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Àlex Rigola
He directed his first play at the age of 27, taking on a piece by Heiner Müller, Volokolamsk Highway, presented as part of a tribute to the German director by the Teatre Artenbrut. It was followed by: Kafka: The Trial (1997), The Trojan Women by Euripides (1998), The Water Engine by David Mamet (1999), all staged for the Festival Sitges Teatre Internacional; for Mamet, he won his first critics’ award for best director.
In 2000, in addition to Un cop baix by Richard Dresser for the Festival Grec in Barcelona, he staged Titus Andronicus, which was the beginning of his exploration into Shakespeare, characterized by his radical rewriting of the texts. The play won the José Luis Alonso prize for young directors and in 2001 the Butaca prize for the best play and best director.
In 2001, he staged Suzuki I & II by Alexei Xipenko (Teatre Lliure), Woyzeck by Georg Büchner (Festival Grec), The Goldberg Variations, by George Tabori (Teatre Nacional de Catalunya). In 2002 he confronted William Shakespeare for the second time, staging his Julius Caesar (Teatre Lliure); this was followed by Ubú by Alfred Jarry (Teatro de la Abadia di Madrid). In 2003 he returned to Mamet and one of his most famous plays, Glengarry Glen Ross (Teatre Lliure) and then directed Cançons d´amor i drog, which he also wrote together with P. Sales, A. Pla and J. Farrés (Teatre Lliure), winner of the Enderrock Price for the best musical performance.
In 2004 he took on Brecht for the first time, with Saint Joan of the Stockyards for the Festival Grec and the following year Shakespeare’s Richard III  for the Festival de Teatro Clásico de Almagro.
In 2006 he directed a play that is something of a cult in contemporary drama, The Night Just Before the Forests by B-M. Koltès (Temporada Alta) and A Long Journey into Night by O’ Neill (Teatro de La Abadía. Madrid), which won the Notodo prize.
The following year came 2666, the unfinished novel by Roberto Bolaño, created for the Festival Grec and the winner of many awards: the critics’ awards, the International Terenci Moix Prize of Scenic Arts 2008, the Qwerty 2008 prize for best adaptation of a novel and the Max 2009 Awards for the best play and the best set design. Another critics’ prize would be awarded to his subsequent Rock’n’Roll by Tom Stoppard. His last work, in 2009, was Nixon-Frost by Peter Morgan.
He was the director of the Teatre Lliure in Barcelona from 2003 to 2011.