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Diego Arciniegas

For the 2001 season, the Publick Theatre welcomes new artistic director Diego Arciniegas.

Diego Arciniegas has been teaching, performing and directing in the New England area for the past fifteen years. He is the recipient of the prestigious 1994 Eliot Norton Award for Outstanding Actor for performances as Wolfgang Mozart in Amadeus and the Skinhead in God's Country both at Merrimack Repertory Theatre, and the 1999 Best Actor Award from the Association of Independent Reviewers for performances as Guildenstern in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead at the New Repertory Theatre, and Walker/Ned in Harvey Greenberg''s Three Days of Rain. Diego created the role of Bobby Kennedy in Jackie: An American Life, which was workshopped at the Hasty Pudding in Cambridge before transferring to Boston''s Wilbur Theatre and later to Broadway. At the Publick he has played Clarence in Richard III, Angelo in Measure for Measure and directed Macbeth. He recently completed a run at the Huntington Theatre Company in Dead End.

A native of Colombia, South America, Diego was educated at Williams College and trained in theatre at the B.E.S.G.L., 9 York Terrace East, London, U.K., James Wilson, (Oxon.), Dir.

Diego is also a lecturer in Theatre Studies at Wellesley College. He teaches Introduction to Acting, Advanced Scene Study and Playing Shakespeare. As a director he has staged Christopher Hampton''s adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos'' Les Liaisons Dangereuses as well as his own translation of The House of Bernarda Alba by Federico Garcia Lorca for Emerson Stage. Diego also directed and performed in The Sins of Sister Juana, a new play based on the life of the 17th Century Mexican poet Juana Inez de la Cruz at Boston Playwrights Theatre. The Sins of Sister Juana was the recipient of the Charles MacArthur Award for Best New Play at the Helen Hayes Awards in Washington, DC.

The Artistic Directorship of The Publick Theatre is Diego''s next challenge and he''s delighted to take it on.

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