Devon Hoffman

Devon Hoffman Devon began performing musicals in Albuquerque when he was in Elementary school. He kept with theater even as his voice-change knocked him out of the singing game for a while. In Albuquerque's Eldorado High School and into Westminster College in Salt Lake City, he refined not only his acting but his writing skills too, writing and directing his own plays, and earning his BA in English and Theater. After graduation, he returned to Albuquerque for a year, acting in five community productions. He joined the Peace Corps in 2013; assigned to the Philippines, he worked with the Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) to introduce theater to the island where he'd lived. After his service, he returned to Albuquerque a second time--where he is today, immersing in his favorite big-small-town theater scene, acting in shows and blogging for Broadway World.



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BWW Review: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT at National Hispanic Cultural Center Journal TheaterBWW Review: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT at National Hispanic Cultural Center Journal Theater
Posted: Jul. 6, 2016


BWW Review: MOVING ARTS ESPA?OLA's Youth Share Their Story at United World College's Annual ConferenceBWW Review: MOVING ARTS ESPA?OLA's Youth Share Their Story at United World College's Annual Conference
Posted: Feb. 13, 2017


BWW Review: THE ICEMAN COMETH, a Symphony of Sadness (and Kindness), at The VortexBWW Review: THE ICEMAN COMETH, a Symphony of Sadness (and Kindness), at The Vortex
Posted: Mar. 23, 2017


BWW Review: RE(D)GENERATION Comes from the Earth 
at the Center For Contemporary ArtsBWW Review: RE(D)GENERATION at Center For Contemporary Arts
Posted: Aug. 26, 2016


BWW Review: REGENERATION FESTIVAL makes us all actors, in Taos, Espanola, And BeyondBWW Review: REGENERATION FESTIVAL at Taos, Espanola, And Beyond
Posted: Sep. 8, 2016


BWW Feature: One Community, Under a Dome: My Story at MOVING ARTS (Part 1)BWW Feature: One Community, Under a Dome: My Story at MOVING ARTS (Part 1)
Posted: Nov. 17, 2016


BWW Review: THE ICEMAN COMETH, a Symphony of Sadness (and Kindness), at The VortexBWW Review: THE ICEMAN COMETH, a Symphony of Sadness (and Kindness), at The Vortex
March 23, 2017

Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh--the portrayal of a dysfunctional bunch of rock-bottom alcoholic barflies and the salesman who tries to 'save' them from their futile pipe dreams: This show is an extraordinary symphony--nineteen excellent actors all piping in and out, rising and falling collective undercurrents of sickness and hope.

BWW Review: MOVING ARTS ESPAŅOLA's Youth Share Their Story at United World College's Annual Conference
February 13, 2017

This was our first ever 'tour,' our first time outside the dome theater where we conducted our Monday-Wednesday after-school drama program. The beautiful Moving Arts Performance Center where we rehearse (a transformed casino gambling hall) is a testament to what is possible in Espaola, but our theater remains a distinct contrast to UWC's sprawling high-tech campus just outside Las Vegas, New Mexico. This campus features a gigantic castle on a hill, a gym, a fully-equipped big proscenium theaterand is home to several hundred students and teachers from throughout the world.

BWW Feature: One Community, Under a Dome: My Story at MOVING ARTS (Part 1)BWW Feature: One Community, Under a Dome: My Story at MOVING ARTS (Part 1)
November 17, 2016

I moved back home to Albuquerque after serving with the Peace Corps in the Philippines. A guy called to ask if we could meet and talk about the museum I had established on the island where I'd served. He wanted to start a museum too, in New Mexico. Would I be interested in helping him?

BWW Review: THE GAZA MONOLOGUES Moves (and Moves With) the Audience at Peņasco Theater
October 14, 2016

In the mountain village of Peasco, New Mexico, to an audience of youth and adults where everyone seemed to know each other, four actors (two of them, teenagers) performed powerfully a style of theater that I had never seen before-yet which seemed so natural, an organic expression of that unique community. The theater has harvested its strengths-acrobatics and circus camps for youth, collaborations with multiple artistic communities locally and abroad, political activism-for a fresh version of a popular show: The Gaza Monologues, 31 personal stories written by Palestinian youth who lived through the '08-'09 war on Gaza.

BWW Review: REGENERATION FESTIVAL makes us all actors, in Taos, Espanola, And BeyondBWW Review: REGENERATION FESTIVAL makes us all actors, in Taos, Espanola, And Beyond
September 8, 2016

The Festival's primary purpose: to actualize the necessary positive response to a tragic global epidemic of hopelessness. The festival was founded by Lyla June Johnston as a response to a spike in an already-bleak trend of youth suicide and drug abuse-the goal of the event is to end this trend.

BWW Review: RE(D)GENERATION Comes from the Earth 
at the Center For Contemporary ArtsBWW Review: RE(D)GENERATION Comes from the Earth at the Center For Contemporary Arts
August 26, 2016

Dancing Earth takes contemporary dance a step further-because they root within their immemorial indigenous identity. Theirs was not a dance of abstract gestures through undefined space; their movement was growth, upon a dancing earth.

BWW Review: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT at National Hispanic Cultural Center Journal TheaterBWW Review: PRISCILLA QUEEN OF THE DESERT at National Hispanic Cultural Center Journal Theater
July 6, 2016

It takes guts to do a show like Priscilla Queen of the Desert, a drag-queen pop musical based on a popular Oscar winning movie-in a venue like the National Hispanic Cultural Center's grand and elegant Journal Theater. To do it right, the show needs to be big. Big glitz, big musical numbers, big choreography, big audience. Last Saturday, Albuquerque's Drag-queen performance group 'the Dolls' went as big as they could. But because of the natural limitations that come with community theater, the show could not be enormous. And because there wasn't enough character development to distract from these limitations, the empty spaces between each vamping glitzy drag queen began to detract.

BWW Review: THE WHITEHEADED BOY is Spoiled at The AdobeBWW Review: THE WHITEHEADED BOY is Spoiled at The Adobe
June 23, 2016

The Whiteheaded Boy drags along the bottom of the Adobe stage with poor pace and too many clumsy performances. The energy picks up, eventually-the second act has a good clip to it, but much too late. Already the Stage Manager, sitting uselessly to the side of the stage, has introduced to every character in the large ensemble (multiple times, for whatever reason). And already, each of these introductions has failed to contribute much more dynamism than the furniture could.

BWW Review: DRUNKEN CITY at The CellBWW Review: DRUNKEN CITY at The Cell
May 18, 2016

The Cell, where Duke City Repertory is performing this show, is just two blocks from the Central nightclub strip full of young people. Can that crowd please attend the theater too? Tickets are less expensive than a couple drinks, and there's catharsis instead of a hangover. Besides, here is a play that shines a light on your exact ritual, O young people: The 'night out on the town.'

BWW Review: IMMORTAL LONGINGS is theater geeks and lay(wo)men alike at The VortexBWW Review: IMMORTAL LONGINGS is theater geeks and lay(wo)men alike at The Vortex
May 4, 2016

As a theater geek, I'm predisposed to enjoy Immortal Longings, the Vortex' latest production, which brings a pantheon-ensemble of Shakespeare's greatest female characters from his greatest plays onto a single stage, to perform their greatest scenes. This is a geek's dream. Yet I don't feel like I'm taking a risk when I recommend the show to everyone.

BWW Review: THE COUNTRY HOUSE Mourns a Fiction at The CellBWW Review: THE COUNTRY HOUSE Mourns a Fiction at The Cell
April 19, 2016

A family mourns the recent death of their beloved sister/daughter/wife/mother (and famous actress), Kathy. This melancholy premise is a fitting frame for self-involved character reflections, but not for dramatic energy-especially because the manner of Kathy's death is totally unrelated to the characters's lives.

BWW Feature: FUSION FORUM: Cool Right NowBWW Feature: FUSION FORUM: Cool Right Now
April 14, 2016

What is the FUSION forum? A 'cultural collider,' as Dennis Gromelski (Executive Director of FUSION, New Mexico's longest-running professional theater company) explains: Similar to the goals of the particle collider in CERN, the Fusion Forum will bring charged artists together to unfold the secrets of the universe.

BWW Reviews: TERRA NOVA an Elegant Doom at The VortexBWW Reviews: TERRA NOVA an Elegant Doom at The Vortex
April 6, 2016

Terra Nova's elegant staging and technical elements created an engrossing poetry of action for the brooding tale of men dying in Antarctica. I can't say I warmed-up to all the choices, but warmth wasn't the point of this play. I'll leave it to my reader to see the show and feel the effect of these choices for themselves-yet my own experience lingers in my chest like a shard of ice:

BWW Review: THE GRADUATE Goes Singularly Deep at Aux Dog Nob HillBWW Review: THE GRADUATE Goes Singularly Deep at Aux Dog Nob Hill
March 30, 2016

The ensemble of the Aux Dog's Graduate --especially the leads--so thoroughly possessed their characters that I soon forgot entirely 'how Hoffman, et al did it in the movie.' But they went further, delving through the expansive script with raw and ruthless energy so not only did I stop comparing to the film, I stopped comparing to reality--this performance was singular.

BWW Review: ELEVATED SOAPBOX Strikes a Cord at TherapyBWW Review: ELEVATED SOAPBOX Strikes a Cord at Therapy
March 25, 2016

The Elevated Soapbox is a monthly speaking event, held in Therapy Gallery Downtown: Each Soapbox has a theme, and is curated by a different guest, who chooses six people from the community to each speak for six minutes about their personal life, passion, and profession.

BWW Review: THE CHUPACABRA CANTINA makes a statement (fun) at VSA North Fourth Arts CenterBWW Review: THE CHUPACABRA CANTINA makes a statement (fun) at VSA North Fourth Arts Center
March 14, 2016

The women of Las Meganenas, a local troupe of storytellers, are showing their latest piece at the VSA North Fourth Arts Center: 'The Chupacabra Cantina,' a galvanizing expose on the imbalanced global structures of power that, like the vampiric Chupacabra of Mexican and Hispanic legend, suck the life out of local communities' shared heritage.

BWW Interview: Director Mark Hisler Contextualizes TERRA NOVA at The VortexBWW Interview: Director Mark Hisler Contextualizes TERRA NOVA at The Vortex
March 8, 2016

The next show inthe Vortex Theater will beTerra Nova, by Ted Tally. OpeningMarch 25 and running untilApril 17, the play coversthe last leg of the ill-fated 1912 Terra Nova South Pole expedition, led by Captain Robert Falcon Scott. Co-directed by Mark Hisler (left, in below image)and Aaron Worley (right), this show is a cunning balance between a thoughtful social commentary and a visceralhuman trial. Mark Hislerand I metto discuss this balance, and the history behind it.

BWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Displays the Talent at Bosque SchoolBWW Review: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Displays the Talent at Bosque School
March 1, 2016

Basque school puts on a big show: Costumes, props, sets--all, impeccably done. Their chief assets are the students, whose talent gives this show life.

BWW Review: TRAVELING WITH ANGELS Captivates at National Hispanic Cultural CenterBWW Review: TRAVELING WITH ANGELS Captivates at National Hispanic Cultural Center
February 22, 2016

Renee Pea's simple, vibrant autobiography--her childhood in Gallup, NM, her family relationships, her travels throughout 27 countries--is like a laid back aunt telling stories at a family reunion. Yet Pea's not just any old aunt--she's an actress of extraordinary skill; with craft and care, she elevates her life: You will be captivated.

BWW Reviews: BEDTIME STORIES WITH POPPLEWELL Rambles Aimlessly at Trick Lock Performance LaboratoryBWW Reviews: BEDTIME STORIES WITH POPPLEWELL Rambles Aimlessly at Trick Lock Performance Laboratory
February 16, 2016

Locally produced one act, 'Bedtime Stories With Popplewell,' should've seen a lot more revision before opening in the Tricklock Performance Laboratory, but the community came out to support it anyhow.



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