Ximena Escalante

She studied Stage Direction at C.U.T. with the renowned director Ludwik Margules. He attended certification courses at the Escuela de Escritores and then postgraduate studies in Writing and Theatrical Sciences at the RESAD, Madrid, Spain. She has participated in several writing and stage direction workshops with professors such as Hugo Arguelles, José Luis Alonso de Santos, William Layton and Juan José Gurrola.

She writes for film and television (Argos, TV Azteca, Televisa) and teaches dramatic theory and creative writing in several film schools and acting workshops.

She has written three screenplays. “Stella”, adaptation of the play by Yákovos Kampanelis; commissioned by Alfonso Arau. “Carlota y ellos”, also commissioned by Pléthora Media Works / Alfonso Arau. And “Abecedario de la infancia” script written for Carlos Sama about the Spanish exile. She is now working on an adaptation of his play “Grito al cielo con todo mi corazón”, in collaboration with Benjamin Cann.

The plays “Cary Grant” and “Pirandello’s Nap” are published in compilations of the Department of Writing and Theatrical Sciences of the RESAD, Spain; Empty Blue in the anthology Haciendo Teatro, by Plaza y Valdez. “Fedra y otros griegos” in Ediciones El Milagro, Casa de las Américas, Ediciones Le mirroir qui fume, France; and Theater der Zeit, Germany. “Fedra y otros griegos has been translated into French, Italian, Greek, Portuguese, German and English. It has been performed in Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec, Paris, Athens, Lyon and New York.
The play “Yo también quiero un profeta”, has been translated into English and French, has been performed in Caen, France, -Teatro Panta-, and in New York -CUNY- and was awarded the Banff Residency, in Canada.

“A Few little prickles”, a study of the work of Frida Kahlo, was commissioned by the World Theater and Music Festival of Holland, premiered in Amsterdam in March 2006 and had a successful tour in Holland, Belgium, Austria and Italy and was translated into its native languages.

Last year the Compañía Nacional de Teatro premiered in Mexico an adaptation of the play “Una mentira” by Jeniffer Clement. She is currently working on the Monstrous Trilogy (“Grito”, “Éxtasis”, “Fascinación”), three plays about the relationship between women and monsters. Two of these plays have been performed in France and Mexico.

Ximena continues to work in France with the NTH8 company in Lyon, but also in Toulouse, Bordeaux and Paris with the Poliptique Escalante project with her plays: “Phaedra”, “Andromache”, “Electra”, “Salome”. He is currently working with the French company NTH8 with the play “Grito al cielo con todo mi corazón”. This play has been produced and performed in Mexico, Greece, Panama, Spain.

Last year she worked in Casa Wabi -Oaxaca-, with a community of fisherwomen, in the beginning of a documentary about their lives.

In 2020 she wrote “Códigos privados” for Televisa. She is currently in the writer’s room of a series for Lemon and is adapting one of her works for television.