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
Member
TIME LINE
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!