Tiago Rodrigues (born in 1977) is the artistic director of the Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, in Lisbon. He is an actor, playwright and director whose subversive and poetic theatre has made him one of Portugal’s leading artists. At the age of 21 he quits theatre school to work with Belgian company tg STAN having co-created and performed several performances, touring in over than 15 countries. In 2003 created the company Mundo Perfeito together with Magda Bizarro, where he pursued a work heavily based on artistic collaboration and collective processes being produced by renowned festivals such as alkantara festival, kunstenfestivaldesarts, Festival d’Avignon or Festival d’Automne à Paris and touring in countries such as Portugal, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Lebanon, Norway, Romania, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States of America. His pace of work is astonishing: with Mundo Perfeito he has created more than thirty plays between 2003 and 2014. In that period, Rodrigues has also collaborated with artists from Belgium, Lebanon, the Netherlands and Brazil. One of his last performances, Three fingers below the knee, was awarded with two prizes: Best Performance 2012 by Portuguese Author’s Society and a Golden Globe by the Portuguese TV channel SIC.
In the meantime, he has collaborated with other companies, choreographers and filmmakers. He has also been involved in teaching in schools like Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker’s contemporary dance school P.A.R.T.S., in Brussels and in other theatre and dance schools in Portugal and abroad, also included in university programs such as “The Autonomous Actor” at Stockholm’s Theatre School. He has also done work as curator and in artistic community projects.
Deeply rooted in a collaborative theatre tradition, he has recently created pieces that stand out by the way in which they manipulate documents with theatrical tools, combining both public and private life and challenging our perception of social or historical phenomena.