Isidora Aguirre Biography


(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

Isidora Aguirre was born in 1919 into an upper-middle-class family in Santiago. She completed her high school education at Jean D’Arc, a private French high school, and later entered the university to pursue a career in social service, which she abandoned two years later to study the fine arts. Aguirre completed studies in drawing at the University of Chile School of Fine Arts; ballet at the Andrée Haas Academy of Dance; drama at the Ministry of Education Theater Academy; and cinematography at the Institute for the Advanced Study of Cinematography in Paris.

During the mid-1950’s, Aguirre focused her creative energies on drama. As a result, she had a profound influence on the public, which few playwrights can match. Over a period of six years, from the first performance of one of her works in 1954 to the first performance of La pérgola de las flores in 1959, the prolific Aguirre wrote ten plays, all of which were performed for the first time by professional and amateur companies in central and neighborhood theaters. La pérgola de las flores was Aguirre’s first play to win for her recognition as a dramatist, and it became the most popular musical comedy in Chile; it was also a great financial success. After La pérgola de las flores, Aguirre began writing plays containing stronger social messages, though she continued to use comedy to some extent. The work that marked the beginning of this trend was La población...

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