Manuela Infante, playwright, director, writer and musician, was born in 1980 in Santiago, Chile. She holds an MA in Cultural Analysis from the University of Amsterdam. Infante is currently one of the most well-regarded voices in contemporary theatre in Chile and Latin America. As a director and playwright, she staged her first play with her former theatre group, Teatro de Chile, called Prat (2001). The same play took first place in the Víctor Jara Festival for Playwrights and Directors in 2002. Since then, she has staged multiple others, some of which include Juana (2003), Rey Planta (2006), Ernesto (2010), Loros Negros (2011), and Realismo (2016), gaining national and international recognition. Her work has been presented in Holland, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, and the United States. All works have been funded by FONDART (National Fund for the Arts). In addition, Infante has directed Fin (2008), co-produced and premiered at the festival of Modena, Italy and What’s He Building in There? (2011), created in residency at The Watermill Center, and premiered and shown in several spaces in New York. In 2012, she directed On the Beach, curated by Robert Wilson and premiered at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York; as well as Don’t Feed the Humans, premiered in Hebbel am Uffer in Berlin, Germany. Three of her plays have been published in Chile and abroad. Manuela Infante also works as an academic in several theatre departments in Santiago, Chile. She was selected as Artistic Director of the XVI Playwright Selection 2014, organized by the Consejo Nacional de la Cultura y las Artes. Recently, she has been touring her latest independent work “Vegetative State”, a captivating one-woman performance based on the revolutionary thinking of plant philosopher Michael Marder and plant neurologist Stefano Mancuso, probing that new concepts such as plant intelligence, vegetative soul, or plant communication can change human perspectives. The same was recently chosen to tour the United States as part of the 2018-2019 roster of the Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America, a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation made possible through the support of the National Endowment for the Arts.