NMSF Education-Outreach Programs

The  New  Mexico Shakespeare Festival Education-Outreach Program is committed to sharing our love of Shakespeare’s work with students and curious people of all ages in and around Albuquerque and beyond.

Our Education-Outreach Programs include: Shakespeare to You, Shakes on a Train, and In the Rehearsal Hall. As part of our commitment to making Shakespeare’s work accessible to as many people as possible, we provide most of our outreach programs free of charge.


Shakes on a Train

Saturdays in June

See below for more information about Shakespeare performances on the New Mexico Rail Runner Express!

Shakespeare to you!

We bring Shakespeare to you!

If you have a classroom full of students (of any age), a community group interested in expanding their knowledge and appreciation of the Bard, or an event that lends itself to a visit from Elizabethan characters, we’ve got you covered!

Our teaching-artists will tailor an event to meet your needs. 

What we offer:

Workshops – interactive educational experiences that get participants up on their feet and into Shakespeare’s world

Lectures – multimedia lectures that are educational and entertaining, and sometimes include actors performing scenes to enhance the lecture material.

Performances with Q&A Talkbacks – actors from the NMSF perform short scenes, monologues and sonnets relevant to your group’s interests and participate in lively discussions.

Live Performances and Appearances at local events, fairs, and libraries – actors from the NMSF will enrich your event with Shakespearean scenes, monologues and sonnets, performed in Elizabethan dress.

Shakes on a train

“All the world’s a stage…” is not just a quote from Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It,’ but it’s also the driving force behind the collaboration between the New Mexico Rail Runner Express and the New Mexico Shakespeare Festival.

Since 2010, a small team of local actors has been bringing Shakespeare scenes onto the Rail Runner every June. This tradition continues during the 2024 NMSF season and beyond.

Find yourself transported to the world of the Bard as you enjoy your Rail Runner ride between Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

Actors from the NMSF bring fun – and sometimes dramatic – bite-sized morsels of Shakespearean goodness to your trip. Just find your way to the bottom level of the southern-most car of the Rail Runner every Saturday morning in June, for a taste of the current season’s line-up and much more!

Perfomances take place on the northbound #704 and the southbound #707 between the Sandoval Co./US 550 and the Santa Fe Co./NM 599 stops in both directions.

All performances are free to Rail Runner passengers!

In the Rehearsal Hall

They’re some of the greatest stories and most interesting and multi-layered characters in the English language. They have the ability to teach us what it truly means to be human, but they can be so hard to understand!

How do you even begin to comprehend what Shakespeare is trying to tells us through his plays?

Join the New Mexico Shakespeare Festival company as we bring you into the rehearsal space and show you how we approach this challenging language. Through a series of video presentations, we will share with you methods of interpreting meaning, developing character, staging movement, and generally playing in Shakespeare’s world. Through it all, we are sure you’ll see just why these plays still speak to us over 400 years after they were originally written and performed.

Additionally, on our YouTube channel, we have included the two plays from the 2022 NMSF season, Hamlet and Twelfth Night (a bilingual version adapted by director Ana Maria Campoy).

Interested in one of NMSF's outreach Programs?

Send us a Message!

You can also reach out to us directly at: Education@nmshakes.org