Peñasco Theater

In Episode 8 we feature artist Rebekah Tarin. Tarin speaks in our conversation about her life in Peñasco, her work with The Peñasco Theatre Collective and it's importance in the community. An incredible resource in New Mexico, if you are not familiar with The Peñasco Theatre here is the low down!

ABOUT the Theatre

Peñasco Theater Mural Detail.   By Artists Rebekah Tarin and Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski  

Peñasco Theater Mural Detail. By Artists Rebekah Tarin and Amaryllis DeJesus Moleski 

On Highway 75, nestled between the dollar store and Peñasco schools, is one of the areas best-kept “not-so-secret” secret.  Hand built in 1940 by Amado Roybal, the Peñasco Theatre stands as a testament to the resiliency of a community gathering place, and the importance of keeping alive performance traditions. A non-profit community arts project the Peñasco Theatre Collective (PTC), a group of performers and visual artists that call Peñasco home continue the tradition of utilizing the arts to bring people together in a mutually respectful culturally diverse environment.  From ongoing youth performance after-school classes based in circus arts to a fabulous summer theatre season showcasing local, national and international artists, the theatre offers a wide array of creative experiences for the artistically adventurous.  The theatre plays host to a monthly “Open Stage” inviting local talent of all experience levels and mediums to strut their stuff in a supportive and nurturing environment.  Every summer, for the past 13 years, the theatre presents a youth circus arts workshop filled to capacity with enthusiastic and inspiring young performers ranging in ages from 5 to 17 years.  PTC artist/educators also hit the road with their talents and knowledge bringing multi-disciplinary arts instruction to school students all over Northern New Mexico.  PTC partners with various community organizations including Penasco Schools, La Jicarita Charter School, Art For the Heart, Moving Arts Española, and is the northern campus of Wise Fool New Mexico. 

More information on classes, performance, how you can contribute and much more at  THE PEÑASCO THEATRE WEBSITE

Peñasco Teater, Circus Training

Peñasco Teater, Circus Training

SERENA RASCÓN is a 26 year old performer, dancer, teacher, and dreamer born in Las Cruces, raised in Española, NM. Her life in the studio began at three years old in Taos, NM. She performs and trains nationally with a wide variety of choreographers, instructors and dance companies.  Currently, Serena performs with Wise Fool NM, and teaches dance and circus arts with several Northern New Mexico youth arts organizations including Wise Fool NM, Moving Arts Española, and Arts in the Schools in Espanola and the Peñasco Theatre Collective.  Serena is currently an artist-in-residence at the Peñasco Theatre.
ALESSANDRA OGREN is a director, choreographer, accomplished aerialist, visual artist, lightning designer, actress, dancer and teacher with extensive experience in many aspects of the performing arts.  Alessandra is a co-founder and former co-artistic director of Wise Fool New Mexico, a community-based performance company incorporating circus arts into visual theatre. Alessandra teaches circus arts in the US and Internationally.  She is currently Artistic Director at The Peñasco Theatre.
REBEKAH TARÍN is a self-taught visual artist, educator and critical thinker working with The Peñasco Theatre Collective since 2003. She brings the disciplines of puppetry, stilt-walking, mask-making and visual art to communities of school children all over Northern New Mexico.  Rebekah is currently the Managing Director of the Theatre and coordinates many aspects of the youth programming.  Her artwork can be viewed at