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The American Southwest Theatre Company (ASTC) is a not-for-profit corporation (501c-3), governed by a Board of Directors made up of company and community members who value the arts and philanthropy. It is a separate, not-for-profit organization that works with the NMSU Theatre Department in a mutually exclusive production arrangement. NMSU Theatre Department Head Wil Kilroy serves a the Managing Director/Treasurer of ASTC. ASTC was founded in 1984 by Dr. Bruce Streett and Tony Award-winning playwright Mark Medoff. Their purpose was to invite visiting Guest Artists to work alongside a Resident Company of theatre professionals to enrich the community and New Mexico State University’s Department of Theatre students. ASTC’s Resident Company members teach courses for the Department of Theatre and lead the production of ASTC/NMSU’s theatrical season while working professionally around the nation to forge valuable artistic connections. ASTC’s visiting Guest Artists are funded solely by ASTC’s Board of Directors’ fundraising efforts. Recent guest include Casting Director Mark Paladini, Actor, Stand-Up Comedian, Singer/Songwriter and Theatre Director Zachariah Stearn, Actors Tracy Liz Miller and Alison Cimmet, and Theatrical Intimacy Educator Chelsea Pace. The ASTC Board supports NMSU Theatre Arts through a series of events/fundraisers, through program ads, and through Board donations. Currently, the Board contributes to student travel to conferences and auditions, and the High Desert New Play Development Workshop.