About Us


It is our vision to be the driving force in establishing Santa Fe as a destination for quality engaging theatre.



VAUGHN IRVING (Artistic Director) has worked in professional theatre since 2004. Originally from right here in Santa Fe, Vaughn is a graduate of Santa Fe High School and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University. Vaughn has acted, directed, written, and produced over 50 productions in seven states and the District of Columbia. His original musicals Disco Jesus and the Apostles of Funk, and You or Whatever I Can Get both won awards at the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, DC. Vaughn is a member of the teaching faculty at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, a company member of Flying V Theatre and Crash of Rhinos Productions, and a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.


JENNIE LEWIS (Theater Manager) holds a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Bard College and a Masters in International Art Crime Studies and Cultural Heritage Protection from ARCA. During her college years, she wrote a few little plays, one of which was selected for a Benchwarmers. After many years in the art administration world, she returned to the theater to be surrounded by people who love what they do!


JEREMY PLANT (Technical Director) Jeremy grew up in the streets of Paris, the jungles of Panama, and Dorset’s green and pleasant land. After nearly 20 years in Tokyo, Japan, he came to America to find a job doing what he loves, and found it. He is extremely proud of the work he did in Japan. Working with every English language production company, some Japanese companies, the British Chamber of Commerce, Shine on Kids(a charity bringing dogs into children’s cancer wards, and he was technical director/designer/theater liaison for Eddie Izzard’s Force Majeure. 


KENT KIRKPATRICK (President) received an MFA from the University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, and has taught and served on the faculty at University of California—San Diego, University of California—Irvine, University of Delaware, American Academy of Dramatic Arts West, and Oxford University. Kent is an actor, director and producer in theater, film and television. Recently, he taught in the Film School at Santa Fe University of Art and Design.

ANDY PRIMM (Secretary) is a writer, producer, director, actor, videographer, and multi-instrumentalist and a native of Santa Fe. He has worked in TV, movies, on the stage and has toured internationally.

CARLA GARCIA  loves being a Board Member of the Santa Fe Playhouse and looks forward to the continuous adventures ahead! A graduate of Northwestern University, she has spent most of her career in the nonprofit sector, but is currently working as the Events Assistant for Meow Wolf. In Santa Fe, she has stage-managed for the Santa Fe Playhouse, Ironweed Productions, DNAWORKS, Teatro Paraguas, Wise Fool, and Z-Productions. She has also worked with Shakespeare in the Gardens, Just Say It Theater, Recuerdos Vivos, and Theater Grottesco among others.

KELLY HUERTAS (Finance Committee) holds a double BFA major in Dramatic Arts/Playwrighting from the University of Georgia, and over a decade of experience in New York City acting in theatre and television. She moved to Santa Fe in the fall of October 1994 where she began writing again and continues her education with multiple residencies. She has been an active participant at the Playhouse since 2009. From 2013 to 2017 she sat as the Chairman of the Board for the Playhouse. Upon creation of the Finance Committee versus a singular Treasurer, Ms. Huertas continues to develop the fiduciary resources necessary to ensure the Legacy Endowment as the Playhouse heads towards its centennial celebration in 2022. Along side her chef/owner husband David, she has worked as the pastry chef of El Meson Restaurant which celebrated 20 years in the summer of 2017. She also assists with the Candyman Summer Music programs, the Desert Academy Fundraising Counsel and is a member of the Dramatists Guild.

MICHELLE V. PADILLA is employed with Los Alamos National Bank as a Vice President and Regional Branch Manager for the past 24 years.