Santa fe is a growing theater community, and has been in dire need of theatrical venues. One of our most beloved and relatively new venues is Teatro Paraguas on the burgeoning south side of town.
Teatro Paraguas began in 2004 with an original staged tribute to Pablo Neruda and his poetry in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth. A group of 12 artists and actors of various nationalities came together and performed a number of his poems in Spanish at el museo cultural. The group quickly realized that Santa Fe (and northern NM) had no theatre company dedicated to presenting Hispanic/Latino theater. Since its inception, TP has produced 50 plays, including several world premieres and 17 plays by 10 New Mexico playwrights. Here to talk with us about Teatro Paraguas is it’s artistic director and co-founder, Argos MacCallum.
Argos MacCallum moved to Santa Fe in 1967, and graduated with honors from Santa Fe Prep (on scholarship) in 1969. Since then he has worked as a carpenter, plasterer, cabinet shop owner/manager, orchardist, and ranch manager. He has worked with many Santa Fe theatre companies as an actor, director, and theatre technician. Argos spent 9 years on the Board of Directors of the Santa Fe Playhouse (four as president), and worked on dozens of productions in various capacities. He also served on the Wise Fool New Mexico board. In 2004 Argos helped establish Teatro Paraguas, a company dedicated to producing contemporary and classic Hispanic/Latino plays in English.