Courtesy of Intersection for the Arts

We received an e-mail today about the passing of  Luis Saguar, a founder of Campo Santo, the  theater company at Intersection for the Arts.
It is published below in its entirety.

In Memory of Luis Saguar
(Oct. 6, 1956 – July 8, 2009)

(Below is an excerpt from Hotel Angulo written by Luis Saguar and premiered by Intersection/Campo Santo in 2001)

The choice I made that later chose me.

It’s that line- that fine line, where I need to jump to.

It kind of does something to you.

Where no logic reason or word can touch.

No fears, no cares, no worries… Kinda empowering… you know what I mean?

A place where I transcend.  Come all the way around to feel things like, like…? Like? …  this superfluous divinity. And sometimes the doomed become enlightened.  And the winds are filled with this unexplained consciousness…A God consciousness.  Where there wasn’t a breath before.  It really does happen.  [He looks at Mike:]  Sometimes.


It is with tremendous sorrow that we honor the passing of our dear friend, collaborator, and inspiration – Luis Saguar. Luis was born on October 6, 1956 and he passed away on July 8, 2009. He was holding his wife Nancy’s hand and surrounded by loving family and dear friends.  He was at peace.

There are not words to describe Luis’ effect on Intersection for the Arts and what this organization has become since the day he walked in the door. Nor are there words to describe what it was like to be near him – the sound of his voice, the touch of his hand, the depth of his heart . . . that smile. Luis was an inspired actor, mentor, writer, teacher, and community hero. More than that, he was a grateful soul, loyal to the bone, a kick ass friend, an adoring brother, a natural born story teller, sexy as hell, and a crazy-in-love father and husband.

Luis used to tell us that he wanted to create stories for all the people we pass in life who never get their stories told.  This was his vision for Campo Santo, the company that he founded with Sean San Jose, Michael Torres, and Margo Hall in 1996. It was this vision that prompted Intersection to open its doors and invite Campo Santo to join the family. This was his vision and he held us to it.

Occasionally in life we meet extraordinary people – rare souls who have an almost supernatural power to light up a room and remind us all that life is divine. Luis was one of those people. He was infinitely present. He lived and believed in the power of art, of theatre. He invited people into Intersection like it was a Church or a Community Center. People with all kinds of stories and experiences, fears and secrets. People who wanted and needed to come together to be part of something larger than themselves but had no idea where to go. He made us all believe we could be better – that we could make small miracles happen. And he reminded us every single day that it’s damn good to be alive.

Luis is survived by his wife Nancy and daughter Carmela, his brothers Pablo and Frank, his sister Gloria, his brother-in-law Mike, his sister-in-law Sue, his nieces and nephews, and so many beautiful friends. . .

In honor of Luis, Intersection for the Arts has established The Luis Saguar Artist Emergency Fund.  This Fund will support artists and their families in times of need. To make a donation that can be used to support Nancy and Carmela, please click the button below: (Note Mission Loc@l could not embed this, but please contact Intersection for the Arts.)

Click the “donate now” button and you will be asked how much you would like to give. From there, select from a pull down menu that will ask you to designate your donation. You will find Luis Saguar Artist Emergency Fund at the end of this pull down menu. You will receive a confirmation acknowledging that Intersection has received your gift for the Luis Saguar Artist Emergency Fund. We will honor your tribute to Luis’ life and ensure that Luis’ family is aware of your generosity.

Please visit our special tribute page.

If you would like to share your stories, memories or photos about Luis on the tribute page, please email

Here is a link to a memorial on Youtube.

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