Education and Workshops

Young Playwrights Project

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 NYC ( and mold it to serve at risk, underserved and unheard youth (ages 8 and up) in the Santa Fe area, using theatre (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 attitude towards learning.


1) Have fun while learning in a safe, supportive environment among peers and adult professionals.

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

3) Give all participants 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.

Finances:  There is No Cost to those attending the Young Playwrights Program as funds are raised for paid staff, theatre operating expenses, and administrative costs through grants, fundraising, and donations.

“The 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 Street Project


ON-SITE PLAYWRITING WORKSHOPS: A six week program in conjunction with a local non-profit 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.

TEEN MENTOR TRACK A six week, no cost program located at the Santa Fe Playhouse facilities that are open to any one age 13-18 that would like to participate in order to train to become Teen Mentors in the Young Playwrights Project.  Those attending the workshops would be led through a structured program, learning mentorship skills as well as creating plays addressing their own concerns, ideas, beliefs, fears, hopes and dreams. Culminating in an invited presentation of the plays they created as well as ongoing opportunities to work as Teen Mentors under the continued guidance of the Young Playwrights Project adult staff.


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

For more information, please contact Marguerite:


Marguerite Louise Scott  (Administrator and Educator) is a Playwright and Actress who has worked with kids, teens, low-income women and homeless shelter groups leading workshops which created theatre and/or stories to empower their voices. Her most recent full-length play, Flight Plan, was workshopped and produced at the Santa Fe Playhouse, directed by Christine McHugh of NM Women in Film, and was being read at the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska in June 2018.  She initiated and facilitated the creation of a 52nd Street Replication Project with Coyote Theatre; Boston, MA.

Teaching Resume

52nd Street Project, NYC (Assisted with at-risk inner-city kids ages 7-14 with playwriting & performance)

Portland Public Schools After School Program; Portland, Oregon (Taught acting and performance to at-risk kids ages 6-12, creating their own plays and culminating in public performances.)

ABC Kids & Teens; Portland, Oregon (On-Camera Acting ages 4-18)

The Painted Turtle; Mancos, Co (Taught performing Shakespeare, Improvisation and Puppet Making)

Mancos Renaissance Festival (Taught, co-created with the kids ages 6-15 live Renaissance Festival Performances.)

The Cat, the Crab and Other Things; Abington, PA (Performed with touring Improv Group to Public Schools engaging Grade School students in exercises and workshops.)

Newcomb Middle School and High School; Newcomb, NM (Taught Improvisation Workshops)

State College of Florida; Manatee-Sarasota (Assistant teacher to Artistic Director, Children’s Summer Theatre Camp),

Member of The Dramatist Guild of America.

Quinn Fontaine (Educator) is a proud TRANS guy who has 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. Fontaine went on to star in the independent feature, Some Prefer Cake.  He 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. Fontaine’s first-ever one person show, LEARNING TO STAY, was selected for fellowship with The Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship. Fontaine’s second solo show, aptly titled KATHLEEN FONTAINE: THE MAN, THE MYSTERY!, played to sold out audiences.

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 gotten rave reviews and is in pre-production for a US NATIONAL TOUR in the FALL/WINTER of 2019.

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.
Dates: Four Saturdays in January 2019: January 5, January 12, January 19 and January 26 (Come to one workshop, two, three, or all four!)
Time: Each workshops runs 2:00-4:00pm
Available to: Anyone 21 and under
Location: FOLQ Community Center
2351 Fox Road # 600
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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.
Payment: The workshops are offered free via The Young Playwright Project. The FOLQ Community Center accept voluntary donations of $5.00 to $20.00 towards helping them pay for their space. No one will be turned away for lack of being able to donate.
The FOLQ Community Center is a safe, creative space for all. These workshops are for anyone 21 and under.

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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