Helena Tornero IN RESiDENCE at the School Vila de Gràcia

Born in Figueres in 1973, Helena Tornero Brugués took her diploma in Tourism from the University of Girona. She then lived and worked in Germany, Belgium, England and Russia and on a cruise ship before devoting himself to the theatre. 
Having graduated in direction and dramaturgy from the Theatre Institute, she studied playwriting with Toni Cabré, Carles Batlle, Sergi Belbel, Enzo Cormann, José Sanchis Sinisterra, Roland Schimmelpfennig and Rafael Spregelburd, amongst others. 

Her plays include El Vals de la Garrafa (Joan Santamaria Prize), Les Madames, Babybird (shortlisted for the Romea Prizes), Submergir-se en l’aigua (SGAE Prize), Suplicants, De música i d’homes, Apatxes (14 d’Abril Prize), You’re pretty and I’m drunk, Vull tornar-te a veure, De-sideris (looking for happiness), Sota l’ombra d’un bell arbre and No parlis amb estranys (fragments de memòria). She has also written a children’s novel, El lladre de llibres

Helena Tornero Brugués has worked as an assistant director at the Teatre Lliure, the TNC, the Cia. Senza Tempo and the Teatre Tantarantana. Recently, she directed No parlis amb estranys (fragments de memòria) at the TNC. As a scriptwriter, she has worked on the TV3 series Ventdelplà and as a translator at international symposia at L’Obrador de la Sala Beckett and Theatre Institute. She currently also works as a teacher of theory and dramaturgy at the Theatre College, Eòlia and L’Obrador de la Sala Beckett. In 2010-2011, she worked as a playwright with a group of young actors at the Teatre de Ponent in Granollers. The result of this work process was the play De-sideris (looking for happiness), which received a national award in the professional category of the Buero Vallejo Prizes.

Biography written in 2013

School Vila de Gràcia


Institut Vila de Gràcia is a school that teaches two lines of ESO compulsory secondary education to a total of 350 pupils. The school has included dramatic expression as part of its educational programme since it was first founded in 1992, and this subject enables the centre to open up to and connect with the surrounding neighbourhood. Pupils from the third year of ESO took part in the In Residence project, which was linked to the language and social studies areas.

Presentation written in 2013


Students 3rd of ESO:
Odaly Andrea  Acosta, Cristina Alcantara, Elisabet Anglada, Paula Bertran, Carlota Comerlas, Zeinab El Barazi, Joan Moneo, Gemma Munté, Jana Quintanilla, Lia Robledo and Rocío Leslie Trujillo

Mercè Pau (catalan language), Rosa Martin (spanish language) and Isabel Arroyo (educational coordinator)

Curation and coordination:
Sala Beckett / Obrador Internacional de Dramatúrgia

Directed by:
Culture Institute of Barcelona
Barcelona Education Consortium