About Midsummer in Santa Fe

 The Lensic Performing Arts Center • Santa Fe

The Lensic Performing Arts Center • Santa Fe


what to expect

The Midsummer in Santa Fe Acting Program takes place at The Lodge at Santa Fe in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from Sunday, June 24 through Sunday, July 22, 2018.

We are offering advanced acting training to undergraduates in their third and fourth year, as well as to recent graduates at colleges and universities. This is a unique opportunity to work with outstanding teachers, directors, and actors from the theater professions in Britain and the USA. 


Students are housed in shared rooms in The Lodge at Santa Fe Meals are provided by the hotel restaurant. The facility includes a swimming pool, a spacious bar, an exercise room, and the hotel theater stage.

midsummer gala at the lensic

At the end of the program, students will see their teachers in action at the Midsummer Gala at the Lensic Performing Arts Center. On Saturday, July 21, 2018, the faculty will be joined by students and a number of other eminent performers in a wonderful display of acting at its very best. The gala will be directed by Sean Mathias; Guest of Honor is Rosemary Harris.

End-of-Program performance

On Friday, July 20, students will appear in scenes from plays on which they have been working. This presentation will be held at the Lodge Hotel Theater, where the special guest will be Rosemary Harris.


There will be two all-day excursions, to Taos and Taos Pueblo and to the Puye Cliffs and Bandelier Monument. A $15 fee will be required for each excursion. A number of special guests will also take part in the program. 

Faculty Overview


Paola Dionisotti: Royal Shakespeare Company; British American Drama Academy; Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA)

Floyd King: Shakespeare Theater Company, Washington D.C.; The Julliard School; The Academy of Classical Acting, Washington D.C.


Sean Mathias: One of Britain’s most brilliant directors. He has directed many productions at the National Theater with stars including Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, Judi Dench, Hellen Mirren, Billy Crudup, and Harvey Fierstein.

Robert Benedetti: Former Dean of Yale School of Drama, Former Dean of Theater at California Institute of the Arts, Chairman of Theater Program at York University in Toronto, and President of Anasazi Productions at Paramount Studios, where he won three Best Picture Emmys. He is the author of six books on Acting and Film Production.

Great Actors

Henry Goodman: Winner of the Olivier Actor of the Year Award for “The Merchant of Venice” at the National Theater and for “Assassins” at the Royal Shakespeare Company. For the Royal Shakespeare Company he has starred in Richard III.  And in New York he has earned plaudits in “Tartuffe” and “The Producers.” He has taught regularly for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and for the British American Drama Academy. 

Rosemary Harris: A renowned actress acclaimed for her Tony-winning performance in “The Lion in Winter.” She has also earned an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, an Academy Award nomination, and numerous other awards and nominations during her illustrious career.  Her portrayal of ‘Aunt May’ in Sam Raimi’s “Spiderman” trilogy brought recognition from a new audience.


Judi Dickerson: An experienced voice and dialect coach.