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VORTEX INC

Rating: 4.79 stars   29 reviews 219

Nonprofit Issues:

Arts & Culture

Address:

2004 1/2 Central Ave Se Albuquerque NM 87106 USA

Mission:

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

VORTEX has a new home for the 2014-2015 Season and this move has catapulted all their operations up one notch. Their Summer Shakespeare Season on the Plaza is also a great move. With 28 years of experience Vortex is a great cultural asset for Albuquerque and New Mixico

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Rating: 5 stars  

Over the past few years, the Vortex has offered productions of the highest quality. I believe it is the most consistently interesting of the 37+ theatre-producing organizations in the greater Albuquerque area. I am thinking of shows like "Medea," "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf," "Much Ado about Nothing," "The Little Foxes," and "Glengarry Glen Ross"--all of them first-rate. The theatre is also receptive to new work by contemporary playwrights, with a new-short-play festival every year and sometimes a full-length new work as well. Finally, the Vortex is an outstanding citizen of the theatre community, helping other theatre groups and participating in community-wide theatre initiatives.

Congratulations to the Vorticists for maintaining their longstanding tradition of superb live-theatre activity.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

See "What did you do?" above. I also deal with the Vortex regularly as a member of the Board of the Albuquerque Theatre Guild.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

encourage them to display "Albuquerque Spotlight on Live Theatre" in a more prominent place in the box office area.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I began volunteering at The Vortex after being wowed by their summer Shakespeare Festival. Fabulous performances, especially John Hardman as a helmet-thwacking policeman. They produce a wide variety of pieces, from classics to locally-written, which gives me a new appreciation for theatre and exposes me to works I'd never see otherwise.

All-in-all, The Vortex is a vital part of the Albuquerque arts and theatre scene. We're lucky to have it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

thought-provoking plays that make me look at things differently.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have better sets.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

The Vortex Theatre is awesome. They put on first rate productions from the classics to contemporary. They support new and local playwrites. Provide great learning ground for interns. Given that Central New Mexico Community College does not have a theatre, classes are held at the Vortex. This enhances the theatre classes offered at CNM allows for technical classes where the students learn hands on in an actual theatrical shop. it is a great venue to experience the joy of live theatre

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the variety of productions I have had the opportunity to either see and or work at the Vortex

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

that they continue to be such a vital part of Albuquerque Theatre

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 4 stars  

The Vortex has a very special place in my heart as this was the first theatre that I performed in. The relationship that the Vortex has with Central NM Community College is wonderful and gives new actors a place to hone their craft in both the classics and new pieces. They encourage writers throughout NM as well as the country to have their pieces performed for the first time and gives the audience the opportunity to be the judge during their 10 minute play festival. The theatre is small and cozy allowing the audience to become almost a character within the play. Very unique experiences are to be had for both the audience and performers.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I see they are improving the theatre for the comfort of the audience when funds are available most recently they replaced HVAC which is greatly appreciated by me as an actor. The board members really care about this theatre and it is obvious they want to continue to make improvements for their continued success.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would provide more comfortable seating for the audience the plastic chairs are not very comfortable, a light weight chair with some cushion would be awesome!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A little

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Cleaner green room

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes it feeds my passion for acting....everyone is so encouraging from the crew to the board members it is a very safe place to learn and improve in the craft.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

FABULOUS!!!!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved in live theatre for many years, including volunteering at the Vortex Theatre in various roles. I have enjoyed many excellent productions over the past 10-20 years. I especially appreciate their putting on a variety of plays, almost one a month. Among the 20 or so theatres in Albuquerque, they are clearly one of the best.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As a member of the board of directors and other volunteer positions, as well as attended nearly all of the productions.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Try to get their own building.

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Review from Guidestar
Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

This theater has presented some very profound productions in excellent fashion. eg. Golda.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attendance

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

better chairs

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

As a new board memeber, I have particapated in the Vortex theater in many different roles, Stage Manager, Director, and many others. I am generally impressed by the level of theater produced at the Vortex, it is certianly setting the standard for Theater in Albuquerque. Along with keeping the bar high, the Vortex is always pushing for more from their productions. I am pleased to be assocated with this venue. If you want to fund the arts in a ever growing city, then the Vortex is a great place to start.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The sucessful producing of several mainstage productions as a Director, Stage Manager.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Modernize the supplies, pay actors, and add to the overall quality of production.

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

The Vortex Theatre consistently puts on great shows. It's a wonderful place to get involved in community theater--after a small amount of stage experience in high school, working at the Vortex always feels like The Big Time to me. I'm awed by the sets, props, costumes, tech, direction, and stage management in every show, not to mention the exemplary actors with whom I've had the good fortune to work.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've experienced the excitement of entering the Albuquerque theater community starting at the Vortex.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would fix the heating, the air conditioning, and the miniature indoor waterfall that appears occasionally in the rainy season.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Improved temperature control would be great.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Several of the people I've met through shows have become my good friends.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Famous.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Review from Guidestar
Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 4 stars  

Enjoy the variety of presentations and especially their Shakespeare festival

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

This organization as increased my appreciation of shakespeare

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none.

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