Staff and Board of Directors


santa fe performing arts Staff


Megan Maher
Executive Artistic Director

A local theater artist for 16 years, Megan has instructed children and adults in performing arts and drama and directed more than fifty plays and several film productions. She has worked in the Santa Fe Public Schools' Artists in the Schools program and is co-founder of the Santa Fe artist collective Meow Wolf. Megan plays the lead character Piper Pastore in the narrative aspect for Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return, large-scale, multi-media exhibit.

Megan's roles have included those of associate director, director of stage and film productions, drama teacher, actor, stage manager and costume designer. Her regional work includes acting with The Shout and The Hen Haus in Oakland, CA; costume and fashion design with Armor Sans Anguish Fashion Design in Berkley; and working with the Flux Factory artist collective in New York City.

In addition to an internship with Santa Fe Performing Arts, classes with Santa Fe Community College and Armor Sans Anguish, Megan has studied with W. Nicholas Sabato (Actors Studio NYC); Wendy Chapin; Kate Hope (Bloomingdales School of Music); Gigi Mills; and Audrey Derell (Charisma Dance Company).

When she's not at the theater, you can see her performing locally as singer songwriter Flamingo Pink!

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Tara Khozein
Associate Artistic Director

Tara is a graduate from The Jacques Lecoq School of Theater in Paris and holds a BA in Classical Vocal Performance from NMSU. Tara has studied at music festivals including soundSCAPE performer-composer exchange in Maccagno, Italy; Stuttgarter Meisterkurs für Stimmkunst und Neues Musiktheater in Stuttgart, Germany; New Music on the Point in Rutland, Vermont. In Santa Fe, she works with Theater Grottesco as an artist and administrator and maintains an active classical singing practice. While in Paris, Tara built a private vocal studio of over 40 students, offering training in classical, musical theater, non-idiomatic improvisation, and pop styles. She began teaching at SFPA in 2016.

Tara's recent theater credits include acting in and co-creating Theater Grottesco's The Moment of YES!, Wise Fool’s All the Time Time, and Meow Wolf’s House of Halloween; acting in Ironweed’s Creating a Scene; and performing the roles of Adina in The Elixir of Love and Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro with Doña Ana Lyric Opera.

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Karen Billard
Business Manager

Karen's theatrical experience includes costuming, directing and performing in theater, dance, opera and film. A studio artist working mostly in three-dimensional pieces with a variety of media, Karen was a maker on the House of Eternal Return build and continues to work with Meow Wolf

Karen brings deep experience in arts administration to SFPA. A former president of the acclaimed Provincetown Theater in Provincetown, Mass., she has organized poetry and playwrights festivals and served as lead administrator of the Living Arts Institute, which used masked performance to shine a light on social issues. Karen has also served as managing director for the Hyannis Harbor Arts Center and has managed a number Cape Cod art galleries.  


Board of Directors

Susanna Space





Vince Kadlubek
Vice President

Gabriel Folse


Jerry Maher

Peter Vitale





Cindy Demo