School of Theatre, Film & Television

Prolific actor Lance Guzman (BA Theatre Studies ’17) has been accepted into the highly competitive MFA Acting Program at CalArts School of Theater in Los Angeles. He will begin in the fall.

Lance Guzman

Among many other performances while studying at the School of Theatre, Film & Television, Guzman appeared in the Studio Series’ Giants Have Us In Their Books, directed by Marc Pinate, and Mother of Exiles, part of the U.S./Mexican Border Trilogy by playwright and TFTV Associate Professor Elaine Romero. He also appeared in a number of short films created by Film & Television students including the lead roles in A Hunger, directed by Anthony Cutrone (BFA ’20, Film & Television) and Rose, directed by Linda Varela (BFA ’22).

Since graduating, Guzman has been a mainstay in the Tucson theatre scene, appearing in the Scoundrel and Scamp Theatre productions of SalomeMr. BurnsBlood WeddingThe Little PrinceIt Is Magic and Citizen. At the Rogue Theatre, he performed in As You Like It, The OresteiaMoby Dick and most recently in Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer-prize winning play, Sweat.

“I am very excited to start this next chapter of my career and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for me,” said Guzman. “I am grateful for my time at the University of Arizona, for the opportunity to have been part of the Studio Series, and for the encouragement of Professor Elaine Romero.”

“From the first time I saw Lance Guzman perform on an Arizona stage, I knew we had a special actor in our program,” added Professor Romero. “Watching him grow, and our entire University and Tucson community nurture him as an actor, has truly inspired me. We are part of the continuum of any actor’s training. Lance taps into his instincts in his work as an actor and a playwright bringing what is true and authentic to his artistry. So, watch out LA. Watch out CalArts. Lance Guzman is on his way.”

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Lance Guzman (left) and Steve Waite (right) perform in Lynn Nottage’s SWEAT at the Rogue Theatre in Tucson. Photo Tim Fuller

Originally posted on the School of Theatre, Film & Television website. Republished with permission.