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TLC founder Kay Grant talks about TLC with the hosts of KASA-TV’s New Mexico Style. Click here to view the video clip.

TLC Membership is a Bargain!

TLC members have receive discount offers from various Albuquerque theatres, get invited to exclusive rehearsals and auditions, and get to attend exclusive talks on theatre.

Download the membership form here and come play with us!

Last year, TLC gave:

  • 12 months of discounts and enhanced theatrical experiences.
  • 29 theatre discounts (worth more than $135 in the last six months)!
  • 90 other theatre lovers to meet.
  • 8 rehearsals, auditions, and talkbacks not open to the public.
  • 14 Taste of Theatre programs from the ATG.
  • 5 free or lower admissions to events for self and guests, plus one complimentary pre-show reception with food and beverages.
  • 4 TLC special productions, including the ATG/TLC Theatre Fair.

TLC Benefits and Events

Coming Events, 2014:

  • Discount on tickets to most ATG Member Theatre performances. Join the TLC mailing list for details on specific show discounts.

Coming Events, 2015:

  • Saturday January 3, 10:30 am, TLC in a joint offering with Popejoy Presents announces a special program on the Broadway hit Chicago. Prominent choreographer Donna Scheer and Popejoy’s Terry Davis will discuss Bob Fosse’s choreography style, and Donna will offer a demonstration involving the audience that will help us understand how meticulous Fosse’s choreography was. Free for TLC Members and Popejoy subscribers, general public cost is $8 in advance ($10 at the door). Send check made out to Albuquerque Theatre Guild to TLC (Chicago) PO BOX 20307, ABQ NM 87154-0307. Please include names of everyone in your party, phones and legible email addresses.

Past Events, 2014:

  • Monday December 8, TLC members were invited to attend a rehearsal for The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, which will open at the Adobe Theater in January.

  • Saturday November 15 at Aux Dog Theatre Nob Hill, TLC panel discussion on the business challenges of theatres and planning necessary to put on a show. The panel discussed such topics as:

    • How does a theatre negotiate to purchase the rights to perform a play?
    • How much do they cost?
    • What happens when two of our theatres compete for rights for the same play?
    • What are the royalties and permissions that govern the use by community theatres of plays that are still under copyright?
    • How long does it take for a new play to be available to local theatres?
    • When does a play move from copyright into the public domain?
    • What are the penalties for staging a copyrighted play without permission and payment of royalties?
    • How does Actors’ Equity impact community theatre?

    The panel discussion was followed by an audience Q&A session with sharing of information from audience members and an informal reception with light refreshments.

  • Left, Panel members (left to right) Sherri Burr, PhD, professor of entertainment law at UNM School of Law, Henry Avery, Executive Director of Albuquerque Little Theatre, Victoria Liberatori, Director, Aux Dog Theatre Nob Hill, and Sherry Rabbino Lewis, actor, TLC member, and panel discussion coordinator explain the business aspects and challenges of theatres to the TLC audience, right. Photos by George Abernathy.

  • Thursday November 13, TLC members greatly enjoyed a costume parade for the Adobe Theater’s Forbidden Broadway, a spoof of popular Broadway musicals.
  • Tyler Strand displays the costume for the Phantom, thoroughly delighting the TLC members at the costume parade for Forbidden Broadway.

  • Saturday November 8, TLC members were invited to attend auditions for Mothers and Sons, which will open at the Aux Dog Theatre Nob Hill in February.
  • Vicki Liberatori and Alaina Warren Zachary, co-producers for Mothers and Sons, explain the audition and casting process, left. Sherry Rabino Lewis and Gail Spidle auditoning, right.

  • Sunday November 2, Mother Road Theatre Company invited TLC members to a Page-to-Stage (first read through) presentation of The Last Night of Ballyhoo.

  • Friday October 31, Foul Play Café, Albuquerque’s comedy-mystery dinner theatre, invited TLC to their Halloween show, Spirits of Suspicion, at the Sheraton Uptown, at a terrific discount.

  • Tuesday October 31, TLC members were invited to a Table Read (first read through) of The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail.
  • Director George Williams, left, leading the table reading of The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail, the full cast, middle, and George Williams discussing the show with TLC member Bob Wilson, right.

  • Monday October 13, Joint program of Oasis and Theatre Lovers Community: Jane Ellen gave her third (and final) presentation on the Genesis of American Musical Theatre, Exploring Broadway 3: Changing Times. This final session looked at musicals ranging from the incurably optimistic works of Jerry Herman to concept musicals by Stephen Sondheim, as well as groundbreaking works by Marvin Hamlisch, Stephen Schwartz, Kander and Ebb, Jonathan Larson, and Mel Brooks—all American composers facing changing times while writing for the Great White Way in an era of incursions from London’s West End.
  • Jane Ellen drew a large audience.

  • Sunday October 5, TLC members were invited to attend a meeting of the ATG Playwrights Circle. Three scripts were read: a short work, Improbable Encounter, by Ann Bendan; a longer one-act, A World of Possibilities, by Gloria Allen; and a scene from a longer play-in-progress by Jerry Butterfield. A big thank you to our readers who brought the material to life: Arthur Alpert, Georgia Athearn, Lacey Bingham, Catherine Bradley, Teddy Eggleston, Joel Miller, Fred Schwab, and Harry Zimmerman.

  • Friday September 26, Joint program of Oasis and Theatre Lovers Community: Who Killed Vaudeville? Vaudeville was America’s first coast-to-coast entertainment industry. During its heyday (1890-1930) vaudeville employed about 100,000 people. Frank Cullen, the founder of the American Vaudeville Museum and the Albuquerque Film Club, and author of the landmark, two-volume Vaudeville, Old & New: an Encyclopedia of Variety Performers in America, discussed how vaudeville came to be, why it became the most popular entertainment and how it laid the groundwork for America’s movie industry and, later, network television.

  • Frank Cullen explains Vaudeville to an appreciative audience of TLC members.

  • Thursday September 25, TLC members were treated to a presentation by Emmy-winning set designer Dahl Delu, which included an explanation of his newest set design—for Landmark Musicals’ upcoming Gypsy.
  • Emmy-winning set designer Dahl Delu enthralls TLC members with a presentation of his set designs for Gypsy. Photos by George Abernathy.

  • Monday August 25, at Oasis, TLC and Popejoy Presents offered a special talk on Wicked, coming to Popejoy Hall September 17 through October 5. Terry Davis and Patricia O’Connor explored Gregory Maguire’s book Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West and Broadway composer Steven Schwartz’s adaptation of it into the musical Wicked.
  • Terry Davis and Patricia O’Connor explain the back-story of Wicked to a spellbound audience of TLC members and Popejoy subscribers. Photos by George Abernathy.

  • Friday August 22, Rehearsal of elite Dance Company of New Mexico’s Dracula at North 4th Theater. Exclusively for TLC members only.

  • Sunday August 10, Tech rehearsal and staging of fight scene for Hamlet at Musical Theater Southwest Center for Theatre. Exclusively for TLC members only.

  • Thursday June 26, Terry Davis gave a talk on Rodgers and Hammerstein in advance of Landmark Musicals’ The Sound of Music.
  • Terry Davis explains the Rodgers and Hammerstein partnership to TLC members and guests.

  • Monday June 23, Joint program of Oasis and Theatre Lovers Community: Jane Ellen presented again with more on the Genesis of American Musical Theatre.

  • Wednesday June 18, Joint program of Oasis and Theatre Lovers Community: Dr. Richard Peck discussed “Theater and Why We Love It.”

  • Saturday May 24. Tour of The Vortex Theatre’s new location, exclusively for TLC members.
  • Leslee Richards conducts a tour of the Vortex Theatre’s new space.

  • Sunday May 4, TLC presented a special program at the Vortex Theatre about this summer’s Shakespeare on the Plaza (a joint production of The Vortex Theatre and the City of Albuquerque). In June and July, productions of Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream will be performed in Albuquerque’s Civic Plaza. David Richard Jones, Artistic Director of Shakespeare on the Plaza described how this project came to be and discussed the all-male repertory casting.

  • Sunday April 27, ATG’s Behind The Masks Party happened at the VSA North Fourth Art Center. Each year, the Albuquerque Theatre Guild celebrates its members, including TLC members. We let our hair down, had fun, ate, networked, etc…and this year included celebrating the Southwest Irish Theater Festival, which closed the same day. There were delicious hors d’oeuvres, drinks, music, fun, laughs, networking opportunities, schmoozing, and a very special guest tenor.

  • Wednesday April 23, Dr. Jim Linnell talked about the use of puppetry in the travelling production of War Horse at Popejoy.
  • Terry Davis, left, introduces Dr. Jim Linnell to TLC members and guests, right.

  • Saturday April 19, author Terry Davis and the cast of Foul Play Cafe’s Arsenic and Old Spice gave a talkback presentation about the show, exclusively for TLC members and guests, which was included with discounted admission to the dinner theater that night.
  • Terry Davis, left, addresses a large audience, middle, attending the talkback with the cast, right, of Arsenic and Old Spice at the Sheraton Uptown.

  • Thursday March 13, Alan Hudson talked to TLC about the Southwest Irish Theatre Festival plays and authors and how he teaches dialects to actors. Alan Hudson is a native of Dublin, Ireland, and is the co-founder and coordinator of the Southwest Irish Theatre Festival. He is an actor (he has appeared in more than 50 plays in Albuquerque) and linguistics expert, with a PhD in Linguistics from Yeshiva University, New York. He taught Linguistics at UNM for nearly 30 years.
  • Alan Hudson presents to the TLC audience.

  • Saturday March 8, Choreography rehearsal for Landmark Musicals’ Fiddler on the Roof. Exclusive for TLC members only.
  • At Landmark Musical’s Fiddler on the Roof choreography rehearsal.

  • Saturday March 1, Run-through of elite Dance Company of New Mexico’s Cinderella. Exclusive for TLC members only.
  • The elite Dance Company’s Cinderella rehearsal.

  • Sunday February 9, Dinner and a Show: Rainbow Studio Theatre’s The Wiz with dinner following.

  • Saturday February 8, Albuquerque Little Theatre invited TLC members to a rehearsal of Cats.

  • Friday January 31, Joint program of Oasis and Theatre Lovers Community: Jane Ellen discussed the Genesis of American Musical Theatre.
  • Jane Ellen, left, addresses a large audience, right.

  • Saturday January 25, TLC’s special panel of Stage Managers presentation and discussion, at the Adobe Theater. The most powerful person when you go to see a play is not the lead actor, nor the director, nor the Box Office manager—it’s the Stage Manager. You may never actually see that person, but she (or he) is the one in charge. But just what does a Stage Manager do? This panel presentation revealed how they learned their craft, their experiences, their most challenging project and worst disaster, what it is like working with actors, and more.
  • Left-to-right, Stage Managers Donna Marie Barra, Ludwig Puchmayer, Claudia Mathes, and Heather Lovick-Tolley describe their roles and responsibilities to the TLC audience.

  • Thursday January 16, Carolyn Hogan, Albuquerque Little Theatre (ALT) historian, presented a talk about the history of ALT, their John Gaw Meem building, and more. ALT has the longest history of presenting quality live theatre in Albuquerque. Established in 1930, it has showcased many performers who have gone on to careers in show business. Vivian Vance got her start right here. Don Knotts, Bill Daily, and Maureen O’Sullivan are some others whose names became familiar to wide audiences.

    Upper left, The ALT history presentation event, upper right, John Hogan speaks, lower right, ALT board member Paula Stein discussing the early years of ALT, and lower right, the TLC audience’s reaction.


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Join the TLC!


Do you like it LIVE? If you enjoy going to live theatre and wish to support the vibrant theatre community in Greater Albuquerque, you’ll want to join TLC. Members enjoy exclusive benefits and invitations, social gatherings of theatre-lovers, and priority admission to events and programs based around local theatres and their productions. See details of benefits below. A printable Word-format application form may be downloaded from this website, completed, and mailed in, by clicking on either of the links at the top and bottom of this page. The TLC membership year begins 1 July and runs through the end of the following June. Once you have joined, we think you will be very pleased with the opportunities for fun and learning ahead.


Once or twice a month, you’ll be invited to programs designed to enhance your theatre-going experiences, such as these:

  • You’ve seen their names listed in your programs, but what do they actually do? And what are their challenges in our theatres? Hear stage managers, lighting designers, or dramaturges tell you their stories.

  • You’ll be notified of special discounted performances and get some discount coupons.

  • You’ll receive an exclusive invitation to observe auditions, rehearsals, and previews.

  • You’ll be invited to meet other theatre enthusiasts at gatherings such as “Dinner and a Show”ť or “Around the Piano: Favorite Musical Numbers.”

  • You can mingle with the cast and crew at exclusive post-show receptions and “Cocktails with the Stars” events.

  • You can hear a talk on an unfamiliar playwright or play selection in the current season, find out more about devised and improvisational theatre, and go on a backstage tour.

  • You’ll receive special privileges such as early entry to unreserved seating at participating theatres and space-available admission to the activities of ATG’s Circles (workshops for directors, actors, playwrights, etc.)

  • You’ll be invited to give VIP feedback to ATG Members on your experiences at the theatre.

And more!... (this is a work-in-progress!)

All these occasions provide an opportunity to network and exchange ideas, information, and experiences with people who share your abiding commitment to live theatre. Showing your TLC membership card will usually be required to receive the discounts and other privileges.

If you have questions or need more information, write to us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


This project is supported in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the
Department of Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts

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