Magüi Mira was born in Valencia in 1944, 15 years after the spanish civil war ended, amidst the famine and ignorance cultivated by the dictatorship. During her teen years, thanks to a student exchange program, she had the lucky chance of discovering the culture and freedom of the french students. Her spirit of leadership and effort, forged from early childhood at school, took her to the capitancy of the handball youth national team, winning an European Cup in Lisbon.
Shortly after, already cursing university at “Universidad Luis Vives de Valencia”, she enjoys philosophy clases by Carlos París y José Luis Pinillos, and Medieval History by Antonio Ubieto, subjects of the Spanish Philology career she pursued. There she shares classroom and emotions with her classmates José Sanchis Sinisterra, playwright and plawright master, and Ramón Pelejero, Raimon, poet and Singer-songwriter. She first steps on a stage at the Aula de Teatro de la Universidad de Valencia. She manages to finish studying while she takes care of her two daughters, Helena and Clara.
She gets to Barcelona on 1971 where she takes performance lessons at the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona, with teachers such as William Layton, Roy Hart, Dominic de Facio, Fabia Puigserver, Pere Planella, Lluis Pascual, Albert Boadella, Jaume Melendres, Montanyes, Eduardo Pavlosky…
She begins forging her career in Barcelona, debuting as the Fandanga in “Bodas que fueron famosas del Pingajo y la Fandanga” by J.M.Rguez Nendez, directed by Sergi Schaaf, at the Grec Teatre followed with “Un altra Fedra si us plau” by Salvador Espriu…
Teaching also takes part of her time, forming actors in Barcelona, where she created the Estudio de Teatro. Years later she will be called to teach in Las Palmas, Avilés, Málaga, Zaragoza, San Sebastián, Alicante, Madrid…
Together with José Sanchis Sinisterra, F. Sarráis and V.Martínez, they create the Teatro Fronterizo on 1977, her first experience from the producing side, where she participates in the creation of a few plays including, in 1980, the famous Noche de Molly Bloom, by James Joyce, playwright by José Sanchis Sinisterra. That play marks the beginning of her full time career as an actress.
She arrives in Madrid on 1981, with Molly Bloom at the Centro Cultural de la Villa, highly praised by Eduardo Haro Teglen.
From then on her career as an actress kept progressing up until today, being awarded along the way with some of the most important and prestigious awards in Spain, culminating wiht a Medalla de Oro de las Bellas Artes in 2016.
She’s shared stage with great names such as José María Rodero, María Jesús Valdés, José Bódalo, Berta Riaza, José Sacristán, Aurora Redondo, Maricarmen Prendes, Renato di Carmine, Jose Luis Pellicena…
She’s also had the pleasure to direct actors and creators of great quality such as Lola Herrera, Hector Alterio, Angela Molina, Emilio Gutierrez Caba, Ana Belén, Ginés Garcia Millán, Asuncion Balaguer, Will Keen, Ana Torrent, Carme Conesa, Roberto Álvarez, Jesús Noguero, Candela Peña, Clara Sanchis, Silvia Abascal, Loles Leon and so many others…
She’s also been directed by, among others, William Layton, Lluis Pasqual, José Carlos Plaza, Pilar Miró, Miguel Narros, Declan Donnellan, Emilio Hernández, Guillermo Heras, Jaime Chávarri…
Her first Project with the CDN at the María Guerrero theatre comes in 1982, invited by José Luis Alonso, where she gets to represent, together with a live string quartet, her already recognised Noche de Molly Bloom.
As the years went by more projects by the CDN took her back to the same stage, such as El Taxidermista, directed by Jordi Mesalles, La Hija Del Aire directed by Lluis Pasqual, Voces de Gesta, Señorita Julia, directed by Emilio Hernández, Ella Imagina, directed by José Carlos Plaza, Cristales Rotos, directed by Pilar Miró, Cartas de Amor a Stalin, directed by Guillermo Heras.
Then as a director, after 15 years of directin elsewhere, including far away places such as Russia and Paraguay, she puts up FESTEN (Winterberg) on 2017 with the CDN.
One year later, on the same stage she directs her radical take on CONSENTIMIENTO, by the British Nina Raine, who takes part on the reharsals, and leaves Madrid after the premier in love with the representation.
Her international experience starts in 1987, after being invited as an actress by the Centro Dramatico de la Generalitat Valenciana and the Teatro Stabile di Potenza, to take on the main character of Sueño de La Razón,by Buero Vallejo, together with Renato di Carmine, at the Piccolo Teatro di Milano in Italy, directed by Mariano Paturzzo.
Semyon Spivak, famous director of the M.Fontanka in Saint Petesburg, Russia, invites her on 2009 to direct “Cuento de Invierno”, by Shakespeare, in Russian, with the russian theatre company.
On the spanish side of the production, Pentación, directed by Jesús Cimarro co-produced the project.
The play turned out to be a smashing success both between audience and critics, and its still part of the fixed Fontanka repertoire for more tan 10 years now.
“Ay Carmela”, by Sanchis Sinisterra, supported by the INAEM, will also be directed by Magüi at the Fontanka, in Russian, on 2012, and its also still being done in Saint Petesburg, after touring around a few Russian cities.
She’ll go on to unveil her “Maria Estuardo” in Caracas, and “Ella Imagina” in Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Rosario y Santiago de Chile.
On 2016 she takes her craft to Paraguay, at the Teatro Arlequin, directing “En La Laguna Dorada”.
Funds Mirández Producciones with Emilio Hernández in 1990, in order to produce and distribute her own projects. Mirandez Producciones will go on to recieve successive grants in aid of producing by the Ministry of Culture, Madrid Province, and the Valencian Province. Mirandez will go on to co produce with Pentación and Marquite, among others.
Her experience on TV also reflects her general interest in culture, communication and entertainment, not only in acting. She’s written, directed and presented 40 shows of “Esta Nit Mira”, on the Valencian tv chanel Canal9, where she conducted exhaustive interviews with various relevant characters in the Spanish scene, from Pedro Jota Ramirez, Perez Reverte, Cristina Almeida, Federico Trillo, Juan Diego…
As a playwright, we can appreciate her growing interest over versioning and adapting the plays she goes on to direct, she adapts Morocco Bar, a movie script by Carles Mira for the Teatres de La Generalitat Valenciana.
Recently she’s written versions of “Festen”, “Consentimiento” and “Las Amazonas”. She’s taken part on the playwriting of “La Marquesa de O”, “Madame Bovary”, “Cesar&Cleopatra”, “Pluto”, “El Discurso del Rey” and “La Fuerza del Cariño”.
Magüi Mira’s public projection in the last 40 years over her professional career, her presence on public fórums, and her significative fight for equality and women rights in spanish culture, has turned her into a reference in our country and one of the pilars of our living culture.
She speaks spanish and catalán.
French and italian averagely.
English on a basic level.