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Juan Antonio Mayorga Ruano

  • Juan Mayorga © RAE

    Juan Mayorga © RAE






Date of birth

Apr 6, 1965

"Playwright and teacher. With his own distinctive dramatic style, he has been translated into several languages and performed around the world."

Born in Madrid in 1965, he studied Philosophy and Mathematics, although his true vocation was the theatre. His early works were produced with the group 'El Astillero', a writing collective open to different trends. He soon evolved his own dramatic approach, which highlighted his preference for the world of ideas. His most celebrated works include 'Siete hombres Buenos', 'Más cenizas' (a work which won second prize at the prestigious Calderón de la Barca awards in 1992), 'El sueño de Ginebra', 'The Scorched Garden' and 'Love Letters to Stalin' (a reflection on art and power which was premièred at the National Drama Centre in 1999). Between 2000 and 2009 he wrote versions of classical Spanish and international works for the stage. He wrote a doctoral thesis on Walter Benjamin, whose philosophy had a significant influence on his writing for the theatre. He is the director of the master's degree in Theatre Creation at the Carlos III University and, since 2019, a member of the Spanish Royal Academy. In February 2022, he started as artistic director of the Teatro de la Abadía in Madrid and the Corral de Comedias in Alcalá de Henares.


National Theatre Award (2007)
Valle-Inclán award (2009)
Max Award for Best Author (2006, 2008, 2009)
Max award for the best adaptation (2008)
National Dramatic Literature Award (2013)
Europe Award New Theatrical Realities (2016)
Princesa de Asturias Award for Literature (2022)

Essential works

  • Performance of 'La lengua en pedazos', by Juan Mayorga © Sergio Parra

    La lengua en pedazos

    The 'La lengua en pedazos' (The Tongue in Pieces) marks the debut of Juan Mayorga as a theatre director. With this work the author won the 2013 National Dramatic Literature Award.

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Other highlighted works

  • Silencio
  • El Golem
  • Reikiavik
  • The Cartographer
  • Darwin's Tortoise
  • The Boy at the Back
  • El sueño de Ginebra
  • Siete hombres buenos
  • The Scorched Garden
  • Love Letters to Stalin
  • Más cenizas
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