Thank you  for supporting the arts!

We strongly encourage you to be fully vaccinated before attending an event at this venue.
In alignment with current New Mexico public health orders, you are strongly encourage to also wear a mask at all times while indoors, including in the theatre.


With an increase in COVID-19 cases in our state, as well as the prevalent Delta and Omicron variant, we strongly encourage all patrons to become fully vaccinated prior to attending our shows. This is our first and most important way of reducing the devastating health effects of COVID-19 and we request that everyone that can get vaccinated to please do so. It protects both you and our community. In addition, universal indoor masking remains an important strategy of protection. In alignment with the current State of NM Public Heath Order,  all are strongly encouraged  wear a mask while in the Center for the Arts as well as throughout the duration of the performance. If you are experiencing symptoms, regardless of vaccination status, or have had a recent positive COVID-19 test, please wait until you have received a negative COVID-19 test before entering the CFTA. Our policies related to vaccination and COVID-safe practices align with recent guidance from the Office of the Governor, the New Mexico departments of Health and Higher Education, and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. 



OUR 2023-24 SEASON


Carmela Full of Wishes

adapted by Alvaro Saar Rios

based on the book by Matt de la Peña

Directed by Monica Mojica

It’s Carmela’s birthday, and she’s finally old enough to accompany her big brother on his errands. On their way to the laundromat, past fields of what her Mamí calls “flores de cempazuchitl”, Carmela finds a puffy white dandelion to blow, but her brother asks “Did you even make a wish?”  Full of touching and funny fantasies, Carmela must decide what her deepest wish is and she must do it before her birthday is over.



As You Like It

by William Shakespeare

Directed by Larissa Lury


In the forest of Arden, fleeing leaders so paranoid of losing power that they betray their own families, our heroes turn refuge to a place where utopia seems possible. In disguise and hiding (with plenty of high-jinks) they find life and love as their truer selves. Escape to the forest with us this fall!


General Admission: $20.00

Student/Senior/Military: $16.00

Under 18: $10.00


2024 High Desert Play Development


High Desert Play Development was founded in 2005 as a bi-annual program that solicits new plays from 15-20 nationally renowned emerging playwrights. Two playwrights’ plays are selected to participate in a week-long developmental reading program in which a director, a dramaturg, and actors prepare the script for a public staged reading.

$5.00 Donation at-the-door (included in season ticket)
*Seating is first-come first-served!

The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy

book by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice

music & lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Directed by Lisa Hermanson


A comical feast that embraces the wackiness in every family, features an original story and it’s every father’s nightmare: Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family– a man her parents have never met. And if that wasn’t upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before– keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents.  


General Admission: $20.00

Student/Senior/Military: $16.00

Under 18: $10.00



We invite you to join our Center Stage Society!

With a donation of $500 or more  to the American Southwest Theatre Company, you will receive two (2) complimentary season tickets and receive an American Southwest Theatre Company proud supporter license plate along with an ASTC mask!

This donation goes to the American Southwest Theatre Company which supports our students via funding guest artists, travel scholarships, a senior scholarship, and enhancements to our season's productions. 


Below are our different levels of donations, please take a look and contact Melis White, 575-646-5122 or, to arrange your ASTC donation:


ASTC Giving Levels:

Center Stage Society Donation Levels:


While we are having to be flexible with our production season, please know that we will do our very best to provide you with theatrical experiences from our program. We hope you will consider both a season subscription and becoming a donor – our students, faculty, and staff appreciate your support. 

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

With Best Regards,

Wil Kilroy and the faculty, staff, and students of NMSU and ASTC