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Kanbar Institute of Film & Television

José Angel Santana
Visiting Assistant Arts Professor


Office: 721 Broadway


Area Head, Directing Actors 2nd Year, Directing Actors


B.A. Mass Communications, University of Vermont, Professional Training for Acting, Directing, and Teaching - The Neighborhood Playhouse, student of Sanford Meisner; M.A./Ph.D. The Pacifica Graduate Institute - Mythological Studies with an emphasis in Depth Psychology


José has originated leading roles in world premiers of works by some of our most important international contemporary playwrites: three world premiers of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Mamet's works: "The Blue Hour" directed by Mr. Mamet, at Joe Papp's Public Theater in New York City; "Edmond" directed by Gregory Mosher at Chicago's Goodman Theater and in its OBIE Award-winning production, at Provincetown Playhouse; and Mamet's adaptation of Anton Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard", with Oscar Nominee (Fargo) W.H.Macy. He originated leading roles in Academy Award-Nominee - REDS - Trevor Griffiths' "Real Dreams" directed by Mr. Griffiths and opposite Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey, at the ! Williamstown Theater Festivl; in Joe Cacaci's "Self Defense" directed by Arvin Brown, at the Long Wharf Theater and Off-Broadway; in Eduardo Machado's "The Modern Ladies of Guanabacoa" directed by James Hammerstein, at Ensemble Studio Theatre; and the title role in Felipe Santander's, Casa de Las Americas award-winning play, "El Extensionista" directed by John Dillon, at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre.

Among his many featured roles in film and television, he received critical praise for his heartbreaking debut performance as "José - the Junkie" in Sidney Lumet's "Prince Of The City" and is remembered as the "strange Boutique Owner" with Madonna in "Desperately Seeking Susan."

Dr. Santana is a Co-Founder and original Drama Director of City At Peace, Santa Barbara where his focus had been to create a safe place for young people to express themselves without fear of judgment; trying to "fix" them; or spending much time trying to figure out "why" things are the way they are.  In 1999, for his work with "City At Peace," he was recognized as a Santa Barbara "Local Hero." He is the creator of "Youand: The Art of Mutual Understanding" and founder of Actors In Training.

Member: Screen Actors Guild, Actor's Equity, American Federation of Radio and Television Artists. He is a lifetime member of New York's Ensemble Studio Theater and his aim is to make a vital contribution to the community in which he lives.