Carme Portaceli studied for an MA in Art History at the University of Barcelona before becoming Professor of Directing and Acting at Barcelona’s Theatre Institute (2001-2006).
In 2005 she became Artistic Director of Factoria Escènica Internacional. From 2016 to 2019 she was Aristic Director of Teatro Español in Madrid. When she took over, attendance stood at 28%, and five months later it had risen to around 78%, attracting a young and diverse public and restoring the theatre as a meeting-place for the city. She has also been Vice President of the Performing Call Arts Academy since 2014.
Portaceli has directed over 70 productions in Spain and abroad, including Genova 01 (2004), What Happened When Nora Left Her Husband (2008), They Are Only Women (2015), Jane Eyre (2017), Frankenstein (2018) and Mrs Dalloway (2019). Her works have garnered praise and won several prizes, including MAX, ADE and BUTACA awards voor Best Direction.
'I have spent my whole working life trying to give women more visibility, on and off stage. That’s also what I do with the characters I bring to life.'