Shakespeare on the Plaza

V.27 No.24 | 6/14/2018

Arts Interview

To Be, Definitely To Be

Two classics come to Downtown ABQ

Peter Kierst, Artistic Director, tells us about Shakespeare on the Plaza.
V.26 No.2 | 01/12/2017

Calling all artists - "Take the Stage" set design competition is open

A unique opportunity has opened up for artists who would like their work to be the setting for this summer's public theater program in downtown Albuquerque and become part of the City of Albuquerque's permanent collection.

The City's Public Art Program in collaboration with Shakespeare on the Plaza, produced by the Vortex Theatre, is sponsoring "Take the Stage," a national design competition for a public, interactive art installation on Civic Plaza. This installation will also serve as the setting for Shakespeare on the Plaza's summer repertory of plays.

Other sponsors include the City of Albuquerque Cultural Services Department and the Albuquerque Convention Center's management, SMG.

Artists are invited to submit preliminary concept proposals for a temporary public art installation as an integral part of the summer 2017 season production. The installation will function as both an artistic element of the set for the performance series as well as an interactive object located on Civic Plaza during non-performance times. The winning design will be built and administered in collaboration with Shakespeare on the Plaza, the Department of Cultural Services, SMG and other public and private partners.

Photographic documentation of the final construction as well as the artist's renderings will become part of the City's permanent collection in order to meet the permanent artwork acquisition requirements of the 1% for Art program. The structure itself will be fabricated by the event producers for the temporary display and use during June and July 2017.

The full prospectus can be found at The deadline for submission of proposal is Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 by 4pm in either email - - or hard copy format:

Cultural Services Department
Public Art Urban Enhancement Program
PO Box 1293
Albuquerque, NM 87103

Questions about the project may be directed to (505) 768-3388 or via email at

Shakespeare on the Plaza is an unabashedly public theatre program that seeks to narrow the gap between audience and the theatrical art form. The fusion of outdoor performance space and interactive installation is a nationally-unique concept that furthers the public mission of Vortex Theatre to connect and engage audiences. The Shakespearian plays being performed for the 2017 season are "Macbeth" and Comedy of Errors."