Cláudia Barral is a psychoanalyst, playwright and actor who has trained at the Theatre School of the Federal University of Bahia (ETUFBA), and works as a dramaturg, screenwriter, short story writer and poet. O Cego e o Louco was the first full-length play written by Barral, winner of the COPENE Award 2000 with a scripted version for TV produced in 2007, and adapted as a full length film, due for release in 2021. Cordel do Amor Sem Fim was the winner of the Funarte Award 2004, with a version scripted for TV in 2010. O Terceiro Sinal was a play written in commemoration of ETUFBA’s 50th anniversary in 2007. And Hotel Jasmin, winner of the award Heleny Guariba de Dramaturgia Feminina, 2013, was also adapted into a short film.
Mariana de althaus
Mariana de Althaus (Lima, 1974) is a playwright and theatre director. She studied Latin American Literature at the Pontificia Universidad Católica of Peru. She’s written and directed fourteen plays: Tres Historias del Mar (Three Stories of the Sea), Volar (To Fly), La Puerta Invisible (The Invisible Door), Ruido (Noise), Efímero, La Mujer Espada (Sword Woman), El Lenguaje de las Sirenas (The Language of Mermaids), Criadero (Hatchery), Entonces Alicia Cayó (And then Alice Fell), Padre Nuestro (Our Father), Karamazov, Pájaros en Llamas (Birds on Fire), Todos los Sueños del Mundo (All the Dreams of the World) and Fantasma (Ghost). Some of her plays feature in Dramas de Familia (Family Dramas), Todos los Hijos (All the Children) and Literatura de Fuego (Fire Literature), books published by Alfaguara.
The Cuban novelist, playwright, and poet Abilio Estévez was born in Havana in 1954. His first novel, Tuyo es el reino, published in 1997, was awarded the Cuban Critics’ Prize in 1999 and translated into twelve languages. His other books include the novels Los palacios distantes, translated into ten languages and chosen by the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia as the best book of the year, and El navegante dormido; the short-story collection El horizonte y otros regresos; a collection of theatrical monologues, Ceremonias para actores desesperados; and the prose volume Manual de las tentaciones, awarded the Luis Cernuda Prize in Seville and the Cuban Critics’ Prize in 1987. As a playwright, Estévez won the 1994 Tirso de Molina Award for La noche. His most recent books are the novels El año del calipso and Archipiélagos and the essay collection Tan delicioso peligro. He lives in Palma de Mallorca, the Balearic Islands.
germán luco cruchaga
Germán Luco Cruchaga (1894-1936) was born in Santiago de Chile. After abandoning his studies in a seminary, he trained in fine arts and worked for a time as an illustrator and caricaturist for a variety of magazines, before turning his hand to journalism and satirical writing for newspapers and other publications. La Viuda de Apablaza (The Widow of Apablaza) was written in 1928 after Luco had spent time managing a country estate in the south of Chile. Like his earlier play, Amo y Señor (Lord and Master, 1922), The Widow was premiered in Santiago contemporaneously by the Evaristo Lillo Company.
Armando Nascimento rosa
Armando Nascimento Rosa is professor in the Theatre Department of Lisbon’s Faculty of Dramatic Arts and one of the most successful Portuguese playwrights to emerge in the 21st century. Author of 30 original dramatic works, including two opera libretti, he has had many productions or staged readings of his plays throughout Europe and America. He is the author of 22 books of original plays and essays on drama, including plays translated into seven languages and is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards. He is also a singer/composer with, to date, two CDs published.
Almudena Ramírez-Pantanella is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and theatre director. Her plays have been performed at the National Drama Centre (CDN), Teatro Español, Teatro Lara, Kubik Fabrik and Sala Mirador. Her recent work includes Quirófano, produced in 2018 by the CDN and following a playwriting residency at the Chartreuse de Villeneuve les Avignon Playwriting Centre. In 2019, she was selected for the Royal Court Theatre Summer International Residency, leading to her latest play, Golpe de Gracia. Her television screenwriting credits include, among others, Netflix’s most successful non-English language show, La Casa de Papel, streamed globally as Money Heist. She currently combines her writing and directing work with advanced doctoral study.