Santiago Iacinti

Associate Artistic Director and Education Associate
Santiago Iacinti (they/them)
Associate Artistic Director and Director of Education

Prior to being named Associate Artistic Director at PlayPenn, Santi was an inaugural member of the Roundabout Directors Group. They worked as a Casting Associate at X Casting NYC, a Sexual Harassment Prevention Trainer at Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, in Arts Engagement at The Old Globe, a Directing Resident at Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and a Writer in Residence at Experimental Bitch Presents. Their training includes Sarah Lawrence College (MFA), University of San Diego (BA), Directors Lab West (alumni), Meisner Chekhov Integrated Studio (alumni). 

Santi’s background is primarily in new work, including both World and American Premiere Productions on a national level. Their work includes plays by contemporary playwrights Basil Kreimendahl, Kimber Lee, Winter Miller, Nick Gandiello, Mat Smart, Andrew Bovell, Rajiv Joseph, Guadalís Del Carmen, Andres Osorio, and Jordan Ramirez Puckett. Mentors include May Adrales and Eric Keen-Louie.

Santi identifies as gay femme nonbinary. They were born in Mexico but raised in San Diego, CA. They are a Dreamer and DACA recipient. Also, an activist for immigrant rights, Santi’s story has been featured by the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation as well as Lyft. They are bilingual and speak Spanish fluently. Their work aims to use identity consciousness to create new futures that allow for self-actualization, both on and off stage, for the communities that they come from. (

"As a producer of new work I depend on places like PlayPenn that provide playwrights a safe space to take risks and explore their creative process. I applaud PlayPenn and I encourage you to support their efforts in creating the future of the American stage."

-Ed Herendeen, Producing Director, Contemporary American Theater Festival