Herbert Siguenza at San Diego Repertory Theatre


Herbert Siguenza is a founding member of the performance group Culture Clash. Along with Richard Montoya and Ric Salinas, Culture Clash is the most produced Latino theatre troupe in the United States. Founded in San Francisco in 1984, Culture Clash has performed on the stages of America’s top regional theatres including the Mark Taper Forum, The Kennedy Center, The Arena Stage, The Alley Theatre, The Berkeley Repertory, Yale Repertory, South Coast Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego Rep, Syracuse Stage, The Huntington Stage and countless universities and colleges. Mr. Siguenza has co-written, and or performed in the following Culture Clash plays: American Night (Commissioned by Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Palestine New Mexico, Water and Power, Chavez Ravine (all three commissioned by the Mark Taper Forum), Peace (Commissioned by The Getty Villa), Zorro in Hell! (Commissioned by the Berkeley Rep), The Birds (Commissioned by the Berkeley Rep and South Coast Rep), Bordertown (Commisioned by the San Diego Rep), Radio Mambo, Nuyorican Stories, Anthems, S.O.S., A Bowl of Beings, The Mission and others. As a solo writer and performer, Mr. Siguenza wrote and starred in Cantinflas! and A Weekend with Pablo Picasso. His latest plays, Steal Heaven and El Henry (Best new play San Diego Critics Circle Award 2014), have been produced at the San Diego Repertory and La Jolla Playhouse. Mr. Siguenza is also an accomplished visual artist and graphic artist and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. He has a BFA in printmaking from the California College of Arts, Oakland, California.


San Diego Repertory Theatre produces intimate, exotic, provocative theatre. We promote a more inclusive community through vivid works that nourish progressive political and social values and celebrate the multiple voices of our region. San Diego Repertory Theatre feeds the curious soul.


Playwright Siguenza blends Anglo, Latino cultures by Mimi Pollack, San Diego Jewish World, July 9, 2017.

How has this residency changed the theatre, and how has this residency changed the playwright? — March 2018

More from the Residency

Interview with Herbert Sigüenza

Interview with Herbert Sigüenza

10 November 2016

Dramaturg Maria Patrice Amon interviews Playwright Herbert Sigüenza about his comic influences, and Manifest Destinitis, his adaptation of Molière’s The Imaginary Invalid.

Playwright Residency

Playwright Residency

Why Herbert Siguenza? Why San Diego Repertory Theatre?

30 July 2016

Sam Woodhouse, Artistic Director of San Diego Repertory Theatre and playwright-in-residence Herbert Siguenza discuss their participation in the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s National Playwright Residency Program.