Josep R. Cerdà
Playwright, theatre director, cultural manager and language and literature teacher. Graduate in Catalan philology, he has been a high school teacher since 1995. He served as performing arts deputy for the Government of the Balearic Islands (2007-2011) and as director of the Institut d’Estudis Baleàrics (2015-2017). During 2013 and 2015 he coordinated the Jardí desolat theatre festival. During 2010 and 2011, representing the Government of the Balearic Islands, he was member of the INAEM Consejo Estatal de las Artes Escénicas y de la Música.
Over his time at the IEB, he launched and directed the Fira B!, the inter-island TalentIB of music and performing arts circuits, and undertook the outreach of classical music at fairs around Europe, among others projects. He also arranged the participation of the Balearic Islands as a guest country (together with Catalonia) at the prestigious Bologna children's book fair, and set up the presence of Balearic creators at the Guadalajara, Mexico, book fair, along with music European fairs such as ClassicalNext, Jazzahead and Eurosonic, and so forth.
He is a founding member of the Associació d’Actors i Actrius de les Illes Balears (AAAPIB) and the Associació de Dramaturgs de les Illes Balears (ADIB), as well as organizer of the Annual catalan theatre meetings, within the Muro-Artà high school education, of the Audiovisual meetings within Alcúdia high school, of the Alcúdia Theatre marathon and the Young filmmakers workshop, all of them organized by the Trenta1 Association. He has also been part of the Balearic Islands AELC's direction. He is currently a member of the Municipality Culture Council of Palma and the Culture Council of the Balearic Islands, representing the Associació de Dramaturgs de les Illes Balears.
He has been awarded the Premi Bartomeu Rosselló-Pòrcel1997 of the Obra Cultural Balear, the ATAPIB prize for best direction in 2014, for Hamlet party, and the best Teatre de Barra show in 2017, for the direction of Cavalls sota l’arena. He has been a member of the jury for the Teatre Principal Palma dramatic text prizes, Pare Colom of Inca, Llorenç Moyà of Binissalem, Bòtil prize, Art Jove theatre prize, Guillem d'Efak prize of Vilafranca and Born prize of Ciutadella. As a researcher, he published (with the Institut Menorquí d’Estudis) the edition of the first Catalan version of The Barber of Seville, translated by the Minorcan erudite Vicenç Albertí.
As a director, he has premiered about twenty plays. He has written and directed his own plays, such as Calor, Fotos de Petra, Merceria, Més enllà de la mar or El mag de la platja, and the adaptations of Ibsen’s An enemy of the people, Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, Hamlet party, freely based on Shakespeare, or Victor i el monstre, based on Mary Shelley’s work. In the musical field, he directed the opera Falstaff by Salieri. He has also created the dance show Imitació del foc, based on Bartomeu Rosselló-Pòrcel's work, and directed the shortfilms Petra at the airport and Merceria. His latest play presented in public is Peus inflats, selected as staged reading in the 1st Setmana de Dramatúrgia of IEB and the City Council of Palma in 2019. He is currently directing the play Amarg, by Rafel Gallego, to be released in October 2019.
For the last several years, as a teacher, he specialized in implementing new media (such as virtual reality, the audiovisual and the use of social networks) to the learning of literature in high school education, attending as a speaker at multiple educational symposia and conferences, among which stand out Transformación digital educativa (organized by INTEF, Madrid, 2018) or Aumenta.me, dedicated to virtual reality (Universidad de Salamanca, 2018). Since 2017, he has designed and arranged the educational programs "Veus emergents" and "Ficcions" for the Fundació Teatre Principal in Palma.