Apply to Use the Theater

How to Apply

To submit an application to use the theater during the dates covered by the current booking period please carefully read the following message from the park superintendent and the background information about Chamizal National Memorial and the National Park Service. Then, refer to the available dates before finally filling out and submitting all application forms along with your payment.

Message From the Superintendent

Chamizal National Memorial is an historic site of the National Park Service. All of its facilities are primarily intended to be used by the memorial to tell the Chamizal story. When the Chamizal Theater is not being utilized for memorial sponsored or endorsed events, it is available for use by other groups on a limited basis by special use permit only. Permittees are required to follow all federal safety standards and National Park Service regulations when using the Chamizal Theater.

We are now accepting applications for use of the theater or amphitheater during the months of June through September, 2018.

All special use permit applications (NPS Form 10-930), the identified other completed Form A and Form B, with the required application processing fees must be submitted by mail. The application must be postmarked no later than Monday, October 16, 2017. Please note: Applications will not be accepted in person for this booking period. Please make and retain a copy of your completed forms for your records. If you are requesting dates for more than one event, a separate individual application and individual fee payment for each individual event must be submitted, however multiple request applications may be either mailed singly or together in one envelope.

The following conditions are required for a scheduled performance or event request to be approved:

  • A representative, member, agent, or consultant from the performing group must attend one regularly scheduled two-hour Special Use Permit Workshop offered free by the memorial within the previous three years.

  • A check in the amount of $50.00 made out to the “National Park Service” must accompany each application. This is a non-refundable application processing fee.

Higher consideration will be given to proposals that reflect a meaningful association between the event and our mission and that contribute to visitor understanding of the memorial and that assist us in promoting the values of the National Park System.

Remember, a production mission statement or justification, and/or an educational outreach plan should be attached to the special use permit application and will be evaluated and scored by our staff. This justification will serve as the basis for selection of your production at the memorial.

In order to assist you with this requirement, we will be holding free workshops to explain the criteria for accepting your proposal and to help you develop a workable production mission statement and/or a viable educational outreach program. Attendance at one of these workshops every two years is mandatory.

Workshops are scheduled for this booking period on:

  • Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 7, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, February 14, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Please contact Jerome Flood at 532-7273 extension 105 or Art Garcia at extension 115 to enroll in a workshop or to inquire about additional workshop dates. Attendance without prior registration is allowed, walk-ins are welcome.

Please note that certain dates have already been reserved for events that are sponsored and/or co-sponsored by the National Park Service. Refer to the attachment included in the booking packet which lists the remaining dates that are available from June through September, 2018. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesday are “dark” days for the theatre personnel. Rehearsals and productions will not be conducted on those days.

If your production is selected, then an additional $50.00 fee will be required and must be received for the cost recovery of the administration and issuance of an actual permit. Prescribed fees are due thirty calendar days prior to the date of the authorized event. Authorization for the event can be revoked if the fees are not paid promptly. If the event is canceled by you or the sponsoring organization without prior notice, all paid fees may be forfeited.

Special Note: If you plan to charge for admission to or sell any item of any kind at your event. The National Park Service will not use “special park use permits” for the public staging of special events for which a public admission fee is to be charged. Monies associated with such an event may not be collected by the permittee on park premises without the advanced completion of a different permit known as a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) permit. Requirements, restrictions, mandatory liability insurance, and possible additional fees for the CUA will be explained as part of the process once your event is tentatively selected for presentation at the Memorial through this same application procedure.

The National Park Service and Chamizal National Memorial

Chamizal National Memorial History

Chamizal National Memorial was authorized in 1966 to commemorate the diplomatic settlement of a long-standing boundary dispute with Mexico. The dispute could not have been settled without friendship and goodwill between Mexico and the United States.

Today, the Memorial serves as a cultural center where people from our borderland community, as well as other cultures, come together to share in common experiences and interests such as history, cultures, and the visual and performing arts.

Every program presented at Chamizal National Memorial should remain true to the original mission of the park’s creation by promoting cultural awareness, and mutual understanding.

Keeping this in mind, please answer the questions on the Cultural Relevancy Form as they relate to the program you are proposing to present at Chamizal National Memorial. How closely your program matches our mission will determine whether or not you are given booking dates.

Chamizal National Memorial Purpose

The purpose of the Chamizal National Memorial is to commemorate the diplomatic settlement of a long-standing boundary dispute between the United States of America and Mexico concerning the area known as the Chamizal.

Chamizal National Memorial Significance

Chamizal National Memorial commemorates the diplomatic settlement between the presidents of the United States and Mexico of a century-long dispute that affected many people in the El Paso, Texas/Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, and metropolitan area. The history is better understood through the study of the cultures, the arts, and the stories of the people of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Chamizal National Memorial Mission Statement

Chamizal National Memorial commemorates the diplomatic settlement of a long standing border dispute between the United States and Mexico. Through the study of history, cultures, and the arts, the memorial will foster cultural understanding and international goodwill and friendship.

NPS Mission Statement

The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of this and future generations. The National Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout the country and the world.

Dates Available for Booking

  • June 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, & 28-30
  • July 1, 6-8, & 12-15
  • August 9-12, 16-19, 23-26, & 30-31
  • September 1, 6-9, & 27-30

Dates not listed above will not be available for your use. The park has set blocks of dates strictly for NPS sponsored programs. Mondays and Tuesdays are non-work days (regular days off) for the theater staff. Wednesdays are typically reserved strictly for park initiated or park sponsored education theater programs. Meetings, rehearsals, and outside productions will not typically be authorized on those days.

Application Forms

Form A: Cultural Relevancy
Form B: Proposed Event Information
NPS Form 10-930: Application For Special Use Permit

Last updated: June 7, 2018

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