ABOUT 

IRONWEED PRODUCTONS

"This is what theater should be! I am telling people not to miss it."

- PATRON

Our Mission

Ironweed Productions produces plays rooted in the American experience.

 

Ironweed is committed to utilizing the vast, eclectic talent within Northern New Mexico, cultivating young and emerging theater artists, and cooperating with other performing arts organizations to support and promote theater in our community.

Meet the Artistic Team

SCOTT HARRISON
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Scott Harrison is a graduate of the American Repertory Theatre Institute in Cambridge, MA. He also studied at the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory, and has performed regionally in New York, Boston, Miami, and Washington, DC in productions including The Taming of the Shrew, Long Day's Journey into Night, SubUrbia and Wit. In 2002 he produced and directed The Roads to Home by Horton Foote at the 78th Street Theater Lab in New York.

Since moving to Santa Fe in 2002, he has performed with Fusion Theatre Company, Theaterwork, New Mexico Actors Lab, Chamber Theater, Greer Garson Theatre Company, Just Say It Theater, and Theater Grottesco in productions that include The Diary of Ann Frank, The Rainmaker, Wenomadmen, and Constellations. He also appeared as Nick in The Guys, a benefit production commemorating the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

In 2004, Scott founded Ironweed Productions. As Artistic Director he has performed in Ironweed's productions of Fool for Love, True West, Rabbit Hole, Buried Child and Good People, and he has directed productions of 'night, Mother, Doubt: a Parable, The Trip to Bountiful, American Buffalo, Our Town, Death of a SalesmanThe Crucible and Hidden Treasure: a Georgian Immigrant's Story. In 2016, he produced and co-directed a site-specific production Creating a Scene at Second Street Brewery, featuring scenes and monologues by local writers. And in July of 2018, he produced a free evening to honor the work of Sam Shepard.

LYNN GOODWIN

Lynn Goodwin is a director, actor, and teacher.  Her connection with Santa Fe began in 1977, when she joined the Santa Fe Opera’s Set Internship Program.  She continued with the technical department through 1979.  In 1981, several members of the SFO started The Santa Fe Festival Theater at the Armory and hired Lynn as Assistant Prop Master for the season and as an Acting Intern to appear in Cyrano de Bergerac with Michael York. 

 

She spent fourteen years based in NYC, working off-Broadway, in regional theaters, and in film.  As a member of The Ensemble Studio Theater (until 1996), she acted in developmental workshops and productions, working directly with playwrights such as Horton Foote, Richard Greenberg, Romulus Linney and Jackie Reingold; with wonderful actors, including Helen Hunt; and with directors such as Curt Dempster, Billy Hopkins, and Doug Aibel.  She studied with mentor-teachers Herbert Bergoff, Michael Howard, Nikos Psacharopoulos, Melodie Somers, and Patsy Rodenburg.

 

Returning to Santa Fe in 2001, Lynn performed with the College of Santa Fe’s professional play development workshop for three productions and in Body Burden, Bonjour Là, Bonjour, Circle Mirror Transformation, Good People, Gun Play, I Hate Hamlet, King Lear, Luna Gale, Our Place and Sworn to Water.  With playwright Dale Dunn, Lynn serves as Co-Artistic Director of Just Say It Theater, teaching and collaborating with artists intent on keeping live theater alive.  She directed Just Say It Theater’s productions of Constellations and The Big Heartless and has directed eight collaborative, original theater pieces, each with at least 20 students from Santa Fe schools, including NMSA and SFUAD.

 

She earned a BA from Yale University, an MFA from Columbia University, and an advanced certificate in Screenwriting from UCLA.  She enjoys hiking and nurturing a garden of vegetables, herbs, and fruit. 

KATE KITA

Kate Kita is a writer, theater artist/producer, and educator. Originally from Western New York, Kate moved to Santa Fe in 2005 and began her collaboration with Ironweed Productions soon after. Kate has had the pleasure of working as Assistant Director on Ironweed’s productions of Rabbit Hole and American Buffalo, and performing the roles of Shelly in Buried Child and Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible. Also in Santa Fe, Kate has created and performed with Theater Grottesco appearing in Wenomadmen, Fortune, Grottesco's 12th Night, The Richest Deadman Alive! and OM. Kate worked as Grottesco’s Managing Director from 2008 – 2011, and was awarded a New Generations Future Leaders mentorship grant from Theatre Communications Group during that time which provided national and international travel, collaboration, and teaching opportunities alongside Grottesco’s Artistic Director John Flax.

Prior to moving to Santa Fe, Kate trained at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, and following graduation, she worked in various roles of management, production, and performance with companies such as The Pittsburgh Public Theatre, New York Stage and Film, the Ohio Theatre, and the Hangar Theatre Lab Company. Kate spent three seasons as Head House Manager at Classic Stage Company in New York City while creating, performing or directing for companies such as The Chocolate Factory Theater, International WOW, and Theatre-Studio Inc. She has directed and performed in the NYC International Fringe Festival, and she has staged readings of new works for festivals in New York and Houston.

Kate has also enjoyed designing and teaching gymnastics and creative movement classes and working as a grant writer, co-director, and consultant to local schools and performing arts organizations. Currently, Kate is the Grants Manager at SITE Santa Fe and resides in gorgeous Glorieta with her husband and their two young sons.

DAN PIBURN

Dan Piburn was born in Boulder, Colorado and grew up near Aspen in the ‘70’s. He spent time after school in a hi-fi store where his Mom worked, listening to records and watching Monte Python episodes on the first big screen TV in the valley. In the sixth grade it was his work in the play Dial M for Murder that set him on a lifetime journey exploring the arts and theater.

After one year at Carnegie Mellon University in the theater department, Dan moved to Chicago joining a few friends from CMU to start a theater company of their own. For four years, “igLoo the theatrical group” thrived, premiering many original works and diving into Sam Shepard, Alan Bowne, Ionesco, Fassbinder, Artaud and Vaclav Havel, to name a few. Dan was a co-founder and the technical director at igLoo, where he acted directed and produced, both in Chicago and in L.A. when igLoo landed there in ’89. In L.A. Dan was awarded a Drama-Logue Critics Award and the company continued focusing on dangerous, cutting edge productions with a penchant for premieres.

In ’93, Dan moved to Santa Fe, to be with and marry his love, Giselle. While raising two children, he has managed for the last 20+ years to stay deeply involved if not immersed in theater, working with Theater Grottesco, Theater Work, The S.F. Playhouse, Just Say It Theater and most notably with Ironweed. Dan has audio/video hardware and software that he puts thru its paces when designing sound for productions, and as he moves forward serving on the Ironweed Artistic Team, he looks again toward the stage where acting and directing seems full of potential and promise. Dan is a DJ on KSFR, 101.1fm and he enjoys a vibrant Massage and Bodywork practice, which began in 2003.

MATT SANFORD

Matt Sanford is a theatre artist and Santa Fe native with over one hundred credits as an actor, director, writer, designer and technician in film and theatre.  As an actor, roles include Macbeth, Dracula, Vince in Buried Child, The Gentleman Caller in The Glass Menagerie and both twins in the original comedy Dead Man's Jest.  He has directed a number of new and original works, as well as published plays, including a lauded production of Conor McPherson's The Weir.  His most recent written work was a collaboration with the students of Meow Wolf's Chimera program, where he workshopped improvised scenes with students to create an original script which was then produced and performed in the House of Eternal Return.

Matt has spent much of his professional life encouraging and cultivating young theatre artists as well, having done outreach and workshops through Warehouse21, serving as Assistant Director to Pandemonium Children's Theater for four years, teaching acting, writing and directing for children and teens through Chimera, and teaching technical theater to high school students in and around Santa Fe through the Lensic Performing Arts Center.  

In keeping with his personal and professional values, Matt believes it is vital to share the human experience through the medium of live storytelling in order to preserve our collective sense of empathy, sympathy, and love for each other. In addition to the theatrical arts, Matt is also a published poet, photographer, visual artist and musician, playing ambient guitar compositions under the name Lunarch.  He lives full time in Santa Fe with his wife Scarlett, his daughter Hero and his son Desmond.

Our Advisory Committee

Dale Dunn    Stephen Dunn    John Flax    Dan Friedman    Dennis Gromelski    Megan Maher    Terry Mulert

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Photo: Carrie McCarthy

Mentoring Youth

With each production, Ironweed supports young artists. This support has included:

 

  • donating $2,500 in 2005 towards Warehouse 21's new building on the Railyard,

  • participating in two formal mentorships with Monte del Sol Charter School,

  • teaching an acting workshop at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA),

  • inviting a student playwright from IAIA to observe rehearsals of 'night, Mother as part of her studies as a playwright,

  • donating $500 to co-produce a teen poetry slam in Santa Fe in 2008, a collaboration between Ironweed, Warehouse 21, the Santa Fe Indian School and Hands Across Cultures, representing Santa Fe, Española, Taos, and Albuquerque,

  • featuring live performances from student members of the Santa Fe Indian School Spoken Word Team at an Ironweed benefit at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe,

  • collaborating with the Santa Fe Alternative School and Fine Arts for Children and Teens to sponsor a student art exhibit called Home which ran at El Museo Cultural, concurrently with The Trip to Bountiful,

  • offering apprenticeships in acting, producing, directing, design and dramaturgy to students of the New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA),

  • casting NMSA students in Our Town and The Crucible.

CONTACT US

P.O. Box 6851, Santa Fe, NM 87502

Tel: 505-927-5406 / Email: ironweedsantafe@gmail.com

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