Egly Larreynaga Pacas is an actress, director, playwright and cultural manager, with 20 years of experience in the performing arts.
She started her studies at Centro Nacional de Artes, CENAR, and her acting career began with the legendary Salvadorian company Sol del Río.
She lived in Spain for seven years and she worked with different professional companies. She founded the Cultural Company and Association Los Perdidos Teatro in Madrid. She was invited to run the Madrilenian Company Teatreras, formed of migrant women. Her work during that time was part of an academic investigation: Art, Intervention and Social Action published by the 5 Publishing House in Madrid.
She expanded her professional training by studying opera singing at the Conservatory Montserrat Caballé in Arganda del Rey. Renowned teachers such as César Brie, Tage Larsen, Luis de Tavira, José Sanchis Sinisterra, and Ellen Lauren marked her training.
She arrived in El Salvador in 2011, and she founded, together with other actresses, the Azoro Cultural Association, as well as Teatro del Azoro and La Cachada Teatro companies, the latter comprising women from the informal sector. Both companies have had a national and international impact and have participated in international festivals in Spain, Miami, Argentina, Bolivia, Mexico and Central America. Their impact was marked in all major media, such as: BBC, Spanish TV, El País, and Wall Street Journal.
In 2017, the Seattle Foundation selected her as a Central-American leader. At present, she is a member of the UNICEF Advisory Board for Children’s Rights.
Two documentaries on her work, Espejo Roto by Marcela Zamora and Cacahada by Marlén Viñayo, will premiere at the prestigious South by Southwest Film Festival in Houston, Texas.
Egly Larreynaga Pacas received a lot of awards, including: Best Acting, opera Debajo del Pellejo, Aldea del Fresno, Spain 2007; Best Actress in a Supporting Role, opera La Cita at the 6th Ibero-American Theatre Festival in Mar de Plata, Argentina 2010. In the same year, Egly Larreynaga Pacas was selected in 100 Latinos Madrid, for her contribution to social change through theatre, Casa de America, Spain.
Egly Larreynaga Pacas received medal of the European Union for her social work with La Cachada Teatro, El Salvador 2018 and, in the same year, Social entrepreneur by Gloria de Kriete Foundation, El Salvador.