Teatro Maria Matos is one of Lisbon’s two municipal theatres. Oriented towards contemporary creation, it hosts and coproduces theatre and dance performances, concerts, and children and youths projects. As far as programming goes, Teatro Maria Matos stands as a driving force and active partner for contemporary creation in Lisbon and in Portugal; it collaborates with independent artists and companies, coproduces several festivals (among which FIMFA, Alkantara Festival, Almada Festival and Temps d’images), commissions thematic events, and shares programming cycles with other institutions such as the Theatre/Music cycle with Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. Collaboration and partnership are essential in Teatro Maria Matos’ programming.

Teatro Maria Matos actively promotes exchange and collaboration at an international level, thus inscribing national creation in a European and global context. Teatro Maria Matos’ international orientation can be seen in the regular presentation of foreign artists, the international coproductions and the internationalisation of Portuguese creation.

In the spirit of public service, inherent to its status as a municipal theatre, Teatro Maria Matos can be described as a place where artists and audience meet in order to reflect upon the world we live in. In this sense, the Theatre’s programming regularly focuses on political, social and ecological issues, through multidisciplinary programmes involving lectures, debates, films, performances, installations and interventions in the public space.

Teatro Maria Matos is founding member and coordinator of the House on Fire network, which brings together ten European theatres and festivals around a project aiming at reinventing social and politically active theatre, and is part of the Create to Connect European network, which strives to broaden and intensify the relationship between artists and audience. It is also a founding member of the network 5 Sentidos [5 senses] that promotes programming and coproducing at a national level.

Photography by: Luís Martins