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Carole28

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

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

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

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Billy T.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Clara B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Enjoy the variety of presentations and especially their Shakespeare festival

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an excellent community theater. Tickets are very reasonably priced $15-$20, and the plays produced cover a range from theater standards like Shakespeare to recent and original works. The acting is sometimes superb -- I think of King Lear a year or two ago in which both Lear and his fool were great -- and otherwise ranges from strong to good. It's a fairly small theater, no bad seats. A great asset to Albuquerque's cultural/entertainment resources.

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