Santiago Guzmán (19/20 Playwrights Unit) is a writer, performer, and director originally from Mexico City, now based in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. He holds a BFA in Theatre from Memorial University, Grenfell Campus. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of “TODOS Productions: Theatre for All”, an organization that seeks to promote, produce, and support work of under-represented artists in Newfoundland and Labrador.
His work as a writer aims to put local, under-represented narratives and characters on the frontlines, whilst inviting audiences to appreciate the vibrancy of Newfoundland and Labrador from a diverse perspective. His one-man show ALTAR will be part of the Resource Centre for the Arts Theatre Company’s 20-21 season and will be touring high schools across Newfoundland and Labrador. His plays have been developed with the support of organizations and festivals across Canada, including Urn (Eastern Front Theatre’s 2019-2020 RBC Emerging Playwrights Program/Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre); Seis Grados en Mayo (Paprika Festival); and Juan, Juana, Gwan-Neetah (City of St. John/National Theatre School of Canada’s Art Apart Program).
As an immigrant, queer, and artist of colour, Santiago believes that representation matters.
Seis Grados en Mayo (Six Degrees In May)
Written by Santiago Guzmán
In Seis Grados en Mayo, Mexico City meets St. John’s, Newfoundland. After not seeing her son Carlos for almost five years, María visits him in Canada to celebrate his graduation and help him pack to return home. Carlos has other plans in mind, to tell his mother that St. John’s will be his new home… indefinitely.