Carlos Uriona; Actor & Co-Artistic Director
Carlos Uriona is an actor and puppeteer from Argentina, and has worked with the company since 1996. Uriona is presently working on The Grand Parade, a kaleidoscopic spectacle of history that premiered at Arena Stage (Washington, DC) in February 2013. Uriona is a co-creator of the theatre's previous cycle of work, the Garden of Intimacy and Desire, and has created leading roles in all four performances of that cycle, including Maarten Soetendrop in the Disappearance and Don Quixote in the UnPOSSESSED. In 2002, Uriona co-founded Double Edge's annual summer series of Summer Spectacle performances. Closely connected to this work is Uriona's role as the leader of Double Edge's grassroots campaigns and audience development initiatives. For this he has drawn from his previous work in Argentina, particularly the PLAZA performance project, which brought together thousands of young participants and spectators in squares throughout Buenos Aires. Uriona received an Arts International Inroads Grant, a Lila Wallace APAP award, and was a co-recipient of the Doris Duke/Andrew Mellon/TCG New Generations Mentorship Award.
Before coming to Double Edge, Uriona founded the award-winning puppet theatre Diablomundo, named one of the “Top Ten Most Important Argentine Theatres of the 20th Century” by the Association of Argentinean Critics. Uriona co-created and performed in more than 15 performances with Diablomundo, both original works and adaptations, which toured internationally. In 1992, Diablomundo was invited to the First International Puppet Festival produced by the Henson Foundation, as one of the 16 international participant companies. In addition to his work with Diablomundo, Uriona organized groups of self-managed actors and artist cooperatives as his contribution to the Argentine fight for freedom during the military dictatorship that lasted from 1976 to 1982. These groups included the Agrupacion para el Teatro Rioplatense (1978), Teatro del Ateneo (1978) and Nucleo de Artistas del Sur (1982). In 1985, he was one of the the founding members of the Movimiento de Teatro Popular (MOTEPO) a movement of theatres that worked to decentralize and collaborate with high quality art forms in non conventional theatre places, streets, factories, neighborhoods. Uriona also served as Managing Director at the Clarence Brown Theater in Tennessee in 1995-1996.