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Biography of Rafael Murillo Selva Rendón

Rafael Murillo Selva was born on August 19, 1934 in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. He is a renowned Honduran playwright, actor and theater director. From an early age he devoted himself to theater, today he is the greatest reference in Honduran theater.

He obtained his law degree in 1960 from the National University of Santa Fe, Colombia. Between 1967 and 1970 he achieved a Master’s degree in Economic History at the Sorbonne University, Paris.

In 1971 he obtained a doctorate in Law and Political Science at the National University of Bogotá, where he later became a professor in the «Cultural Processes» class.

Biography of Rafael Murillo Selva Rendón

Career path

He served as Honduran cultural attaché to Colombia, director of the Garífuna Identity rescue project, sponsored by the Inter American Foundation, Washington.

Between 1983 and 1986 he was deputy director for Latin America and the Caribbean in the Culture area of ​​the United Nations Educational and Cultural Organization (Unesco).

In 1965 he joined the theater group «La Candelaria». She later obtained a doctorate in Economic History in France. Back in Honduras, in 1970 he founded the Experimental Theater «La Merced» (TEUM).

Between 1983 and 1986 he was deputy director for Latin America and the Caribbean in the Culture area of ​​the United Nations Educational and Cultural Organization (Unesco).

His writings and works have been published in various international newspapers and magazines such as Le Monde in Paris, Plural Magazine in Mexico, Le Marseille Newspaper in France, Phoenix Newspaper in San Francisco, California, El Matutino in Panama, La Voz del Interior in Cordova, Argentina, among others.

He has also traveled the world giving lectures at different universities and cultural centers. As a director and playwright he has been in works such as Bataclan, La Cuerda, Los Patrulleros (based on a text by Andrés Morris) “Before Breakfast” (by Eugene O neil).

Louvabagu, El otro lado lejano

His masterpiece is « Loubavagu » or « The Other Side of the Bridge » , it has been on the billboard for 18 years, more than a thousand performances and has been successfully presented at the most prestigious art festivals in the world, always by his hand.

He has done film and television work as an actor and producer in Colombia and France. Several of his theatrical productions have been invited to participate in the most important festivals in America and Europe.

  • Louvabagu (1980) Featured Work
  • The barefoot Bolivar (1975).
  • The Earthquake (1976).
  • Approaches to the process of independence and the thought of José Cecilio del Valle (1978).

Awards

  • International Award (Thirty-eighth edition of the Fire Festival: the House of the Caribbean)
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