MARIO ESPINOSA (Mexico, 1958)

Mario Espinosa
was born in Mexico City. He studied Economics at the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM) and Theater Directing at the University Drama School (CUT) and the International Theater Institute in Germany. From 1989 to 1991 he was assistant Head of Theater at Mexico City’s Palace of Fine Arts. He held the post of Executive Secretary of the National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA), where he undertook significant reforms to the institution’s rules and procedures to endow it with greater transparency and clarity. During this period new support programs were created such as Traditional Mexican Musicians, Mexico on the Stage and Mexico: Gateway to the Americas. He has also been head of institutions such ash the INBA’s National Theater Office and the Theater Department of the Mexico City Government’s Culture Secretariat. He has directed numerous plays at leading theaters in Mexico City and around the country, such as the staging of the opera Faust in Bellas Artes (1990) with Sergio Vela, the premiere of the Mexican opera La hija de Rappaccini, by Catán (1991) and the staging of Simón Bocanegra for the Ópera de Bellas Artes (1997). He is currently director of the UNAM’s University Drama School (CUT) and is a member of the Executive Board of the Ingmar Bergman Chair.