María Victoria Alcaraz
General Director of Teatro Colón since December 2015.
History Professor. She specialized in Politics and Cultural Management focusing on management of public cultural institutions, Iberoamerican cooperation and cultural networks, cultural economics and public financial administration.
Professor at the Master of Management of Cultural and Creative Sector Organizations of the School of Economics from the University of Buenos Aires. She is also an Associate Professor for Introduction to the knowledge of the Society and State in the Basic Common Cycle (CBC) for the University of Buenos Aires.
She was co-creator of the European and American network for Cultural Centres (CCAE) and the Iberoamerican Culture Interlocal Network. She has coordinated the Cultural Cooperation and training Program for the Ministry of Culture of the Buenos Aires City Government, and represented the City of Buenos Aires in regional and international cultural networks such as Mercociudades, Unión de Ciudades Capitales de Iberoamérica and United Cities and Local Governments (UCGL)
She was Subsecretary for the City of Buenos Aires of Cultural Heritage from 2011 to 2015, General Director for the San Martín Cultural Centre 2002-2011, General Director of Cultural Promotion for the City of Buenos Aires since 2000 until 2002, and General Director of the San Martín Cultural Centre since 1999 until 2000. She started working for the Ministry of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires in 1984 at the City Historical Archive.
Member of the group of international committee which elaborated the Strategic Plan of Culture for the City of Medellín (Colombia) 2010-2020. She was invited by the Organization of Ibero-American States to promote the creation of the Network of Heritage Cities of Ecuador. She was also a member of the Board of the Monument to the victims of state terrorism and Memorial Park in Buenos Aires.
She has given courses and conferences of Cultural Management and Politics in several cities: Genova (Italy), Madrid, Barcelona, Santiago de Compostela, Zaragoza, Córdoba (Spain), Lima (Peru), Almada (Portugal), Cork (Ireland), Montevideo (Uruguay), Río de Janeiro, San Pablo, Porto Alegre, Belo Horizonte, Bahía, Juiz de Fora (Brazil), Paris (France), Baku (Azerbaijan), Berlin (Germany), Moscú, Krasnodar (Russia), Túnez (Tunisia), Cairo (Egypt), La Paz, Santa Cruz de la Sierra (Bolivia), Valparaíso, Santiago de Chile, Coquimbo (Chile), Bogotá, Medellín (Colombia), Antigua (Guatemala), Santa Rosa de Copán (Honduras), Sangolquí, Quito (Ecuador), La Habana (Cuba), Asunción (Paraguay) y Maracaibo (Venezuela).
In 2019 she was granted with the “Order of Friendship” by Vladimir Putin, the most important recognition that Russia gives to a foreign for promoting russian culture and traditions.
Currently she is president of Latinamerican Opera (OLA) a non profit organization which gathers Iberoamerican theatres with the aim of promoting and spreading lyrical art in the region.
In September 2020 she was part of the Beijing Forum for the Performing Arts as General Director of Teatro Colón organized by the NCPA (National Center for the Performing Arts), along with 40 international institutions, where she was named vice president of the world opera theatre network along with the Stiftung Opera house of Berlín and the Covent Garden of London.