An important example of international recognition.
Hélder Costa (1939, Grândola – Portugal), a playwright, stayed for several years in exile in France where he has studied at the Institute of Theatre Studies of the University of Sorbonne and founded the Labourer Theatre of Paris. He would return to his original country when the dictatorship in Portugal ended and, starting in 1976, he began directing the new and influential theatre company The Barraca (the organisation won the Unesco Prize and was officially recognized as an Institution of Public Utility).
He was the recipient of several national and international prizes, amongst them the Grand RTP Prize of Theatre Damião de Góis, the Association of Critics Prize, the Press House Prize, the Association of Actors and Directors of Catalonia Prize, and the 1st Prize of the International Festival of the Mexico City.
Hélder Costa has directed several plays and pedagogic actions in the field of theatre expression in 15 countries, with one of the shows having it's world début in Austria and having passed through eight other countries' stages, which affirmed the playwright as an unquestionable author of international merit.
Part of his work include texts inspired in the Portuguese XV century classics as well as in some contemporaries and the world modern theatre authors. He is currently a member of the pedagogic department of the International School of Theatre of Latin America and Caribbean.