Music, Lyrics & Orchestrator
Iván Macías (Moguer 1982) is a scholar at the Spanish National Academy of Performing Arts and is one of the best pianists of his generation according to the expert critics. Only 13 years old, he attains the title of professor of piano with High Honors and a Final Degree honor award, obtaining in just a few years the higher degree as a piano professor, also with honors. Finally, Macías accomplished a Degree in Music Composition for Film and TV at Berklee College of Music (Boston).
His studies have been pursued in the music conservatories of Huelva, Seville, and Madrid, obtaining the postgraduate at the University of Alcalá de Henares, under the direction of Josep Colom, his major influence. Among his other professors: Adela Barranco, Ana Guijarro, Brenno Ambrosini, or Joaquín Soriano, many other great pianists, and even laureate Vladimir Ashkenazy gave him a private audition in Switzerland. This professional encounter was a turning point in his career, and he receives more than 20 awards from national and international piano contest and festivals. In 2010. Iván Macías performed representing the European Union at Expo Shanghai 2010, and nowadays is the director of the Moguer Lyceum, a leading institution in the field of music and performing arts.
Félix Amador (Moguer, 1965) novelist, poet, essay writer, blogger, translator, and music critic. Amador published his first novel Las palabras mágicas in 2007, and his blog-novel diary of a newly divorcee became a book in 2009 and then a trilogy. Then he published his story books Lienzos en blanco and Noche de jazz. His short novel, Los hilos del aire, was finalist at the International Novel Prize La Esfera Cultural. In 2010, Fundación Zenobia-Juan Ramón publishes his essay El Moguer de Juan Ramón Jiménez (Breve guía para el viajero pasional).
Amador has obtained more than 30 poetry and narrative awards, most of them with works dealing with his experience as author: Juan Ruiz Bravo (social narrative), Asociación de Mujeres Zenobia (gender equality narrative), Manuel Siurot de Narrativa (narrative), Día de la Mujer de Bormujos (narrative), two awards of Gastronomic Narrative by Restaurante El Chiscón, or the ADEPA award in favor of animal welfare, among other recognitions.
Since 2007, Amador publishes weekly for the blog ‘Jazz, ese ruido’, where he reviews records, books, films, and different aspects of jazz world. Occasionally he publishes for the press and has contributed to culture and music radio programs. In 2015, he makes his debut in the musical genre with Germinal, a production inspired by the works of Émile Zola.
JOSÉ LUIS SIXTO
Director & Stage Director
JOSÉ LUIS SIXTO
José Luis Sixto (Madrid, 1978) has specialized in creative and artistic direction, casting direction (Hoy no me puedo levantar, High School Musical, or Beauty and the Beast), and theatre production (Jesus Christ Superstar, Los productores, Adulterios, or Circolombia). He is a current member of the Academy of Performing Arts, and professor in several schools and colleges devoted to performing arts.
Acknowledged Best Director of the Musical Theater Awards, Sixto was awarded for Best Artistic Direction at the BroadwayWorld 2015 Audience Awards for the musical thriller nominated at the Max Awards Excítame (El crimen de Leopold y Loeb). Among his works as director, Ricky Gervais’ Animals, Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter (co-directed by Tamzin Townsend), or Como un guante, a brave work about appearances, identity, and gender boundaries.
Sixto has worked as a resident director in musicals such as El último jinete, 40 El musical, or Victor/Victoria, and successful TV shows such as The Hole and The Hole 2. As assistant director, he has participated in important plays such as Babel, Defendiendo al Cavernícola, La venganza de Don Mendo, and more recently The Hole Zero, or the musical Contaminatio.
Director & Choreographer
Francesc Abós (Barcelona, 1977) is an international dancer and choreographer. Under the teachings of David Campos in home city, he will later move to Hamburg to learn from John Neumeier, and then Amsterdam to the Dutch National Ballet. He completed his dance studies with performing arts and singing.
His professional career started at the Dutch National Ballet with productions such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, or Romeo and Juliet. Later on, he will be part of a large number of musicals both in Spain and abroad, collaborating with prestigious professionals in Grease, Chicago, Roman Polanski’s Dance of the Vampires, West Side Story with Francesca Zambello, or The Wild Party, among many others.
Since his retirement as a ballet dancer in 2007, Abós works exclusively as a choreographer. He was the supervisor of the choreography of the Broadway musical Chicago in Spain, and created shows such as Spamalot and Forever Young (Tricicle), Scaramouche (Dagoll Dagom), Candide (Teatros del Canal), The Wizard of Oz and Carousel (Vienna Opera House), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Salzburg Summer Festival). Abós has also co-directed together with Tricicle member Joan Gràcia the cabaret show Lío en Ibiza during 7 seasons.
Francesc Abós debuts this season as stage director at the Palau de la Música in Barcelona with the show Colores y más colores.
Alfons Flores (Barcelona, 1957) starts his professional career as scenographer in 1978 for GAT, the group he helped found in L’Hospitalet del Llobregat (Barcelona) in 1978. His work includes stage designs for theater, opera, urban sets, and big events. Flores has collaborated with directors such as Calixto Bieito, Josep Lluís Bozzo, Carlos Wagner, Guy Joosten and Àlex Ollé, or Carlus Padrissa of the company La Fura dels Baus.
His talent has led him to premiere in theaters such as the National Theater of Catalonia, Birmingham Repertory Theater, Edinburgh International Festival, Mérida Classical Theatre Festival, Festspillene and Bergen, and the Deutsches N. Theater S. Weimar with plays such as La Celestina (2004), The Persians, Requiem for a Soldier, and Tirant lo Blanch (2007), Afinidades electivas (2011), La familia irreal (2012), Sol/Ensam (2015), or Scaramouche (2016). His experience in the opera world has taken him to premiere at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Teatro Real, English National Opera, Covent Garden, Sydney Opera House, Lyon Opera, Staats Oper Stuttgart, and Paris Opera, among others iconic venues, with scenographies such as Carmen (1999 and 2011), Un Ballo in Maschera (2000, 2010 and 2013), Wozzeck (2005 and 2009), Król Roger, Quartett, Tristan & Isolde, Oedipe (2011), Don Carlo, Norma, La Bohème (2016), and Alceste, Joan of Arc (2017). Among his recognitions, the Barcelona Critics Prize in 1996, 1998 and 2009, The Irish Times Theater Award in 2000 for Best Set Design in Barbaric Comedies, and a nomination as Best Scenographer at The International Opera Awards in 2017.
Lorenzo Caprile (Madrid, 1967) obtained his degree in Language and Literature from the University of Florence and becomes a fashion designer at the Fashion Institute of Technology of New York and International Fashion Polytechnic in Florence.
Gold Medal of Merit in the Fine Arts 2018, his career started in 1986 for important fashion brands, both Italian and Spanish, until he opens his own atelier in 1993 in the heart of Madrid.
Expert in bespoke gala dresses, his creations have been paraded at red carpets worldwide, and his unique and handcrafted garments have filled numberless covers of the best-known specialized media. Since 2005 his name runs parallel to exclusive creations for plays, films, dance, ballet, and opera, being a renowned stage costume designer for the National Company of Classical Theater.
Author of Vamos de boda and De qué hablamos cuando hablamos de Estilo, he regularly participates in conferences and round tables organized by the most prestigious design institutions and schools. Currently he also collaborates in El Comanche, the Onda Cero radio program conducted by Julia Otero.
Caprile has received numerous awards and recognitions to the excellence of his work as a fashion and costume designer.
MARÍA JOSÉ SANTOS
Jorge Blass (Madrid, 1980) is an illusionist, magician, speaker, and international lecturer of the principles of magic applied to the corporate world. Member of honor of Foundation Abracadabra, he has already written two books: Magia para no dejar de soñar (2003) and La Fuerza de la Ilusión (2011).
Winner of the Golden Wand in Monaco and the Segfried and Roy in Las Vegas, Blass has presented his shows in iconic venues such as the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles or Expo Shanghai 2010, and he is a regular of the prestigious Magic Castle in Hollywood. Director of the Madrid International Magic Festival, the magician has participated in TV programs such as Masters of Illusion (FOX USA), Next Great Magician (ITV England), Now You See It (BBC One England), and FOOL US (CW Network USA). In Spain, he has directed three seasons of Nada x Aquí (Cuatro), Zapping award to Best Entertainment Program, and Por arte de Magia (Antena 3).
Blass was the designer of the magic effects in the musical Jekyll & Hyde starring Raphael, and has participated in the creation of the magic effects for the musical Beauty and the Beast.
Blass has recently collaborated with US magician David Copperfield, who has acquired the exclusive rights of a new effect that fuses magic and social media, created by Blass.
Luis Perdiguero (Alicante, 1972) graduated in Audiovisual Communication at the Universidad Complutense in Madrid, and has been working in performing acts for the last 25 years, combining this profession with stage direction, lighting and stage design.
Director of DiiVANT, (center for the Development and Research of New Technologies and Avant-garde Arts), responsible of the Area of New Technologies and Avant-garde Theater at the RETO-RED project, director of the European Institute of Design (IED) Master in Stage Lighting, full professor of Lighting, New Technologies, and Sound Space at the School of Dramatic Art of Castilla and Leon (ESASCYL), and professor of Lighting at the IED Master in Master of Scenography and Exhibition Spaces. From 2006 to 2008 Perdiguero was technical director of the National Drama Center under the direction of Gerardo Vera, former responsible for lighting design at Mira de Pozuelo Theater, and technical director of companies such as Nuevo Ballet Español, Corella Ballet Castilla y León, or Teatro de la Danza. He has received numerous recognitions, such as the ADE Award bestowed by the Stage Directors Association by the Association of Directors of Scene with the ADE Award for the best Lighting Design for the Transition show, finalist in the Musical Theater Awards for Hercules, and two more ADE Awards in 2013 and 2017.
As illuminator, international premieres such as Swan Lake at Detroit Opera House, Soleá y Pálpito at the New York City Center, the musical Adir at Paris Théâtre de la Ville, Sound Architecture at Moscow Ballet Theater, or the scenography and lighting of La Chana – Godess of Compas at London Sadler´s Wells. In Spain, Perdiguero has accomplished impressive lighting design works for musicals such as The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan, or Hercules, and the plays and dance lighting designs for the National Center for the Performing Arts (CDN), the National Company of Classical Ballet, the Lyceum, and the Zarzuela Theater.
FELICIANO SAN ROMÁN
FELICIANO SAN ROMÁN
Feliciano San Román (12 de enero de 1969. Corrientes, Argentina) is an expert designer in hairstyling and makeup educated in Buenos Aires, Madrid, Berlin, and Milan, among other international capitals. In his almost 30 years of professional career, San Román has specialized in theater hairdressing, historical hairstyles, and impressive wigs made of natural hair wigs. Among some of his latest collaborations are Beauty and the Beast (Brazil, Spain, and Argentina), Phantom of the Opera (Spain and Mexico), Chicago (Argentina), Les Misérables (México, Brazil y Argentina), West Side Story (Brazil), My Fair Lady (Brazil), Evita, Cabaret, Mamma Mia, The King and I, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Brazil), Wicked (Mexico), Cats, Jesus Christ Superstar, Singing in the Rain, Sleeping Beauty, or Melbourne Classic Ballet.
In 2004 was part of the creative team Disney Theatrical Productions for the performance of Beauty and the Beast in Seoul, in South Korea, a production that also featured his creations for the new version of the Latin America tour. Among his later collaborations, the premiere of The Little Mermaid or La Traviata in Belo Horizonte and São Paulo.
He has worked for important producers all over the world: IMM Esporte e Entretenimento, Jorge Takla Producçòes, Raia Produçòes Artísticas e Culturais, Black & Red Produçòes, TF4 Brasil, TF4 Argentina, Ocesa México, Zemiro Productions, or Stage Entertainment Spain.
Olly Steel (4th June 1987. London, England) started working as a sound engineer in a local theater in 2003. Since then, his career in this industry has included several fields of live and recorded sound, including a rock’n’roll tour, corporate events, sports, outdoor shows, and theatrical productions. After 15 years of experience, this professional is focused on the design of sound for musicals with Orbital Sound, a London Company he leads.
Outside the musical theater, he performed outstanding works as responsible for the sound of the Olympic Games in London in 2012, the 85th anniversary concert of musical composer Stephen Sondheim with the London Symphony Orchestra in 2015, as well as more than fifty interpretations of this composer’s songs.
Among his latest projects, productions such as Trioperas (world premiere in London) Fat Friends, El musical (world premiere in Leeds Grand Theatre), 42th Street (Drury Lane Theatre), Young Frankenstein (Garrick Theatre), Bat out of Hell, The Musical (world premiere in London and Toronto), The Battle of Boat (world premiere Rose Theatre Kingston), Strictly Ballroom (London and Toronto), Cinderella, and Singing In the Rain (Moscow Rossiya Theatre), The Producer (United Kingdom), Beauty and the Beast (Paris, Moscow, and The Netherlands), The Rocky Horror Show (United Kingdom and Australia tours), and Sister Act (Circus Theatre, The Netherlands).