Talking Theatre Live!

Talking Theatre Live! is a series of live thirty-minute conversations between Ironweed Productions Artistic Director Scott Harrison and Santa Fe theatre writers, actors, directors, producers, designers, dramaturgs, and stage managers—sharing stories about their experiences in the theatre and the paths they’ve taken to creating theatre in Santa Fe.


Talking Theatre Live! with Tone Forrest

Tone Forrest has been a theatre pro for 50+ years as actor, director, stage manager, production manager, and cofounder of Red Thread Collective. A SAG/AFTRA and Actors Equity member, he is also a Life Member of The Actors Studio. Credits include stage, film, television, and commercials, as well as many roles in Santa Fe theater. Tone is also well known in Santa Fe as a bass player and has hosted the Canyon Road Blues Jam at El Farol for the past decade.


Talking Theatre Live! with Virginia Hall-Smith

Virginia Hall-Smith trained at the University of Iowa (BFA) and New York University, and appeared in a number of Off-Broadway plays. She taught at Buxton School (Williamstown, MA) for thirty-four years, where she directed/produced more than 300 shows.  She returned to her childhood home of Santa Fe in 1992 and has been active in a number of theater productions since.  She is a member of the permanent company at Theaterwork and most recently appeared in The Madwoman of Chaillot at the Santa Fe Playhouse, directed by Barbara Hatch.


Talking Theatre Live! with Larry Glaister

Larry Glaister is an actor, director, and playwright with degrees in theatre from Howard University in Washington, D.C., and Hunter College in NYC. He is also a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in NYC. Larry has written short plays which have been performed around the country (including Benchwarmers in Santa Fe), and he has written a full-length two-act farce entitled Writer’s Cramp, or How Will Shakespeare Got Into Show Biz, which has been published by Dramatic Publishing Company. 


Talking Theatre Live! with Freddy Lopez

Fredrick Lopez grew up on the border of two countries (USA & Mexico) and two states (Texas & New Mexico). The first time he hit the boards was in high school in 1973 when he played an ant. He went on to be in more than 55 films, many of them westerns. His early work was in Robert Redford’s The Milagro Beanfield War, Larry McMurtry’s Streets of Laredo and Comanche Moon, and Billy Bob Thornton’s All the Pretty Horses. His most recent film work was The Girlfriend Experience, Night Shift, and Bless Me Ultima. Locally, Freddy has proudly worked in theater with Ironweed Productions in Creating a Scene, Wolf in Camp at SF Performing Arts, with Wes Studi in John Herbert’s Fortune and Men’s Eyes and Oscar Rodrigues’s Coyote Blues at the Santa Fe Playhouse.


Talking Theatre Live! with Debrianna Mansini

Debrianna Mansini has been seen in both film and television in Hell or High Water, Crazy Heart, Breaking Bad, and Better Call Saul. Mansini trained in NYC at Circle in the Square before moving to Santa Fe. She produced theatre with Tin Roof Productions and Santa Fe Performing Arts Company and she is currently a company member of NM Actors Lab and For Giving Productions. She has worked Off- Broadway in New York City at the Soho Rep.


Talking Theatre Live! with Danielle Reddick

Danielle Reddick came to New Mexico after touring as a company member of the International Broadway tour of Stomp. Prior to Stomp, she was an actor, solo performer, and puppeteer in New York City. Danielle is currently an actor on stage and screen and an ensemble company member of Theater Grottesco.



Talking Theatre Live! with Ann Roylance

Ann Roylance’s varied professional career has included television, musical theatre, plays, and clubs, from D.C. to New York to Sydney to L.A. to Santa Fe. In Santa Fe, Ann has been seen at the Santa Fe Playhouse dancing with a ghost in I Hate Hamlet, playing a Granny in Moon Over Buffalo, two Benchwarmers, and another teenager in Kimberly Akimbo. At the Adobe Rose, she played a dopey sister in Bonjour, La Bonjour, and lately at the Playhouse, the singing landlady in Cabaret.


Talking Theatre Live! with Joey Chavez

A native of Santa Fe, Joey Chavez holds an MFA in Theatre from the University of Oklahoma. As a professional actor, he was a company member of The Open Eye Theater in NYC and also worked at The Public Theatre, Lincoln Center, and The Alliance Theater, to name a few. He is a published playwright and has more than twenty produced shows. In 1995, Joey returned to Santa Fe from NYC with his wife Robin and little Joey. He ran the theater department at Santa Fe High for fifteen years, presenting more than 100 productions and twenty-one world premieres. In 1994, Joey was named New Writer of the Year by HBO for his one man show, Teeny, Tiny Potatoes. Teaching recognition includes the 2017 TONY Award Nomination for Excellence in Theatre Education and the Santa Fe Arts Commission Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Joey is currently the Theatre Department Chair at the New Mexico School for the Arts.


Talking Theatre Live! with Matthew Montoya

Matthew Montoya is a local actor and native of Santa Fe. You would’ve seen him in A Christmas Carol (2012) and Madwoman of Chaillot (2015) at the Santa Fe Playhouse, as well as Welcome to Arroyo’s (2016) and The Motherf**cker with the Hat (2017) at Teatro Paraguas, among others.



Talking Theatre Live! with Robert Benedetti

Robert Benedetti is a distinguished director, actor, and teacher of theatre, and three-time Emmy and Peabody Award-winning film writer/producer. After serving as Artistic Director of the Court Theatre in Chicago, he was an early member of Chicago’s Second City Theatre. A distinguished teacher of acting for more than fifty years, Benedetti served as Chairman of the Acting Program at the Yale Drama School, and Dean of Theater at the California Institute of the Arts. His books, The Actor at Work and The Actor In You, were for many years the largest-selling acting texts in the country.  In 2014 he formed a new theater group in Santa Fe, the New Mexico Actors Lab.


Talking Theatre Live! with Leslie Harrell Dillen

Leslie Harrell Dillen has worked in theatre, television, and film in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Boston. She has written and performed five solo shows presented on stages throughout the U.S, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the New York Fringe Festival. In recent years, Leslie has performed her solo show The Passions of Mabel Dodge Luhan in Santa Fe, Taos and Albuquerque.