JORGE DE JUAN
Jorge is a renowned Spanish producer, director, and actor.
Founder of the Spanish Theatre Company (London).
He trained at the Royal School of Dramatic Art of Madrid (Acting) and the British Theatre Association (Directing and Producing).
Directing credits include: The Public and The Grain Store (Fourth Monkey); End of the Rainbow; Dracula; The 39 Steps The Woman in Black (Spanish production); The Public and The Grain Store (Fourth Monkey); Blood Wedding, The Judge of the Divorces… and others, The House of Bernarda Alba and Yerma (STC).
He has produced the theatre productions The Swallow, Darwin’s Tortoise, The Little Pony and Ay Carmela!, and the New Spanish Playwrighting Season I, IIand III (STC). Other credits include doing the dramaturgy for the show She Said (English National Ballet).
As an actor he has appeared in more than 20 plays, 30 films and TV series, having played the lead in over 30 projects. Some of the credits include: (Theatre) Blood Wedding, Calígula, Oedipus, Macbeth, Richard III, The 39 Steps. (Feature Films), Talk of Angels, Open your Eyes, One of the Hollywood Ten. He has worked with both Spanish and foreign directors.
Francisco Rabal Film Award for his starring role in El Mejor de los Tiempos (1990). The Turia Theatre Award for his performance in La Mujer de Negro (1998) and his film Bala Perdida, starring David Carradine received the Best Film and Best Soundtrack awards at the Mostra de Valencia Cinema awards. Grand Prix des Amériques at Montréal World Film Festival with the Serbian film Kordon that he co-produced.
Director of El Palenque (Universal Exhibition Seville Expo ’92); Bala Perdida feature film (Producer and Screenwriter); Kordon feature film (Associate Producer).
Paula Paz is a theatre director and a former professional ballet dancer. She is the co-founder and associate director of the Cervantes Theatre in London and the Spanish Theatre Company.
Paula holds an MA with Distinction in Theatre Directing from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and she began her career as a professional Ballet Dancer with companies such as Angel Corella Ballet, Maria Gimenez Ballet and Ballet Ireland.
At the Cervantes Theatre she has directed Darwin’s Tortoise by Juan Mayorga, The Swallow by Guillem Clua, The Little Pony by Paco Bezerra, Ay, Carmela! by José Sanchis Sinisterra and The House of the Spirits by Caridad Svich after Isabel Allende’s novel; as well as an array of dramatized readings and two rapid productions. Other directing credits include Knives in Hens by David Harrower at the KC Theatre; Sebastián Junyent’s dramatised reading It is Necessary to Take Apart the House at the White Bear Theatre; History of a Staircase by Buero Vallejo at Canada Water Culture Space and Eigengrau by Penelope Skinner at Mountview.
Puerto Baker is the House Manager at the Cervantes Theatre. She started to work for Cervantes theatre in January 2019 following years of teaching Spanish at the Open University and at local FE colleges.
She holds a degree in English Studies from the University of Seville, a BA (Hons) in French and English Language with the Open University and a MA with distinction in Translation, specialising in Drama Translation from the University of Newcastle. Puerto’s appreciation for theatre began in her teens where she fell in love with the classics. As a student, in Spain, she developed an appreciation of Spanish theatre by regularly attending the Lope de Vega theatre in Seville and at the same time acquiring a knowledge of British drama, studying some of the great British playwrights at university. Her love for theatre and contemporary plays grew through working at the Cervantes theatre which has made it possible to encounter the best contemporary playwrights from Spain and Latin America.
Before becoming the House Manager, Puerto began working for Cervantes theatre as a volunteer where she was attracted to its goal of promoting Spanish and Latin American theatre to a British theatre audience as well as performing them in their original form to a Spanish speaking audience.