In 2019, Santiago Guzmán, founder & Artistic Director of TODOS Productions, participated in the first-ever Atlantic Canada Study and Stay™ NL Program SEED Funding Competition. The objective of the SEED Funding Competition was to support the development of international student entrepreneur business ventures from ideation to commercialization in the province. After pitching TODOS Productions to a selected jury of local entrepreneurs, Guzmán was awarded $5,000 in seed funding to help accelerate the startup phase of their business in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Since then, TODOS Productions has actively tried to create artistic initiatives and platforms for emerging, diverse artists in our provinces that have something to say.
ALTAR at the 4th Annual St. John's Short Play Festival.
RCAT’s Live Magazine! Volume #7, Issue #15. Newfoundland from a Diverse Perspective - Curated by Santiago Guzmán.
TODOS’ 2020 Writing Mentorship with Robert Chafe and Santiago Guzmán
Deeper by Robyn Vivian (Workshop)
(Un) Boardingby The Quilted Collective (Workshop)
‘An Actor Prepares: First Day Of Rehearsal’ (Acting Workshop)
Happy Anniversaryand 76 Centimetersat the 5th Annual St. John's Short Play Festival (Online Reading)
Upcoming: TODOS’ 2021 Writing Unit with Robert Chafe and Santiago Guzmán
Santiago Guzmán (he/him) is a playwright, performer, and director for theatre and film from Mexico City, now based in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. He holds a BFA in Theatre (2019) from Memorial University, Grenfell Campus.
It is in Santiago's keen interest 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 exhort Newfoundlanders and Labradorians to see their homeland with a diverse perspective.
Due to his work with TODOS Productions, he was listed in 2019 as an innovator in Atlantic Business Magazine's edition of 30 under 30: Newfoundland and Labrador. He is the Artistic Associate for Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre in Halifax, NS and General Manager for Neighbourhood Dance Works in St. John’s, NL.
Locally, Santiago has worked with White Rooster Theatre, Rising Tide Theatre, Power Productions, Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, Resource Centre for the Arts Theatre Company, Neighbourhood Dance Works, Perchance Theatre, Shakespeare By The Sea Festival, Blue Pinion Films, Nickel Independent Film Festival, NIFCO, CNA Digital Filmmaking Program, and CBC NL. Santiago has also been part of Eastern Front Theatre's RBC Emerging Playwrights Program (NS) and 2019 Paprika Festival (ON).
He has guest-taught the period study at George Brown Theatre School (ON), and facilitated acting workshops at Memorial University of Newfoundland (NL), and will be teaching a playwriting workshop at Mount Allison University (NS) and a screenwriting workshop at Grenfell Campus (NL) in the Winter of 2021.
His work is very brown, very queer, and very real.
- CORE MEMBERS OF TODOS-
As TODOS Productions has found space within the Newfoundland and Labrador Theatre Ecology, artists like Nora Barker, Vanessa Cardoso, Robyn Huxter, and Ruth Lawrence have been there to support the growing needs of our company. We are honoured, humbled, and grateful to count with their years of experience, knowledge and talent to support TODOS' endeavour of creating space for voices like ours.
- THE BRAND-
The second-year students of the Graphic Design Program at the College of the North Atlantic - Prince Philip Campus, helped TODOS Productions develop its company’s visual identity as an in-class project. The students worked closely with our Artistic Director, Santiago Guzmán, to create a logo that represented the vision and goals of the company, as well as the community we foster and support.
Sam Prowse’s vibrant, fresh, and creative logo was selected as the official logo for TODOS Productions.
- RESULTS AND IMPACT -
TODOS Productions have connected with several diverse artists in our community that are eager to be seen and heard. We’re working actively to find platforms and opportunities for these artists to be part of St. John’s arts community.
With our programming, we are creating more representation and visibility on the Newfoundland and Labrador stages and screens.
We are interested in supporting individual diverse artists within Newfoundland and Labrador, and creating meaningful bonds with sister organizations that are already working hard to support marginalized communities in our province.
- LAND ACKNOWLEDGMENT -
TODOS Productions operates from St. John’s, Ktaqmkuk (colonially known as Newfoundland) and Labrador. We acknowledge Ktaqmkuk as the unceded and ancestral territory of the Beothuk and the Mi’kmaq; and Labrador as the traditional homelands of the Innu of Nitassinan, Inuit of Nunatsiavut, and the Inuit of NunatuKavut. We recognize all First Peoples who were here before us, those who live with us now, and the seven generations to come. We recognize that it is our duty to learn about the caretakers of this province who have been looking after the land and water before us, and we strive to work consciously and respectfully with them to support one another in solidarity and love.
Website designed by Sam Prowse and Santiago Guzmán