Talking Theatre Live!
Talking Theatre Live! is a series of live 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 unique paths they’ve taken to creating theatre in Santa Fe.
Talking Theatre Live! with Ketevan Kharshilze Ussery
Ketevan Kharshilze Ussery was born in Tbilisi, the capital city of the country of Georgia. For four years she studied at the Moscow Art Theater Laboratory in Russia, which was founded by Konstantin Stanislavsky. She has directed more than fifty productions as a stage director, artistic director-in-chief, and university professor. Ketevan moved to the United States in 2000. She deeply loves and respects the art, the culture, and the people of the United States. She also remains involved in the theatre life of Georgia where she still has plays running.
Talking Theatre Live! with Luca Seara Pacheco
Luca Seara Pacheco grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he developed a love for theatre after attending Carlos Gilbert Elementary School and acting in his first play, Annie, as Daddy Warbucks. After graduating from Carlos Gilbert, Luca attended Santa Fe School for the Arts and Sciences where he continued to perform in other productions such as Bye Bye Birdie and Little Shop of Horrors. After middle school, Luca was accepted into New Mexico School for the Arts where he knew he would continue his love for stage performance. He has been in productions such as Lysistrata, the 2017 Fiesta Melodrama at the Santa Fe Playhous,e and many others. Luca has also worked with other outside companies including Reclaiming Wholeness and the National Dance Institute.
Talking Theatre Live! with Quinn Fontaine
Quinn Fontaine is an out and proud transgender TRANSguy who has a background in all things expressive (standup, sketch and improvisational comedy, installation work, and found-object sculpture). He began his studies in Communications Media at Simmons College in Boston and continued his education studying Performance/Video at the California College of the Arts in Oakland. Quinn’s first-ever one-person show, Learning to Stay, was selected for fellowship with The Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship. Quinn’s first book, Hung Like a Seahorse: A Real-Life Transgender Adventure of Tragedy, Comedy, and Recovery made multiple international bestseller lists. The companion piece, Hung Like a Seahorse: The Show + Tell Version, is his first solo show since transitioning. It is a comedic foray into Fontaine’s journey thus far.
Talking Theatre Live! with Jonathan Richards
Jonathan Richards is an author, journalist, actor, and cartoonist. He has performed frequently on the Santa Fe stage in leading roles, most recently in The Gin Game, Ever the Twain, and Vaudeville. Television includes Breaking Bad and Manhattan. Film includes Independence Day: Reckoning, Alan Arkin’s Blood: Thicker than Water, and the narration of the Oscar-nominated short Never Give Up. His latest novel is Nick & Jake, published by Skyhorse Press. His political cartoons have appeared in the Santa Fe Reporter, the Albuquerque Journal North, and the Huffington Post. His movie reviews are seen in Pasatiempo.
Talking Theatre Live! with Bronwen Denton Davis
Bronwen Denton Davis is a playwright, screenwriter, actor, and director whose works have premiered in Santa Fe and traveled to L.A., New York, and London. She served as Co-Artistic Director of the Santa Fe Theatre Company, which was founded to encourage new plays by focusing exclusively on original works. She served as Director of the Playwrights Lab assisting new plays to production both locally and nationally. She was a co-creator of the original Benchwarmers at the Santa Fe Playhouse. Three plays of Bronwen’s were produced at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Her play, The Book of Wren, premiered in Santa Fe at Theaterwork and went on to Valentina Fratti’s Miranda Theatre Company in N.Y. where it won a best new play nod from Backstage. Bronwen’s Peeling Figs was nominated for an New York Innovative Theater Award. In addition, she has written films for Sandra Bullock, Gabriel Byrne, and Moctesuma Esparza.
Talking Theatre Live! with Marguerite Scott
Marguerite Louise Scott is a playwright and actress who relocated to Santa Fe in 2015 and has been seen locally on stage at the Santa Fe Playhouse in the past two Benchwarmers, as well as Parsons in 1984 and Marks in Talking With. At Teatro Paraguas she portrayed Ruby in Robert Benjamin’s Still in The Game. Short film roles include Sophia in Bottled Up (Girls Make Movies), Rosie in Sam Franco’s Truth or Consequences, and Ruby in Alejandra Castro’s Paperless. Her short plays, Pigeons and The Scorpion & the Songbird, were presented in the past two Benchwarmers, and other works have been produced in NYC, Boston, and Portland, Oregon. Her full-length play, Flight Plan, was given a workshop production in May at the Santa Fe Playhouse, and Marguerite recently returned from the Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, Alaska, where the latest draft was given a reading. This summer she will be leading workshops with the Santa Fe Playhouse Young Playwrights Project.
Talking Theatre Live! with Kate Chavez
Kate Chavez has worked as a writer, director, actress, and dramaturg in New York, Madrid, London, and Philadelphia, as well as in her native New Mexico. She received her training from Brown University and the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA). Kate is a screen actress who appeared most recently in Better Call Saul; she is also a co-founder and co-artistic director of Up & Down Theatre Company, based in Santa Fe and New York. Up & Down focuses on original social and political satire. and their music video Make America Great Again was the audience favorite for MoveOn.org’s “Laughter Trumps Hate” competition. As a director, she most recently co-directed Lysistrata for NMSA at the James A. Little Theatre and The Ultimate Christmas Show at the Adobe Rose Theatre. Kate is currently an instructor in the theater department at the New Mexico School for the Arts. She is a teacher for Santa Fe Improv and has also taught at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design and at the University of New Mexico.
Talking Theatre Live! with Dale Dunn
As playwright, Dale Dunn’s most recent play, The Big Heartless, was produced this spring at Relative Theatrics in Laramie, Wyoming. Other plays include Body Burden (Adobe Theater, Santa Fe Performing Arts), Sworn to Water (Theaterwork), Parakeet Love (Fusion Theater), DWI: Driving While Innocent (First Stage L.A. One-Act Contest winner), Armed and Dangerous (Fusion Theater, Actors’ Theater of Louisville’s 10-Minute Play Contest finalist) and Gun Play (Fusion Theater).
As dramaturg, Dale has worked extensively with Ironweed Productions here in Santa Fe. With Just Say It Theater, Dale and co-artistic director Lynn Goodwin recently produced Nick Payne’s Constellations at the Adobe Rose Theatre. She received her MFA from Columbia University’s School of the Arts.
Talking Theatre Live! with Ruth Zaporah
Ruth Zaporah entered the dance studio at age three, and now six decades later continues to enter the studio door. The doors have changed, as have the locations, but the particularities of what she does in the studio—responding to her interest in the body as a vehicle for transformation—has never wavered. Now a master and pioneer of an internationally received practice of improvisation physical theater, Ruth teaches, performs, and writes about what she calls Action Theater.
Ruth has twice received NEA choreography grants, as well as numerous other tributes and honors. She takes her work to most continents. Recently she was named a Cultural Envoy by the U.S. State Department. Her home is in Santa Fe New, Mexico.
Talking Theatre Live! with David Olson
David Matthew Olson is the Artistic Director of THEATERWORK in Santa Fe since its establishment in 1996. He was the founding Artistic Director of Teatro Laboratorio in Bogota, Colombia (1965–1972), and Cherry Creek Theater in St. Peter, Minnesota (1973–1993).
Olson is a playwright, having authored more than fifty full-length plays as well as numerous short pieces, children’s plays, scripts for ceremonial events and community celebrations, and works generated in educational settings. He works as a story collector, cultural animateur, and educator. Olson has directed more than 300 productions during the fifty-year course of his professional life in theater.
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.