Juan José Tagle Briseño (Mexico)
From 2012 to 2014 Juan José Tagle Briseño studied with the help of a combined scholarship of the state funding organization FONCA-CONACYT and the KAAD, the master’s program “Bühnenbild und Szenischer Raum” at the Technische Universität Berlin. “Studying in Berlin is the dream of many theatre makers from Latin America. However, one should not underestimate the tasks students are confronted with! In the fields of theory and practice, one is constantly facing new challenges that push one to his or her limits. But of course: in the end you can look back on great experiences and excellent training. “
Back in Mexico, he soon took on various projects. In the field of stage design he realized European works (from Shakespeare to Brecht to Sartre) and pieces by numerous Latin American authors. He also made a name for himself as a theatre director particularly by working on modern texts. “Art – and theatre in particular – is an important medium for dealing with the contradictory reality of our country, which in many ways has been torn apart. I see myself in the tradition of Mexican artists and want to strengthen cultural life as much as possible. In addition to artistic practice, this also includes teaching at universities and art colleges.” Juan José Tagle teaches in the field of theatre studies at the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Santa Fe and the Universidad Anáhuac México.
The financial support of the KAAD was indispensable for me during my studies in Berlin. But equally important was the sense of community I experienced with the other scholarship holders, especially through gatherings at the Catholic Student Chaplaincy. If I summarized my KAAD experience into three terms, I would say solidarity, diversity, continuous learning.”