The eminent journalist, academic and writer Paula Escobar, and the composer and current executive director of the Foundation of Youth and Children’s Orchestras of Chile, Miguel Farías, joined the board of the Municipal Theater of Santiago this week.
Both appointments were proposed by the president of the board of the Santiago Cultural Corporation, Irací Hassler, and ratified unanimously in an extraordinary assembly by the board which also includes Juan Manuel Santa Cruz, Jorge Andrés González, Carla Pinochet Cobos and María Cecilia Guzmán.
“I would like to welcome Paula Escobar and Miguel Farías, whose outstanding careers and professional experiences will undoubtedly mean an invaluable contribution to the management of the Municipal Theater and to the challenge of democratizing access to culture so that all people have the opportunity to enjoy the different first-rate expressions that this iconic place of our municipality, our city and our country offers,” said Hassler, mayor of Santiago and president of the council of the Municipal Theater.
Among the challenges for 2023 is to continue with the good results of the new audience in 2022, in which 54% of the participants went to the Municipal Theater of Santiago for the first time, as part of the emphasis indicated by the municipality of Santiago.
Escobar is a journalist from the Pontificia Universidad Católica and has a master’s degree in Comparative Literature. For 19 years you worked as editor of El Mercurio magazines.
She is co-founder and executive director of the Women and Media Chair of the Diego Portales University and member of the Leadership Group of the Gender Parity Initiative of the World Economic Forum and the IDB, member of the board of directors and founding advisor of ComunidadMujer and part of the board of administration of the Young Global Leader Foundation.
In 2012, Yale University named her a Yale World Fellow. In 2014 she won the Lenka Franulic Journalism Award from the National Association of Women Journalists of Chile. In 2019, together with journalists Andrew Chernin, Rodrigo Munizaga and Rodrigo Fluxá, she obtained the Journalism Award of Excellence from the Alberto Hurtado University, in the journalism category written for his reporting on sexual abuse in the Chilean audiovisual industry, among other accolades.
Farías is a composer and PhD in Latin American studies. He winner of numerous international awards and beneficiary of commissions and residencies in Chile and abroad. In 2011 and 2013 he was a finalist in the “Composer Project” and “Roche Commissions” programs at the Lucerne Festival, with Pierre Boulez as jury. Winner of the 2012 Art Critics Circle award, in the national work category and of the 2013 “Altazor” National Award of Arts, thanks to his work Renca, París y Liendres.
In 2019 he received the “Domingo Santa Cruz” award from the Chilean Academy of Fine Arts. In 2018 he premiered his second opera, El Cristo de Elqui, and in 2021 he premiered his monodrama La Compuerta nº12, with its libretto based on the story of the same name by Baldomero Lillo.
He is an associate professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. His works are edited and published by Universal Edition. He is currently Executive Director of the Foundation of Youth and Children’s Orchestras of Chile.