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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

At the Consulate General of Brazil in New York

(225 East 41st Street, New York, NY

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Juliana Silva
Be Local

Juliana Siva is a Brazilian actress and public relations. She recently worked at BorderLight Festival (Cleveland - Ohio), One Woman Festival - Irondale Ensemble and The Acting Studio – and Chelsea Repertory Company Lab (New York) in an E-mergency Artists one-act play festival. Be local it was writing and performance by herself and it is her NYC debut .

She studied Theater Performance at Sao Caetano do Sul University and Public Relations at Paulus Comunicação e Tecnologia in São Paulo – Brazil.

Between 2006 and 2012, she worked with the Grite Theater Company in São Paulo-Brazil. Her credits include: Acorda Brasil, Tempo Vagabundo, Pelo Avesso, Arquivo Morto and O Pequeno Menino e a Gota D'Água.

Be Local tells the story of my mother´s migration from the northeast to the southeast of Brazil, Pernambuco to São Paulo, during the early years of my childhood. The work crisscrosses my immigration from São Paulo to NYC, during which I realized that our stories repeat themselves, no matter where we go our stories all cross.

The play will be presented at the New York Theater Festival in October 20th, 22nd, and 24th at LaTea theater. 

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Nina Marqurti
The Matriarch's Flower

Nina Marqueti is a queer Brazilian artist based in Brooklyn, New York. An actor trained at the Academy of Actors INDAC (São Paulo/BR), a video artist information at the City University of New York, and an experienced writer, producer, makeup artist, and set designer, whose skills were acquired through years of working on artistic productions in Brazil and in the U.S.. In theater, they performed in the plays: E se Não Tivesse Amor no título? (What if love wasn't in the title?), Incidente em Antares (Incident in Antares) and Amores Urbanos (Urban Lovers), all directed by Renato Andrade, Assim é (se lhe parece) (It Is So! (If You Think So)), Directed by Francisco Gomes, Antigona (Antigone), Directed by Luiz Eduardo Frin and As Aves (The Birds), Directed by Marcos Suchara. They are the co-founder and producer of Dona Persona Co., and while participating in The Barrow Group's Student Performance Residency, they wrote, directed and performed the one-person show The Matriarch's Flower. In film production, they play the lead role in the short films I Am The Wind, directed by Rahessa Vitório, and Sonia, directed by Eva Depoorter, in Sonia they also sign makeup and set design assistance. Nina also wrote and directed the documentary Words of Power, and the short film NAP, both works featuring the music and poetry of Melissa Wharton. Nina is the co-founder of Campanha #OndeDói (#WhereHurts Campaign), a former online campaign that raised awareness about sexual violence practiced by medical professionals and offered legal and emotional help to survivors of this kind of violence for over a year. They also perform in the duo Punk Smurfs and are currently producing the variety show Nina’s Furry Desk.

The Matriarch’s Flower is an autobiographical play that reunites selected poems written by Nina Marqueti over a decade. The show reveals the trajectory of a person dealing with traumas from their early life while trying to adapt to life abroad and realizing the painful ignorance of themselves. Directed and performed by Nina, a survivor of sexual abuse in a doctor's office, the show pictures some of the challenges of being a female-socialized person in a world ruled by the patriarchy, and the re-appropriation process of a body that insists on moving, talking, and singing freely as an instrument for fighting and art.

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Rodrigo Nogueira
Another Woman

Rodrigo Nogueira is a Brazilian playwright, screenwriter, lyricist, and director. In the last couple of years, he worked for Disney/Blue Sky Studios as a screenwriter developing an animated musical directed by Academy Award nominee director Carlos Saldanha and produced by Academy Award nominee Marc Platt.

Currently, Rodrigo is head writer of the live-action comedy series “How to be a Carioca,” an anthology that narrates the adventures of 8 foreigners in Rio de Janeiro. Each episode focuses on the cultural shock between the newly arrived “gringo” and the uniqueness of the Cariocas (what people born in Rio are called) . The show is scheduled to stream on Hulu in 2022.

Before moving to New York, Rodrigo was on the writing team or the Brazilian version of the worldwide hit “Ugly Betty.” He also wrote the screenplay for feature films distributed by Disney, Universal, and Sony Pictures. The romantic comedy “Women Overboard” made to the top 10 box office movies of 2014 in Brazil, competing with American blockbusters of that year.

In theatre, Rodrigo has had three of his plays produced in New York: "The Ideal Obituary" (The Tank, 2018) was hailed by Broadway World as "a masterfully disturbing unique theatrical experience." "Real" (The Tank, 2019) was featured in the American Theatre Magazine as one of the must-sees off-off Broadway shows of the winter season. He also wrote and directed "The Gershwins' Real Magic", a musical for young audiences that toured NYC schools in 2019/2020.

He also wrote and directed the opening act for the “Rock in Rio” festival in Lisbon. This musical was performed daily for a crowd of 50,000 viewers, opening the main stage for artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Queen + Adam Lambert, and Maroon 5.

Guest Actress

Andressa Furletti is a Brazilian multidisciplinary artist based in New York. She is the co-founder and artistic director of Group .BR. Her artistic works include stage and film acting, performance art, art installation, visual arts, and filmmaking. Her inspiration comes from her degrees in Biology, Filmmaking, the acting conservatory training at Stella Adler Studio in addition to many workshops and intensives such as the Mitu Thailand Artist Intensive in Bangkok and the Watermill International Summer Program (2011/2012) coordinated by the Avant-Guard director Robert Wilson. Andressa received several awards including Best Multimedia Show at the United Solo Festival in New York for her solo play free•dom - a solo of many people, the Outstanding Community Service Award from the Brazilian Community Heritage Foundation, 5 awards in international film festivals for the short film Separation Sonnet, Best Script at Colatrina Festival for Diálogo (Dialogue), nine nominations for her performances and artistic creations and the Best Actress Award (2017) from the Brazilian International Press Awards and Best Reimagining of An Immersive Show by This Week in New York for the Group Dot BR's immersive play Inside the Wild Heart.

Another Woman A middle-aged actress gives an interview on stage before the opening of the show that celebrates her career’s 30th anniversary. During the conversation, she relives different characters that she played on that same stage and molded the woman she is today.

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Fabiana Mattedi
The Prologue of In the Gift Shop - Ground Zero

My Tiny Love Story

Fabiana Mattedi is a Brazilian actress with a dance background based in NY. 

She moved to the US after a substantial life of acting both in Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, Bahia, where she got a bachelor’s degree in Performing Arts from the Theatre School at the Federal University of Bahia, the first of its kind in Brazil. 

Also, in Salvador, Mattedi got a degree in Classical Ballet based on the techniques from The Royal Academy of Dance. 

She later improved her skills through a one-year practice at Actors College for Theater and Television, in Sydney, Australia, and a Master Class with the renowned Hollywood acting coach Bernard Hiller. 

Fabiana's theatrical credits include classical and contemporary pieces, such as Twelfth Night (Shakespeare) and Antigone (Sophocles). 

Fabiana also has experience in television, short and feature films. 

Her latest role was in Brazil Red, directed by Sylvain Archambault.


In NY, Fabiana's latest work was Inside the Wild Heart (2018), an immersive theatrical experience directed by renowned Linda Wise (Pantheatre) and produced by Group.BR.  She also was part of the dance ensemble production Why Why Always (2017) by Shaun Irons and Lauren Petty at Abrons Art Center.

Fabiana also performed two monologues as part of the project Masks of Quotidian (2017), a multidisciplinary exhibition examining issues of identity and representation of Brazilian women living in New York City.


Fabiana also has a valuable work as a writer, which makes a fertile and natural bridge for her development as an actress, in 2020 she published a book on Amazon, - In the Gift Shop and it has been translated to be produced as a web series.


Among her upcoming projects in NY, Fabiana will be producing a short film based on one of her stories, My Tiny Love Story.

The Prologue of In the Gift Shop - Ground Zero - was written in 2019, and it is about the period Fabiana used to work at a little place in Ipanema, Rio, a thematic Gift Shop about Movies and Movie Stars.


The Book  - Na Lojinha, Cenas de um Balcão em Quatro Atos, contains the stories and chronicles about this period and they were written a long time ago, in a galaxy, far far away...


So, when she realized that she had the book ready,

It dawns on her that she has one last story to tell.


The story of all stories.

The Story of why she decided to write in the first place.



My Tiny Love Story was written in 2019 and it was inspired

on the Movie of Rodrigo Garcia, Ten Tiny Love Stories,

a series of ten female monologues about love in its different forms.


It is a Tiny love story.


Maybe almost.

Or just a story.


Maybe the Story we tell is not the same that we have lived.


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We will comply with whatever mask policy is in place by the CDC at the time of the event.


READINGS.BR is made possible in part with funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by LMCC.

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