About Us

ABQStages started in March of 2008 to take over the main stage productions that The Growing Stage started producing in 2005. We are a 501(c)(3) corporation, so all donations are tax deductible. Kari Reese, founder of The Growing Stage, enlisted the help of her friends and colleagues and created a board of directors to form and help run this new organization.

Our mission is to provide creative and educational opportunities for a diverse community by producing accessible quality theatre on local stages. These productions involve and engage the talents of both young and old — on stage and behind the scenes — and foster a deeper appreciation of the arts and each other.

ABQStages is a non-profit 501c3 community theatre organization.

Executive/Education Director Kari Reese
Artistic Director Hal Simons
Board of Directors
President Michele Fullen-Roth
Vice President Wendy Barker
Secretary Zoey Reese
Treasurer Hal Simons
Member Rolinda Day
Member Helen Bennett
Member Amy Adair
January 2008 Initial Meetings Begin
April 2008 Two Ladies Cabaret – our first cabaret
July 2008 Once On This Island – our critically acclaimed debut production
*a fundraiser for Road Runner Food Bank
October 2008 Dracula: the Musical? – hilarity & sold out performances
November 2008 Paul Roth & Friends Cabaret – a successful fundraiser
January 2009 Non-profit status is approved
July 2009 Pour Me a Life Cabaret – our Cabaret Series continues
August 2009 Cats – a fresh look at an old favorite
*a fundraiser for the Humane Society
September 2009 Getting to Know Me – Our first “Emerging Artists” Cabaret
October 2009 Dracula: the Musical? – back by popular demand
November 2009 Dracula: the Musical? becomes our first touring production
December 2009 Mai Tais & Latkes – Raised funds for ACT New Mexico
January 2010 The Growing Stage joins ABQStages as its Education Program
February 2010 The Dating Game Cabaret – raised money for the UNM Barbara Murray Scholarship Fund
April 2010 The Diary of Anne Frank – our first dramatic non-musical offering
*a fundraiser for the New Mexico Human Rights Projects
May 2010 There’s No Friendship Like Show Friendship
Another “Emerging Artists” Cabaret
May 2010 Mother’s Day Cabaret – funds supported our scholarship program
June 2010 You & Me – a Traveling Cabaret – performed at La Luz
June 2010 Growing Stage Summer Intensives kick off!