Natalia Menendez's Lecture

16 November. Rustaveli Theatre Ball Room. 15.00

Natalia Menéndez is an acclaimed Spanish stage director and cultural manager and she is currently at the head of the Madrid City Theatres; Teatro Español and Naves Matadero.

She has a degree in Advanced Theatre studies from the Carlos III University of Madrid and in Stage Direction and Acting from the Royal School of Dramatic Art of Madrid. 
She directed several classical and contemporary stage plays in Spain and South America as “Tebas Land” by Sergio Blanco,“Tejiendo la Paz van los días” on texts by Cervantes, “On ne badine pas avec l’amour”(in Catalan) by Alfred de Musset, “L’Amante Anglaise” by Marguerite Duras, “Reality” by Tom Stoppard, “Tantas Voces” on texts by Pirandello, “Les Belles-sœurs “ by Michel Tremblay, “Don Juan Tenorio” by Zorrilla, “The Doubt” by John Patrick Shanley, “El Curioso Impertinente” by Guillén de Castro, “Trois versions de la vie” by Yasmina Reza, “L’Hiver sous la table” by Roland Topor , “Eten” by Matin Van Velduizen and “El ascensor” by Emeterio Diez among others. 
She directed as well zarzuelas like “La Villana” by Amadeo Vives, “Música clásica” de Ruperto Chapi and a chamber opera “2 Delirios” (Variations on Shakespeare), with texts by José Sanchis Sinisterra and music by Alfredo Aracil; and her own creation for the National Radio “Querido Mozart”. 
She was appointed Artistic Director of the Almagro International Festival of Classical Theatre from 2010 until 2017. She has been curating for the AC/E ( Spanish External Cultural Service ) several art and history exhibitions.
 She adapted and translated various international plays, especially by French authors, like Molière, Marivaux, Marguerite Duras, Roland Topor but also Eugène Ionesco, John Fosse and John Patrick Shanley. She published the adaptation of “Trois versions de la vie”- Alba Editorial, the novel “Clic”- Ellago Ediciones, the translation and critical edition of “Les Fausses Confidences “ by Marivaux- Cátedra, Grupo Anaya . “A voces”, fifteen stories-Ellago Ediciones. “Aquí, allí, allá” monologue for the magazine Escena and among others the essay “Sólo quedan burbujas” (Textos y Ensayos Teatrales R.E.S.A.D). 
She is also theatre and television actress. Playwright for the Company 10 & 10 Danza and she regularly gives acting workshops and master classes and conferences on classical theatre across Europe, America, Asia and Africa. 
Throughout her career she has been awarded with several National prizes as Medalla CELCIT, Premio Chivas 06, Premio Ojo Crítico, Premio Agora. She has recently been appointed to the Civil Order of Alfonso X el Sabio in 2017. 

The adventure of theatrical space within the city in festivals and theaters across Spain. Natalia Menéndez will share her views on what is called cultural urbanism and creativity in construction. She will focus on the coexistence and relationships of theater and its physical environment, since the theatrical events are not isolated from their cultural, urban and social context.


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