Sabina Zúñiga Varela


Workshops & Master Classes

I have had extensive experience working with students, adults and group organizations in creating plays, building ensemble, scene study and theatre games. Classes have ranged from 45 minutes to 4 hours, lasting one day to full semesters. The voice is a powerful tool and the human body an amazing instrument, combining thought, breath, movement and text can lead to change and empowerment in all who partake. Workshops and Classes I can offer students, groups and individuals are: Playbuilding, Juggling, Ensemble Building, Audition Prep, Scene Study, Movement and Directing. (Please scroll down for some photos with me and my students!)

    Teaching Experience                          &                Community Outreach/Workshops


Westminster College (SLC, Utah)

* Panel Participant for "Art & Activism" 

* Keynote Speaker for Diversity Summit

* Social Justice Theatre Workshops 


Certified Language Arts/ Special Education Teacher

Albuquerque Public Schools

Regular Education Teacher (Washington Middle School)

·Drama Elective classes 6th, 7th and 8th grades.

· After school Hip-Hop Culture and Latin dance programs.

Special Education Teacher (Washington Middle School)

·Language Arts 6th grade

·Inclusion Science and Humanities 6th Grade

· Girls Middle School Basketball Coach

Special Education Teacher (Washington Middle School)

·Emotional and Behavior Disabilities

·Self-Contained 6th, 7th and 8th grades

·Language Arts, Math, Science, Humanities




Unusual Suspects 

Teaching Artist/Staging Coordinator

* 6 week program at San Fernando High School culminating in a performance of DRAMA CAFE and mix of original spoken word, monologues and scenes.

*Students explored movement, spoken word, monologues, playbuilding, improvisation and performance skills.

 Foothill Arts Collective 

   Summer Theatre Program Artistic Director

*2 Week program focused on Ensemble Building and Playbuilding.

* 2 week program focused on full production of The Short Tree and the Bird who Could not Sing.

2 week master class on Shakespeare, scene study from "As You LIke It," along with movement and Juggling.

 Richard Allen Theatre Guils (RATC)

* Master Class: Ensemble Building, Voice Support and Playbuilding.

* Master Class: The Audition Process: Scene work and Audition Techniques.

Youth Impact Program

      Summer Camp Mentor/Football Coach

·       5 week academic sports camp for 7th and 8th grade boys

·       Student Athletes took classes in AM and practiced full contact Football in the afternoons.

East Mountain Community Theatre

     Summer Drama Camp Director

·       4 week long Drama camp for East Mountain residents ages 5-15.

·       Students explored theatre games, exercises and skills while developing an original play for a final production for the community.

 Outpost Arts Space

Saturday Classes Teacher

·       High School Poetry

·       Story Book Theatre for ages 5-10

Words Afire Theatre Festival/UNM

·       Director/Producer for original short/full length plays by UNM BA/MFA playwrights.

·       Directed 2 plays that received “Best Hispanic New Play” by the American College Theatre festival.

Teatro Nuevo Mexico

·       Founder/Former Board Member Outreach Coordinator/Actress/Director/Producer ( Creator of Noche De Cuentos: A Family Centered Storytelling Night/Book Exchange.

Las Meganenas Theatre Troup

Director/Actress/Fundraiser/Script Development (

El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos     

Workshop Facilitator in theatre based exercises used to provoke dialogue about social rights and injustices from immigrant women from Latin America.

Young Women United

Workshop facilitator in poetry and theatre based exercises to assist young women of color develop voice, expression of opinion


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