Angel Vigil is an accomplished author, performer, theatre director, and educator. He is the author of six award-winning books on Hispanic and Western arts and culture. Angel is also the Colorado State Heritage Artist for Hispanic storytelling, specializing in the traditional stories of the Hispanic Southwest and Mexico. He has performed, directed and taught in theatre, dance and the circus arts. He also has appeared at national storytelling festivals throughout the United States.

Education Career

• Chairman of the Fine and Performing Arts Department and
Director of Theatre, Colorado Academy, Denver, CO. (Ret.)


• Governor’s Award for Excellence in Education
• Mayor’s Artist Award, Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs
• Theatre Educator of the Year, Colorado State Theatre Association
• Master Heritage Artist Award, Colorado Council on the Arts
• COVisions Recognition fellowship, Colorado Council on the Arts


Books Published

The Corn Woman and Other Stories and Legends from the Hispanic
Southwest – Awarded the prestigious New York Public Library Book for
the Teenage National Award
Una Linda Raza, Cultural and Artistic Tradition of the Hispanic Southwest
Awarded the Border Regional Library Association Southwestern Book of
the Year Award and the Colorado Book of the Year Special
Recognition Award
• The Eagle on the Cactus, Traditional Stories from Mexico
• ¡Teatro! Hispanic Plays for Young People
• Riding Tall in the Saddle, The Cowboy Fact Book
• Papi, How Many Stars Are in the Sky?



• National Storytelling Festival, Jonesborough, Tennessee
• Keepers of the World Festival, Amherst College
• TED Talk – TEDx Front Range
• Nebraska Storytelling Festival
• Rocky Mountain Storytelling Festival
• George Bush Presidential Museum
• Mesa Storytelling Festival
• Hilso Culturales Festival
• International Reading Association
• National Independent School Library Association
• Colorado Performing Arts Festival
• Aztec, the World of Moctezuma, The Denver Museum of Natural History
• Colorado and Wyoming Cowboy Poetry Festivals
• Lamont School of Music, Denver, Colorado
• The Denver Children’s Museum
• Round the Winter’s Fire, Folk Narrative in Colorado Festival
• The Arvada Center for Arts and Humanities
Do Not Pass Me By: A Celebration of Colorado Folklife, a folk arts
collection produced by the Colorado Council on the Arts
• The Kansas City Ballet
• Phoenix Dance Theatre of New York\
• Denver Center Theatre Company\
• The Mobil Oil Foundation Visiting Artist Dance Tour
• The North American Mime Festival
• The National Chicano Dance Theatre
Hundreds of conferences, arts festivals and school assemblies