Raquel Diana is an award-winning, dramatist, actor, theatre director and philosophy teacher. Author of over 25 plays, she has also been involved in a wide range of projects, including adaptations of texts for theatre, plays for children and murgas (satirical carnival shows involving traditional music). She trained with the Independent Theatre, Teatro Galpón, in Montevideo from 1985 until 2007. She began writing in 1997 after attending a playwriting workshop and her plays have since been performed in Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba, Peru, Europe and the United States of America.
She has been the recipient of the Uruguayan National Prize for Literature on six occasions, the prestigious Premio Onetti and the Premio Florencio (Critic’s choice award). Her work has received awards from the Ministry of Education and Culture in Uruguay, the Asociación General de Autores del Uruguay (Uruguayan Author’s Association) and the Instituto Nacional de Teatro (National Theatre Institute).
In 2019 Raquel Diana returns to the Out of the Wings Festival following the premiere of her play, Dancing Alone every Night (Bailando sola cada noche), at the 2016 festival in English translation by Sophie Stevens. The play also formed part of CASA festival at Southwark Playhouse in 2017.