Aurora Mateos

Aurora Mateos is a playwright and writer. She is member of the Academy of Performing Arts of Spain

Aurora combines writing with her career as international lawyer. She has been legal adviser and project manager at UNESCO/IOC (Paris) for over a decade and Dean of the Marbella International University Center. She has also been working for several years for several human rights and environmental law organizations, such as the ITF (London).

Theatre critics and international studies of contemporary Spanish theater recognize Aurora as one of the best-consolidated Spanish playwrights, due to her controversial female characters and the great originality of her stories, often inspired in her internationalist career. The author and her work have been the subject of two thesis at the University of Verona (2018) and the Paul Valery University of Montpellier (2016) respectively, as well as research works by renowned academics such as Candyce Leonard (Wake Forest University, USA), Styl Rodarelys (University of Athens), Manuela Fox (University of Trieste, Italy), John P. Gabriele (the College of Wooster, USA), Yasmine Bali (Paul Valery University, France), Ximena Escalante (Autonomous University of Mexico), Francisco Gutierrez (UNED, Spain), Lourdes Bueno (Austin College, USA), Harold Hite (Virginia Wesleyan College, USA), David Hitchcock and Angela Martin (University of Southern Indiana) etc.

Among Aurora´s mentors and teachers are Ignacio del Moral, Ernesto Caballero, Santiago Martín Bermúdez, Fermín Cabal, Antonio Onetti, Raúl Hernández, Peter Coy, Robert McKee or Alan Ayckbourn.

Aurora regularly conducts workshops and lectures, like at the Ibero-American drama forum (Huelva, 2005), VPSI Conference (USA, 2008 and 2010), Voces a escena (Malaga 2010), Cervantes Institute (Budapest, 2012), Spanish Cultural Center of Saint Petersburg (2017).

Her publications include: “Friend at midnight” (2005, 2016 in Hungarian), “Water” (2005, 2007 in Mexico); “The suicide of the angel” (2007, 2008 in English and 2016 in Hungarian and French), “Niño Mundo” (2015, in English and Spanish), “Amato Raffaello” (2016). Her short plays have been published in several numbers of the collection “El tamaño no importa” by the Spanish Playwrights Guild (Madrid), besides the magazine “Estreno” of the United States and the Iaspis Publisher in Greece.

Her plays have been performed at national and international level (Spain, USA, Greece, Venezuela, Mexico, Argentina etc) and have been translated into English, French, Italian, Russian and Hungarian.

Aurora has been a finalist in the most important drama awards in Spain and received the Martin Award 2007.

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