Under Sabato’s leadership, SFPA received numerous recognitions and awards, including the 2012 Mayor’s Award for
Excellence in the Arts and the Santa Fe Community Foundation’s Outstanding Contribution to Arts and Humanities award. The theater was voted “Best of Santa Fe” by Santa Fe Reporter readers for ten continuous years.
Sabato’s passion for theater and love for his community permeated his tenure. He led the organization through two decades at the Armory for the Arts Theater, holding true to his ideals that the performing arts can be a tool for education and social impact through robust programming addressing the issues of our time and place.
A native of Santa Fe, Burns has served as associate artistic director at SFPA for more than a decade. She is also co-founder of the Santa Fe artist collective Meow Wolf, whose large-scale installation “The House of Eternal Return” has won international accolades and raised Santa Fe’s profile as a top destination in the Southwest for immersive contemporary art.
Santa Fe Performing Arts will hold a fundraiser in support of their work in the community on November 5, 2016. tickets and more information will be available on their website, www.sfperformingarts.org, in October.
Tumbleweeds welcomes Burns to her new position, and wishes Sabato the best of luck in his next endeavors.