Alejandro Quintana was born in Chile in 1951. He studied acting in Santiago de Chile and emigrated to the GDR in 1973. From 1974 to 1981 he was an actor and director at the Volkstheater Rostock (Popular Theatre Rostock) and an acting lecturer at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock (College for Music and Theatre). He initially worked as a director at the Theater der Freundschaft Berlin before moving to the Berlin Ensemble for ten years, where he also studied at the Berlin Regieinstitut (Director Institut). From 1993 to 1998 he was director at the Staatstheater Cottbus (State Theatre Cottbus), from 1998 to 2000 artistic director at the Volkstheater Rostock (Popular Theatre Rostock), from 2000 to 2003 senior director at the Staatstheater Cottbus (State Theatre Cottbus) and from 2008 to 2016 acting director at the Theater Heilbronn. He has also worked as a freelance director in Chemnitz, Rudolstadt, Stuttgart, Halle, Esslingen, Senftenberg, Schwerin and Rostock as well as in Sweden, the USA and Chile.
In 1985 Quintana was awarded the director's prize of the Berlin critics and in 1986 the culture prize of the GDR. He also worked as a film director. For television he directed The Beast after a Brecht narrative. For this he received the director's prize at the European Television Festival in Plovdiv. He was also the director of the ZDF television series Karfunkel, for which he also received two awards.
Alejandro Quintana returns to the Mecklenburg State Theatre with Edmond Rostand's romantic comedy CYRANO DE BERGERAC, which is performed under Schwerin's sky as a part of the SCHLOSSFESTSPIELE SCHWERIN 2019 in the courtyard of the fairytale castle.