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 Robert Benedetti • Actor, Director • Santa Fe

Robert Benedetti

Robert Benedetti is a distinguished director, actor, and teacher of theatre, and three-time Emmy and Peabody Award-winning film writer/producer.

Benedetti received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University.  After serving as Artistic Director of the Court Theatre in Chicago, he was an early member of Chicago’s Second City Theatre. Benedetti has also written six books on acting and film production, and in 2012 he was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Theatre at the Kennedy Center.

Since moving to Santa Fe, Benedetti has written, produced, and directed a month-long series called Santa Fe Shakescenes. He has done numerous readings, including his creation Splendid Fare, a dinner with readings from great food writers for the benefit of Kitchen Angels. In 2014 he formed a new theatre group, the New Mexico Actors Lab. He currently teaches acting at SFUAD.

 Wendy Chapin • Theatre Santa Fe

Wendy Chapin

Wendy has worked in theatre for 35 years. She graduated from University of Colorado in 1975 with a B.A. in Theatre and History. She spent more than a decade working professionally as a stage manager in New York City and beyond. In 1984 she received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Directing. At that point she started to teach acting and directing. Wendy has taught acting at the College of Santa Fe (now Santa Fe University of Art and Design), in the Santa Fe Public Schools, in the School for the Performing Arts at the National Dance Institute, and for several area private schools. Wendy received her Master’s Degree in Art Therapy in 1997 from Southwestern College. She currently teaches Psychology of Altruism in their graduate program.

Wendy has taught acting to people ages 7 to 70 for more than thirty years. She directed such plays as Good People by David Lindsay Abaire, Gideon’s Knot by Johnna Adams,  Bonjour, la Bonjour by Michel Tremblay, and Luna Gale by Rebecca Gilman.

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 Janet Davidson • For Giving Productions • Theatre Santa Fe

Janet Davidson • DGA Director

Following a successful career as both an Actors’ Equity and SAG actor, Ms. Davidson segued into producing and directing commercials before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career as an Assistant Director and then Director in prime-time television. Some of Ms Davidson’s directing credits include; Earth 2, Cagney & Lacey, Soul Food, Judging Amy, and multiple episodes of Any Day Now, which has earned an Image Award nomination.

Ms. Davidson's producing company, For Giving Productions, recently produced Good People in both Santa Fe and Albuquerque, and Lose, Loss, and What I Wore in Santa Fe, Los Alamos and Durango, as well as Imagining Brad and The Valerie of Now, Motherhood Out Loud, Hearts of the West, Rapture Blister Burn,  Kimberly Akimbo, The Country House, and upcoming Almost, Maine.

Contact Janet: 505.438.6078 • 505.699.8501 •

 John Flax • Theater Grottesco • Theatre Santa Fe

John Flax

John Flax is the Founding Artistic Director of Theater Grottesco, and he is also a creator, performer, writer, director, and designer. In addition to Grottesco, Flax has performed with London’s Theatre Complicite and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at LA’s new Disney Hall in Strange Poetry: Berlioz and the Chemistry of Dreams in 2004, and with choreographer Della Davidson’s 10 PM Dream at the Mondavi Center in Davis, California, in 2005. He has been a resource artist and ensemble member with the Sundance Playwrighting Laboratory, performed for two years with the Paris Circus, and two years with the Theatre de la Jeune Lune in Minneapolis and Paris. Mr. Flax has been a member of J. A. Deane’s “Out of Context” structured improvisational orchestra since 2002. He has appeared in films in France and the U.S. He has translated several works from French into English including Jacques Lecoq’s celebrated lecture-demonstration Tout Bouge. John has been a guest director and movement coach at theaters and colleges across the country. He is a graduate of the Ecole Jacques Lecoq, and also studied with Phillipe Gaulier in Paris and with Arthur Lessac, holds degrees in Environmental Studies, and all but dissertation for an Ed.D. in Philosophy and Anthropology. Mr. Flax served on the board of directors of the Network of Ensemble Theaters (NET), a national organization, from 2003-2006.

 Justin Golding • Theatre Santa Fe

Justin Golding

Justin is a writer, actor and director. He is a produced screenplay writer and is commissioned by producers and production companies to develop and write film and television scripts. He teaches screenplay writing and film production at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design’s Film School and presently has a three-book project with Ariel Books LLC.

 Scott Harrison Actor Director Santa Fe NM

Scott Harrison

Scott Harrison is a graduate of the American Repertory Theatre Institute in Cambridge, MA, where he studied acting. He studied directing at the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory in Washington, D.C., under Artistic Director Joy Zinoman. In 2002 he produced and directed The Roads to Home by Horton Foote at the 78th Street Theater Lab in New York. 

After moving to Santa Fe, Scott directed The Carpetbagger’s Children at Theaterwork and Sure Thing at Warehouse 21. In 2004, he founded Ironweed Productions, and as Artistic Director he has directed productions of ’Night, Mother; Doubt: a Parable; The Trip to Bountiful; American Buffalo; Our Town; and Death of a Salesman. For the past several years Scott has also been an advocate for violence prevention in Northern New Mexico. In 2003, he directed The Vagina Monologues in Española with an ensemble of 26 women, which raised money for PeaceKeepers, a violence prevention organization serving the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos.

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 Barbara Hatch • Actor, Director • Santa Fe

Barbara Hatch

Barbara is an actress, director, teacher, and is currently teaching theatre at the New Mexico School for the Arts. She was the Managing Director for Theater Grottesco for five years. Her recent directing credits include The 39 Steps and The Madwoman of Chaillot, and she was most recently seen in several productions at the Santa Fe Playhouse, including Sylvia, by A. R. Gurney (directed by Robert Benedetti) and Rosemary Zibart’s production of The Jewel in the Manuscript as Ana Snitkina; at The Playhouse as Jenny Malone in Chapter Two, by Neil Simon; and with Shakespeare in Santa Fe’s All For Your Delight, and more.

Barbara is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and lived and worked in France for nine years, earning a Master’s Degree in Art History.

 Vaughn Irving • Theatre Santa Fe

Vaughn Irving

Originally from right here in Santa Fe, Vaughn holds a BFA in Music Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University and has worked in professional theatre across the country for the last ten years. He returned to Santa Fe in September 2015 and is now the Artistic Director of the Santa Fe Playhouse.

Vaughn has directed plays at the Santa Fe Playhouse, Flying V Theatre (MD), Wayside Theatre (VA), and the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts (DC). Vaughn is also an actor, teacher, and award-winning playwright for his original musicals Disco Jesus and the Apostles of Funk and You, or Whatever I Can Get, which both premiered at the Capital Fringe Festival in Washington, DC.

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Argos MacCallum

Argos MacCallum arrived in Santa Fe in 1967 and has worked as a carpenter, plasterer, ranch manager, orchardist, furniture-maker, scene shop manager, as well as a film- and stage actor and stage director. A chapbook, She Loved Gravity and Would Fall Down Exquisitely Anywhere, was published in 1987. He has worked with many theatre companies in Santa Fe and is a co-founder of Teatro Paraguas.

 Talia Pura • Director • Theatre Santa Fe

Talia Pura

Since arriving in Santa Fe in 2016, Talia has directed Rosemary Zibart’s large-cast historical drama, All Too Human, and the Benchwarmer play, Pigeons, by Marguerite Scott. Previously, she taught theatre at the University of Winnipeg and has directed many student and professional productions. She also has extensive experience as a choreographer, working with new multimedia plays and traditional musicals.

Talia has also written/directed/produced ten short films, which have played at festivals or received television licenses. Aerial Artistry, which featured her work on silks, was a commission from the Vancouver Olympics. Talia has written three theatre/drama teaching/directing resource books (Stages and Cues) and has led theatre workshops in Canada, the US, Brazil, Thailand, the Philippines, and South Africa.

Contact Talia: or 505.428.8508