The theater company was founded in the summer of 2021. Frederick Ponzlov, Kathleen Welker, Tim Wilkins, Linda Ferro and .Zoë Yeoman were the founding Board of Directors.
Frederick and Kathleen served as Co-Artistic Directors for the organization.
Actors Studio 66 will strive to provide a wide spectrum of diverse and inclusive theatre experiences to the greater Albuquerque area with emphasis upon support and outreach to underserved communities. As a civic and community-oriented theatre arts organization, our aim is to offer job creation, training and educational opportunities within theater performance and production.
- Produce quality, socially relevant entertainment for the community
- Provide an environment for artists and technicians to learn, develop and advance their skill set
- Provide educational opportunities
- Encourage the development and production of new and lesser-known works
In August 2021, Renato Estacio-Burdick, President and Artistic Director of the NM Black Cat Cultural Enterprises, a new LGBTQIA community and cultural center, announced a partnership between Actors Studio 66 and the Cultural Center.
Roger received his Master’s degree in Stage Directing and Theater Education from the University of New Mexico. He was the Producing Artistic Director of the Provincetown Theatre Company for three seasons. He taught English and theatre in New York City until his retirement and continues to teach youth drama classes. Roger has acted and directed in Boston, New York, and New Mexico. He writes, performs, and directs solo shows and is inspired by the active and talented theatre community in Albuquerque and is honored to be part of the community.
Linda is a retired software engineer that worked extensively with database management systems during her career. Since moving to Albuquerque from St Louis, MO, she has been an active community volunteer and a loyal theater audience member. Linda is proud to acknowledge she has seen live theater on all seven continents
Zoë is a working actor and Member of Actors’ Equity Association (AEA-The Professional Stage Actor's Union) and SAG-AFTRA (Film and Television Union). Having begun performing at a very early age, Zoë's first love has always been the theater. You may learn more about Zoë on her website: zoeyeoman.com or follow her on IMDB.com. We bid you a hearty welcome to our theatrical home; thank you for allowing us to entertain you and we hope we see you over and over again.
Stephanie Grilo - Artistic Director
Stephanie Grilo has been an active member of the Albuquerque Theatre Community since 2009. This is her artistic home. She received both her BA in Theatre and her Masters in Dramatic Writing from UNM. She is currently a theatre faculty member at both CNM and UNM. From 2017-2021, Stephanie was the Theatre Teacher at the Digital Arts and Technology Academy. She has a background in non-profit work having been the outreach coordinator and story collector for Health Action NM, a local health care advocacy organization. Stephanie has developed and devised solo performances as well as short works for the stage. Performance credits include Esther Rosenberg in Hazardous Materials, Layna in Brainpeople at the Vortex, Susan in Susan and God at the Vortex, Princess of France in Love's Labour's Lost at the NM Shakespeare Festival, Perdita in A Winter’s Tale, Chick in Crimes of the Heart, and Peggy Arnold in Traitors with Tricklock Theatre Company. She has been featured in several independent films shot locally in Albuquerque. Stephanie’s plays have been produced both in Albuquerque and Chicago. Most recently, her play The Women of Little Fannie Mine premiered at CNM as the spring 2023 main stage production. She is a proud member of the Dramatist Guild of America, a Blackout Theatre Member alumni, and a 2013 Orchard Project core company resident.
Banx Tenorio - Technical Director
Banx Tenorio (Lighting Designer) is excited to be working their second production with Actor's Studio 66. They have been working Sound and Light Design in the ABQ theatre scene since 2018, including a recent endeavor with The Adobe Theater's production of The Revolutionists. They look forward to bringing more audio and visual fun to Albuquerque stages and want to thank everyone in the audience for showing-up and hope they enjoy the show.
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