Hugo Medrano is the Founding Producing Artistic Director of GALA. He has performed in and directed musicals, classical and contemporary plays in Argentina, Spain, Costa Rica, El Salvador, New York, Miami, and Washington. At GALA he has performed in numerous productions over the past 40 years, winning critical and popular acclaim in roles such as Agustín Lara in Boleros & Blues; the blind writer in Cita a ciegas; Padre Nunez/Viceroy in Los pecados de Sor Juana; Huinca in El loco y la triste; Molina in El beso de la mujer araña, for which he received the 1994 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor; the protagonist in El protagonista for which he received a Helen Hayes Award nomination; and Bernarda Alba in La casa de Bernarda Alba.
He received a BA in Theatre from Escuela de Teatro de La Plata and studied in Buenos Aires with Carlos Fernandez. In Spain, Hugo performed in Madrid, and studied with Miguel Narros and William Layton at Teatro Estudio Madrid (TEM). He also directed and toured with a children’s theatre company that he founded in Spain. His awards include recognition as a “Visionary” by the Mayor’s Arts Awards in 2014; an Immigrant Achievement Award in 2014 from the American Immigration Council; a 2011 Washingtonian of the Year; the Order of Queen Isabella, bestowed by the King of Spain, Carlos I, for his dedication to promoting Spanish culture in the U.S.; the 1998 Founder’s Award from the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington; a 1994 National Communications Award from AT&T/Hispanic Magazine; and the 1989 Mayor’s Arts Award for Artistic Excellence.
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