My name is Mariana Pereira. I trained as a professional actress and specialised in Physical Theatre. However, my career has led me to direct theatre and teach drama, which I have been doing since 2007. I am a highly trained professional who has worked for award winning companies such as Artis Education, in which I had the honour to receive the Chairman's Award for the Best New Specialist of the Year, in 2008. Since 2010, I have been working directly with schools because I believe that the relationships of trust with teachers and students are fundamental for the creative work to achieve its full potential. Drama cannot be taught; cannot be forced upon someone, it is rather a playful and individual journey of self-discovery that must be guided and nurtured with dialogue, ethics, and a profound knowledge of the art form.
Sept 2018/Dec 2018 – Pedagogical Training on Jacques Lecoq technics; Embodied Poetics; London: Movement analysis, physical improvisation, group devising, neutral mask, larval mask, expressive masks, amongst other topics of creation. Stemming from the pedagogic lineage of Jacques Lecoq, Suzanne Bing and Jacques Copeau - recommendation letter enclosed.
2015/16 – MA Degree in Applied Theatre: Drama in Education, Community and Social Settings. Goldmiths University; London. Pass with Distinction.
2005/2007 – London International School of Performing Arts - LISPA: two-year full-time Jacque Lecoq's physical theatre training; London. Post Graduation Diploma in ‘Creating Theatre’.
2003/2004 – International School of Mime and Physical Theatre; One-year full-time training in Etienne Decroux's mime and physical theatre techniques; London.
2000/2002 – Escola de Teatro Ewerton de Castro (Acting School); Method Acting training; São Paulo; Brazil. Professional Acting Diploma.
1998/2000 – BA Education; Pontifícia Universidade Católica; two years completed; São Paulo; Brazil.
April 2018/ongoing - Project Creator, Manager and Lead Facilitator at the Resilience and Emotional Literacy programme for secondary-school students at Harrys Academy, Croydon and South Norwood, London.
This programme, delivered on weekly basis, challenges and inspires young people that are struggling with the pressures of life and the educational system per se. Our aims are: to improve participants' self-esteem; to develop relationships of trust with staff and peers; to provide a playful, creative and safe platform for vulnerability to be expressed; to build a strong framework for students to acquire, further develop and articulate emotional vocabulary, making links with their own personal life circumstances, as means to develop self-awareness and problem-solving skills; to strengthen the young people's sense of identity by allowing them to redefine the notion of success in accordance to their own individual qualities, strengths and aspirations, embracing the notion of "failure" as a vital ingredient in the path to success. This is an innovative programme that has been impacting by focusing on the re-humanisation of the educational system. Check out link.
2008/2018 – Drama facilitator at Becontree Primary School; Dagenham; London. - I create performances for whole school assemblies and devise lessons to creatively explore the primary school curriculum with groups ranging from Reception to Y6.
May 2017/July 2017 - Drama facilitator & Theatre Director at John Perry Primary School: I was hired to develop and direct a performance with Y5 students to be presented at the Inspire Festival in Dagenham; the theme of the performance was ‘Diversity’. I planned workshops to generate original performance material from the students (which were carried out by the school’s drama teacher), and then later on in the process I directed the material into one comprehensive piece of performance. Dagenham; London.
2008/2015 - Drama facilitator at St Vincent's Catholic Primary School; Dagenham; London - I delivered drama work to enhance psychomotor, social and performing art skills, with groups ranging from Y1 to Y5.
2014/2015 - Drama facilitator at John Perry Primary School; Dagenham; London. - I delivered drama work to enhance psychomotor, social and performing arts skills, with groups ranging from Y1 to Y5.
2007/2010 – Performing arts facilitator and mentor at Artis (Performing Arts Education Company); London. I devised lessons to creatively explore the primary school curriculum, and enhance psychomotor, social and performing art skills (groups ranging from Y1 to Y6); delivered school staff inset days on "The Power of Creativity", in which members of the stuff experienced the work proposed by the company, in order to bridge the relationship between specialist and teachers; and mentored fellow specialists in the development of their own work.
2005 – Drama facilitator for Stage Coach; Potters Bar & Welwyn. I delivered the drama work in a Musical Theatre Performance, and directed the full show, which was shared with an audience of parents and friends at the end of the term - KS1 and KS2 children.
Other related works:
2015/2018 - Associate Director - I work with Stonecrabs Theatre on and off as an Associate Director, doing various things. My main role this year has been teaching and mentoring for the Stonecrabs Young Directors Programme. Regent’s University; London.
2016 – Drama Facilitator for the SHaRe project (Stories of Hope and Recovery), a project set up by SLAM - South London and Maudsley (South London mental health team for NHS) for adults who have experienced serious mental illness. I co-led drama workshops to help participants to access creative tools that allowed them to re-think the stories/narratives of their experiences and 'recovery' to ultimately be shared with others who are in the midst of their illness. Lewisham; London.
2016 – Support artist for Demonstrate Project at Ovalhouse; Oval; London - A participatory arts programme for young people with profound disabilities. 'Demonstrate' is a project led by professional artists that culminates in a public performance that enables the young participants to share their accomplishment with a friendly audience of family and friends. Check out link.
2016 – Creator, facilitator and researcher of Project Mothers; Goldsmiths University; London - A five-week workshop series with women that are mothers to reflect and artistically explore motherhood experiences and themes. Check out link.
2013/2014 – Educational officer for Brasiliance Project; Stonecrabs Theatre Company; London - I created, coordinated, and delivered workshops on heritage and identity in secondary schools. This project resulted in the development of a book and an interactive DVD, which I wrote and developed in collaboration with renown and awarded artist Gael Le Corneq. Check out link.
2014 – Theatre director – Collaborative work with writer Sophie Le Frappe-March Wing for the Seize the Stage Festival; Rich Mix, London. Check out link.
2014 – Theatre director and co-producer – ‘Two Lost Souls in a Dirty Night’ by Plínio Marcos; Playground Festival; The Albany; Deptford; London.
2010 – Theatre co-director and co-producer - ‘The Balcony’ by Jean Genet; R&D by One Leg Still Standing Theatre Company; The Rag Factory; Shoreditch; London. Check out link.
2009 – Theatre director and producer – ‘The Deceased Woman’ by Nelson Rodrigues; sponsored by the Brazilian Embassy and Royal Victoria Hall Foundation; One Leg Still Standing Theatre Company; Etcetera Theatre; Camden Town; London. Check out link.
2008 - Actress - 'How It Ended' ; You Need Me Project; Arcola Theatre; Dalston; London.