The National Council for the Performing Arts (CNAE) announced the jury’s decision for the 2022 National Theater Award, which went to actress Corina Mestre.
Every year, the CNAE awards this prize to recognize the stage work of those who have dedicated their lives to the art of the stage.
According to the Cubaescena portal, the decision was made after a meeting of the jury composed of the National Theater Awards: Dagoberto Gainza Pérez (president of the Jury), Fátima Patterson Patterson, Eduardo Arocha Fernández, Eugenio Hernández Espinosa and theatrologist and critic Marilyn Garbey Oquendo.
They agreed to grant the 2022 National Theater Award to Corina Mestre Vilaboy.
Several cultural personalities have already sent their congratulations to the actress, such as the president of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (Uneac), Luis Morlote Rivas.
“I congratulate Corina Mestre, talented and popular actress, vice president of Uneac, who has just been recognized with the National Theater Award 2022. Thank you, dear Corina Mestre, for your work, your commitment and dedication to Cuba and the Uneac family,” Morlote tweeted.
Mestre is a renowned and beloved Cuban actress. Since she was a child she showed inclinations for theater, and although she studied Mathematics and then Sociology, she soon joined the New Trova Movement, putting her voice to poems and songs and then the Student Theater Movement, where she won several awards.
In 1981 she graduated with honors from the Instituto Superior de Arte (today Universidad de las Artes ISA) with a major in Performing Arts, and that same year she joined the Grupo de Teatro Estudio under the direction of Raquel Revuelta.
As part of this theater group she participated in more than 70 plays, among which are: Don Gil de las calzas verdes, El oso, Macbeth, La zapatera prodigiosa, Bodas de sangre, El becerro de oro, La opinión pública, Morir del cuento, Vivimos en la ciudad, Te sigo esperando and many other plays.
She has also worked in children’s plays, and her face has been popular in film and television, in works such as Pasión y prejuicio, El eco de las piedras, Salir de noche, Doble juego and other productions.
She is currently vice-president of the Association of Performing Artists of UNEAC, a member of the Advisory Council of the National Council of the Performing Arts and the National Council of UNEAC, and has been a juror for several entrance exams to art schools in the country.