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Campo Santo Theatre Company

Founded in 1996, Campo Santo is an award-winning multi-cultural ensemble committed to developing and premiering new American Theatre and to nurturing diverse new audiences for the performing arts. Campo Santo cultivates playwrights, fiction writers and poets to work in an intimate, interactive community based setting to create new theatrical experiences that reflect and reinvent our society.

STATEMENT 

“Campo Rules! Spend an evening with Campo Santo and you’ll see why this troupe is electrifying local theater. Campo Santo, resident theater company for San Francisco’s Intersection for the Arts, creates the kind of living, breathing theater that makes you want to stand up and shout.
San Francisco Magazine- J.H. Tompkins

Campo Santo is Spanish for sacred ground.  Like the roots of our name, we are taking the sacred form of storytelling and using it as a tool to bond community through socially relevant plays.  We want to show the audience the world we live in and see in the audience the world we come from.  We have nurtured more than 40 World Premieres and another 30 interdisciplinary performance pieces to fruition. Campo Santo programs fill to capacity and our critically acclaimed World Premiere plays attract standing room only crowds.

“I really feel as if I’m being intensely read and deeply appreciated.

Maybe it’s not by the whole world, but even just a handful. It’s great.

It’s just wonderful. It’s a writer’s dream.”

DENIS JOHNSON on the KQED SPARK Profile on Campo Santo.

At Campo Santo’s core, is a New Play Development Program that cultivates playwrights, poets and fiction writers of exceptional vision to develop new plays with our company of artists and our community from conception through to World Premiere.  We are widely regarded for our participatory community-based development process and for the unique success we have had nurturing a very loyal, young and diverse constituency.

Powerful writers and equally intense actors play a vital part in Campo Santo’s success, since 1996

“It’s fair to say Campo Santo’s output has been nothing short of awesome.”

 Robert Avila  San Francisco Bay Guardian

We focus on fostering long-term relationships with writers that emphasize the collaborative creative process and that aim to tell the stories of immigrant and marginalized communities and infuse the tradition of theatre with vital new life.  One of our greatest successes has been our ability to create long term relationships with internationally known writers who are leaders in developing work that is broadening and diversifying the American voice – including Jimmy Santiago Baca, Philip Kan Gotanda, Jessica Hagedorn, Naomi Iizuka, Denis Johnson, and Octavio Solis, to name a few. Over the years we have developed an organic process for creating new plays that has allowed us to build a very diverse constituency made up of committed collaborators and loyal audience members.  This process simultaneously balances and integrates the particular needs of the artistic collaborators with an institutional commitment to reach and involve new people in the projects as they are coming alive, to build community partnerships, and to create programs and activities that allow people to contribute and respond creatively to the issues, stories, and themes we are grappling with. Our achievements have reached well beyond the specific premiere productions.

 

“Once you see something done really expertly and passionately, it makes you want to proceed with more projects. ..But I have to say, seeing what Campo Santo does with the book is something I’ve been looking forward to all year.

 JUNOT DIAZ in the San Francisco Chronicle

 

Founders:

MARGO HALL, LUÍS SAGUAR, SEAN SAN JOSÉ, MICHAEL TORRES

Executive Director:

DEBORAH CULLINAN

IN MEMORY OF
LUIS FRANCISCO SAGUAR POR VIDA

ARTISTIC BOARD

PHILIP KAN GOTANDA, JESSICA HAGEDORN, NAOMI IIZUKA, GREG SARRIS, OCATVIO SOLIS, ERIN CRESSIDA WILSON.

Playwright in Residence DENIS JOHNSON

COMPAÑEROS FAMILIA

SHARIF ABU-HAMDEH, ALEJANDRO ACOSTA, NANCY BENJAMIN, MICHAEL CANO, VICTOR CARTAGENA, CATHERINE CASTELLANOS, SUZANNE CASTILLO, JIM CAVE, MICHAEL CHENG, JAMES FAERRON, CULLY FREDRICKSEN, FLORENTINO GONZALES, DAN HAMAGUCHI, ROBERT HAMPTON, MELYSSA JO KELLY, DONALD LACY, ALEXIS LEZIN, ANNA MARIA LUERA, DELIA MACDOUGALL, OMAR METWALLY, STEVE MITCHELL, TANYA ORELLANA, MARC DAVID PINATE,  RICKY SAENZ,  MARCUS SHELBY, TOMMY SHEPHERD, SCHEHERAZADE STONE, CHRISTOPHER STUDLEY, DANNY WOLOHAN, DREW YERYS

“Even though I wasn’t sure where my plays were going for Campo Santo, I immediately committed to the idea of a trilogy. The third play ..I know the actor I hope we can get to work with us on it [Omar Metwally]. I work backwards in many ways— I started writing with those Campo Santo actors in mind. It’s a bit unorthodox.  I would never do that with another company.”

Jessica Hagedorn in American Theatre Magazine

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Campo Santo is a Member of the Intersection Incubator, a program of Intersection for the Arts providing fiscal sponsorship, incubation and consulting services to artists. Intersection is San Francisco’s oldest alternative arts space, presenting groundbreaking works in the literary, performing, visual and interdisciplinary arts.

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