Jorge Takla


George Takla
"Jorge Takla is perhaps Brazil’s most prominent theater director. In recent years he has brought numerous Western musicals to the country, with the performances drawing praise for their unique staging and minimalist lighting. Takla is far from the average Lebanese–Brazilian. Unlike most, he was born in Lebanon and lived in Beirut until his late teens when he travelled to France to study. He comes from Lebanese aristocratic stock — his father Philippe was seven times Lebanon’s foreign minister, the first head of the central bank, and Lebanon’s ambassador to the United Nations...";"Director exquisite, skilled in dealing with numerous casts, it is one of the most active personalities both in theater and in opera, always in big productions, alongside actors and musicians of the first team of the Brazilian cultural panorama. A graduate of Ecole des Beaux-Arts (Paris) and at the Conservatoire d'Art Dramatique (Paris) acted and directed in LaMama Theatre in New York from 1974 to 1976. In Brazil, Jorge Takla directed and produced over 70 shows (Theatre, Music and Operas), among them, The King and I (Rodgers and Hammerstein), West Side Story (Bernstein), My Fair Lady (Lerner and Loewe), Candide (Bernstein), Mademoiselle Chanel (Maria Adelaide Amaral) and Vitor or Vitória (Mancini-Bricusse) Latest Moons (Furio Bordon), Medea (Euripides), Electra (Sophocles), The Seagull and The Cherry Orchard (Chekhov), Cabaret (Kander and Ebb), Small Bourgeois (Gorky), Madame Blavatsky (Plinio Marcos), China souvenirs (Alcides Nogueira) and dozens of other pieces. In opera, he directed (in the City of São Paulo and Rio) La Traviata (Verdi), La Boheme and Madama Butterfly (Puccini), The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart), Cavalleria Rusticana (Mascagni), I Pagliacci (Leoncavallo), The Tales of Hoffmann (Offenbach), The Merry Widow (Franz Lehár), The Rake's Progress (Stravinsky) and other works. He was Director of CIE-Brazil Theatre Division from 2002 to 2004 where he coordinated the production of Beauty and the Beast (Broadway), Chicago (Broadway), The Flower Honey Want (Oliveira de Juca), Heart Suburban (Chico Buarque ), and others. Jorge Takla was also a director and artistic director of the Teatro Procópio Ferreira 1983-1992. (translated from Portuguese)

Executive Magazine, July 10, 2014, by Joe Dyke;