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Alumni Achievers: Where Are They Now?



Joshua Billiter's Story

I want to share my story of personal growth and the vital role arts education and community support played in fostering my potential. As someone who has experienced firsthand the transformative power of dedicated artistic spaces, I urge you to support Live Arts Santa Fe, an initiative close to my heart.


My journey into the world of theater began unexpectedly in a high school classroom. It was there, amidst the raw energy of my first theater class, that I fell in love with the technological magic behind the curtain. This passion led me to the Santa Fe University of Art and Design (SFUAD), where the Greer Garson Theater became my sanctuary. It was there that I learned not only the skills of my trade but also invaluable lessons of perseverance, collaboration, and the transformative power of art.


The Greer Garson Theater became my sanctuary, a place where light and sound weren't merely tools but languages I had to master. My decision to attend SFUAD felt like destiny, a sentiment that only grew stronger when I met John Weckesser. His belief in my potential was a turning point. I remember my college interview with Mr. Weckesser vividly. We discussed my high school endeavor of bringing "Night of the Living Dead" to the stage in full black and white theater. He was impressed, and we both agreed that I would pursue a major in lighting. Working under George Johnson, I delved into various aspects of theater production, from project management to stage crew duties, and even had a hand in engineering and installing the current sound system in the Greer Garson Theater. The transition from analog to digital in the theater's technology marked a significant chapter in my journey at SFUAD. I was at the forefront of merging the old with the new, ensuring that the technology we used enhanced our storytelling rather than overshadowing it.

My relationship with technology deepened further when I collaborated with the SFUAD Information Technology Department. There, I found another calling. The department offered me the opportunity to manage a project that was not just about technology but about community—creating a student-based network that acted as an ISP for the campus. The success of this project led me to La Familia Medical Center, where my journey took a new direction toward healthcare IT, culminating in my role as IT Director, and eventually guiding me to today, where I serve as the IT Director for Hinkle Shanor LLP here in Santa Fe, NM.


Reflecting on my journey, I see the indelible mark that SFUAD and the Greer Garson Theater have left on my life. These spaces not only shaped my personal achievements but also fostered the creativity and innovation that are essential for future generations. That's why Live Arts Santa Fe is so important. As an organization advocating to save the Greer Garson Theater, they play a pivotal role in the artistic community. With successful support, we can safeguard this theater and continue to change the lives of many young creators.

But my story isn't just about personal achievement—it's about the importance of preserving spaces that foster creativity and innovation for future generations. This is why supporting Live Arts Santa Fe is crucial. As an organization advocating to save the Greer Garson Theater, which has shaped not only my life but the lives of countless others, they play a pivotal role in the artistic community. With successful support, we can safeguard this theater and continue to change the lives of many young creators. I urge everyone to consider the role that such institutions play in cultivating the next generation of artists and technologists. Let's ensure that the creative fires that fueled my journey continue to ignite the spirits of future creators.


Best regards,

Joshua Allan Billiter

SFUAD Alum Class of 2014


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