Diego Arciniegas Artistic Director
Diego Arciniegas (Pictured left as Hamlet in the Publick's 2002 production) is a Lecturer in the Theatre Studies Department at Wellesley College, where he teaches Introduction to Acting, Advanced Scene Study and Playing Shakespeare. Diego has also been acting and directing in the New England area for the past 15 years. Diego emigrated from Colombia, South America with his family in 1961 and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1980. He holds a B.A. from Williams College, where he was a National Hispanic Scholar and Mead Fellow. After graduation in 1982, Diego trained in theatre at B.E.S.G.L. (The British and European Studies Group, London), where he was certified in Stage Combat by the Association of British Fight Directors. Diego has taught at Emerson College in their Fine Arts Division, and in the Master's Degree Program at the Boston Conservatory of Music. He regularly serves as a judge at the Massachusetts High School Drama Festival, and has represented Wellesley College at the American College Theatre Festival.
In April of 2001, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino cited Diego for his work at the Publick Theatre. Diego was named an "Emerging Artist Fellow" of the City of Boston for his contribution to the cultural life of the city through his work at the Publick. In 1994, Diego received the Elliot Norton Award for his work as a performer, and has been cited repeatedly by the Association of Independent Reviewers.
As a director, Diego has staged his own translation of The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca, and Christopher Hampton's Les Liaisons Dangereuses, for Emerson Stage. At North Shore Music Theatre he directed A Midsummer Night's Dream and Romeo and Juliet. For The Publick Theatre he has staged Arcadia, The Comedy of Errors, As You Like It , Macbeth, and directed, and simultaneously performed in, The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing andThe Winter's Tale. For Boston Playwright's Theatre Diego directed and performed in The Sins of Sor Juana; by Karen Zacharias. Chronicling the life of seventeenth century Mexican Poet Juana Inéz de la Crúz, Sor Juana shortly went on to win the Washington D.C's Helen Hayes Award for "best new play", and has subsequently been produced at theatres throughout the country.
Originally from Northern California, Susanne (pictured right as Hannah Jarvis in Arcadia) trained in theatre in the M.F.A. (Master of Fine Arts) program at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, appearing in roles ranging from Ellen Olenska inThe Age of Innocence to Sara in Guys and Dolls. Television viewers may remember her from the hit series, E.R. Susanne regularly serves as a judge with the Massachusetts High School Drama Festival. For the Publick
Susanne has played Hannah Jarvis in Arcadia, Margrethe Bohr in Copenhagen, the Abbess in The Comedy of Errors, Cassandra in Troilus and Cressida, Viola in Twelfth Night, Titania/Hippolyta in Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rosalind in As You Like It, Hermione in The Winter’s Tale and the Ladies Macbeth and Macduff in Macbeth.
For Trinity Repertory Theatre she played the Ghost of Christmas Present in
A Christmas Carol. At North Shore Music Theatre she played Lady Capulet in
Romeo and Juliet; directed by Diego Arciniegas. For the Elliot Norton award winning Sugan Theatre, she appeared as Maureen in the The Beauty Queen of Leenane; directed by Eric Engle. Other Boston area roles include; Kristine in the Coyote Theatre's production of Miss Julie, the Nurse for the Boston Theatre Works production of Romeo and Juliet, Paula in Mrs. Klein at the New Repertory Theatre, and the title role in The Sins of Sor Juana, for Boston Playwright's Theatre.
This past January Susanne appeared as Gilda in Noel Coward's Design for Living.
This was the first indoor venture in many years for the Publick Theatre. Design was presented in the Plaza theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts and directed by Spiro Veloudos.