What is the 2024 SFP Theatre Maker Observership Program?

SFP’s Theatre Maker Observership Program provides emerging and early career creatives (directors, choreographers, designers, stage managers) opportunities to observe professional theatre makers during a Santa Fe Playhouse production.

To expand and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion, the Theatre Maker Observership Program is specifically designed for:

  • Indigenous, Black, People of Color Theatre Makers
  • Theatre Makers with disabilities
  • Women Theatre Makers
  • LGBTQIAA+ Theatre Makers

Designed to provide mentorship from experienced theatre makers to the emerging creatives that will shape the Northwest and beyond, Observers will watch the production process, from pre-production to opening night. 

Directing and Stage Management Observers are expected to be available for at least 80% of rehearsals and production meetings. Designing Observers are expected to be available for 80% of production meetings, all technical rehearsals, all preview performances, and opening night.

Please note this is an Observership position, not an assistantship or internship.
The Theatre Maker Observership is an unpaid position.

Positions will open up throughout the season. Currently accepting applications for the first two shows: Or, and Born With Teeth.

Available Shows: Or,, Born With Teeth

Application Deadline: January 21, 2023

Application Process: Email your resume and letter of intent to Artistic Director Antonio Miniño (they, them), antonio@santafeplayhouse.org

In your letter of intent, indicate:

  • Your interest in theatre and your work as a theatremaker.
  • Where you are in your career and how you will benefit from this opportunity. 
  • Top three mentors/productions you are interested in observing and why. 


Production: Born With Teeth

Dates: January – March, 2024

Mentors: Antonio Miniño (Directing), Jorge Olivo (Sound Design)

Production: OR,

Dates: January – March, 2024

Mentors: Zoe Burke (Directing), Jorge Olivo (Sound Design)

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who is eligible to apply for this program?

The program is open to early-career theatre makers who identify as Indigenous, Black, People of Color theatre makers; theatre makers with disabilities; women theatre makers; and/or LGBTQIAA+ theatre makers.

What is expected of the observers?

Not to be confused with an assistantship or internship, observers are expected to observe. Having access to attend production meetings (most remote over video conferencing or phone), be included in correspondence between their assigned mentor and the rest of the producing team, and attending rehearsals, preview performances, special events, and opening night, observers will be granted an invaluable opportunity to absorb different techniques, processes, and mentorship from professionals in the field.

What is the selection process like?

Once applications are closed, the SFP artistic team will evaluate applications and follow up with semi-finalists to set up a meeting. 

Is this a paid position?

Additional Questions?

Email Associate Artistic Director, Antonio Miniño (they, them): antonio@santafeplayhouse.org