It requires a whole different kind of actor, one with a deeper and longer sense of commitment, one comfortable with exploring and exposing their personal issues. It made for an intense performance with a dizzying level of commitment.

—Chicago Now

Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes offers a full range of residency activities including panel discussions, lectures, classes, workshops, radio series, TV programs and interactive compact discs.

©Carlos Alvar

©Carlos Alvar

Awards & Honors

  • Best Theatre Production 2011 Brighton Festival, UK
  • Best Theatre Production 2011 Revista O Público Porto, Portugal
  • Best Theatre Production of the Decade Revista Chilango, diciembre 2009, México
  • Best Visiting Theatre Production LATIN ACE AWARDS, INC. The Association of Latin Entertainment Critics of New York (Asociación de Cronistas de Espectáculos de Nueva York)
  • Golden Laurel Award for Best Theatre Director 2009 Festival Mess, Sarajevo, Bosnia
  • Best Visiting Theater Director – ACE Award LATIN ACE AWARDS, INC. The Association of Latin Entertainment Critics of New York (Asociación de Cronistas de Espectáculos de Nueva York)
  • Best Theater Production of 2007 Periódico Unomasuno, México
  • Best Theater Production of 2006 Revista ¿Dónde ir?, México
  • Best Theatre Director of 2002 Asociación Mexicana de Críticos de Teatro, Mexico
  • Best Theater Company of 2002 Asociación Mexicana de Periodistas Teatrales, Mexico
  • Best Young Dramaturge of 2002 Asociación Mexicana de Críticos de Teatro, Mexico
  • Best Ensemble Cast of 2002 Asociación Mexicana de Críticos de Teatro, Mexico
  • Best National Theater Production 2000 - 2001 Asociación Mexicana de Críticos de Teatro, Mexico
  • Best Director of Avant Garde Theater 1998-1999 Asociación Mexicana de Críticos de Teatro, Mexico
  • Best Director of Theater Company 1998 Agrupación de Periodistas Teatrales, México

Company History

The Mexican company, Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes, has become a landmark of Latin Americas avant-garde theatre. It is Mexico’s premiere contemporary ensemble theatre company whose works have been commissioned, co-produced, presented and received with enormous success and enthusiasm in the most important festivals and venues in Mexico and throughout the world. Under the artistic direction of Claudio Valdes Kuri, the ensemble company has consistently received international acclaim for its innovative and captivating performances, including:  Life is a Dream, El Gallo, Monsters and Prodigies: The History of the Castrati, The Grey Automobile, Becket or the Honour of God, Where Will I Be Tonight? and Skin. The company, artistic director, actors and technicians have received numerous awards, fellowships and honors for their work.

Teatro de Ciertos Habitantes’ projects and productions are created through long periods of development through a process of research, risk taking, investigation and questioning. Each work explores new language as a result of the constant search for innovation of form and content. We consider that the element of change is the prime instrument for the development of the artistic spirit. The creative process involves the artist working in an interdisciplinary way, actor/musician/dancer, utilizing their abilities to the maximum. In addition, the company works on educational, social and environmental projects, radio and television productions and musical recording.


Selected Past Performances


  • Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York, NY
  • High Line Festival, New York, NY
  • On the boards, Seattle, WA
  • Duke University Institute of the Arts, Raleigh, NC
  • Carolina Performing Arts, Chapell Hill, NC
  • Kennedy Center, Washington D.C.
  • Roger Ebert´s Overlooked Film Festival, Champaign, IL
  • The Goodman Theater, Chicago, IL
  • Museum of Contemporary Arts, Chicago, IL
  • REDCAT, Los Angeles, CA
  • Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA
  • Festival Time Based Art, Portland, OR
  • Dartmouth College, Dartmouth, NH
  • Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
  • University of Texas, Austin, TX
  • Mexican Heritage Plaza, San José, CA
  • Mondavi Center, University of California, Davis
  • Under the Radar Festival, Los Angeles, CA

International and Mexico

  • GREC Festival de Barcelona, Spain
  • Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro de Cádiz, Spain
  • Festival Internacional de Teatro de Expresión Ibérica, Porto, Portugal
  • Brighton Festival, Brighton, UK
  • Wiener Festwochen, Vienna, Austria
  • Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlín, Germany
  • Hebbel am Ufer, Berlín, Germany
  • Kampnagel, Hamburgo, Germany
  • Festival de l´Imaginaire, Paris, France
  • Festival MESS, Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Festival Genius Logi, Cracovia, Poland
  • Cankarjev Dom, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • BOZAR, Bruselas, Belgium
  • Kunsten Festival des Arts, Brussels, Belgium
  • Holland Festival, Ámsterdam, Holland
  • Festival Internacional Cervantino, Guanajuato
  • Festival de México en el Centro Histórico
  • Festival Internacional Santiago a Mil, Santiago de Chile, Chile
  • Festival Rio Cena Contemporánea, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
  • Festival Mirada, Santos, Brasil
  • Festival Iberoamericano de Teatro, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Festival Internacional de Teatro, Manizales, Colombia
  • Festival Internacional de las Artes, San José, Costa Rica
  • Festival Internacional de Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Festival Internacional MERCOSUR, Córdoba, Argentina
  • Festival de Teatro, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
  • Festival Internacional de Artes Escénicas, Cuenca, Ecuador
  • Muestra Internacional de Artes Escénicas,  Puerto Rico
  • Festival Internacional de Teatro, Caracas, Venezuela
  • Festival Centroamericano de Teatro, El Salvador
  • Festival de las Artes, Singapore
  • Expo Aichi, Nagoya, Japan
  • Festival Internacional de Teatro Experimental de Shanghai, China
  • Teatro Nacional, El Cairo, Egipto
  • Foro de la Radio, Argel, Argelia
  • Festival Internacional de las Artes, Melbourne, Australia