Author & Director

Carmen Toledo

A Spanish national, she was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, where she studied theatre and did the first professional work of her artistic career.

She graduated in Theatre Techniques and Theatre Direction at the Multidisciplinary School of Dramatic Art (EMAD), in Montevideo, and began her professional career as an assistant director to most of the theatre directors of the time in Uruguay and in many theatrical spaces.

She then moved on to other roles: lighting designer, drama teacher and instructor, mask and prop maker, set designer and technical assistant, costume assistant, sound engineer, executive producer and production assistant, stage assistant, prompter, television assistant, among others.

She later trained in cultural marketing and services, event organisation and intellectual property. She was a member of the Uruguayan National Comedy Team for five years, working as a stage assistant and assistant director in various productions and participating in international theatre festivals with this cast.

After directing her first plays, she took on the responsibility of Cultural Manager in a cultural complex of a theatre and a museum of the Writers’ Association of Uruguay, for which she interrupted her career as a theatre director, an absence that continued after the 15 years that she later lived in Madrid (Spain), where she worked in another non-artistic field, although she ran theatre workshops in neighbouring communities, promoting the social integration of adults and children.

Carmen has been living in Amsterdam since 2018. In 2020, she resumed her vocation as writer and director of THE RED BOX, her first monologue written in English, a text that would later become part of a work composed of 4 characters, which she premiered in December 2020 with a team of four talented actresses, originally from different countries, living in the Netherlands, and performed a season of 16 performances during 2020-2021, despite the delay and temporary closure of theatres due to the corona pandemic.

Her second production in the 2022 season was ‘MATA HARI, don’t blindfold my eyes’, a monologue about the life of the famous Dutch exotic dancer and (perhaps) spy Mata Hari.

“SHAKESPEARE’S SISTER” will be the third play that Carmen has written and directed in Amsterdam.


1 – Personal photo by Ricardo Cuadros

2 & 5 – Photos producing THE RED BOX at Microteatro, by Juan Carlos Tajes

3 & 4 – Photos with Cristina Bolis, peforming MATA HARI, by Melanja Palitta

6 – Photo with THE RED BOX cast – authomatic photo

7 – Photo as a sound ingeneer at Expo Sevilla performance with the National Comedy of Uruguay – 1992, occasional photo by a colleague.

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