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Santa Fe Reporter
September 20th, 2017
by Alicia Inez Guzman

In Isaac Jerome Lopez’s view, there aren’t any rules to improvisational theater. But if he could boil it down to two precepts, they would be: Don’t hurt your fellow actors or audience members, and think fast. He’s a 12-year-old actor and gymnast who has been taking classes for 10 years at Moving Arts Española (, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating through art. When I asked Lopez, a student of La Tierra Montessori School, if he considered himself a veteran of the organization, without skipping a beat he answered yes.

I first encountered Lopez on Sept. 9 at Santa Fe Art Institute where he, along with five other young actors from Moving Arts Española, were staging Beyond the Border, a “youth-created participatory performance and dialogue about the state of immigration policy and its effects on families in Northern New Mexico,”

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