Santa Fe Playhouse
The Santa Fe Playhouse, led by Artistic Director, Vaughn Irving, is the oldest continuously playing theatre presenting productions west of the Mississippi. Nurturing new generations of theatre-goers, it remains their vision to be the driving force in establishing Santa Fe as a destination for engaging theatre.
Playhouse in the past
American novelist and essayist, Mary Austin, incorporated the Playhouse as the Santa Fe Little Theatre in 1922, to preserve the rich texture of the many diverse peoples that make up the Santa Fe community. The Santa Fe Playhouse has had many transformations through the decades, and eventually the theatre found a permanent place in the 1960’s in an adobe building in the historic Barno de Analco.
Playhouse in the 1960’s
The Santa Fe Playhouse continues to give opportunities to actors, designers and technicians to work and gain experience in the theatre, alongside professionals.
Through their short contest, ‘Benchwarmers,’ and their newly-developed Writers Forum, new and professional writers are able to develop and see their work produced in the community. Their season continues to expand, bringing to their audiences plays in almost every genre.
Season of 2016
Heading The Santa Fe Playhouse, Mr. Irving has worked in professional theatre since 2003. In Santa Fe he has written and produced over fifty productions, including “Disco Jesus and the Apostles of Funk,” and “You or Whatever I Can Get, which have received acclaim at the Capital Fringe in Washington, D.C. He is also a member of the teaching faculty at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts.
The Santa Fe Playhouse’s 2016 productions include “The 39 Steps,” Lillian Hellman’s “The Children’s Hour,” the regional premiere of Qui Nguyen’s “She Kills Monsters,” Jason Robert Brown‘s musical “The Last Five Years,” “The Pillowman,” and “The Fiesta Melodrama.” For info: The Santa Fe Playhouse 142 East De Vargas St. Santa Fe, NM, www.Santafeplayhouse.org, Playhouse@santafeplayhouse.org
Road to Rome in the 1930’s