The award-winning Santa Fe High School Theater Department is recognized as one of the most diverse and active student theater programs in the Southwest. The program nurtures young artists in the various elements of production, performance, and analysis.
Producing an average of five full productions a year, the program demands a great deal of commitment and participation while understanding the need for academic success. Students involved in the department perform in main stage productions of both “straight” and “musical” shows, student-directed productions, state theater festivals, solo performance pieces, and world premieres.
In recent years, SFHS Theater has performed in the Edinburgh (Scotland) Fringe Fest - the largest theater festival in the world - taken excellence awards for acting and technical theater at the state one-act competition at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, staged a multi-discipline world premiere in conjunction with the Dance Department (Words Mean Nothing), presented classics of American theater (The Hot L Baltimore), and produced offbeat shows like The Rocky Horror Show and Sylvia.
Collaborations with local theaters (The International Shakespeare Center and The Lensic) have allowed students to be immersed in the professional world while still being centered in an educational environment.
Students are introduced to character construction, improvisational work, stage make-up, stage combat, script analysis, lights, construction, sound, stage managing, and much more.
Advanced Drama is open to students who have successfully completed Drama 1, or who have extensive prior theatrical experience. A rotating, three-year "conservatory style" class, students who take all three years of advanced will have a deep, and collegiate ready, understanding of external character creation, internal character work, and script analysis. Advanced Drama is by teacher approval and/or audition.
Drama Stagecraft is an intensive but essential element of SFHS Theater. Students oversee and produce all technical elements of productions. This includes, but is not limited to, lighting, construction, costume management, sound, and stage management. Students annually participate in The Lensic Theater Internship, providing valuable professional experience for further study in college. For highly dedicated students, opportunities to design lights, sound, and sets are also available.
A joint class with Santa Fe Community College (accommodating Dual Credit class requirement for graduation), Film Studies is an introductory Film History course that examines the history of film as an art form, it's aesthetic fundamentals, and milestone films. Starting with the birth of silent films and ending with modern masterpieces, this class is open to all students 10th grade or higher that have an interest in film and film history.
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SFHS Musical Theater Presents:
SHE KILLS MONSTERS
by Qui Nguyen
Directed by Zoe Burke
She Kills Monsters tells the story of teenaged cheerleader Agnes Evans as she grieves the death of her younger sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook and begins to play it to connect to her late sibling, however, she begins to discover more than she ever imagined in the made up world that was Tilly’s refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, evil jell-o molds, and contemporary pop culture, acclaimed young playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all.
In the first performance of it's kind for Santa Fe High, twelve students of all grade levels have come together to create a new kind of theatre - one that audiences can safely watch from the comfort of their own homes. Tickets may be purchased online, and a Zoom link will then be sent out for the audience to tune in to this live, online performance. We trust our audience to be ethical and purchase the appropriate amount of tickets in the correct price bracket to support our theatre program in this trying time.
(under 18) & Seniors (over 65)
$6.00 Inducted Thespian Members