Photos Courtesy of TCA and Taos News
The Taos Center for the Arts draws on its history as a dynamic leader for arts collaboration and partnership. Originally established by a group of working artists in 1953 and situated in the heart of Taos, the TCA serves and engages Northern New Mexico communities. With a 275-seat theater and two galleries, the TCA curates culturally relevant films, art exhibitions, and live performances as well as provides local, regional and internationally renowned artists, thinkers and performers the space to inspire creativity and foster a thriving love for the arts.
Hours, Directions, & Contact
TAOS CENTER FOR THE ARTS ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES
TAOS COMMUNITY AUDITORIUM
145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte
Taos, New Mexico 87571
Please check the calendar for events at the TCA.
HOURS: OPEN DURING EVENTS AND BY APPOINTMENT. TO VIEW AN EXHIBIT DURING BUSINESS HOURS, PLEASE CONTACT THE TCA OFFICE
Approaching Taos from the south: On Paseo del Pueblo Sur (NM HWY 68) pass the signal at the intersection of Kit Carson Road (NM HWY 64) and Taos Plaza and turn right at the first signal, a short block from the Plaza. Please note that the Plaza intersection divides South and North Pueblo Road/Paseo del Pueblo Norte.
Approaching Taos from the north: TCA is on the east/left side of the main road through Taos, Paseo del Pueblo Norte, also called NM HWY 68. Turn left at the second signal, Civic Plaza Drive, into TCA’s parking lot.
Board of Directors
KANDACE NACHTRAB, PRESIDENT*
Ms. Nachtrab spent most of her career in the non-profit world as a management, marketing and fundraising executive in Los Angeles, New York City and most recently in Washington, DC. She is Chair Emeritus of the Washington D.C. International Film Festival and a Founding Member of the Washington DC Film Society. She has an M.B.A from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. from the New York State University at Oswego. Ms. Nachtrab moved to Taos in 2010 and is Chair of the Taos Opera Institute and co-founder of TCA Film Fans. Ms. Nachtrab chairs the TCA Financial Sustainability Committee.
TRISHA FONG, VICE PRESIDENT*
Trisha is founder and owner of Fong Norden Design, a graphic design firm that focuses on branding and marketing for small businesses. Her work experience includes the healthcare architecture industry where she continues to work as a consultant. Trisha has recently moved to Taos with her husband David Norden, from Stowe, VT. With a lifelong interest in the arts, Trisha has served on the boards of the Vermont Women’s Fund, Stowe Free Library, and Stowe Dance Academy.
HOLLY AZZARI, SECRETARY*
Before retiring, Holly was legislative aide to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, a political campaign coordinator, a community activist, and in a second career, became archivist of her aunt’s musical career. Since moving from Los Angeles to Taos in 2002, she is a full-time volunteer.
JOHN HAMILTON, TREASURER*
John has been involved in a variety of computer and commercial real estate ventures over his career. John is mostly retired and still does a little commercial real estate development in the Albuquerque area. John and his wife Peggy moved to Taos in 2009 and have become deeply involved in service to the Taos community they have come to love.
Maya was raised in Taos, she is a retired, former educator in the field of Special Education. She taught at Denver Public Schools, returning to Taos and taught for 25 years at the secondary level, and worked in administration with the Taos Municipal Schools. She holds an Administrative Educational Leadership Masters Degree and continues to do contract work for the schools. She is owner and manager of Cabot Properties, serves on board of directors for Arroyo Seco Domestic Water Association, and previously on the Taos Land Trust.
Jim is a retired Dentist who practiced in California for over 30 years before retiring to Taos in 2004. He and his wife Patti share a strong interest in both the visual and performing arts. Their artistic focus is on the moving image as an art form. They have produced a number of experimental and documentary works.
Mary was Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology at Northwestern University Medical School for 27 years, then relocated to Washington State University where she was an Edward R Meyer Distinguished Professor in the School of Molecular Biosciences for 11 years. She received BS and MS degrees from the University of Houston, and a PhD from the University of Illinois. She conducted research on signaling pathways in the ovary and published more than 145 papers in peer reviewed journals. She was President of the Society for the Study of Reproduction and received the Research Award from this Society, an Associate Editor of Molecular Endocrinology. She retired in 2017 and, with her husband John H. Nilson, took up permanent residence in Taos. She enjoys aerobics, golf, gardening, and growing orchids.
ALFORD JOHNSON, PAST PRESIDENT*
“Andy” was based in Chicago for many years where he was Vice President of Marketing for the American Institute of Steel Construction. Before that he worked in sales and marketing for the construction division of a major steel company both domestically and in Europe where he spent six and a half years. While there he took advantage of his position to become fluent in French. Andy retired in 2004 and shortly after that moved to Arroyo Hondo where he is a full-time resident. He enjoys skiing, hiking, fishing and the rich cultural scene that is Taos. He has a BA in English Literature from the University of Colorado and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
A resident of Taos for over 30 years, Mapes is deeply invested in preserving the history and vitality of Taos as an international arts center while protecting the sacred culture of Taos. He is a furniture maker, metalworker, and a professional pyrotechnician by trade. David serves on the Taos Marketing Committee and is the Executive Director of the Taos Gallery Association, as well as the owner of David Anthony Fine Art and student with UNM-Taos, Digital Media Arts.
CHRISTIANE KELLEY RIVELES
Christiane Kelley Riveles has taught English as a second language in public schools, edited standardized tests, and escorted tours to the former Soviet Union. Since moving to Taos in 2010, she has served as president and educational liaison of the Taos Archaeological Society, docented at the Mesa Prieta Petroglyph Project and D.H. Lawrence Ranch, and volunteered for Reading to End Racism and Youth Heartline’s CASA program. Chris is a graduate of Vassar College and Columbia University.
Steve is a native Texan and along with wife Rhonda graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. Before moving to Taos full-time 10 years ago, Steve spent 18 years in Los Angeles, CA where he was Senior Vice President for Kindred Healthcare, with responsibility for fourteen hospitals in 6 western states, and later over strategic planning and business development at corporate offices in Louisville, KY. Steve enjoys the usual Taos activities of skiing, hiking, yoga and the art/music scenes.
*Members of the Executive Committee
For ten years Colette was Associate Director and Acting Director of the International Center for Writing and Translation in the School of Humanities at University of California, Irvine. She has taught poetry and creative writing at UC Irvine, Pitzer College, Loyola Marymount University and elsewhere. In 2011, she moved to Roswell, New Mexico, where she taught yoga and opened a yoga studio as well as worked at the Roswell Museum and Art Center and the Roswell Public Library. She has a Ph.D. in English and an MFA in Poetry from UC Irvine. She is the author of Mean (U. of Chicago Press, 2008), a book of prose poems, and “Holdings,” a text-object forthcoming from Container Press in 2019. She is Poetry Editor at Zocalo Public Square.
Susan Nuss moved to Taos in 2002 from the southeastern US, where she was a Learning Facilitator for Delta Air Lines. Susan arrived in Taos and was immediately hired as the Executive Assistant to the President of a software company, where she remained until 2012. Since then, Susan has devoted her professional life primarily to nonprofit organizations.
Todd Ritchie has worked in the film industry for greater part of his life. He began in San Francisco where he managed movie theaters and was the Technical Director for the San Francisco International Film Festival. After a brief stint working in LA as a boom operator, Todd was recruited into the Marketing Department at Landmark Theatres. There he developed his “film marketing chops” and decided to try it on his own. Out of his garage agency, Todd created key art and ad campaigns for over 100 film releases. Todd came to Taos to work on the Taos Shortz Film Festival and like many others, he never left. He began at the TCA as projectionist then became TCA Theater Manager.
Staff House Manager and Volunteer Coordinator
A native New Yorker, Carlene arrived in Taos and the stage door of the TCA in 1983 with a job waiting for her (Props Mistress for Taos Repertory Company). When summer was over, she just stayed on – performing onstage (first TCA play was Equus in 1984), working backstage, almost always involved in the operation of the TCA concession. In 2009, when the remodeled TCA opened, she became Volunteer Coordinator. Carlene also worked as a legal assistant for almost 30 years, changing course in 2013 when she came on board as official staff at the TCA. She is presently a personal assistant and novice bookkeeper as well as a mother and grandmother. The TCA has been and remains her home away from home.
PART-TIME, ON-CALL AND CONTRACT STAFF
Assistant House Manager
Cliff worked for many years in both music and construction simultaneously. He raised three sons, moved to Hawaii and worked there in the busy entertainment scene and building homes and hotels for the rich and famous. Since moving to Taos in 2010, Cliff has continued with music and, three years ago, he met Peter Halter and that led him to the house managing position at the TCA.
Graphic Design Consultant
Lesley Cox was born and raised in South Africa where she obtained a BAFA majoring in graphic design from the University of Pretoria. After leaving South Africa, she lived and worked as a designer, in Chile, the United Kingdom, and New Jersey, USA. After three years on the East Coast, she and her family set off on a trip in a camper for a year, traveling through the States, Mexico, Canada, and Australia. They discovered Taos on that journey and decided to settle here in 2004. Lesley believes “that is when her real journey began.” She founded FEEL Design Associates in 2008, with a focus on designing and producing books, corporate identities, packaging, brochures, vacation guides, and websites.
Projectionist and Film Programmer
Peter’s love for movies began going with his father to see films like Laurence of Arabia, How The West Was Won, 2001 A Space Odyssey to name a few, all on the Big Screen! When he moved to Taos, he began to see films at the TCA as a volunteer and became the projectionist shortly after. Because of Taos Talking Pictures and the TCA, he became a Film Festival projectionist and now does about six festivals a year.
Peggy Hamilton has lived most of her life in New Mexico. Nine years ago, she and her husband moved here from Albuquerque, where they had lived, worked and raised their children for thirty years. Taos has given them the opportunity to meet many new friends from all walks of life and they have thoroughly enjoyed the time they have been privileged to live in this community. Peggy works as a volunteer in the TCA office a few days a week. For questions about membership: email@example.com
Melissa attributes her diverse computer skills to playing video games as a child. Having lived in Colorado, Arizona, Vancouver, California, Puerto Rico, New Jersey, and Spain, she and her family (husband, toddler, cat) are happy to stake a claim in Taos, New Mexico; their favorite big-culture little-town. She is inspired by the big big possibilities of the Wild Wild Web, working with amazing people, and the immense creative spirit of Taos.
Jack Lorang has been at the TCA since August of 2018. He made his way to Taos County from Chicago in the fall of 2010. Jack earned a degree in creative writing and has written and recorded original songs since he was young. He plays guitar and sings at various Taos venues under the moniker Madcat Jack Lorang.
LESLEY EVELYN MORGAN
Business Sponsorship Coordinator
Lesley is a graduate of The School of Visual Arts in New York City with a BAFA in photography. After several years on the East Coast working as the assistant Director in a prestigious Boston Gallery as well as a photographer, Lesley moved to Taos in 1998 to pursue her love of art and the outdoors. Working for the Taos Center for the Arts since 2014 has given Lesley the opportunity to promote theater, film as well as the performing and visual arts. For more information about business sponsorships with the TCA: firstname.lastname@example.org
Eli is from Austin Texas and comes from a big family. He’s been many places and done many things. He came to Taos in 2016. He likes short walks and lots of coffee.
Chelsea is from Guam. In 2012 she was surfing and sailing off the coast of Shikoku, Japan. In 2015 she was picking and selling pinon nuts in Taos, New Mexico. In December of 2016, she stage-managed a musical at the Taos Center for the Arts, then secured a job in the building as a projectionist.
Since he was a teenager, Parker has traveled the world, working in theatre, live music, festivals, film, and guiding immersive wilderness expeditions. He studied music and technical theatre at a performance art charter high school in Massachusetts, and urban development at Concordia University in Montreal. In Taos, he writes, produces, and performs with many different local musicians and also hosts the Saturday Night Spaghetti radio program on KNCE.
The TCA offers many spaces to showcase media, performing or visual art events. Rent the beautiful Taos Community Auditorium, which has a Proscenium stage and seating for 275. The historic Stables Gallery is available for a variety of events and the Encore Gallery, which features the work of local artists, is also available for lectures, workshops and events.