Diego de Brea
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Life and work
Diego de Brea studied comparative literature and art history at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana. In 1995, he started studying theatre direction the Academy for Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana.
In 1999, his graduation piece, The Birth of Light, won an award at the International Student Production Theatre Festival in Brno. He has authored a number of well-known performances in Slovenian repertory and non-institutional theatres. He tackles many genres ranging from youth pieces and puppet shows (even a puppet opera), to self-authored projects, classical and contemporary texts as well as musical vaudeville. In Italy, he directed a self-authored project Leonora, starring the opera singer Eleonora Jankovich and based on Wagner’s motifs.
His performances toured both in Slovenia and abroad - in Belgrade, at the Varna Festival in Bulgaria, at the Mladi levi and Exodos Festivals, in London, Paris, Antwerp, Mons, Dortmund and at the Iberoamericano Festival in Bogotá, Colombia.
Honours, awards and recognitions
His self-authored project Duel (Glej Theatre, Ljubljana), received a special award at the Borštnik Drama Meeting. In 2005, de Brea received the aesthetic breakthrough award at the same festival for his performances Queen Margot and Edward II. He also received the Golden Bird Award for theatre in 2002.
Pilot – hommage to Srečko Kosovel, AGRFT, 1996/7
Federico – poetry by Federico García Lorca, MGL, 1999
Eugène Ionesco: Exit the King, PDG Drama Theatre Nova Gorica, 2000
Bob Fosse: Chicago, SGL Celje, 2002
Duel, GLEJ Theatre, 2002
Roland Schimmelpfenning: Arabian Night, SNG Nova Gorica, 2005
Alfred de Vigny: Chatterton, Slovene National Theatre (SNG) Drama Ljubljana, 2004
Ivan Cankar: A Scandal in Saint Florian's Valley, SNG Nova Gorica, 2005
Christopher Marlowe: Edward II, SNG Drama Ljubljana, 2005
Christopher Marlowe: Doctor Faustus, SNG Nova Gorica, 2006
Jean Genet: The Maids, SNG Drama Ljubljana, 2007