Javier Cevallos Perugachi
is an actor, playwright, poet, teacher and researcher with 20 years of experience in theatre. He studied and worked with the group La Espada de Madera, also training with the renowned theatre company Malayerba and the Argentine puppeteer, Sergio Mercurio. Since 1999 he has directed his own theatrical endeavors with the puppet theatre troupe El Retablo del Diablo Ocioso and the Fundación Quito Eterno, with whom he is using theatre as a means toward a better understanding of Ecuadorian history and identity. Over the last 10 years, he has worked with various theatre groups, both in Ecuador and abroad. In 2008 he published his first play, El Danzante. He is also a published poet with two collections, La Ciudad que se devoró a si misma (2001) y C (2005). Javier has a BA in Communication Arts and Literature (Universidad Catolica de Quito), a post graduate certificate in Performing Arts Theory (Universidad Central del Ecuador) and an MA in Hispanic Studies/Philology (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Madrid). He is currently the Executive Director of the Fundación Quito Eterno and widely known for his portrayal of the historical/mythological characters of El Diablo and El Danzante. His current areas of research are the study of collective memory, community development and the management and sustainability of cultural projects.