Recognized as one of the leading figures of contemporary Spanish theatre Jose Sanchis Sinisterra has had a long career of education and innovation within his discipline.
Born in Valencia in 1940, he was introduced to the theatre during the 1970s through the department of Philosophy and Humanities at the University of Valencia, where he started out by participating in the TEU (Teatro Espanol Universitario), and shortly after founded the Dramatic Studies Group and Theatre. In 1971 he started to teach at the Barcelona Theatre Institute, and in 1977 he co-founded the Frontierizo Theatre, a group of writers, directors and actors gathered together around the objective of theatrical experimentation, as well as supporting the activity of the "Alternative Scene" Cultural Association.
Since then, he has taught Theory and History of Theatrical Performance at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, as well as being the director of the Sala Beckett, also in Barcelona. He has also served as Artistic Director of the Cadiz Iberoamerican Theatre Festival (1993) and of the Teatro Metastasio theatre company in Toscana (2005-06). In 2007, he joined the board of the General Society of Authors and Editors (SGAE). Among his most well-known works are the playsAy, Carmela! (1986) and Ñaque (1980). His recent works include Julieta en la cripta and Deja el amor de lado, both published in 2008.