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winners announced!


It’s that time of the year again in which four Marfa High School students, chosen by a jury of Marfa Live Arts judges, will see their plays come to life with the help of local thespians at the Crowley Theater on Wednesday, February 21st at 7pm.

The 13th Annual One Act Plays features the Marfa High School grand prize-winning short plays:

Borderland Love - by senior Luis Solis

Tlanic in Metztlahuillic, Under the Moonlight - by junior Francisco Rosas;=

Squirt - by sophomore Ava Flores

Possibilities - by freshman Vanessa Díaz


Honorable mention awards were presented to:

Beneath the Surface by Jack Marquez
Losing It by Diego Jurado

21 st Century Showdown by Piper Donaldson

Tell Me That You Love Me by Amaya Gomez 

What’s Best for Him by Mateo Meza

The plays were written this year under the tutelage of award-winning playwright Jasminne Mendez in conjunction with Marfa Live Arts and Marfa High School. Mendez shared her reflections on the course, “I had a wonderful time getting to know the Marfa High students and their work. I really appreciated that they were willing to do things out of their comfort zone like play theatre games and share their ideas with me and others. I loved the creativity and originality of some of their plays and only wish we had more time together to help them further develop their ideas. I think there are some exceptional writers in this group, and I do hope they continue to tell their stories and find ways to express themselves."

Marfa Live Arts stages One Act Plays

at Crowley Theater on February 21

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The ten winning students who will receive prizes and have their pieces performed are

Seventh graders: Jonea Acosta, Mikayla Bentley, Adeline Marquez, Heidi Montes, Tayvian Valenzuela;


Eighth graders: Adonise Lujan, Austin McGary, Abelardo Marquez, Alberto Salgado and Zoe Tolliver.




The ten winning monologues will be presented and brought to life by local Marfa actors at theWinter Theater Showcase hosted at Planet Marfa on Wednesday, February 7th at 5pm.

8th Annual Playwriting Preparatory Program

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JAnuary 8-11, 2024 at Marfa JUNIOR High School


Marfa Live Arts teaches the playwriting prep workshop to all Marfa Junior High students. This program serves as the preparatory course to the high school’s more advanced Marfa Live Arts Playwriting Program which is taught each year. The Playwriting Prep Program goals are to teach all MISD seventh and eighth grade students the basics of writing dramatic form while developing critical thinking skills and self-confidence. Winning monologues will be brought to life by Marfa actors at the Winter Theater Showcase in February.


Rachel Esther Tate is an Equity Actor and has appeared on stage at the Arena Stage, Mark Taper Forum, South Coast Repertory and commercial Off-Broadway runs. With a passion for new work Tate has workshopped and developed plays with award-winning playwrights and directors at La Jolla Playhouse, The Old Globe, and more. As an educator, she has taught students from kindergarten to college students in beginner to intensive theatrical, film, and dance training.

Marfa Live Arts arts educator Rachael Tate who returns for the 2nd  year shares, “Following a week in the classroom playing, exploring and excavating our inner monologues, the students and I are so excited to present a showcase of our time together. While not every piece could be selected for performance, I was incredibly impressed with the articulation of thought and expression in each of the student’s writing. We took a series of journeys through mental exploration to reach a place of inner knowing to write from; focusing on the things we know to be true about ourselves and what we believe. Each monologue was sprung from the idea of “discovery”, or an "Aha!” moment.” Tate continues, “From the perspectives of unique characters, we asked, what does this character, and we as writers, really need to say?  Using the format of a monologue to communicate from a position of need (I need you to hear) into a place of desire (I want you to know). It’s the telling of a moment so pure and intense that we cannot help but share what we feel, what we are and who we are in that exact moment. The result of that question came through in so many creative and deeply moving articulations which will be performed by local actors in a night of communal storytelling. Come play with us!” One student described what he liked best about the workshop, “To be honest there
was a lot that really let me express myself in these pieces of writing. It let me talk abou
t different things that I enjoy and things that I cherish with great pleasure. And finally, the awareness and positivity that I gained is immeasurable.”

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January 22-26,  2024 at Marfa High School

Marfa Live Arts’ Playwriting Workshop returns to Marfa High School with special guest, playwright Jasminne Mendez  to help Marfa students write their own plays. The workshop, which marks Marfa Live Arts’ 13th year, will culminate in the popular yearly staged production of young Marfa playwrights’ works.

    Jasminne Mendez, is a Dominican-American award winning author, poet, playwright, translator, director and actress. Mendez is the author of multiple books for children and adults. Her plays include the one-act Chronic Brevity which received a staged reading at The Globe Theatre’s New Playwrights Festival in Odessa, TX and her play in verse City Without Altar which was selected as part of Stages 2019 Sin Muros Latinx Theatre Festival, received a National New Playwrights Network Bridge Program grant in 2021 and had its world premier at Milagro Theatre, Portland, OR in 2022. She has performed in venues across Houston including Stages, the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, Talento Bilingue de Houston and others. She has also translated a libretto for the Houston Grand Opera. She is an MFA graduate of the creative writing program at the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University and a University of Houston alumni. Based in Houston, she is co-founder of the Latinx literary arts organization Tintero Projects and co-host of Inkwell, a poetry and writing podcast series.

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For over twenty years, Marfa Live Arts has brought arts and arts education to our area of Far West Texas.

Marfa Live Arts is dedicated to nurturing local artists, sharing our region’s stories and finding new ways to reach and engage our diverse audiences. Over this past year, Marfa Live Arts instructed the popular 12th Annual Playwriting Program at Marfa High School with Playwright Raul Garza and taught Mindfulness Theater Camp in partnership with MISD Summer Shake Up. During the Marfa Lights Festival, we staged My HEB an original play by  Raul Garza. This fall,  Currently, we are preparing to teach the Eighth Annual Playwriting Preparatory course at Marfa Junior High and will produce the Eighth Annual Winter Showcase Theater with monologues written by students brought to life on stage by actors. We invite you to join us for this coming year's programs.
Marfa Live Arts has created this community of artists where people can tap into their thoughts and feelings, whether it’s fears or dreams. And they realize they have an audience and they can externalize all of those ideas that they have. They’re inspired to write and to perform. There are fewer things that are as powerful for them to carry them through their life. I would say Marfa Live Arts fills a huge space that is definitely needed and appreciated.  — Artist, Teacher & Art Patron


         Your support makes our work possible. Please consider donating to Marfa Live Arts for our 2024 productions. 

                                                             We have many great programs planned. 

Upcoming Programs​​​​​

  • June  10-13, 2024  —  Camp Summer Shake Up, Mindfulness Theater with Rachel Tate

  • November 16,2024  —  Arturro Guerrero "Hijo de Ilegal"

  • Marfa Lights Festival, stay tuned!

Past Recent Programs

  • February 21,  2024  — 13th Annual One Act Plays by MHS Playwrights and Community at Crowley Theater

  • February 2024  — 8th Annual Winter Showcase Theater at Planet Marfa

  • January 22-26,  2024 - 13th Annual Playwriting Program at  Marfa High School  with Jasminne Mendez

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