Paula Rita Lourenço (b. 1982, Cantanhede, Portugal) is a stage director, performer, trainer and teacher. She has a Masters in Theatre Staging/Interpretation from the School of Music and Performing Arts of Porto -ESMAE (2011) and a degree in Basic Education from the Education School of Portalegre (2004). As an actress/performer she has been developing her work since 2004, as a member of CITAC (Coimbra) and currently as a member of DEMO, of which she is also co-founder. She has worked as actress/performer with Madalena Victorino, Paulo Castro, Pedro Penim, Carlos Curto, Hélder Costa, Ricardo Seiça, Luís Varela, Cláudia Marisa Oliveira, António Durães, Andrés Bezares, Patrick Murys and Pedro Marques. She has had training with Marcia Moraes, Francisco Camacho, Wojtek Ziemilsky, João Brites, Sara Castro, Teresa Lima, Luca Aprea, Mafalda Saloio, João Mota, Letícia Lisenfeld, Pedro Fabião, Micaela Oliveira, Ludger Lamers, Catarina Lacerda, Rodrigo Malvar, Michel Kotenkoff, among others. In 2011 she worked with DEMO as a performer/director in the artistic research project Russian Roulette, at the Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw, Poland. She co-staged and performed the show A Stranger in a Strange Land (2010). She taught the workshops The body, the other and the object (2010) and Drama, Body, Vocal and Verbal (2011). She participated as a performer in the DEMO performance Fios de Terra, included in the Guimarães 2012 - European Capital of Culture’s programme Tempos Cruzados. Co-staged and performed in the show LIMBO, co-produced by DEMO and CITAC. Has trained and directed the project UWAGA! produced by DEMO also inserted in the Guimarães 2012 - European Capital of Culture’s programme Tempos Cruzados. This year, co-staged and performed the show A QUEDA, a partir do Limbo in co-production with the Centre for Performing Arts of Figueira da Foz (an artistic residency, sponsored by Corpodehoje - Cultural Association). 2013 co-staged and performed in the show NEBULOSA inserted in the Guimarães 2012 - European Capital of Culture’s programme Tempos Cruzados.
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