Who We Are
In 2014, after years of professional interaction and deep friendship, Justin Lucero of El Paso and Megan McQueen of Las Cruces founded Scaffolding Theatre Company.
JUSTIN LUCERO is an assistant professor for the directing program at Carnegie Mellon University, the celebrated first degree-granting drama institution in the United States.
He is also Artistic Director of El Paso Opera, where he serves as resident Stage Director (Pagliacci, Hänsel & Gretel, The Magic Flute, Trouble in Tahiti), Director of the Young Artist Program, and heads its Community Engagement initiatives.
During his two-year residency with the University of Houston as the inaugural Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fellow in Directing, he taught directing, theatre education, and collective creation and directed The Caucasian Chalk Circle and Luchadora!
Justin regularly directs for the UTEP Dinner Theatre (Anything Goes, South Pacific starring Megan McQueen, and Hello, Dolly!) and has a long-standing relationship as an Artist-in-Residence with UTEP’s Department of Music.
His directing throughout America includes Arsenic and Old Lace for Creede Repertory Theatre in Colorado; The Liar for Florida State University / Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training and Hamlet for Asolo Repertory Theatre in Florida; and Curtains for Point Park University's Pittsburgh Playhouse and Cendrillon for Pittsburgh Festival Opera in
His numerous prestigious appointments include a FAIR Directing Assistantship with Oregon Shakespeare Festival, a Stage Directors & Choreographers Foundation Directing Observership at South Coast Repertory in California, and a Directing Attachment at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre (London/West End) where he assisted on the Olivier Award-winning musical revival of Crazy for You.
Justin trained in London at the University of Essex’s East 15 Acting School (rated as the number one school for drama in the UK by The Times) earning an MFA in Theatre Directing with Distinction. He is an associate member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), a national theatrical union.
MEGAN McQUEEN is a proud devotee of musical theatre, having produced, directed, and performed countless musicals and revues while educating thousands of students for over two decades.
While earning a Bachelor of Music degree and theatre minor with honors, her roles ranged from Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro to Sally Bowles in Cabaret at New Mexico State University. She also served as the publicist for the university choirs with whom she performed at the Vatican in Rome.
After several years as a freelance producer and performer, she earned her Master of Arts in Education from NMSU while teaching at Alma d’arte Charter High School in Las Cruces, New Mexico over 8 years. She then worked as Centennial High School’s first theatre and dance teacher.
While serving on the faculty of NMSU for five years, Megan not only taught theatre and acting as part of general education, but also created various musical theatre courses while music directing A Christmas Carol, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, The Drowsy Chaperone, Urinetown, and Rent.
She has performed numerous musical theatre roles for companies in New Mexico, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. Favorites include Svetlana in Chess, Fosca in Passion, and Claudia in Nine for Ephrata Playhouse in the Park in Pennsylvania; Anna in The King and I, Rona in …Spelling Bee, Nellie in South Pacific, and Donna in Mamma Mia for UTEP Dinner Theatre in Texas; Miss Hannigan in Annie for Las Cruces Community Theater in New Mexico; the baroness in The Sound of Music, Aldonza in Man of La Mancha, and The Witch in Into the Woods for Doña Ana Lyric Opera in New Mexico.
Highlights of her directing include The Full Monty for Las Cruces Community Theatre, We Are Enron for Doña Ana Lyric Opera, and over 30 musical revues as Artistic Director of Boba Cabaret.
For her contributions to her community, Megan was honored to be included among the Southern New Mexico Women of Distinction in 2014 and received the Community Artist Award from the Doña Ana Arts Council in 2016.
Since 2018, Megan has taught over 600 youth around America, China, England, Canada, Saudi Arabia, and Japan nearly 4,000 classes via the internet. She enjoys exploring theatre and culture with people of all ages as we “learn what it is to be human.”