Workshop Descriptions



“IMPROV”        By Teddy Aspen-Sanchez

Basic Improv Techniques (or Advanced Techniques, depending on the group!)

Learn about the 3 basic rules, the CROW theory, instant characters with VAPAPO technique. Story structures.

Teddy Aspen-Sanchez is a graduate of the Improv Asylum in Boston, MA in 2002 and has studied internationally with Second City, Annoyance Theatre, Second City Toronto and the Bad Dog Theatre, as well as studying under nationally known improv instructors and directors.


“ACTING FOR THE CAMERA”  By Jon Barr and Anne Beck

Preparation for the fundamentals of acting for the camera with a particular attention to the actor’s use of self and being in the moment.

The workshop covers audition techniques; readings; and short scenes introducing basic techniques of shot size and eye line.

Anne Beck is Professor in the Department of Theatre and Digital Filmmaking at ENMU where she teaches acting, directing, history and dramatic criticism and directs annually in the studio and mainstage seasons. Dr. Beck has a Ph.D. in Theatre for the City University of New York, Graduate Center and MFA in Directing from Columbia University.

Jon Barr is an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Digital Filmmaking at ENMU where he teaches screenwriting, directing and acting for the camera, and film history. He directs plays at Eastern and his short films have been screened at festivals in New Mexico and around the world. He has an MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University.


Professional Development: “PROMOTING YOUR SHOW – TIPS, TRICKS & TRAPS” (PD)             By Mark Boudreau

 Sell Out! Settle for nothing less. Promote your shows/events the RIGHT way, while enhancing your brand.

You've created this amazing show/event. And it's got everything – talent and crew, awesome staging, super production values. It's a must-see. Congrats! Now What? Your work has just begun, as all of that means nothing unless you tell the potential audience about it. Prospective audiences have to be made aware of your show/event in order to attend. And that's where great PR and marketing enter the picture. Branding expert Mark Boudreau will walk you through the tips, tricks and traps to selling out every seat every time while growing and showing your brand. 



 Sell Out! Settle for nothing less. Promote your shows/events the RIGHT way, while enhancing your brand.

You've created this amazing show/event. And it's got everything – talent and crew, awesome staging, super production values. It's a must-see. Congrats! Now What? Your work has just begun, as all of that means nothing unless you tell the potential audience about it. Prospective audiences have to be made aware of your show/event in order to attend. And that's where great PR and marketing enter the picture. Branding expert Mark Boudreau will walk you through the tips, tricks and traps to selling out every seat every time while growing and showing your brand.

Mark Boudreau (Marketing Whisperer) is a branding expert with over 35 years’ experience working for agencies Ogilvy & Mather, J. Brown, Crispin-Porter & Bogusky, for clients such as American Express, Budweiser, Sprint-NASCAR and many others.  Mr. Boudreau was heavily involved in the launch and promotions of the Coachella and Bonnaroo festivals as well as the branding and PR of numerous musical tours, Wash. DC-based theatres, non-profits and US Government agencies. He is an awarded Digital Marketing Expert and considered an expert in the social media arena. Having lived in New York, Chicago and San Francisco he currently resides in the Washington, DC area. 



Students will learn the basics of “Scanning” Shakespearean verse, explore the connections between Shakespeare and Hip Hop, and perform some Hip Hop.

The workshop will begin with a study of iambic pentameter (how to scan the text). Videos will be shown (Ted Ed Talks) that discuss the connections between Shakespeare and Hip Hop. Then, to a provided beat, students will perform individual lines of iambic pentameter in the Hip Hop style.


“CLOWNING AROUND”          By Darin Cabot

Students will be instructed in a method for developing a clown. This is an exploration on developing clown/mask work skills.

The instructor will demonstrate using mirror work to develop a clown who will then be permitted to explore the space, interact with people, and manipulate props. Ideas will be discussed of how to go about developing routines for clowns.



Students will learn multiple, safe methods for a “stage slap” and will be asked to use these methods to choreograph a short fight scene.

After receiving instruction in three separate methods of delivering and receiving a “stage slap,” students will be given a short scene/side from “Moonlight and Magnolias” for which they will develop an original slap-fight.

Session 1 – Music Bldg. Choir Room

Darin Cabot holds a BA in Theatre Arts from New Mexico State University, an MFA in Acting from Alabama (Roll Tide!) and has performed in New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Havana Cuba, and New York City. He teaches Theatre and English at Centennial High School in Las Cruces.



The purpose of this presentation is fourfold: 1) to compare and contrast styles and techniques commonly found in the various forms of the medium; 2) to dispel a few of the common misconceptions about the art form; 3) to examine the aspects that make theater music a valuable medium of expression; and 4) to explore some diversities and artistic freedoms within the medium.

Lon W. Chaffin has been an educator, choral director, and administrator for thirty-five years. His career as a composer spans over four decades. His output includes all types of chamber music, music for wind band, choral music, and music for the theatre.

            His opportunities to compose for the theatre have included original music for Moliere’s The Imaginary Invalid and music for a stage piece entitled Judas, for one actor and chamber ensemble. Through a grant from the Meadows Foundation, he was provided the opportunity to write the lyrics and compose the music for a series of five summer musicals based on the writings of author William A. Owens. Excerpts from these productions were included in a PBS documentary on the life of Dr. Owens — Frontier Boy, hosted by Bill Moyers.

            Dr. Chaffin wrote the lyrics, composed the scores, and produced two other shows — DayStar, a two-act rock opera, and Once Upon a Rhyme, a musical for children based on nursery rhymes. In a more classical vein, he wrote the stories, libretti, and scores for three operas – a two-act opera, Beyond the Thorn; a one-act opera, Grant and Grace, which received its national premiere by the Boston Metro Opera; and his most recent work, The Verloren Opera: A Tale of Lost Love.

            Dr. Chaffin most recently wrote original music for the NMSU production of The River Bride.



“STORY PLAYING, NOT STORY TELLING”         By Terry S. Davis, Enchantment Awards

Plays and musicals do more than tell stories; they show them. What's the key difference between telling a story and showing it? What materials do playwrights, lyricists, and composers give to actors? How do you make that material yours? We'll explore the basis for theatrical storytelling — emotion — and help students find their way to the emotions of a scene, giving them permission to do so, and helping them know why this is important in the playing of a story on stage. Suitable for novices and experienced actors

Terry Davis is co-producer of the New Mexico High School Musical Theatre Awards (the Enchantment Awards). He has an MFA from The University of New Mexico in Dramatic Writing and was co-winner of the Jean Kennedy Smith Playwriting Award at the American College Theater Festival, Kennedy Center. He has directed for Musical Theatre Southwest, The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque Little Theatre, Aux Dog Theatre, The Vortex Theatre, and more. He has acted with all those companies and more.



“AUDITION WORKSHOP”         By Nick DeGruccio

Songs and/or monologue coaching for auditions.

As a director who has seen thousands of professional auditions, DrGruccio can begin to teach you the specifics of having a successful audition. You will hear what directors look for in the initial audition and how to be remembered and/or get the callback.




Come explore ways in which the stage voice can be as musical as the singing voice and add more meaning to your acting.

Text is full of subtext. This workshop is intended to help you convey more meaning through the music of the language in connection to the music of the voice. We will not only explore pitch, volume, tempo, and rhythm but also how vowels and consonants can become an orchestra. *Please come dressed to move.


“YOU GOT A CALLBACK! NOW WHAT?”         By Nichole Hamilton

Learn how to analyze and score a script quickly, share focus with your scene partner, and find the ease and confidence you want to succeed in your next callback.

We often work so much on our audition monologue that we neglect thenext important audition—the callback. Sometimes we know the play, sometimes we don’t. We may or may not know our auditioning partner. We may have very little time to prepare. In this workshop, we will explore clues from the script that guide us to character intent, relationships, and action. We find ways to score (or mark) the scene for ease and readability, and tips on how to connect with your partner so the copy in your hand doesn’t upstage the most important part: YOU. *Please come with pencils and highlighters and something to write on. Scenes will be provided.

Nichole Hamilton is an Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts at New Mexico State University having previously taught at University of Florida where she also earned a Master of Fine Arts in Acting. Nichole is a proud member of Actors Equity Association and has worked in regional theatre all over the country for 20 years. For more info:



“CHARACTER CREATION”       By Wil Kilroy

Students will be introduced to a variety of techniques in order to create unique characters, and be led in character improvisation


Professional Development: “ACTING TECHNIQUES OF MICHAEL CHEKHOV FOR TEACHERS” (PD)*         By Wil Kilroy

* Students welcome to participate

Participants will be given a variety of acting techniques attributed to Michael Chekhov.

Wil Kilroy is the Department Head for Theatre Arts at New Mexico State University and Managing Director of the American Southwest Theatre Company in residence at NMSU.  Wil also holds Professor Emeritus status at the University of Southern Maine, and is the co-founder and Vice President of the National Michael Chekhov Association which holds national/international acting workshops. Acting roles range from Steve in Becky’s New Car to an alien on Babylon Five, he’s an alumni guest artist with the State Ballet of Rhode Island and has directed several productions chosen for Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festivals. Wil was awarded the Kennedy Center bronze medallion for achievement in Theatre Education in 2014. 



Make your stage acting chops work for you on a film/tv set! Includes Q & A, hand-outs and a mock audition.

Have you ever wondered what an actual film or television audition consists of? How does it differ from a theatre audition? Will you ever be able to use your acting and musical theatre training in a corporate setting? Apply what you already know, grow your toolkit in this popular, interactive master class designed by its participants: YOU! Handouts and resource info aplenty. Come ready to get on your feet in a mock audition!


“THE BUSINESS OF THE BUSINESS—NO BUSINESS, NO SHOW!”                                        By Ries McCormick

How to get started as a freelance working actor, A to Z!

We’ll talk about agents, casting directors, marketing yourself, knowing your brand, technology and auditioning long distance, networking, professional actors’ unions, and much more in this practical master class.

Reis McCormick is an award-winning performer who brings a wealth of experience to the subject of acting. A 33 year veteran of stage and screen, her resume includes regional theater, summer stock and tours, plus thousands of television and radio commercials, industrial narration and spokesperson roles, video games, as well as Indie film and network television from Barney to Breaking Bad. In this workshop, explore techniques that work specifically for camera.




Use Meisner’s repetition exercises to explore how to live truthfully in the moment.

Curious about the Meisner Technique and how it relates to Stanislavsky's objective work? In this workshop we'll use Meisner's repetition exercises to explore how to live truthfully in the moment with a partner, while still going after what your character wants. This workshop is taught by certified Meisner teacher, Kim McKean.​

Kim McKean is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of Texas at El Paso where she teaches acting and directing for both stage and screen, and directs annually for the university's mainstage. Her production of Lydia by Octavio Solis won multiple national awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, including “Outstanding Director of a Play” and “Outstanding Production of a Play." Kim has a particular interest in new plays and new play development, and she is developing several new projects with her company, Lodestar Productions. She has an MFA from University of California–Irvine, is a member of SAG-AFTRA and Actors Equity Association, and she is certified to teach the Meisner Technique. 



This workshop is REQUIRED for all seniors auditioning for scholarships during the festival. There are two sessions available. We will go over required materials, explain what to expect, help you with how to best present yourself, and answer any questions you may have.  



“STAND UP FOR YOURSELF: An Intro to Stand Up Comedy”  By Zac Stearn


“ASK ME ANYTHING: An Insider Tells You Everything You Want To Know About Show Biz”      By Zac Stearn

Zac Stearn is a comedian, actor, singer, musician, and all around entertainer. Over the past few years, Zac’s shows have gotten better and bigger. From hosting concerts with headlining bands such as "Prospect Hill,” to performing his show to an audience of hundreds, Zac has built a career on his ideas and his imagination. Zac was a guest artist at New Mexico State University in May, 2018, and inspired the Theatre majors, faculty and staff with his one-man show.



Ever think about what it takes to be a character in an animation film or series?

Join Deborah Stone, director of the international series, The Adventures of Azzu and Gazzu, as she takes you through the steps of getting a voice-over demo, the audition process and creating your character for film.

Stone will also cover the basis of getting a demo reel put together and how to reach out to an agent. The workshop is very interactive and fun! Deborah is always looking for new voices, so be sure and join the Wacky World of Animation! 



So you have a great idea for a television series or movie – but how do you get started? Let’s get started with the basics – starting with the script!

Learn the process of making a movie from writing the script, finding locations, casting and the final stage of post-production. A great introduction to film making for both the student and teacher, presented by Deborah Stone, international producer/director.

Deborah Stone started her career in the entertainment industry as an actor in Dallas, Texas. After several years of being cast in commercials and television projects she and her family moved to New Jersey, where she was represented by the William Morris Agency, NY. During this time, she discovered her love for production and especially writing, and began working with TV One Productions where within two years became a director. 

            After moving back to Dallas in the early 2000s, she opened her own production company, Silverstone Productions. Over the years she has produced numerous commercials, several music videos, directed two national series, and produced feature films. Some of her industrial clients include; The Smithsonian Institute, The National Science Center, NASA, and The Bible Museum, Washington, D.C.  She has worked for several networks producing talk shows and episodic television.   

            In 2017 she directed the animated feature film, The Adventures of Azzu and Gazzu, and has both domestic and foreign distribution. In 2017 she received an International Award for directing and writing the PBS documentary on the life of Thomas Kinkade, and is currently working on a project with Dr. Daniel Wallace, following his search for ancient Greek New Testament manuscripts throughout Europe and the Middle East, to preserve and digitize. She is represented as a writer/producer by Jeff Witjas, Agency for the Performing Arts, LA & NY.


“BROADWAY BASH”   By Lisette Tarin

Come take a fun, energetic Broadway dance class that is sure to get you sweatin’!

Broadway Bash is a high intensity class for those that love Broadway and Broadway choreography. No formal dance training is needed at all! By the end of this class, you will learn a fun Broadway piece that is sure to get you dancin’, singin’ and sweatin’!

Lisette Tarin is a graduate of New Mexico State University. She received a Bachelors of Arts in Dance with a minor in Marketing in December 2007. Lisette has taught and coached dance teams around the Southwest region to include: El Paso, Albuquerque and most recently Las Cruces. She has judged for the National Cheerleading Association, National Dance Alliance and Superior Festivals competitions.

            Lisette has gone on to receive two NM teaching certifications with endorsements in Performing Arts and Physical Education. Lisette became dance faculty with the NMSU dance program in Fall 2011 instructing lecture and online sections of Dance Appreciation (DANC 101). Lisette retired from Dancers Unlimited of NMSU after 13 wonderful years in the company.

            She is currently director of the LCHS Theatre program and sponsor to the LCHS Bulldawg Poms. Her favorite dance styles to choreograph and perform are Jazz, Contemporary, and Pom. In the near future, Lisette aspires to receive her Masters in Arts Administration. Through all her experiences in the dance and performing arts community, her passion in life remains to share her passion of dance with others! 


“GOTTA SING! THE RIGHT SONG…”    By Greg Thompson

Choosing the right song is critical for a musical theatre audition and we will look at the basics of making that choice and preparing it well.

We’ll start with a group warmup and talk about some basic techniques you can take home with you. Then we will listen to prepared pieces from students who have them. From there, we will talk about specific points to follow when selecting a song, and we’ll discuss repertoire and “building your audition book.” *Please wear comfortable clothing, but not too loose. If your hair is going to be in your face, put it up please. If you have a song prepared, please be ready to sing it for us and if you have recorded accompaniment bring it, just in case. A bottle of water is a great idea. And of course your best smile!


“SO YOU THINK YOU CAN’T DANCE?”           By Greg Thompson

Learn how to do it and learn how to fake it. Basic skills and how to learn quicker will be covered.

We’ll start with some basic steps that every performer needs to know, from tap to turns. You’ll learn proper technique so you can take it home and perfect it and then show it off in auditions and onstage. A short sequence will be taught using the steps we’ve learned. We’ll talk about how to break it down and learn it faster and what directors and choreographers watch for in an audition. *Come dressed to dance. Please have: comfortable clothes, but not too loose. If your hair is going to be in your face, put it up. Dance shoes or leather-soled shoes, if possible. Bring water and your best smile!

Greg Thompson is an award-winning film and theatre artist and has been a member of Actor’s Equity Association, Society of Directors and Choreographers, and is SAG-AFTRA eligible. For more than three decades, Thompson has served as director and/or choreographer, actor, singer, dancer and production designer for nearly 300 theatrical, film and media productions throughout the US. His work has encompassed theatre, musical theatre, opera, light opera, dance, academic theatre, corporate theatre, film, television, radio, cruise ship and theme park entertainment. In addition to his production work, Thompson has held teaching positions with several colleges, universities and performing arts high schools throughout the eastern US, including the acclaimed DeKalb Center for the Arts in Atlanta, GA. Additionally, Thompson developed and implemented several courses of study for therapeutic dance and drama for the Kennedy Center’s VSA program, including the New Visions Ballet Curriculum for the blind.

            He was most recently seen in Las Cruces Community Theatre’s production of Legally Blonde as Professor Callahan. Other stage roles include Don Lockwood in Singin’ In The Rain, Joe/Josephine in Some Like It Hot, Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar, the Emcee in Cabaret, Billy Crocker in Anything Goes and Curly in Oklahoma.

            Thompson’s film/television work spans more than 50 features, shorts and series. In 2006 he made his debut as film director/producer/screenwriter with Swimming To The Moon, which took the prestigious “Audience Choice” award in its festival debut, followed by Down A Dark Road, another award-winning short film in 2007 and the more recent MINE, which won two audience choice and two jury awards for best short film. In 2013 he launched the Silver Springs International Film Festival and Ocala Film Foundation, now in its sixth year, for which we serves as Founding Festival Director and Consultant.

            Thompson has worked with such notable performers as Jennifer Holliday, Marcia Lewis, Kenneth Brannagh, Ewan McGregor, Renee Zellweger, Sophia Loren, Melanie Griffith, Tippi Hendren, Cliff Robertson, John Cullum, Jodi Benson, and Susie Ouderkirk.

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