Working Classroom presents, Guera an interactive one-woman show, written and performed by WC alumna Lisandra Tena and directed by Jo Cattell. In Guera, (pronounced with dieresis, written without), Tena divides her life stories into a menu of entrees and desserts, each a scene performed at the audience's request. Guera premiered in Chicago’s Yo Solo Festival for Latino Shows at Collaboraction Theatre. Tena joined Working Classroom in 2006, shortly after earning her G.E.D. at Job Corps. She attended CNM, earned a BFA from The Theatre School at DePaul University and honored as one of the Ten Top Hot New Faces of Chicago Theater (Chicago Tribune). Among her numerous credits is Crime Scene: A Chicago Anthology - an interactive devised theater piece addressing the violent crime plaguing Chicago communities - which she brought to life and toured as a member of Collaboraction Theater Company. May 16-18 and May 23-25. Friday-Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Paul Carpenter y Salazar Theater, 423 Atlantic SW. For tickets, information and class schedules: or (505) 242-9267.

Ann Cusack

In March, 2014, film and television actress Ann Cusack made time to teach a five day intensive acting workshop for Working Classroom's up and coming student actors. Cusack is a co-founder of Working Classroom't theater program and in 1993 traveled with us to represent the United States in the III Annual Festival of Theatre of the Oppressed in Rio de Janeiro. Cusack's resume includes two dozen films and popular t.v. shows such as Scandal, Private Practice, The Unit, Ally McBeal, Frasier and Maggie and Jeff Foxworthy, which she starred in. She continues to make time to make time to teach and mentor Working Classroom student actors.


A CALL TO ACTION! Working Classroom has served our Albuquerque with high-quality artistic training, landmark public art and groundbreaking main stage productions for over 26 years.
Now we’re asking - YOU! and 100 other friends old and new to help us as we transition into the next 26 years of making even more challenging work, training even more young artists and actors, mentoring even more students who want to succeed but who don’t know how, and continuing to increase representation in the arts locally and nationally. Your gift will help:
  • Provide low-income middle school and high school students with rigorous artistic training in our after school and summer visual art and theater conservatory program.
  • Provide high school students with access to college preparation skills including SAT/ACT test taking and college essay writing help with professional academic coaches.
  • Provide middle school and high school students with professional development opportunities including financial literacy, speaking and writing skills and resume building.
  • Provide students with opportunity to exhibit and sell their artwork or perform in a main stage production as paid actors…
  • ….and more!
    To make a donation click here

    Working Classroom’s Blog


    EDOUARD DUVAL CARRIE. The new Perez Art Museum of Miami (PAMM) is featuring Imaginary Landscapes, a solo exhibit by Miami-based Haitian artist Edouard Duval Carrie. Duval Carrie was a guest artist in 2002, and In 2003, he collaborated with WC student apprentices to create La Trumbuleña: Our Lady of Trumbull in Albuquerque’s International District. An [...]Share on Facebook


    Visual art students led by guest artist Eric J. Garcia painted El Ritmo del Agua in the South Valley, Albuquerque last summer. This mural illustrates the history behind New Mexico’s land, agriculture and water conservation issues. Share on FacebookShare on Facebook

    Our Mission / Nuestra Misión

    Working Classroom is a multi-ethnic, inter-generational community of student & professional artists, writers, actors and directors with a conscious commitment to supporting new and diverse voices and visions in the arts. The underrepresentation and caricature of historically ignored communities hampers our understanding of who we are as a nation, how we interpret our past and contemplate our future. We contribute to a more nuanced understanding of American identity by training aspiring artists and actors from historically ignored communities and creating art and theater by, for and about these communities. Learn more about us

    Support Working Classroom