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Hugo Arrevillaga


Hugo Arrevillaga is a director and theater actor, born in Mexico City on April 1, 1975. He has lived at the Farallón Campsite, Veracruz, Mexico; Rosarito, Baja California North, Mexico; San Francisco,
California; Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico; and Mexico City. He studied six semesters of international trade and a semester of economics at the Monterrey Technological Institute. He earned a degree in acting at the University Center of Theater of the National Autonomous University of Mexico from 1997 to 2002, where he studied with Esther Seligson, José Ramón Enríquez, Sandra Félix, Jorge Ávalos, Emma
Dib, Miguel Flores, Antonio Castro, Raúl Zambrano, Eduardo Contreras Soto, and Boris Schoemann, among others.
He has directed more than 20 plays with Tapioca Inn Company, among which are Tideline, Forests, Scorched, and Heaven by Wajdi Mouawad; Willy Protágoras Encerrado en el Baño and Pacamambo, both also by Mr. Mouawad; Sentido (Sens) and Mi Joven Corazón idiota (My Young Stupid Heart), both by Anja Hilling; Cenizas de Piedras (Ashes of Stones), by Daniel Danis; LEGOM –The Story of 3 unconnected stories and Las Chicas del 3.5" Floppies, both by Luis Enrique Ortiz Monasterio; Desorden Público (Public Disorder), by Evelyn de la Cheneliere; and Canción para un Cumpleaños (Song for a Birthday), written by himself and based on the life and work of Sylvia Plath. He has been involved with various theater companies including Los Endebles and the National Theatre Company of Mexico, where he collaborated as the resident director of the play Ni el Sol ni la Muerte Pueden Mirarse de Frente by Mr. Mouawad, in collaboration with the directors Rolf and Heidi Abderhalden. He has received grants from the FONCA as performer (2002–03), in the Program of Development and Joint Investments (2008), and the program Mexico on Stage (2004). He won the Starting Point Prize (Punto de Partida) of the UNAM (2001) and he was selected as a candidate of Mexico for the grant Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative (2005) in the category of Theater. He has been the artistic co-director of the theater La Capilla since 2005 and has been part of the National System of Creators of Art since 2011. In May 2012 he traveled to London as the director of the play Henry IV–Part 1, by William Shakespeare in a version by José Ramon Enríquez, with the National Company of Theater in the frame of the Cultural Olympiads. It is worth mentioning that this staging had its premiere on April of that same year at the Corrala del Mitote, located at the Main Square of Mexico City. He recently premiered the play Heaven by Mr. Mouawad, which is the fourth part of the Tetralogy The Blood of Promises at the Theater Benito Juárez.

Current as of March 2014
Hugo Arrevillaga