Education and Workshops

Young Playwrights Project

The Santa Fe Playhouse has been a mainstay of Santa Fe’s theater community for almost 100 years and in 2019 we are proud to launch a new program—the Young Playwrights’ Project (YPP)—as the cornerstone of our educational outreach.

The objective of the YPP project—a focused course in playwriting leading to performance—is to use theater as a tool to serve at-risk and underserved children in the Santa Fe area. Under the instructor guidance of theater professionals Marguerite Louise Scott and Quinn Fontaine, the program is designed to engage and expand the children’s literacy, life skills, attitudes towards learning, and means of expression.

Improvisation & Introduction to Playwriting, January 5 – 26, 2019
Young Playwrights Project: Southside Library, February 25 – April 1, 2019
Young Playwrights Project: La Farge Library, April 3 – May 8, 2019

The mission of the Santa Fe Playhouse Young Playwrights Project is to take the successful model and structure of the original 52nd St Project in New York City ( and mold it to serve at risk, underserved and unheard youth (ages 8 and up) in the Santa Fe area, using theater and a focused course in playwriting leading to performance as tools to engage and help expand the youth’s means of expression and to improve their literacy, their life skills, and their attitudes towards learning.


1) Provide the students a creative outlet to express their own original voices through playwriting and acting, developing their individual skills and stretching their imaginations and skill sets.

2) Give the students the structured support of a creative community where all their voices are valued and honored, and the opportunities to grow and mature within that creative community.

3) Encourage the students to have fun while learning in a safe, supportive environment among peers and adult professionals.

There is no cost to those attending the Young Playwrights Program. Funds are raised for paid staff, theater operating expenses, and administrative costs through grants, fundraising, and donations.

“The 52nd St Project is about making children proud of themselves. The Project is not about teaching children to act, although they will learn to. It is not about teaching them to write plays, although they will learn that as well. What it is about is giving a kid an experience of success. It is about giving a kid an opportunity to prove that he or she has something of value to offer, something that comes from within that he or she alone possesses, something that cannot be taken away.” – From the 52nd St Project

A six-week program in conjunction with a local organization that serves at risk, underserved and unheard kids and teens. Age participation in this track is flexible according to the needs and ages of the clients served within the non-profit.

Depending on the organization’s choice, the once or twice weekly, two-hour sessions will take place at the organization’s location or at the Santa Fe Playhouse facilities. Those attending the workshops will be led through a structured program, based on the 52nd Street Projects replication guidelines, creating plays addressing their own concerns, ideas, beliefs, fears, hopes and dreams. Using the creative, structured environment as a safe place to express themselves and empower their voices, and culminating in an invited presentation of the plays they’ve created. There would be no cost to the participants nor the non-profit organization. Notebooks and pens will be provided.

Each participant who completes the six-week program of either track will have the opportunity to be mentored by a writer who is a designated New Mexico Film Foundation Volunteer Mentor and have their screenplay read aloud by professional actors at an event in Summer 2019.


Marguerite Louise Scott (Administrator and Educator) is a playwright and actress who has worked with children, teens, low-income women, and homeless shelter groups leading workshops which created theater and/or stories to empower their voices. In May, 2018, her recent full-length play, Flight Plan, was workshopped and produced at the Santa Fe Playhouse, directed by Christine McHugh of New Mexico Women in Film. Flight Plan was also read at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska in June, 2018. Marguerite initiated and facilitated the creation of a 52nd Street Replication Project with Coyote Theatre, Boston, MA. She is a member of The Dramatist Guild of America.

Quinn Fontaine (Educator) is a proud transgender male with a background in all things expressive—stand-up, sketch and improvisational comedy, installation work, and found object sculpture. He began his studies in Communications Media at Simmons College in Boston and continued his education studying Performance/Video at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA. He went on to star in the independent feature, Some Prefer Cake, and also co-wrote, co-produced and co-starred with the sketch comedy troupe Nude Coffee, playing venues throughout the United States and Europe, most notably Edinburgh’s International Fringe Festival.

Quinn’s first-ever one person show, Learning to Stay, was selected for fellowship with The Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship. His second solo show, aptly titled Kathleen Fontaine: The Man, the Mystery, played to sold out audiences and his book, Hung Like a Seahorse: A Real-Life Transgender Adventure of Tragedy, Comedy and Recovery, is an international bestseller. The companion piece/solo show, Hung Like a Seahorse: The Show+Tell Version, has received rave reviews.

Join Marguerite Louise Scott and Quinn Fontaine for Improvisation & Introduction to Playwriting workshops, a special introduction to the Santa Fe Playhouse’s Young Playwrights Project.

Four Saturdays in January 2019: January 5, January 12, January 19 and January 26 (Come to one workshop, two, three, or all four!)

Each workshops runs 2:00-4:00pm

Available to:
Anyone 21 and under

Santa Fe Playhouse Rehearsal Hall
3218 Calle Marie, Unit B
Santa Fe, NM 87507


What to Expect:
Each workshop begins with a warm up, to get those creative juices flowing with fun improv exercises that help us connect to ourselves and each other. We then put pen to paper with various writing assignments to explore creating characters, monologues, and scenes.

The workshops are offered free via The Young Playwright Project.

Santa Fe kids aged 8 to 12 years old! Participate in the Young Playwrights Project at the Santa Fe Southside Library!

Under the instructor guidance of theater professionals Quinn Fontaine and Marguerite Louise Scott, dive into Improvisation, Theater Games, Creating Scenes and Characters, and developing Character Monologues.

WHAT: Young Playwrights Project at Southside Library

Monday afternoons, 3:30–5:00pm
February 25 – April 1, 2019

Children aged 8 to 12 years old

Santa Fe Public Library–Southside Branch, Community Room
6599 Jaguar Dr, Santa Fe, NM 87507


If you have questions or need more information contact or call Marguerite at 505-795-0739.

Santa Fe kids aged 8 to 12 years old! Participate in the Young Playwrights Project at the Santa Fe La Farge Library!

Under the instructor guidance of theater professionals Quinn Fontaine and Marguerite Louise Scott, dive into Improvisation, Theater Games, Creating Scenes and Characters, and developing Character Monologues.

WHAT: Young Playwrights Project at La Farge Library

Wednesday afternoons, 3:30–5:00pm
April 3 – May 8, 2019

Children aged 8 to 12 years old

Santa Fe Public Library–La Farge Branch, Community Room
1730 Llano St, Santa Fe, NM 87505


If you have questions or need more information contact or call Marguerite at 505-795-0739.

Acting and the Voice with Clare Davidson

6 hour workshop

Class Description:
A day of voice exercises, improvisation & text work, lead by internationally renowned voice, acting and presentation coach, Clare Davidson

Bring a monologue (memorized if possible)


  • Sunday, January 6th, 2019
  • 10am-1pm, lunch break, 2pm to 5pm
  • Ages 16 and up


  • Santa Fe Playhouse Rehearsal Hall
    3218 Calle Marie, Unit B
    Santa Fe, NM 87507


  • $125 per person
  • Registration deadline January 4th

Clare Davidson: Clare was trained at LAMDA under Iris Warren, and stayed on there to become head of Voice. She runs her own Masterclasses in London and has had her own Clare Davidson Acting Program there and in Los Angeles. She became Director of the Early Stages Acting Program for BADA at their Midsummer in Oxford Program at Balliol College and with her MFA she became a Professor of Acting and Directing at the College of Santa Fe, New Mexico having previously run extensive workshops in New York, Los Angeles, Hawaii and New Orleans. She runs a Screen Acting Workshop for Actor’s Studio at Pinewood Studios and teaches on the MA/MFA Voice Studies training course for voice professionals at Royal Central. As an internationally known voice, acting and presentation coach she has worked with such stars as Sting, Pierce Brosnan and Orlando Bloom while her corporate clients have taken her to  Monaco, Paris and Hong Kong. Her coaching on movies has included “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, “Accident” and “The Power of One” and she has directed in London’s West End and off-Broadway, with her productions including Mark Rylance in Genet’s “The Maids”, Stephen Rae in Strindberg’s”Miss Julie”, Diana Rigg in Ibsen’s “Little Eyolf” and Joanne Kamp in Shaw’s “Candida”.

For details of Clare’s approach to the work go to:

Theatre. Immersion. Education. – [T.I.E.]

24 Hour Workshop

Class Description:
T.I.E. is a residential, 24-hour workshop-experience during which participants will be introduced to Immersive Theatre aesthetics, as inspired by the award-winning work Information for/from Outsiders: Chronicles from Kashmir. Based on a practical exploration of these strategies, participants will be guided through a collaborative process in which they will then create their own immersive, theatrical experience about a social justice issue: a piece that can be shared at the end of the workshop, with an invited audience of the participants’ choice.

Yes, we will do all of this in just 24 hours!

Why participate?

  • Interested actors will acquire knowledge about the demands of performing in participatory/ immersive theatrical environments
  • Interested directors will learn more about leading collaborative, devised, creative processes
  • Interested writers will gain insights into scripting immersive environments
  • Interested designers will further their understanding of site-adaptive/site-sensitive techniques
  • Interested activists will explore the potential for theatre in their respective struggles
  • All participants will leave this workshop with a more nuanced understanding of Immersive Theatre, and of the issue that is chosen for the workshop by the participant group


Join the first-ever T.I.E. workshop in Santa Fe:

  • From 1 PM on Saturday, January 19 to 1 PM on Sunday, January 20
  • The workshop is open to participants who are 18 years and older
  • Maximum 25 participants
  • Yes, you will get to eat, sleep, and use the restroom!
  • More information on specific logistics — what you should bring; what you can expect — will be sent to participants in the week leading up to the workshop
  • Registration deadline is January 11th , 2019


Santa Fe Playhouse, 142 E De Vargas St., Santa Fe, NM 87505


  • $ 150 per participant [early registration, sign up by January 7th]
  • $ 200 per participant [late registration, sign up between January 8th and 11th]

The fee includes food and drinks that will be provided to the participants as part of the experience.


Nandita Dinesh is a theatre maker, scholar, author, and educator who holds a PhD in Drama from the University of Cape Town in South Africa and an MA in Performance Studies from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Focused on the role that theatre can play during and after violent conflict, Dinesh has conducted community-based theatre projects in Kashmir, India, Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, and Zimbabwe. In 2017 Dinesh was awarded the Elliott Hayes Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dramaturgy by Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, for Chronicles from Kashmir. Dinesh has published multiple books about her work: Theatre and War: Notes from the Field; the Memos from a Theatre Lab series: Exploring What Immersive Theatre “Does”, Spaces, Relationships, and Immersive Theatre, Immersive Theatre and Time; Scripting Detention: A Project in Theater and Autoethnography with Incarcerated Teens; Information for/from Outsiders: Chronicles from Kashmir; Theatre & War: Notes from Afar; Immersive Theater & Activism: Scripts and Strategies for Directors and Playwrights.

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