New Canadian perspectives on cultural convergence in cinema
WORDS BY AMBER SOLBERG | ST. JOHN’S | PERFORMING ARTS
FEB 27, 2023 | ISSUE 11
Santiago Guzmán by James MacLean
Santiago Guzman is not afraid of his own voice. As a writer, actor, producer and dramaturge, this multi-talented creative is making space for new stories in Atlantic Canada’s theatrical circuit─and he shows no signs of slowing down. After graduating from the Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador with a BFA (Majoring in Theatre: Acting), Guzman jumped into connecting with theatrical circles and festivals within Atlantic Canada. In casting however, few casting directors were looking beyond his appearance for what he had to offer. Not the type to stay typecasted, Guzmaz responded by founding the theatre company TODOS Productions, which fosters the work of “Black, Indigenous, Artists of Colour, 2SLGBTQAI+ artists, landed immigrants and artists with disabilities.” Exploding into this new decade with work reflecting the voices of newcomers and the “NewfoundLanded”, Guzman is also bringing his personal experiences to the stage. With works like ALTAR, recounting the story of a young queer immigrant from Mexico living in Newfoundland whose new boyfriend “ghosts'' him, this performance is layered with multiple meanings on “ghosting” and spirits, connections to loved ones present and past...