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Life Achievement in the Performing Arts Award 2013

ERNESTO RÁEZ MENDIOLA (Peru)
In 1946, I visited a theatre for the first time, with my father. Four years later, Luis Álvarez took me to the Asociación de Artistas Aficionados (Association of Amateur Artists) to be part of a chorus of beggars in a religious play performed in the atrium of the Cathedral of Lima. Since I was admitted to the legendary Escuela Nacional de Arte Escénico (National School of Performing Arts) in 1955, I have engaged in every one of the theater trades: ticket seller and usher, set designer and stagehand, promoter, director, playwright, researcher and critic. As an actor, I worked in the National Theatre's traveling company and the group Histrión, where I learned to think of the theater as a platform for addressing national problems. In 1968, after playing Marat in the Lima production of Marat-Sade, I decided not to continue acting and devote myself completely to teaching, researching and promoting the theater. That's how, along the way, Centro Cultural Nosotros came to be.

My experimentation with creative processes in the theater led me to formulate my concepts of controlled expressive sincerity, sensitive communication and personal optimum. In my country I have been Director of Artistic Training and National Director for Theater of the Instituto Nacional de Cultura (National Culture Institute), Director of the Escuela Nacional de Arte Dramático (National School of Dramatic Arts) and Director of the student theater of San Marcos University. But, above all, I have been, am and will always be a teacher. To be a teacher – and set out to record the history of the theater – is my contribution to the daily and consistent effort of the pleiad of artists and promoters of independent theater movements who, through their efforts, keep theatrical activity relevant in Peru.

RECIPIENTS OF THE LIFE ACHIEVEMENT IN THE PERFORMING ARTS AWARD

1989 – FRANCISCO MORÍN (Cuba/USA)
1990 – RAMÓN ANTONIO CRUSELLAS (Cuba/USA)
1991 – MARÍA JULIA CASANOVA (Cuba/USA)
1992 – ANDRÉS CASTRO (Cuba/USA)
1993 – ALEJANDRA BOERO (Argentina)
1994 – ISAAC CHOCRÓN (Venezuela)
1995 – JOSÉ MONLEÓN (Spain)
1996 – ANTONIO ABUJAMBRA (Brazil)
1997 – VICTORIA ESPINOSA (Puerto Rico)
1998 – HÉCTOR MENDOZA (Mexico)
1999 – MIREYA BARBOZA (Costa Rica)
2000 – GEORGE WOODYARD (USA)
2001 – ENRIQUE BUENAVENTURA (Colombia)
2002 – CLAUDIO DI GIRÓLAMO (Chile)
2003 – ESTELA MEDINA (Uruguay)
2004 – RAFAEL VILLALONA (Dominican Republic)
2005 – MARÍA IRENE FORNÉS (Cuba/USA)
2006 – EDDA DE LOS RIOS MORSELLI DE LATERZA (Paraguay)
2007 – MIRIAM COLÓN VALLE (USA)
2008 – JOSÉ SANCHIS SINISTERRA (Spain)
2009 – SANTIAGO GARCÍA PINZÓN (Colombia)
2010 – JOSÉ "PEPE" SOLÉ (Mexico)
2011 – DELFINA GUZMÁN (Chile)
2012 – TERESA MARÍA ROJAS (Cuba/USA)