PlayOn! Team

Find out more about the staff and their roles

João Neca

Born in 1988. His involvement with the theater begins very early, at 5 years old in the amateur theater group called Teatro à Vela in a small village with 300 inhabitants.
He studied Artistic Studies, with specialization in Theater at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Coimbra.
In 2011, he integrate o Bando’s team in staging assistance to Anatoly Praudin in the show PEDRO E INÊS. He is the founder and artistic director of the theater group Gambozinos and Peobardos based in Vela, a small village near Guarda. He has been writing, performing and staging various shows of this group since 2005.
Since 2013, at O Bando, he integrates the cast of EM NOME DA TERRA directed by Miguel Jesus, ABSTENÇÃO a staging by João Brites, AUSÊNCIA (whose text he wrote), DOS BICHOS, ALMENARA and INFERNO (based on The Divine Comedy) at National Theatre D. Maria II in Lisbon. In 2016 he co-directed with Miguel Jesus, DO FIM creation of O Bando and in 2017 he was staging assistance and part of the cast of ADOECER, directed by Miguel Jesus, a co-production of Bando with Centro Cultural de Belém. In 2017, he was co-creator and actor of the show THIS IS (NOT) EUROPE, an international co-production inside Platform Shift+ with Collectif Le Nomade Village and Theatre Massalia of Marseille. In 2019, he was responsible for the dramaturgy and the direction of FILHO?.

Training, Artistic Team, Technical Team, Production TeamJuliana Pinho Direction

Born in 1984, in Carregosa, where she began her theatrical activity in the Amateur Theater group of the Friends of the Earth URATE Recreational Association, initially as an actress and later as the founder and director of the Fantochola youth theater.
In 2006, she graduated with a degree in Biology and Geology from the University of Aveiro She participates in forest watchers in the promotion of walking paths and in providing school support to disadvantaged students, among other projects.
In 2007 she works in dramatic expression workshops for children and participates in the Amateur Theater Training Course organized by the Ephemeral – Aveiro Theater Company.
She graduated as an actress in the School of Theater and Cinema, Lisbon, in the course of Theater Actors branch.
She is a member of the Direction of the Cooperative O Bando Theater and she performs in the most important plays of O Bando.
She is currently coordinating the Actor on Stage Awareness Training Workshops developed by the O Bando Theater.

Project ManagerRaul Atalaia

Raul was born in Tomar (Portugal) in 1952. He has attended different workshops in Lisbon, Paris and Brussels, in areas such as movement, music, masks, circus, juggle and others.
He works in Teatro O Bando since 1975, becoming a member of this cultural co-operative one year later. From 1975 onwards, he has leaded several courses and seminars of theatre at primary and secondary schools for students and teachers. He is responsible for the management and international affairs at O Bando. He performed in most of the plays of this company, and also worked as stage director.

Artistic Team, Technical Team, Production TeamRita Brito

Born in Lisbon in 1987. She graduated as an actress from the Cascais Professional School of Theater in 2006 and the School of Theater and Cinema, Lisbon, in 2009.
She has worked with several creators and directors such as João Lagarto, Cristina Carvalhal and Carlos Avilez.
Since 2008 she has been doubling for television and in 2012 has given Dramatic Expression classes to Basic Education.
She also attended the Portuguese Sign Language course for two years, where he also coordinated dramatic expression exercises with the deaf community.
In March 2014 started a Professional internship and currently performs in the most important plays of O Bando Theater
She is currently responsible of the area of Reception of Audiences of O Bando Theater.

Production TeamInês Gregório

Graduated in History of Art in 2004. Began her experience in informal production at FLUP, promoting and being responsible for production and finance for this university theater group from 2001 to 2005. Member of the management of Teatro Universitário do Porto in 2006 -2008, 2010-2013, responsible for the production of its events, shows and introductory courses in Theater. Assisted in production at Festival CARGOTOPIA – Festival do Cais (2010 and 2011); in the show CRUZADAS (Teatro do Frio – 2011); and executive production of the show SOMBRAS DA RUA DE TRÁS (FIMP – 2012). Collaborates with Pé de Cabra, Lda. from 2013 to 2018, being responsible for the executive production of several projects through this company, such as Festival MAP/P 2013 (Produtora de Risco, 2013), FIMP from 2013 to 2017, project ALMENARA (Theater O Bando, September/2017). Responsible for the production of Teatro do Frio from 2015 to 2019 and works at Bando since 2020.

A black and white photo of Mario Tobardo

Marketing TeamMaria Taborda

Maria Taborda, born and raised in Beira-Baixa. I was born in 1992, in Covilhã. I grew up on a farm near Idanha-a-Nova and when I was 10, I moved to the nearest city, Castelo Branco. There I completed the Complementary Course (8th grade) at the Regional Conservatory, in Oboe and musical studies. At the age of 18 I went to Coimbra, where I got my Bachelor degree in Artistic Studies at the Faculty of Letters of the University of Coimbra. I had the pleasure of enjoying the benefits of an Erasmus year in Istanbul, where I had my first encounter with photography. I then returned to Portugal and went to live in Lisbon. I did a Master’s in Drawing at the Faculty of Fine Arts, to explore another way of capturing the light of the world. As part of the Master’s thesis, I developed the project “Drawing, Experience and Memory: a proposal from Cova da Cova da Moura”, which was the theme of the short film „Retratos a Preto e Branco“ by Rui Simões.

Along the way, I participated in the Interpretation / Staging Theater Workshop, directed by João Mota at the Comuna Teatro de Pesquisa, and for three years I have been attending a Course on Scientific Drawing at the National Museum of Natural History and Science, in Lisbon.

This year I embarked on another adventure with the Self-Editing course at Oficina do Cego, from which a small book of cyanotypes and silk-screens will soon be published.

I have worked in several artistic areas, namely illustration, photography, graphic design and performing arts.

In 2018 I collaborated with Teatro o Bando as an illustrator and graphic designer. This year we resumed our work together, this time focusing on the area of communication.

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