PLAYWRIGHT / INTERNATIONAL LAWYER

Aurora Mateos


is a playwright and international lawyer, in that order.

She was born on the 7th of July, 1974, and began to write plays at the age of eight.

She read law at the University of Malaga, and conducted postgraduate study in environmental and international law in a number of academic institutions, such as the Universidad Autónoma and Universidad Complutense in Madrid, the Sorbonne (Paris I), the University of Virginia (Rhodes Academy) in the United States, and the Hague Academy of International Law.

Aurora has always combined her legal studies with her training in drama, and has studied under Ignacio del Moral, Fermín Cabal, Santiago Martín Bermúdez, Ernesto Caballero, Ignacio Amestoy , Neil Labute, Raúl Hernández, Robert McKee and Alan Ayckbourn.

Aurora is currently considered one of the most important emerging voices in Spanish theatre, in recent studies by the journal Estreno (Ohio Wesleyan University, United States) and the Universidad Autónoma de México.

Her first publication was a collection of poems, entitled El perfume de babel (Fundación Unicaja, 2002), which was the product of her time as coordinator of the literary section of Malaga’s Círculo de Bellas Artes, where she organised workshops on poetry.

A year later, publisher La Avispa chose to include two of her plays, ‘El amigo de medianoche’ and ‘Agua’, in its collection of contemporary authors, which was unveiled in the Casa de América in Madrid. Aurora remembers this day as one of the ‘happiest in her life’. ‘El amigo de medianoche’ was first performed in Barcelona in 2009, by the theatre company pendientesdeunhilo, and has been well received by the press in each of its performances as it tours around Spain. The Cádiz Theatre Festival (FIT) featured the play as an example of female dramatic literature. The Universidad Autónoma de México reissued ‘Agua’ in its anthology, Los andaluces, esos raros, on the occasion of the Guadalajara Book Fair.

‘El suicidio de un ángel’ has been her most ambitious project to date, involving over four years of work to explore passion and schizophrenia. In its final stage, it received a workshop production at the Hamner Theater (Virginia, United States), and was performed there in August 2007. The play was awarded the Martin Recuerda prize that same year. It is being performed in Spanish by the company Mu Teatro and directed by Eun Kang, and will premiere in February 2012. A bilingual edition of the play was published by the provincial government of Granada, and the Centro Andaluz de Teatro. A new edition was produced in 2009 by the government of Malaga. Aurora returned to the Hamner in 2010, with her play ‘La Fornarina de Rafael’, working with Boomie Peterson and Peter Coy.

Her work published and received stage readings on several other occasions: ‘Et in ora’ (Teatro Municipal de Cordoba, 2010; Teatro del Auditorio, Malaga, with Isabel Ordaz), ‘Roma 1520’ (Teatro Echegaray de Málaga), ‘Memorias de un mundo perdido’ (Círculo de Bellas Artes de Madrid, 2007), ‘Sobre la inmortalidad y otras mentiras’ (Maratón de Monólogos 2009, Casa encendida, Madrid), to mention a few.

Aurora’s computer holds a number of ‘blind’ works, waiting to see the light. She is a member of the Asociación de Autores de Teatro de España, and has been a member of the Dramatist Guild of America since 2004.

Her plays have been performed in Spain, the U.S. and Greece, and have been translated into English, French, Italian, Russian and Hungarian, countries seeking production rights. Aurora has been a finalist in the major theater awards in Spain, and got the Martin Recuerda Award in 2007.

Aurora has lived in Paris for six years, where she worked for UNESCO, and later in London and Cambridge for four years, where she worked for an international organization.

Aurora combines creative writing with his career as international lawyer.