Herbert Siguenza

Herbert Siguenza is currently the Playwright in Residence for the San Diego Repertory Theatre thanks to a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  Herbert is also a founding member of the performance group CULTURE CLASH. For thirty years Herbert and Culture Clash have performed their original satirical work around the country’s top regional theatres. They have performed at The Mark Taper Forum, The Kennedy Center, The Alley Theatre, The Huntington Stage, Yale Stage, La Jolla Playhouse and Berkeley Repertory Theatre to name a few.

As a solo writer and performer Mr. Siguenza has had fully produced productions of the following works:

 Cantinflas! (2003) A bi-lingual five person show that recounts the life and times of Mario Moreno, the “Charlie Chaplin of Mexico”.

 A Weekend with Pablo Picasso (2010) A solo show that finds Picasso in his studio in the South of France in 1957. The master of modern art muses about art, politics, creativity and love.

 Steal Heaven (2015) A three person political comedy about an American radical who dies and goes to heaven only to find 60’s activist Abbie Hoffman as a guardian angel.

 El Henry (2014) A large and epic Chicano post-apocalyptic adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV part One. Won San Diego Critics Award for Best Play. 15 actors.

Manifest Destinitis (2016) An Early California Rancho Days adaptation of Moliere’s farce The Imaginary Invalid set in California. 8 actors.

Beachtown (2017) An interactive, audience immersive play where a cast of seven pretend to have a small coastal town community town hall meeting.

Bad Hombres/Good Wives (2019) Moliere’s School for Wives was the inspiration for this TV novella style Narco-Comedy set in Sinaloa, Mexico. Cast of 8.

Other works in development:

Birth Day: A metaphysical musical. People come back on their birthdays after their deaths for 24 hours. Music and lyrics by Mark Spiro. Cast of 9.

Isaac Asimov Grand Master Funk: The father of Science Fiction gets an unexpected visit from two funky intergalactic robots. Cast of 3.

Mr. Siguenza is also an accomplished visual artist and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. He has a BFA in printmaking from the California College of Arts, Oakland, California.  TV and Film credits:“Ben Ten Alien Swarm” for the Cartoon Network, “Larry Crowne” feature film directed by Tom Hanks. His voice was prominently featured in Pixar’s 2017 Oscar winning animation feature, “Coco”.