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About Us

LiveArts Santa Fe was founded in 2017 as a response to the announcement that Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD) would be closing. Former College of Santa Fe (CSF) faculty member Cheryl Odom and alum Rueben Greenwald started a grassroots movement called #SaveTheGreer, which mobilized alumni from both colleges, and members of the local performing arts community to ensure that the Greer Garson Theatre Center remained a performing arts venue.


The movement was incorporated as LiveArts Santa Fe in 2019, and became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 2023. With a mission to inspire, engage, and transform, LiveArts is working to create a vibrant and inclusive arts community through innovative performances, education, and accessible spaces. The organization is committed to bringing fresh perspectives to the arts and is advocating for revitalizing the Greer Garson Theatre Center to make it a hub for creativity and culture in the 21st century.


To engage, inspire, and embrace a multi-cultural, neurodiverse, and multi-generational community by eliminating barriers in the performing arts.  LiveArts Santa Fe aspires to amplify all creative voices through offering innovative and inclusive artistic work & education.


LiveArts Santa Fe envisions a future where every voice is heard, every culture is celebrated, and every generation is connected. Through our commitment to entertaining, inspiring, and educating, we aim to create a space where the performing arts are a beacon of empowerment, unity, and transformative change for all.



Our greatest strength lies in the people who surround us, forming a web of relationships that fosters a sense of belonging. LiveArts extends invitations to individuals from diverse backgrounds, encouraging people to come together in conversation and appreciation.


Regardless of the medium, genre, or subject matter, the arts should entertain. Entertainment transcends mere amusement. It offers human connection through experience, creating unity through laughter, awe, and empathy.


Beyond filling a room with a diverse array of voices, inclusion is about empowerment and genuinely listening to what those voices have to share. LiveArts strives to foster an inclusive environment that cultivates open-mindedness and an appreciation for diverse points of view.


The performing arts industry has entered a new era. In the spirit of positive change, we strive to restructure power systems, foster true ensemble-driven innovation, and promote collaborative art making. At LiveArts, we celebrate new ideas, uplift unique perspectives, and encourage people to challenge the status quo. 

Founding Members

In addition to Cheryl Odom and Reuben Greenwald, these are the visionary trailblazers who laid the foundation for our creative journey – the esteemed founding members of LiveArts Santa Fe. With passion, dedication, and a shared commitment to fostering artistic excellence, these individuals brought to life the vibrant tapestry that defines our organization. Each founding member contributed a unique blend of expertise, creativity, and unwavering enthusiasm, shaping LiveArts Santa Fe into the cultural cornerstone it is today. As we celebrate the legacy of these pioneers, we invite you to explore the stories behind their contributions and the enduring impact they've made on our artistic community. Join us in honoring the spirit of innovation and collaboration that continues to flourish within the artistic realm, inspired by the indelible mark left by our extraordinary founding members.


Cheryl Odom 

Reuben Greenwald

Jim McGiffin 

Joshua Billiter

Vaughn Irving

Ron Straus

Talia Pura

Chris Leslie

Vanessa Rios y Valles

Joey Chavez

Mark Westberg

Ana Gallegos y Reinhardt

Karen Ryan

Yusef Seevers

Rosalia Triana

John Flax

Rulan Tangen

Argos McCallum

Malcom Morgan

Laura Garrett

Ellen Fox

Chris Conard

Justin Gordan

Nico Ballas

Robert Benedetti

Heather Hunter

Erik Sampson

Kita Mehaffy

David Stallings

Timothy B Rode 

Johnathan Roybal

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