Santa Fe, NM
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 nine shows 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 the past few 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. Students are introduced to character construction, improvisational work, stage make-up, stage combat, script analysis, lights, construction, sound, stage managing, and much more.
You can donate to the theater program online by clicking on the button below. Donations to public schools are generally tax deductible. The Santa Fe High Theater Program also takes donations by mail or in person. Contact Theater Director Reed Meschefske for more information.
Reed Meschefske is a Neenah, Wisconsin, native who has been active in theater for more than 30 years. A graduate of Columbia College, Chicago, “Mr. Reed” received his master of fine arts from the prestigious National Theater Conservatory in Denver, Colorado. Mr. Meschefske has worked with The Denver Center Theater Company, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Attic, Silent Theater Company, Theater Oobleck, ComedySportz, Theatre Sports, and more. Notable instructors and directors include David Cromer, Sheldon Patinkin, Gary Logan, Tony Church, Larry Hecht, David Wooley, and Geoff Kent. Still dabbling in the professional theater during his off time, Mr. Mechesfske has taught drama for 15 years, including 10 as a full-time high school instructor. Contact Reed Meschefske.