The Santa Fe Playhouse Board of Trustees is an engaged and passionate group of volunteer members who work to sustain and grow the company. The board meets regularly to give fiduciary oversight, but also works more frequently through standing committees, ad-hoc committees, and task forces.
If you are interested in collaborating on a committee or task force or if you have interest in joining this group of passionate people then please reach out to Board Chair Kent Kirkpatrick.
Kent Kirkpatrick | Board Chair
Kent 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 at the Film School at Santa Fe University of Art and Design.
Erin Bunkley | Board Vice-Chair
Erin is a strategy executive with over 20 years of experience in corporate strategy & development, mergers & acquisitions, and supply chain management with consumer packaged goods companies ranging in size from $100M to $13B. She has a proven track record of creating and implementing strategic plans, developing new market entry strategies, managing major acquisitions, and designing and implementing strategic improvements to drive change and improve profitability.
Originally from Amarillo, Texas, Erin and her family moved to Santa Fe 8 years ago. She and her husband, Thomas, currently work together at CapRock Grain, the entrepreneurial company that her husband and his business partner started over 10 years ago. CapRock’s headquarters is now in downtown Santa Fe. Erin & Thomas’s son, Tom, is a sophomore at Santa Fe Prep. The Bunkley’s enjoy spending time in the amazing beauty of northern New Mexico and participating in the vibrant arts community in Santa Fe.
Ralph Larrañaga | Board Treasurer
Bio coming soon.
Andrew Primm | Board Secretary
Andy is a producer and performer in Santa Fe, NM. He came to the Playhouse as a performer in the long-running traditional show, “The Santa Fe Fiesta Melodrama” in 2011. Since then, he has directed and shepherded that show even until the present day. He has served on the Board of Directors since 2014 and as Secretary since 2015.
A graduate of the now sadly defunct College of Santa Fe, he holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in contemporary music and has performed nationally and internationally with a variety of bands and shows. He also worked as a commercial producer/director for CBS affiliate KRQE in Albuquerque, NM, and currently shoots and edits video for museums, organizations, and artists.
A lifelong Santa Fean, Andy is very passionate about supporting local arts and is proud of his work in that direction.
Tom hails from rural Michigan, and is happy to call Santa Fe “home” since 1979. He loves the open skies, temperate seasons and the caring and creative community here. A theatre arts major at Kalamazoo College led to work in Ft. Wayne, London and Stamford. Travel continues to be one of his passions. Tom retired his position of Marketing & Operations Director at The Santa Fe Opera in 2019. After 40 years of learning, challenges and camaraderie in the opera world, he is grateful to return to his first love – theatre, and to the magic and connection that storytelling brings.
Amanda has over 18 years of retail banking experience. Her leadership style is focused on creating a team that thrives together, builds each other up, and has a good time while taking care of business. When not at work, she is probably at a youth sports event. Her children are very active in track, volleyball, football, baseball, soccer, and the best sport of all, basketball. She has recently started running, loves hiking, and playing fetch with her Labrador puppy. If you are looking for someone who shanks, chunks, and duffs, Amanda is your gal for the next golf tournament.
Bio coming soon.
Gerard Martínez y Valencia
Gerard is currently the Careers Coordinator for the Santa Fe Community College’s Career Services program. He has worked over 25 years in university, state and local government sectors as an organization development, special events, administrative, media, community and public relations specialist. Gerard has served on several local, regional and national boards and committees. Additionally and more importantly, Gerard is an opsimath, writer, playwright, composer and musician, lyrical photographer, and especially enjoys spending time and traveling with his children.
Bio coming soon.
Born and raised on Santa Fe’s east side only a two minute walk to The Santa Fe Playhouse. She is the seventh of nine children, thirteenth generation Native American; Navajo, Taos Pueblo Santa Clara Pueblo. She is also Sephardic Jew of Spanish descent and can trace her roots dating back to the original Spanish land grants.
Renee currently works as National Sales Director for Miaderm at Aiden Industries, since 2010. She is honored to represent the number one radiotherapy product at preventing or reversing the effects of radiation, she is proud to be serving the nation’s top cancer centers. Previously, for 16 years Renee owned a real estate office in downtown Santa Fe. Renee proudly served for four years as a charter member on the board for New Mexico Children’s Foundation and at the invitation of First Lady Alice King, the organization continues to operate and is providing grant money to underfunded children’s programs in the state of New Mexico. Renee has a deep love for Santa Fe, the community, and the performance arts.
Robyn Rikoon | Artistic Director (ex-officio)
Born and raised in New Mexico, Robyn (she/her) earned her BFA in Drama from The North Carolina School of The Arts. She then worked as a professional actor in television, film, and theater in New York City, Portland, Oregon, Minneapolis, and New Mexico. In 2012, Robyn founded and ran an arts collective in Brooklyn, New York, where she created site-specific work based on Carl Jungs’ The Red Book. In 2015, she ventured around the world and studied in Southeast Asia, South America, and Mexico. After receiving The Kenan Fellowship for Directing at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in September of 2017, Robyn worked as a director and actor in and around the nation’s capital. Passionate about community and storytelling, Robyn is thrilled to be returning home to Santa Fe and serving at Santa Fe Playhouse.
Colin Hovde | Executive Director (ex-officio)
Colin (he/him) is a producer, director and arts administrator. He served as producing artistic director of Theater Alliance of Washington DC from 2011 to 2019. He is a founding artistic director of ARTISTS’ BLOC, a founding member of Capital Fringe Festival, and was the associate artistic director at Theater Alliance from 2005-06. In 2004 he was a producer of the Worldwide Arts Collective Festival in Macau, China. He has directed at Theater Alliance, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Imagination Stage, Adventure Theatre, Rustaveli Theatre in Tiblisi Georgia, Washington Shakespeare Company, Riot Actors of Washington, Rorschach Theatre, Washington Savoyards, Solas Nua, Perseverance Theatre, and The InSeries. He has worked with dog & pony dc, Source Festival, eXtreme eXchange, Forum Theatre, and The Kennedy Center. He was a Kenan Fellow at the Kennedy Center, a directing fellow at the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, received a Cultural Envoy grant from the Department of State, and was selected for the Fulbright-Hays Program. He holds a BFA from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and is a member of SDC the Union for Stage Directors.