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La Lecon de Eugene Ionesco
Waiting for Godot © Arte Facto Teatro 1992 La lección © Arte Facto Teatro 1993
Being 15 Hugo Santander wrote and directed Intrigue at Saint Cross, a play very much conceived under the influence of Agatha Cristie's work. In 1985 he enacted the main role from Nicolas Bela's Silver Nails, a performance that granted him the best-acting award at the 4th Theatre Festival of Bucaramanga. Encouraged by this premature success he moved to Bogotá in 1986, where he pursued a bachelor's degree in Social Communication at the Universidad Javeriana. During the following years he wrote film and theatre reviews for the monthly magazine Consigna.  In 1991 he founded  Arte Facto Teatro, a group with which he staged Beckett's Waiting for Godot (1991), Ionesco's The Lesson (1992) and Bernard Shaw's Candida (1993) as well as two of his own plays: Cortes & Moctezuma (1992) and Hermione (1994).

Cortes & Moctezuma © Arte Facto Teatro 1992
In 1994 he moved to the Philadelphia, where he wrote and directed Hamlet Unbound, a free film adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet. MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University, he moved to Portugal in 1998, to assume his post as Assistant Professor of Acting, Screenwriting and Creative Writing at the  Universidad Catolica Portuguesa. In 2000 he wrote and directed his 1-hour monologue Norida's First Date, translated from Spanish to Portuguese by Hélder Sousa.  Soon after he moved to England, where he lectured at the University of Salford on Media Management, Acting for the Camera and Acting for Shakespeare, a course that included the direction and staging of his adaptation of Shakespeare's Timon of Athens.

La Lección © Arte Facto Teatro 1993
In 2003 he wrote and directed his play Kennedy's Crimes at the University of Manchester. A Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American  Studies at the University of Manchester. After a long stay as Professor of acting in India Hugo went to México, where he wrote "Crimen & Impunidad". He lives currently in Bogotá, where he write and stages his theatre plays.
Cortes & Moctezuma © Arte Facto Teatro 1992
La Lección © Arte Facto Teatro 1993
«Kennedy's Crimes» by Hugo Santander. The University of Manchester -  March 2002

«Timon of Athens» by William Shakespeare, Salford University - Nov. 2000

«O Primeiro Encontro da Menina Vasconcelos.» by Hugo Santander, tr. Hélder Sousa, from the original play «La Primera Cita de Nórida Ocampo.» Ao Cabo Teatro, Oporto - Sept. 2000

«Hermione» by Hugo Santander, Arte Facto Teatro - 1994

«All my Sons» by Arthur Miller, Kallias Theatre Company - 1994

«Candida»by George Bernard Shaw, Arte Facto Teatro - 1993



Waiting for Godot © Arte Facto Teatro 1992
«Prometheus Bound» by Aeschylus, San Bartolome Theatre Group & Arte Facto Teatro - 1993

«Cortez & Moctezuma» by Hugo Santander, Arte Facto Teatro - 1992

«Waiting for Godot» by Samuel Beckett, Arte Facto Teatro - 1991

«The Lesson» by Eugene Ionesco, Arte Facto Teatro - 1991

«Breakfast at Night» by Ricardo Prieto, El Perchel Theatre Group - 1989
Hermione
Hermione © Arte Facto Teatro 1993
«The story-teller» by Hugo Santander, El Perchel Theatre Group - 1988

«A Question of Live and Death» by José Martí­nez Queirolo, El Perchel Theatre Group - 1986

La Lección © Arte Facto Teatro 1993


Acting experience

Views from a Jester

La lección © Arte Facto Teatro 1993 

Hamlet in «Hamlet Unbound» a film by Hugo Santander, 2007

Actor of several short films shot by the members of the Philadelphia Film and Video Association, 1994 -  1998

Pedro in «Hermíone» by Hugo Santander, Arte Facto Teatro - 1994

James Morell in «Candida» by George Bernard Shaw, Arte Facto Teatro - 1993

Cortes & Moctezuma © Arte Facto Teatro 1992

Cortes en «Cortes & Moctezuma» by Hugo Santander, Arte Facto Teatro - 1992

Inspector in the TV series «Los Victorinos» for Colombiana TV, 1992

La lección © Arte Facto Teatro 1993
Officer Quemada in the TV Soup Opera «The Life of Adriano Espoleta», 1991

Pozzo, Estragon, Vladimir and Lucky in «Waiting for Godot»  by Samuel Beckett, Arte Facto Teatro - 1991

The Professor in «The Lesson» by Eugene Ionesco, Arte Facto Teatro - 1991

Bogotá, Beckett's Waiting for
                                Godot
Waiting for Godot © Arte Facto Teatro 1994

The Professor in «Breakfast at Night» by Ricardo Prieto, El Perchel Theatre Group - 1989

The Story-teller in «The Story-teller» by Hugo Santander, El Perchel Theatre Group - 1988

The Grandfather in «A matter of Live or Death» by José Martí­nez Queirolo, El Perchel Theatre Group  1986

Patrice O'Connor in «The Silver Nails» by Nicolas Vela, San Pedro Claver Theatre Group - 1985

Inspector Rodrí­guez in «Intrigue at Saint Cross» by Hugo Santander, San Pedro Claver Theatre Group - 1984

Waiting for Godot
Waiting for Godot © Arte Facto Teatro 1992
«After I won an acting award in 1985, I understood that my future was in acting, an impression that seemed to be confirmed the year after in Bogota, when I was cast as Federico Garcí­a Lorca in Recordando a Lorca, a sketch directed by Victor Hugo Morant...

 Soon after I realised that Bogota's theatre was not very different from the profane space of commercial television.  As a result I forsook my career as an actor to concentrate my efforts in the less benevolent professions of theatre directing and  dramatic scholarship.»
Waiting for Godot © Arte Facto Teatro 1991
Waiting for Godot © Arte Facto Teatro 1992
Lucky, in Samuel Beckett's Waiting
                                for Godot
Waiting for Godot © Arte Facto Teatro 1992
Waiting for Godot © Arte Facto Teatro 1992
Waiting for Godot © Arte Facto Teatro 1992


Teaching Acting for theatre, film and television Written plays
 Waiting for Godot © Arte Facto Teatro 1994

Theater Workshop. Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies, University of Manchester, England - Fall 2001

Production and Direction of Documentary, University of Salford, Department of Media, Music and Performance, Intensive Workshop - Spring 2001

Working for Shakespeare, University of Salford, Department of Media, Music and Performance, Intensive Workshop - Nov. 2000

TV Acting, University of Salford, Department of Media, Music and Performance - Oct. - Dec. 2000

Saint Bartolomé College, Bogotá¡, Colombia, Theatre Director - Feb. 1993 - Dec. 1993

Film Acting, Universidade Catolica Portuguesa, Departamento das Artes - 1998 - 2000

Javeriana University, Bogotá, Colombia, Lecturer - Theatre theory and practice -  Jan. 1994 - Sept. 1994

Arte Facto Theatre Company, Bogotá, Colombia, Theatre Producer and Director - Aug. 1991 - Sep. 1994

La Lección © Arte Facto Teatro 1993
 Candida  © Arte Facto Teatro 1993
 Candida  © Arte Facto Teatro 1993



Tragedies
  
Intrigue at Saint Cross (2014)
Crime & Impunity (2013)
Cortez & Moctezuma (1992)






 Candida © Arte Facto Teatro 1994



Comedies

The Lizards (1993)
Civilization (2010)





Waiting for Godot © Arte Facto Teatro 1992



Dramas

The First Date of Norida Ocampo (2000),
Kennedy's Crimes (2002)








Waiting for Godot © Arte Facto Teatro 1992
Arte Facto
Invitations




Hermione Postcard
Candida by Bernard Shaw
Godot


Hermione

Alliance Francaise



Ionesco La Leccion





Press articles




Hermione



Bucaramanga



Esperando a Godot
Esperando a Godot
Vanguardia 1992
Hugo Santander
Hugo Santander Ferreira
Hermione
Hermione, tragedia - periódico El
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Hugo Santander Ferreira © First Film Productions 2011

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