ANGEL GIL ORRIOS is the Artistic/Executive Director of Thalia Spanish Theatre since 2000, and has been honored with the New York 2009 MAYOR'S AWARD FOR ARTS & CULTURE. He received the 2010 ACE Special Award for Artistic Achievement from the Association of Critics of Entertainment of New York, and the Hispanic Leadership Award from New York City Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, Chairman of the Committee on Cultural Affairs, Libraries and International Intergroup Relations. In 2015 he just received the "Sunnysider of the Year" Award by the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce and Sunnyside Artists, as well as Proclamations and Citations by the NY City Council, the NY State Assembly, the NY State Senate and the U.S. Congress.
In over 35 years he has produced, designed and directed more than 120 productions in Spain, the U.S., and France, which have met with international acclaim and have won him numerous awards, among them: the Silver Medal of the French Academie des Arts-Sciences-Lettres in Paris in 1987; the ACE (Association of Critics of Entertainment) Award for Best Director in 1989, 2000, 2002, 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2013 in New York; the HOLA (Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors) Award for Best Director & Producer in 2001, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2015 in New York; and the Prince Ferdinand Award in Zaragoza, Spain, in 1975.
Mr. Gil Orrios directed and designed his innovative Flamenco-inspired production of Bizet's Carmen for the prestigious Knoxville Opera at The Historic Tennessee Theatre in 2007, and in 2010 designed the set & lighting for Solorzano's Los Fantoches at the Keochang International Theatre Festival in South Korea and at the National Theatre of Guatemala, where he is a Guest Director/Designer since 2009.
At Thalia Spanish Theatre he produced & directed: in 2015 the bilingual world premieres of Muñoz de Mesa's ABUSE, and Maestro Jaurena's TANGO 5 senses; in 2014 The Best of TANGO; in 2013 the world premiere of afroTANGO, and the bilingual world premiere of Ramirez de Haro's Secret Weapons of FAT destruction/Tu arma secreta contra la CELULITIS rebelde; in 2012 the world premiere of Salom's La Callas & Medea; in 2011 the world premieres of youTANGO?, and No Problemo Amigo, which opened the Manizales International Theatre Festival and toured Colombia in 2012; in 2010 the world premiere of Borges & Piazzolla TANGO which received the ACE Award for Best Direction of a musical, and the co-production with Spain's The Cross Border Project of De Fuente Ovejuna a Ciudad Juarez which received the HOLA and ACE Awards for Best Production of Classical Theatre and toured Spain in 2011; in 2009 the world premieres of Puro TANGO and Amor Latino which received the HOLA Award for Best Musical Productions; in 2008 the world premiere of he TANGO & she MILONGA (2009 ACE Award for Best Musical Production), the bilingual world premiere of PICASSO FLAMENCOunt of Orgaz written by Pablo Picasso (HOLA Award for Best Musical Production), and DON JUAN through the Centuries (three 2009 ACE Awards including Best Classical Director); in 2007 the American Premiere of Salom's The Ladies of Avignon (2 HOLA Awards and 6 ACE Awards including Best Director and Best Production), and the world premiere of The 4 TANGO Seasons; in 2006 the world premiere of Tango & Flamenco Fusion (HOLA Award as Best Musical Production); in 2005 the American premiere of Sirera's A Dangerous Theatre Game, and the world premiere of Maestro Raul Jaurena's I Love TANGO/TE AMO TANGO, which was recorded live at Thalia and released on CD by Soundbrush Records, winning the 2007 LATIN GRAMMY for BEST TANGO ALBUM; in 2004 the world premiere of TANGOmania, and the American premiere of Salom's Almost a Goddess (4 ACE Awards and 4 HOLA Awards including Best Director and Best Production); in 2003 the world premiere flamenco musical The 4 Little Girls written by Picasso, and the U.S. premiere of Ramos Perea's We Women Do It Better; in 2002 the American premiere of Carlos Fuentes' The One-Eyed Man is King (3 HOLA Awards and 2 ACE Awards including Best Director and Best Production); and the world premiere of Life's Tango; in 2001 the American premiere of Jardiel Poncela's Brake 4 Hearts (And Put In Reverse) which won the ACE Award for Best Director and 2 HOLA Awards; and the world premiere of All that TANGO (ACE Award for Best Musical Production); and in 2000 the world premiere of Picasso's Guernica and Calderon's The Great Theatre of the World, which won 4 HOLA Awards and 2 ACE Awards, including Best Production and Best Director.
Mr. Gil Orrios is a director, producer, designer, writer, and teacher. He has an M.F.A. in Directing with "Premio Extraordinario" from the School of Dramatic Arts in his native Zaragoza, Spain. In 1979 a grant from the U.S.-Spain Joint Committee for Cultural Affairs enabled him to research Broadway musicals in New York, where he remained ever since.
He was Artistic Director of the Teatro Real Español (the Royal Theater of Spain) from 1980 to 1985, and Artistic Director of IATI (International Art Theatre Institute) in New York City from 1995 to 1999.
He has written, produced & directed three short films, including Garcia Lorca's only screenplay A Poet in New York (Trip to the Moon) with the late Raúl Juliá, winning the 1993 Award of the XVIII San Francisco Poetry Film Festival. His screenplays include: Where Dogs Become Wolves (with Luis Argueta), Kacike Enriquillo, and The Race (with Kathy Barrett); Serra: The Man Who Never Turned Back; ¡Yo No Fui! (with Luisito Martí); Creación: Génesis Flamenco; A Hunger Artist; and the TV mini-series God, Gold & Glory (U.S. Spanish Roots) [with Judith Escalona], and Portero 24 Horas.
His theatre translations include: Garcia Lorca's Once Five Years Pass & other dramatic works, and Valle-Inclán's Wild Works (the trilogy: Angel Face, Sign of the Eagle, and Ballad of Wolves) [with William Bryant Logan]; Carlos Fuentes' (In the Land of the Blind...) The One-Eyed Man is King, Calderon de la Barca's The Great Theatre of the World, and Pablo Picasso's El Deseo cogido por el rabo.
From 1988 to 1992 he was Cultural Correspondent in New York for Spain's newspaper EL PAIS. From 1993 to 1997 he was Advisor on Theatre, Film and Television in the U.S. to the Spanish Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers (SGAE) and for the Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture until 2000, organizing, in collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes, SPANISH FILM SERIES with Lincoln Center in New York and with the American Cinematheque in Hollywood.
A member of the Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers, The Dramatists Guild, and the Spanish Society of Authors, Composers & Publishers (SGAE), he has taught Master Classes and lectured at universities, cultural centers and theatres in the United States, Spain and Latin America including Harvard University, New York University, Columbia University, City University of New York, Instituto Cervantes in NY, the Menendez Pelayo International University, Casa de America in Madrid, University of Zaragoza, National University of Manizales, EAFIT and Colombo-American Center in Medellin, UNITEC in Bogota, and The National Theatre of Guatemala.
Mr. Gil Orrios is happily married to Spanish actress Soledad Lopez, and they have two adorable children, Sebastian and Mariana.