The Spencer Experience

The Spencer Theater of Performing Arts is a world-class performance hall located 12 miles north of downtown Ruidoso. Unique architecture, outstanding acoustics, intimate seating and excellent artistry are the Spencer’s celebrated features.


Since 1997, the non-profit facility has presentedSpencerInside (1200x798) an impressive array of professional performances throughout the year, including Broadway shows; European and American symphony orchestras and chamber orchestras; modern dance and Celtic dance companies; salsa and ballroom dance classes and several dance parties; classical and contemporary ballets; comedy troupes and stand-up comedians; drama and comedy theatre; pop, rock, folk, flamenco, Celtic, Native American, jazz and country performers or bands; children’s theatre (Class Acts & Student Performing Arts series); comic opera, big band revues; futuristic music and dance troupes; and numerous tributes to American theatrical and literary icons, as well as music legends.

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Designed by the world renowned architect Antoine Predock and decorated with four major glass installations by the eminent artist Dale Chihuly, the Spencer Theater has garnered numerous awards, the most prestigious of which was its naming as one of seven outstanding theaters in the world by the United States Institute for Theatre Technology in 2004. The ranking was shared with such similarly distinguished facilities as Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall, the Sprague Memorial Hall in New Haven, the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis, the Stevie Eller Dance Theatre in Tucson, the New Tempodrom in Germany and the Brighton Dome & Corn Exchange in England. Among its outstanding details, the $22 million structure features 514 intimate seats.



  • a 5,000-square-foot stage with 52 fly lines
  • state-of-the-art lighting and acoustics
  • a Crystal Lobby
  • a loggia and fountain
  • three chorus dressing rooms and four-star dressing rooms, accommodating 52+ artists
  • a greenroom and open air courtyard
  • a private Founders Room
  • pre-performance dinners for Founders Room members
  • two fully stocked bars
  • two kitchens to accommodate artists, stage crews and Founders Room diners
  • a 964-square-foot outdoor stage and grassy amphitheater
  • a west patio with patio seating
  • 74 acres of land
  • spectacular views of the Sacramento Mountains and the Capitan Mountains.

The facility is available for rentals (parties, weddings, meetings, reunions, memorials, lectures, fund-raisers, shows and movies). Call 575.336.4800 or emailcharles@spencertheater.com for rental information!