Born in Valladolid and settled in Madrid at the age of 17, José Luis Alonso de los Santos graduated in Philosophy and Literature and Information Sciences at the Complutense University, although a year later he felt the call of the theater and enrolled in the Theater Laboratory by William Layton, after which he began his career in the world of independent experimental theater.
In the 1970s he founded his own theater association, although the project only lasted ten years. In the 1980s he teamed up with two other playwrights to develop his own theatrical product. Since then he has been writing screenplays for movies and television series, as well as writing children’s books and other types of novels. He has directed more than thirty plays by different renowned authors, as well as works of his own creation.
Currently, de los Santos is a professor of Dramatic Writing at the Higher School of Dramatic Art in Madrid, in addition to combining it with his work as director of the National Classical Theater Company.
Some of his writings, in addition to novels, scripts and plays, include a good collection of essays and research about the world of theater, which are published in the magazine Primer Acto, of which he is part of the team, as well as in other written media.
A prolific author, he has a large catalog of his own works, both released and published, which has earned him a large number of awards and prizes, such as the prestigious Max Theater Awards or the National Prize.
One of his latest works, a must-read for all those who want to make their lives out of the world of theater literature, is the text Dramatic writing, in which the author reflects on his experiences throughout its nearly five hundred pages. in the world of writing and teaching, in addition to his reflections and lessons that deal with the world of creating dramatic works as practiced by the scholar. He himself assures that his way of writing each of his works summarizes in part some of his memories, emotions, feelings and experiences, thus leaving a message created to be interpreted by those who take some of his works and study them in depth, something we highly recommend.