The Mission of Albuquerque Little Theatre is to cultivate appreciation of the theatre arts through active participation in fully-staged productions, and to nurture aspiring talent through innovative educational programs. ALT facilities offer the opportunity to make performance and educational activities available to the community and to develop programs to enhance the cultural environment in which we live. Founded in 1930, Albuquerque Little Theatre is a 501(C)3 not-for-profit organization that has been providing quality entertainment and opportunities for community involvement--in all aspects of theatrical productions--for over 80 years!
The Albuquerque Little Theatre was founded in 1930 by a group of civic-minded citizens led by Irene Fisher, a reporter and the society editor for the /New Mexico Tribune/. The idea of a local Theatre group was born when Ms. Fisher attended a lecture by a professional actress named Kathryn Kennedy O'Connor who moved to New Mexico for health reasons in 1927. Ms. Fisher led the campaign to raise an operating budget of $1,000 and Ms. Connor was hired as the Theatre's Director. ALT spent its first six years at the KiMo Theatre in downtown Albuquerque.
In 1936 from the Northside before the sceneshop was added.In 1936 ALT moved into its present home located at 224 San Pasquale SW, just south of the historic Old Town section of Albuquerque.The original building designed by famed southwestern architect, John Gaw Meem, was the first structure in Albuquerque to be built by the Works Progress Administration as part of President Franklin Roosevelt's "New Deal."
O'Connor retired as the Theatre's director in 1961 and the board named Bernard Thomas to succeed her as ALT's full time director. Bernie served as ALT's full time director from 1961 to 1980. Bernie retired from ALT in 1980 after the 50th anniversary season. He was replaced by his technical Director Michael Myers who served as producing director until 1986 when Sandy Brady replaced him, and Carol Fleming was named General Manager in 1988. She stayed with ALT until 1996. In March 1997, Larry D. Parker was named as new Executive Director of the Albuquerque Little Theatre and continued producing quality theatre through the 2005-06 Season.
In 2006, The Executive Director position was eliminated and divided into two separate management areas; Artistic Director (Peter Kierst) and Managing Director (Erin Moots). Peter and Erin launch the 2006-07 Season with excitement and a commitment to keep ALT alive and well for years to come. ALT continues the tradition of true community Theatre by providing the residents of the greater Albuquerque area with great entertainment and the opportunity to become involved in the production of live theatre. A tax exempt not-for-profit 501c(3) organization, ALT involves more than 500 volunteers in activities ranging from box office, backstage, on stage, front of house, to Board and standing committee membership.