Advisory Board, Camino Real Productions

Len Berkman (Northampton, MA) is the Anne Hesseltine Hoyt Professor of Theatre at Smith College, where he has taught playwriting, theatre history, and the dramatic literature of various nations and cultures since 1969. Len has served as Hispanic Playwrights Project/Festival Dramaturg at South Coast Repertory, as Mark Taper Forum's Playwright Mentor in Los Angeles, as new-play-development dramaturg at WordBRIDGE in Florida, at Epic Theatre Ensemble in NYC, and on script development teams at Robert Redford's Sundance Institute in Utah. He has frequently been called upon as external evaluator for the National Endowment of the Arts.

Michael Blum (Seattle, WA) is an actor, director, storyteller and teacher. He was a fixture on the Albuquerque theater scene for over 25 years. During his time in the Southwest, he co-founded two Latino theater companies; La Compañía De Teatro De Alburquerque, Inc. in the 1980s, and more recently Teatro Nuevo México, where he served as Co-Artistic Director for four years. He also helped to create and found the Albuquerque Theater Guild. His work as an actor and director has been seen as far afield as Europe, Mexico and South America, including a stint with the National Theater of Venezuela in Caracas. He is also an award-winning voice talent in both English and Spanish, providing voices for advertising, theater, television, audio books and video games.

Dr. Brian Eugenio Herrera (Princeton, NJ) is, by turns, a writer, performer, and teacher from (and forever rooted in) New Mexico. A historian by inclination and training, Brian's work, both creative and academic, explores the formation of gender, sexual and racial identities in and through U.S. popular performance. From 2007 to 2012, Brian was Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of New Mexico. His is now Assistant Professor of Theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University.

Dr. Gil Lazier (Albuquqerque, NM) was Dean of Theatre at Florida State University (1982 – 99), President of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (1991 – 93), Asolo Conservatory Director (2001 – 2004), and Artistic Director of the Banyan Theater (2005 – 2007). He has directed over 50 productions in the US and abroad including Neil Simon’s “I Ought to Be in Pictures” in Russian (10-year run in Moscow). Since relocating to Albuquerque he has directed four productions for the Fusion Theatre Company; “The Rocky Horror Show” for UNM (2011); “The Seafarer” for Mother Road (2012) and “Paloma” for Camino Real Productions (2012). Dr. Lazier was honored with the 2010 Career Achievement Award in Academic Theatre from the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.

Dr. Reeve Love (Albuquerque, NM) has been Performing Arts Director for the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM, since 1999, designing and administering the performing arts component of the largest, most comprehensive Hispanic cultural facility in the U.S. She has a background in non-profit arts administration, presenting, production, and performance, as well as arts education, and over 30 years’ experience administering educational and cultural programs. Love holds a B.A. in English (literature and drama) from Duke University, an M.A. in Radio/Television/Film from the University of Texas, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of New Mexico, with a minor in Latin American studies. The research and field work for her doctoral dissertation were done in indigenous communities in rural Oaxaca, Mexico.

Crawford MacCallum (Tijeras, NM) was a physicist and astronomer for many years, working at Sandia National Laboratories and then teaching at the University of New Mexico and at Central New Mexico Community College. Between 1964 and 1970 he was also managing director of a tiny but extremely active Albuquerque theater called Old Town Studio. Now fully retired, he returned to his love of theater and the Spanish language and, with his son Argos MacCallum and others, launched Teatro Paraguas in Santa Fe in 2003,with its maiden show Pablo Neruda, canto porque canto y porque canto. Since then Teatro Paraguas has brought some 40 productions onto the boards, including, in its Poesía series, dramatic productions based on the poetry of Neruda, Miguel Hernández, Violeta Parra, Ángel González, Jim Sagel, Antonio Machado, Federico García Lorca and others. In addition to many acting roles, he has directed Lorca’s La Zapatera Prodigiosa, Dragún’s Historia del hombre que se convirtió en perro and a radio version of Garro’s El Encanto, Tendajón mixto. His greatest joy has been scripting and directing most of Teatro Paraguas’ Poesía series.

Shepard Sobel (Albuquerque, NM) founded The Pearl Theatre Company, a resident troupe that produces a classical repertory in New York City, and as Artistic Director was responsible for the nature and quality of all performances and programs. During his 25 year leadership at The Pearl, he directed Greek tragedies, Shakespeare, Ibsen, Racine and Chekhov, Moliere, Marivaux, Wycherley, Sheridan, Ostrovsky, Strindberg, and Lorca. Since moving to Albuquerque in August of 2009, he has worked at the University of New Mexico and CNM as an adjunct instructor and directed “Medea” at the Vortex, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” for Santa Fe University, “Eccentricities of a Nightingale” at UNM, a NM Centennial radio theatre adaptation of Maxwell Anderson’s “Night Over Taos” for Camino Real Productions, and “1776” for Landmark Musicals.

Valli Marie Rivera is a theatre artist whose directorial projects for Camino Real Productions include Aye, No! by Liz Coronado Castillo, 26 Miles by Quiara Alegría Hudes, and Secret Things by Elaine Romero. As part of NHCC’s Siembra Latino Theatre Season she directed the revivals of Bless Me, Ultima and The Farolitos of Christmas by Rudolfo Anaya. Some of her favorite projects include the Vortex Theatre’s The House of the Spirits, adapted by Caridad Svich, and Santa Fe Playhouse’s Blood Wedding by Federico García Lorca. Valli is a co-founder of the women writers’ group Hembras de Pluma, in which she acts in her “El Punto de Lola” pieces. She has directed and/or acted in Santa Fe for Santa Fe Playhouse, Santa Fe Performing Arts, and Teatro Paraguas; throughout her career, she has performed and/or directed for theatre festivals in the United States, Latin America, Europe, and the Caribbean.

Sabina Zuñiga-Varela (Los Angeles, CA) was born and raised in New Mexico. She has twelve years experience in acting, directing and producing in Albuquerque where she was a founding member of Teatro Nuevo México and a member of the Latina theatre troupe Las Meganenas. In 2007 she was named Best Female Performer of the Year by the NM Hispano Entertainers Association for her portrayal of Frida Kahlo in Camino Real Productions’ Still Life. She completed the MFA in Acting program at USC in 2011. Since then she has appeared as Medea in Luis Alfaro's adaptation Bruja, at The Magic Theatre in San Francisco. She was a company member for the 2013 season of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival where she appeared as Tomasita in the world premiere of Tanya Saracho's The Tenth Muse. and as multiple characters in the U.S. premiere of David Farr's The Heart of Robin Hood. Recently she worked at the Dallas Theater Center in the role of Jocasta in Luis Alfaro's Oedipus El Rey; she played the role of Yaz in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Water By The Spoonful by Quiara Alegria Hudes at Theatre Works in Palo Alto and The Ghost of Christmas past in Dallas Theater Center's A Christmas Carol. She started out 2015 on CTG's Kirk Douglas Theatre stage in Los Angeles performing in Chavez Ravine by Culture Clash.


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