Contact: Michael Brown, Performance Santa Fe Board President | 505 984 8759

Performance Santa Fe Announces Departure of Executive + Artistic Director Chad Hilligus

Santa Fe, NM — Performance Santa Fe congratulates Executive and Artistic Director Chad Hilligus on his new appointment as Chief Executive Officer at The Gallo Center for the Arts in Modesto, California commencing in July 2021. Hilligus has served as Performance Santa Fe’s Executive and Artistic Director since July 2019 and will continue to oversee executive and artistic operations through June 18.  

During his tenure, Hilligus successfully navigated the extraordinary impact of a global pandemic, leaving the organization in unprecedented financial sustainability. Performance Santa Fe Board President Michael Brown shares, “Under Chad’s thoughtful leadership, Performance Santa Fe effectively launched numerous artistic programs and advancement initiatives that have elevated the organization’s brand visibility to an international platform and broadened the organization’s donor base resulting in a 250% increase in Annual Fund membership.” 

Hilligus remarks, “I am extremely proud of the work we’ve done to enrich audiences, strengthen community partnerships, and advance Performance Santa Fe’s strategic goals in order to further the organization’s cultural influence. Santa Fe is a unique and special place, and I am grateful to so many who welcomed me into this community.”

Artistic plans are already firmly in place for Performance Santa Fe’s 2021-2022 season, which will be announced later this spring. 


Performance Santa Fe is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to present world-class music, dance, and theater, and to provide excellent performing arts education for our community.  Founded in 1937, Performance Santa Fe is New Mexico’s longest-running performing arts organization and has presented and produced more than 1,000 events, making it a cornerstone of Santa Fe’s arts community. Performance Santa Fe’s 85th season will be announced in the spring of 2021. For additional information about Performance Santa Fe, please call 505 984 8759 or visit