Santiago Guzmán is a young playwright and actor from Metepec, Mexico, whose work creates room for marginalized artists through building a community of new storytellers from diverse cultures and backgrounds. He weaves elements of his own cultural identities into his work, bringing new theatrical references to his adopted province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
In this interview with Santiago, we discover how he integrates his cultural background as a Mexican with his contemporary experience in Newfoundland and Labrador. Focusing on themes of cultural diversity, loss, familial relationships, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ relationships, Santiago weaves these elements to understand the complexity of finding one’s voice in displacement.
Santiago (he/him) is a writer, performer, and director for theatre and film from Metepec, Mexico, now based in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. Santiago strives to promote diversity onstage and onscreen, to encourage folks with diverse backgrounds to share their talents and stories with the arts community in Newfoundland and Labrador, but most importantly to encourage Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to see their homeland from a diverse perspective. His work is very brown, very queer, and very real.
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