Where Our Story Comes Alive
For centuries, theater has been a way to look at humanity from different angles. It has been a space of catharsis and creative vision. Live theater and performance art are an exchange of energy between audience and artist. Mary Austin, the founder of the Santa Fe Playhouse, saw the theater as a way to share stories of what was happening in the world around her and to start conversations within her community. Through her meaningful and miraculous work, she brought greater visibility to euro-centric audiences of the realities of South Western Native American culture as well as advocate for the conservation of the wildlife of New Mexico. Mary Austin is the reason The Playhouse is alive today and it is part of our mission is to continue her work. It is our mission to create a context in which difficult and expanding conversations can take place within a container of compassion, kindness, and empowerment.
Robyn Rikoon, Artistic Director
#Enough – Plays to End Gun Violence
Santa Fe Playhouse stands in solidarity in combating Gun Violence in our nation and our schools.
On December 14th at 5 PM (MST), in remembrance of the shootings at Sandy Hook, The Santa Fe Playhouse, in co-production with its Young Playwrights Project and Almost Adults Productions will present a digital presentation of plays written by teens from across the nation.
To watch our streamed performance, with a Live Zoom Talk Back immediately afterwards, CLICK HERE for the Playhouse Youtube Channel where you can find the performance the moment it airs. The Zoom link for the Live Talk Back can be found in the description box of the video.
#ENOUGH: Plays to End Gun Violence calls on teens to confront gun violence by creating new works of theatre that will spark critical conversations and incite meaningful action in communities across the country. Our mission is to promote playwriting as a tool for self-expression and social change, harnessing this generation’s spirit of activism and providing a platform for America’s playwrights of tomorrow to discover and develop their voices today.
#ENOUGH was launched in 2019 shortly after the consecutive mass shootings in El Paso, TX and Dayton, OH. By then we had already witnessed a powerful youth movement emerge shortly after the senseless shooting in Parkland, FL the year prior. March for Our Lives, Students Demand Action and other activist groups were organized, passionate, and rightfully angry. Young people took to the streets (and continue to do so) to manifest the change they wanted to see in the world while policymakers continuously failed to rise to the challenge.