Unafraid to provoke and challenge, The Santa Fe Playhouse creates and produces professional theater that entertains, inspires, and starts a conversation. We approach our second century committed to growth and in service to our local and national communities.
The Santa Fe Playhouse will advance our legacy as the foundation of the Santa Fe theater community—always raising our quality of work, to not only sustain our creative enterprise, but to also empower audience and artists alike.
The Santa Fe Playhouse was established “to celebrate and preserve the rich texture of the Santa Fe community and bring national voices to the stage,” and that remains a guiding principle more than 100 years later. Recognizing the zeitgeist of the U.S. today, we strive to provide high quality theater that addresses the concerns, challenges, and cultural conversations of our city, state, and nation.
Our team works to produce material that will resonate and be relevant for both our audience and artists. We believe that the power of the theater remains in the roots of its ancient beginnings—that story through performance and a gathered tribe to witness, discuss, debate, and celebrate are what keeps us connected to our humanity, and will be the way to heal divisions and hold the community together in healthy relationships.
Theater is alive. It grows. It evolves. And while the art form is as old as humanity itself, the essence of theater is here and now. You witness a singular event every time you attend the theater, and in the last hundred years the Santa Fe Playhouse has provided over 8,000 unique theatrical experiences. This balance between the old and the new, the classic and the contemporary, the ancient and the now, is at the heart of the work we do at the Santa Fe Playhouse.
Whether you know it or not, you are a part of the experience when you attend live theater. There is an exchange of ideas, energy, laughter, love, tension, and release that moves from the artists to the audience and back again.
We use all the resources of this diverse community and beyond to bring dynamic, entertaining, and inspiring productions to life. We utilize the wisdom of experienced theater professionals, and the vision and motivation of young artists just beginning their careers. Above all, we strive to maintain an open, welcoming space for everyone: a place where we can come together as a community and as the human race to participate in the experience that we call theater.
Robyn Rikoon, Artistic Director