For 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 2,000 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 100+ 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. 

SFPA is a magical place that offers amazing training. Thank you to everyone who I worked with there!
— Teissia

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 6-12 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. 

Teen Company

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.

Without SFPA, I don’t think I would be as confident or determined as I am now.
— Lauren


Educational Outreach


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. 


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. 


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.

I learned so much in my six years at SFPA, not only about acting, but about myself.
— Zoe

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.



SFPA also offers ongoing adult acting workshops and private coaching. For more information, call 505-982-7992.