Joan  Guillén

Set and Costume Designer (Spain)

HGO Appearances: The Italian Girl in Algiers (2012), The Barber of Seville (2012, 2011) and Cinderella (2007)

About the Artist: Joan Guillén is a satirical cartoonist whose work has appeared in numerous prestigious Spanish publications and on Spanish television. A member of Els Comediants theater group, Guillén is an instructor at the Theater Institute’s School of Dramatic Art in Barcelona, where he teaches courses in character design, theater masks, and set design. He leads courses, conferences, and lectures for graduate students at universities around the world, and won the gold medal in costume design at the Prague Quadrennial for Theater Architecture and Set Design (1999). He has designed sets, costumes, masks, and devices for countless stagings and performances. His most important recent projects include D’òpera and The Magic Flute for Gran Teatre del Liceu, Bi (Two Worlds, Two Views) in Beijing and at the Perelada Festival, Maravillas de Cervantes for the National Classical Theater Company in Madrid, and Colors for the Perelada Festival. Guillén was honored with the Award of the City of Barcelona in 1983 and 1985 for journalism. He contributes to the Barcelona-based newspaper La Vanguardia.