Almudena Ramírez-Pantanella is an alumna of the Lycée Français de Madrid French international school. She has a degree in audiovisual communication and cinematography from the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria, and in 2016 she completed her Masters in Theatre Creation, led by playwright Juan Mayorga, graduating with a Distinction.
Her training includes seminars with Marco Antonio de la Parra, José Sanchis Sinisterra and José Manuel Mora, and courses in narrative writing at the Madrid School of Writers. She has worked as a freelance scriptwriter for Headshot London and Motherlode Productions (London, 2013), and as a direction and production assistant at Filmotion Productions (Sydney, 2010), and Canal+ España(Madrid, 2012).
Her first play premiered in 2014 at the Teatro Lara in Madrid, before moving to the Sala Kubik Fabrik, and in 2015 she won the Calderón de la Barca Spanish National Theatre Prize for the play Los amos del mundo, which, in addition to dramatized readings at the National Drama Centre in Spain, has been produced professionally in Madrid, Barcelona and Buenos Aires, and has been selected for reading at the AENY-Spanish Artists in New York.
Her play Regurgitar was commissioned as part of the fifth annual dramaturgical development programme organised by the Spanish National Institute for the Scenic Arts and Music. The French translation of Regurgitar, by David Ferré, is published by Actualités Éditions. In 2017, she was chosen for the ‘Theatre readings at the Berlanga Cinema’ festival, organised by the Spanish Society of Authors and Publishers.
As a playwright, Almudena participated in the 2016 edition of the ‘Studio Européen des Écritures pour le Théâtre’, organised in France by the SACD, ENSATT, CNES-Chartreuse and Maison Antoine Vitez, under the direction of French playwright Enzo Cormann. In November 2017, with the support of the AC/E, the Spanish agency for the promotion of culture in Spain and overseas, she wrote her play ‘Quirófano’ at the prestigious National Centre for Performing Arts Writing ‘La Chartreuse’, in Villeneuve Lez Avignon.
Her play ‘Mazen’, part of the ‘I am home’ project, premiered on the main stage of the Teatro Español, directed by Carlota Ferrer in September 2017, and will be published by Ediciones Antígona. She participated in the 2015 Madrid Fringe Festival of Performing Arts, and has worked as a direction and production assistant on numerous productions, including a project with Yolanda García Serrano. She has directed a number of plays for Microteatro Por Dinero and the Off de La Latina, and combines her theatre work with television writing and organising workshops and university-level seminars on writing and directing. She is currently writing her first screenplay, based on her play ‘La gran máquina’.