VORTEX INC

Rating: 4.79 stars   29 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 2004 1/2 Central Ave Se Albuquerque NM 87106 USA

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2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

An inclusive, risk-taking, collaboration of performing artists, designers and technicians, who put on some of the best theatre in the area.

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

my avocation.

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

work with Albuquerque Public Schools to establish an outreach program for a short play series using HS talent.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Vortex has been producing quality theatre here in Albuquerque for longer than I've been alive (1978). They work with children frequently and local talent exclusively. Many of the shows I've seen there have been among the best I've ever seen, and I've been in theatre for twenty-six years and seen shows in New York City. Important members of The Vortex participate in the local colleges as teachers, and many original works have been showcased over the years at the Vortex. The Vortex is truly an invaluable and integral part of the local arts scene here in Albuquerque.

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

The many plays I've seen and the many opportunities peers of mine have had to showcase their original works here.

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

I cannot think of a single change I would make, other than offering pay to the actors, but this is a simple financial problem--the money to do so is simply not there. I'm sure the Board of Directors and other members of The Vortex would love to pay the actors if they could, but they simply cannot afford to do so. Virtually no theatre in Albuquerque pays its actors.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Vortex Theatre is an amazing program that offers quality theatre to the Albuquerque Area. With combinations of local and well known pieces, this is the perfect community theatre. I have been attending shows at the vortex for 4 years now, and nothing can compare to the dedication that is put into each piece.

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

Many of my favorite plays have been at this Theatre, including American Buffalo and Glen Gary Glen Ross.

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

I would simply publicize more to let more of Albuquerque know about upcoming shows, especially students.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Vortex Theatre is an amazing program that offers quality theatre to the Albuquerque Area. With combinations of local and well known pieces, this is the perfect community theatre. I have been attending shows at the vortex for 4 years now, and nothing can compare to the dedication that is put into each piece.

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

Many of my favorite plays have been at this Theatre, including American Buffalo and Glen Gary Glen Ross.

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

I would simply publicize more to let more of Albuquerque know about upcoming shows, especially students.

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

I love the friendly atmosphere of this venue. Seating is on all three sides of the stage, so you never are too far away to see the expression on the actors' faces. The modernized bathrooms are much appreciated. It provides a wonderful theater experience.

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

attending their performances.

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

have one extra person taking tickets so the line would move faster.

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a transplant from London, fearful that New Mexico's desert might extend to theatre, I have to thank the Vortex for 35 years of paving the way for the theatrical scene that now flourishes in Albuquerque. Many, if not all, of the City's 40+ theatre companies owe a debt to the Vortex. It has consistently offered the community: the broadest range of theatrical experiences, vintage through contemporary, classical to brand new work; rich opportunities to actors, directors and technicians, ranging from local students to enthusiastic retirees; rigorously high production standards that few community theatre organizations can match; an intimate black box setting to heighten the theatregoer's experience; and an unflaggingly energetic and unfailingly approachable group of volunteers who conduct themselves like a welcoming family to all who visit the theatre. As an audience member, I have usually been impressed and always been stimulated. As an actor, I have thoroughly enjoyed the company and the audiences in every production. So much so that I was honored to be invited recently to become a Board Member and was delighted to accept. I am proud to say that out-of-town and foreign visitors whom we have taken to Vortex productions have left green with envy that we have such a theatre organization in our town.

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

making great theatre accessible and inspirational to the community, and particularly young people with limited or no experience of live theatre, and presenting engaging and sometimes challenging experiences as a vibrant alternative to other less participatory forms of cultural entertainment.

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

develop more programs to engage the community earlier in the production process (readings of works in progress, local playwright, director and actor workshops and other fora, etc.) so that they are more invested in the product; and carrying out our goal to improve the seating

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Vortex has always managed to provide an entertaining or challenging evening despite the theatres' small size. We've been attending performances there for nearly all the 17 years we've lived in Albuquerque and have seldom been disappointed. The pool of talent from which they draw is not large but they always seem to manage to find the right people for each role. We highly recommend them.

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

seeing performances of all kinds of so many diverse and wonderful playa and some not so diverse or wonderful.

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

Give them more money to keep them going and to allow them more freedom in set design and costuming.

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Review from Guidestar
Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The Vortex Theatre is a landmark delightfully located in the communal heart of the University of New Mexico, consistently offering quality performances that mirror the cultural experiences of the Land of Enchantment. They offer activities that enhance growth and diversity to the community. In short, It’s the bomb baby!

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

Participated in contests offered by the Vortex. Assisted in a production many years ago.

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

Provide a bigger space to allow more activities that would reach out to the community it serves.

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

I have seen many productions at the Vortex since its inception many years ago-- most memorable were Waiting for Godot which having seen it in NYC and other places, this was by far the best production. Also, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf--simply riveting...They now have a very strong and dedicated board and have continued to bring often great theatre to the community.

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

Yes, definitely. See my review

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

pour money into it

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

The Vortex Theatre is one of the bedrocks of the Albuquerque community theatre scene. For over 30 years, it has been on the vanguard of bringing life and vitality to one of the nation's most vibrant theatre communities.

I am very happy to call the theatre my home, and look forward to many years of working there.

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

artistic growth and opportunities.

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

work to expand its audience.

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