1935–2007

1935

born in Mexico City, Mexico

1954–58
1961

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)
Yale University, New Haven

 

Theatre

 

1957
1959
1969
1973
1978
1983
1999
2005

La hermosa gente (Direction), Mexico City
El alfarero (Interpretation, Direction), Mexico City
Nietzsche in the Kietschen (Direction, Dramaturgy), Mexico City
Él
Lástima que sea puta (Interpretation, Direction) Mexico City
Pasiphae (Direction), Mexico City
Alice en el país de las apariencias entre la vida y la muerte. Amén (Direction), Mexico City
La tragedia de Hamlet, príncipe de Dinamarca (Direction), Ciudad Universitaria de la UNAM

 

Actor

 

1969
1979
1983

El topo, Alejandro Jodorowsky
Llamenme Mike, Alfredo Gurrola
Frida, naturaleza viva, Paul Leduc

 

Juan José Gurrola (b. Mexico City, 1935–2007) was mainly known as a theater director, playwright, translator and meteur en scene. He started his career in experimental theater in 1957 and directed and designed sets for more than 200 plays and operas from such diverse luminaries as John Ford, Ionesco, Picasso, Klossowski, E.E. Cummings and Nino Rota amongst others. Gurrola also developed a very prolific career as an artist, mainly as a painter, performer and in non-objectual art (a term used in Mexico in the 60´s to describe alternative practices). He collaborated with figures such as James Metcalf, Victor Fosado and David Hockney. He was a lecturer on various subjects, wrote articles and essays, and acted on different films and plays.