For nearly 30 years, Santa Fe Performing Arts has used acting and stagecraft as tools for educating New Mexico's children and youth and exploring social issues facing our community. We serve more than 8,000 New Mexico children and youth annually and offer opportunities for adult actors to perform and learn more about the craft of acting. Our programs have attracted more than 10,000 students to participate in 90+ mainstage productions played to more than 100,000 local and regional audience members.
2012 Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, Education and Outreach
2002 through 2010 Voted "Best of Santa Fe" Theater - SFReporter
2000 Special Award - United Way of Santa Fe
1997 Endorsed by the National Education Association of New Mexico
1995 Awarded the Armory for the Arts Theater Complex - State of New Mexico
1993 Outstanding Contribution Arts and Humanities - Santa Fe Community Foundation
The SFPA scholarship fund provides critical support to SFPA. Please consider donating now to ensure our rich arts tradition continues for years to come.
Performing Arts School
The SFPA School offers after-school and summer classes in drama, music and dance for children ages 6-18.
City different players
The City Different Players, an after-school and summer program for 7-12 year olds, culminates in a full-scale production. These productions are open to the public and include special low-cost weekday performances for elementary school classes.
SFPA's Teen Company is comprised of 13-18-year-olds who attend after-school and summer classes in drama, music and dance. Their program also culminates in productions open to the public. SFPA's Teen Program features an innovative use of performing arts to help students cope with such issues as teen suicide, gang violence and drug abuse.
A teen production written by SFPA students, "Recycled Life: Inside Suicide's Mind," addressed New Mexico's teen suicide epidemic, receiving praise from all sectors of the community, facilitating collaborations with such organizations as Survivors of Suicide and the Teen Suicide Hotline. SFPA teens also toured with "Violence-What Is It Good For?," traveling throughout New Mexico offering opportunities for young people to better understand conflict resolution and explore alternatives to violence
ARTISTS-IN-THE-SCHOOLS RESIDENCY PROGRAM
The Artists-in-the-Schools Residency Program allows SFPA instructors to work with elementary classroom teachers in the public schools to integrate performing arts into the curriculum.
EDUCATIONAL TOURING PRODUCTION/WORKSHOP
The Educational Touring Production/Workshop is a bilingual touring production that teaches performing arts techniques to public school while addressing a variety of social issues that are important to today's youth. Past tours have dealt with teen suicide, drugs, gangs and violence.
TEACHER TRAINING PRODUCTION/WORKSHOP
The Teacher Training Production/Workshop is designed to demonstrate how classroom teachers can integrate the performing arts into their teaching strategies. Step-by-step procedures help teachers bring lessons to life, enhancing learning through basic theatre techniques. Building self-esteem and increasing communication are some of the benefits performing arts can offer to children and youth at risk.
Adult Resident Company
As Santa Fe's longest continuous professional resident theatre, the SFPA Adult Resident Company provides the community with a professional theater company committed to artistic excellence that creates opportunities for New Mexico theatre artists to work in a professional environment. The Adult Resident Company forms collaborations with other performing arts companies and community organizations and heightens awareness in the community about current social issues.
SFPA's Company productions have met with critical acclaim and have been attended by more than 50,000 audience members. Continued community support has allowed the Company to employ more than 6,000 New Mexico theatre artists and has helped us facilitate collaborations with more than 150 other organizations over our nearly 30-year history.
PLAY it forward project
SFPA's "Play It Forward Project" dives deeply into social issues within our community, with the intention of bringing otherwise unseen or unheard issues to the stage by producing original works developed directly by members of these communities. "FOSTER" (2015) illuminated the true stories of youth who had gone through the foster care system in NM. "12 Switches" (2017) brought students of Northern New Mexico College the opportunity to celebrate the birth, history and culture of lowriders in NM.
ACTING WORKSHOPS & PRIVATE COACHING FOR ADULTS
SFPA also offers ongoing adult acting workshops and private coaching. For more information, call 505-982-7992.
The Armory for the Arts Theater
Our home theater provides the community with an affordable performing arts facility and to create a center for collaboration. This first-class facility is available for stage productions of all types in the City of Santa Fe.