Executive and Artistic Director
John Romão (1984, lives in Lisbon) is a Portuguese theatre director, producer, cultural programmer and curator. He has been working in the cross-disciplinary arts practices (performing arts, performance, visual arts). He studied Theatre at ESTC – Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema (Lisbon), attended a post-graduation in Curatorial Studies at FCSH – New University of Lisbon, studied Contemporary Art Aesthetics and Theories at National Society of Fine Arts (Lisbon) and took part of the internacional theatre school École des Maîtres (2005), directed by Rodrigo García.
For 11 years (2006-2017) he worked as dramaturg and assistant director to the Spanish-Argentine theater diretor Rodrigo García in all theatre and opera works, at Festival d’Automne de Paris, Théâtre National de Bretagne, Festival d’Avignon, Schaubuhne Berlin, Deutsche Oper Berlin, FIBA, BSN Annecy, Centre Dramatique National de Madrid, touring extensively in different continents through several theatres and festivals. Romão was assistant director of Romeo Castellucci in the Venice Theatre Biennial / Biennale College (2010-11) and represented him at the Festival d’Avignon in the project Voyages du Kadmos (2012). He worked with Tania Bruguera, Romeo Castellucci, Rodrigo García, Tiago Rodrigues, Jorge Andrade (mala voadora), Mariana Tengner Barros, Jorge Silva Melo, Francisco Salgado, Jean-Paul Bucchieri or Maria João Machado.
He develops his work as theatre director since 2001: “The Theatre and the Plague” by Antonin Artaud, in collaboration with filmmaker Salomé Lamas (2020), “Romeo and Juliet” (National Theatre D. Maria II, 2020), “Virgin Suicides” (Culturgest, 2020), “First Image” (TNDMII, 2017), “Náufrago” (TMP / Rivoli, 2016), “Pocilga” by Pasolini (Culturgest, 2015) or “Teorema” (São Luiz Teatro Municipal, 2014) are some of his pieces. His work was presented in Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Norway, Slovakia, Brasil, Argentina and Australia.
He has often been lecturing, as a guest teacher, in universities such as Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema (ESTC) and Escola Superior de Dança (ESD). He collaborated, as artistic advisor, with Rodrigo García at HTH – Centre Dramatique National de Montpellier, France (2014-2017).
Founder, artistic director and chief curator of BoCA – Biennial of Contemporary Arts since 2015, in Lisbon and Oporto. He develops a synergy between dozens of cultural institutions and cities, commissions and curates projects by national and international artists, based on transdisciplinarity, such as Mariana Abramovic, Meg Stuart, Marlene Monteiro Freitas, Salomé Lamas, Vhils, João Maria Gusmão & Pedro Paiva, Tania Bruguera, Alexandra Pirici, etc.
As curator and producer, he conceived, implemented and directs several projects: RExFORM International Performance Project (2020), in partnership with MAAT Lisbon; Ecotemporâneos [Ecotemporaries], in partnership with EGEAC (Lisbon’s City Council).
His work has won some distinctions and awards: Portuguese Most Inventive Personality 2019 / Expresso newspaper; Prémios Novos 2014 – Theatre; National Young Creatives 2012 – Theatre; Almada Terra das Artes e da Criatividade 2010 / Almada City Council.