shared a passion for theater that addressed issues of social justice and celebrated the human spirit. Their first production was Santa Fe Shakescenes, a series of programs of scenes from Shakespeare arranged around topics like honor and love.

The following year, the group produced A. R. Gurney’s Sylvia at the Santa Fe Playhouse. In 2016, after incorporating as a non-profit company under our present name, we found a home for a season of three plays at the Teatro Paraguas in the up-and-coming Siler-Rufina Arts District, and rented it for the summer. We performed Proof by David Auburn, Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry, and Art by Yasmina Reza. 

The 2017 season included The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, The Quality of Life by Jane Anderson, and Heisenberg by Simon Stephens. We also offered a winter series of monthly free play readings especially for our email subscribers.

In 2018 we expanded to four summer plays, offering The Gin Game by D. L. Coburn, Rapture, Blister, Burn by Gina Gianfriddo, Ages of the Moon by Sam Shepard, and November by David Mamet. We will continue our winter series of monthly free play readings.

With the support of an enthusiastic audience base, generous individual donors, and a grant from New Mexico Arts, the company plans to grow.

Our thanks to everyone who makes our work possible!

 AGES OF THE MOON by Sam Shepard, with Paul Blott and Nicholas Ballas, 2028

AGES OF THE MOON by Sam Shepard, with Paul Blott and Nicholas Ballas, 2028

 The original 2012 ShakeScenes company.

The original 2012 ShakeScenes company.

 DRIVING MISS DAISY by Alfred Uhry, with Suzanne Lederer and Tone Forrest, 2016.

DRIVING MISS DAISY by Alfred Uhry, with Suzanne Lederer and Tone Forrest, 2016.

 HEISENBERG by Simon Stephens with Jonathan Richards and Debrianna Mansini, 2017.

HEISENBERG by Simon Stephens with Jonathan Richards and Debrianna Mansini, 2017.