Prof Maria Delgado

Director of Research @ Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, University of London

Maria M Delgado is an academic, critic and curator. Professor and Director of Research at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, she is also an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Modern Languages Research at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.  She has published widely in the area of European theatre, including Federico García Lorca (Routledge, 2008), ‘Other’ Spanish Theatres (Manchester University Press, 2003, revised and expanded Spanish-language edition published by Iberoamericana Vervuert, 2017), Contemporary European Theatre Directors (Routledge, 2010), A History of the Theatre in Spain (Cambridge University Press, 2012), and six further co-edited volumes.


Her film work includes 19 years as a programme adviser on Spanish and Spanish-American cinema to the London Film Festival, and curatorial/programming work for the Ciné Lumière, ICA and BFI Southbank. Coedited books on film include Spanish Cinema 1973-2010: Auteurism, Politics, Landscape and Memory (Manchester University Press, 2013) and The Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Latin American Cinema (Wiley-Blackwell 2017). Maria writes on film and theatre for a range of publications including Sight & Sound, Plays International, and European Stages, and is a regular contributor to a range of BBC radio programmes. e


Her work on practice research involves projects as a curator, translator and editor, as well as mentoring and advisory work with a range of institutions in the UK, Spain, Spanish America, Australia and Hong Kong. She was subpanel chair for Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts for REF2014 and currently sits on the Higher Education Council for England’s Strategic Advisory Committee for Research and Knowledge Exchange. She was an Artistic and Quality Assessor for Arts Council England between 2010 and 2017. She was elected to the Academia Europaea in 2015.