Alfredo Sanzol assumes the direction of the CDN

Alfredo Sanzol joins the National Dramatic Center at this beginning of the year to assume his direction for a period of five years.

His appointment took place last April, in which the general director of the National Institute of Performing Arts and Music (INAEM), Amaya de Miguel, announced that Sanzol would take over from Ernesto Caballero after overcoming a public process of selection subject to the principles of equality, merit and ability and that was valued by the Theater Artistic Council, in accordance with the provisions of Royal Decree 497/2010, of April 30, which regulates the participation bodies and advice from INAEM and the Statute of the CRC.

Artistic project

The project presented by Alfredo Sanzol stands out as a central pillar the commitment to contemporary dramaturgy, providing it with the necessary infrastructure, time and budget to become a national and international reference. A dramaturgy that reflects the plurality of voices that represent today's society.

Attracting and connecting with the public is another of the fundamental axes, defending the need to generate empathy and an emotional bond with the public through innovative communication and strategic lines of social scope that create a greater proximity with new audiences.

The generational renewal and the presence of young people in the center is also of great importance to achieve a transformation and renewal of artistic proposals and for the transmission of knowledge of creators with greater experience. The project declares itself feminist, wants to enhance the dramaturgy made by women and projects led by women in an environment of equality and collaboration between genders. It also rests on the need to strengthen efficient, transparent and responsible resource management.

The main objective of its guidelines is to direct part of the budget to theatrical writing in any of its forms, opening an exchange space and working in a more transverse way with a permeable direction that feeds on the creators who pass through the CDN. Open the theater not only to the exhibition, but also to promote meetings and participatory projects between creators and the public.

Sanzol aspires to a theater that is a national and international reference based on cultural and social diversity. For this, the importance of promoting tours of the CDN shows in the different Autonomous Communities is highlighted, as well as programming in all the languages ​​of the State, through co-productions with other public institutions and with private companies. It also proposes to achieve greater international projection through co-production with theaters in other countries, as well as participating in the different European networks and being an active member of international collaborative projects.

Within this opening to diversity, defends having those companies that work with difference and disability, from normality and inclusion, betting on the artistic excellence of this type of shows and professionals.

The full Master Plan can be consulted here.

Career path

Alfredo Sanzol (Madrid-Pamplona 1972) is an author and theater director, graduated in Law from the University of Navarra and in Stage Management from RESAD, his work is characterized by the use of a sense of humor, the search for a formal style own with which to raise the problems of his personal and social biography and commitment to the investigation of new dramatic structures. With a deep knowledge of the theatrical trade, throughout his career he has combined the direction of his own texts with that of the classics that he adapts himself.

The management of the CDN, as of January 2020, represents a new step in a trajectory that began 20 years ago with Like the greeks, by Steven Berkoff, and in which titles such as Yes, but I am not, On the moon, Super days, The magic calm, Tenderness Y Bravery, among others. He has directed theatrical productions for public centers such as the CDN, the CNTC or the Teatro de la Zarzuela: Bohemian lights (2018), The silly lady (2018), The magic calm (2014), Waiting for Godot (2013) or The Lavapies Barber (2019).

Sanzol was distinguished in 2017 with the National Dramatic Literature Award for his work The breathing. In 2018 he won the XII Valle-Inclán Theater Award for Tenderness and in 2016 he received the Community Theater Award of Madrid. He has also received five times the Max Performing Arts Award. In 2011 in the category of Best Theater Author in Catalan or Valencian by Delicacies, and in 2012 and 2013 in the category of Best Theater Author in Spanish for Great days and by On the moonrespectively. For this last work he also won the Ceres Award for Best Theater Author in 2012.

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