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Abel González Melo

(Havana, 1980)

Cuban-Spanish playwright and director. PhD in Literary Studies and with a Master’s Degree in Theatre from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatrology from the Instituto Superior de Arte de Cuba. He took part in the International Residency for Emerging Playwrights of the Royal Court Theatre in London and studied at the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin and at Panorama Sur in Buenos Aires. His plays, extensively translated and published in several countries, have been premiered at Argos Teatro, Teatro Nacional de Cuba, Centro Dramático Nacional de España, Repertorio Español (New York), Aguijón Theater (Chicago), Miami Dade County Auditorium, HOME (Manchester), Teatro Circular (Montevideo), El Círculo Teatral (Mexico City) and Semaver Kumpanya (Istanbul). His awards include the Prize of the Spanish Embassy in Cuba 2005 (Chamaco), the Cuban-German Prize for Plays of the Goethe Institut 2009 (Talco), the Virgilio Piñera National Playwriting Prize 2014 (Epopeya), the Prize of the Union of Writers and Artists 2014 (Mecánica) and, on three occasions, the Literary Critics Prize, as well as the Cultura Viva Prize 2012 in Madrid for the whole of his work, which includes short stories, essays and poetry. In the current season he has premiered En ningún lugar del mundo (Teatro Avante, 23rd International Hispanic Theater Festival of Miami), Adentro (Cabotín Teatro & Los Impertinentes, Cuba) and Fuera del juego (in partnership with Dagoberto Rodríguez during ARCOmadrid). His most recent work as a film scriptwriter is La partida.

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