The Gaza Monologues

Performance debut at the Peñasco Theatre on Saturday, October 8, 2016 at 7pm and Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 2pm.
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Youth Workshop final performance!

Dont miss the final performance of our 2 week youth arts workshop! 40 young people will dazzle and amaze with their new found skills in; dance, theatre, stilts, visual arts, aerials and acrobatics.
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“Tim’s Vermeer” by Tim Jenison, July 16th 7pm

Benefit showing of "Tim's Vermeer" by Tim Jenison for DAPS. 6:30 reception, 7pm showing.  
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Peñasco Theatre Collective operates a community youth arts after–school program providing unique opportunities for self-discovery, physical development, personal and collective empowerment, youth visibility and inter-generational connection through the arts of circus and puppetry.

Summer Youth Workshops

Since its inception in 2001 the Peñasco Theatre Collective Youth Arts Summer Workshop has offered an accessible and professional summer youth arts workshop to a diverse and inclusive group of area youth. Through creative exploration, physical and skills development, and group negotiation, students and Artist/Educators collaborate in a two-week circus arts workshop culminating in a public performance and community potluck.

Live Shows and Events

Peñasco Theater is the home of world-class performance, community open stages with new and emerging local artists, traveling shows and more. Check out our schedule online to see what is coming up next.


The Peñasco Theatre is available for traveling artists shows and community events. Interested in booking the theatre for your event? click here for more information

Artist Residency and Retreats

“Art as Resistance”
Penasco Theatre is seeking performances based artists who’s work incorporates, dialogues with or is in some way inspired by the struggle for transformation and justice.

Peñasco Theater offers short and long term retreats for Individuals and Groups. Come stay in a historic theater house and explore the beautiful landscapes of Northern New Mexico

Welcome to the Peñasco Theatre

On Highway 75, nestled beneath billowing clouds and a stark blue sky, is the area’s only solar powered hand-built adobe theatre.  Built in 1940 by Amado Roybal, the Peñasco Theatre stands as a testament to the resiliency of a community gathering place, and the importance of keeping performance traditions alive. 

The edifice radiates with 75 years of collective expression.  You can almost hear the laughter, the shuffle of dancing feet to Northern New Mexican melodies, the melodramas of Mexican Cinema, and the multitude of voices sharing centuries old ways of knowing echoing off the walls.

The Peñasco Theatre Collective (PTC), a group of performers and visual artists continue the tradition of utilizing arts and culture to bring people together in a mutually respectful culturally diverse environment.  From ongoing youth performance afterschool classes based in circus arts to a self-directed artist-in-residency, the theatre offers a wide array of creative experiences for the artistically adventurous. 

The theatre plays host to a monthly “Open Stage” inviting local talent of all experience levels and mediums to strut their stuff in a supportive and nurturing environment.  Every summer, for the past 16 years, the PTC hosts a youth inter-disciplinary arts workshop filled to capacity with enthusiastic young performers ranging in ages from 5 to 17 years.  PTC artist/educators hit the road with their creative prowess bringing multi-disciplinary arts instruction to school students all over Northern New Mexico.  PTC partners with various community organizations including Art For The Heart, Peñasco Schools, La Jicaríta Community School, and Moving Arts Española.    

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