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René Piazentin holds a BA, MA, and PhD in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Directing from the Escola de Comunicações e Artes da Universidade de São Paulo (ECA-USP). Since 2009, he has served as advisor for the Dramatic Arts program at TUSP – USP Theatre, where he develops artistic-pedagogical strategies and collaborates with the Board of Directors on programming. As a playwright, he is two time winner of the Edital de Dramaturgia para Pequenos Formatos Cênicos do Centro Cultural São Paulo for O TAXIDERMISTA (2014) and A NEVE OU FORA DE CONTROLE (2018), and received the Zé Renato Award in 2016. Since 2015, René has served as advisor to the Center for Theatre Research at TUSP in São Paulo, where he coordinates stage experiments at the TUSP center and has overseen seven shows and nine seasons. As a professor, he has worked at institutions offering theater programs, such as UNESP (2016); Universidade São Judas Tadeu (2005-2007), and Teatro Escola Macunaíma (from 2002 to 2012, where he staged more than 30 productions). In 2007, with actress Aline Baba, he founded Cia dos Imáginarios, where he has spent the last few years conducting ongoing research in dramaturgy and staging. At Cia, he served as director and dramaturg for the following productions: QUIXOTE (2007), based on the work of Cervantes; NIKLASSTRASSE, 36 (2011), based on Kafka; UMA ALICE IMAGINÁRIA (2012), based on Carroll’s universe; SOBRE A TEMPESTADE (2014), based on Shakespeare, and two of his own texts —O TAXIDERMISTA (2015) e A NEVE OU FORA DE CONTROLE (2019). In 2021, his text SOBRE ELEFANTES E COELHOS, previously unstaged, premiered in an online format through the Aldir Blanc law and was directed by Nelson Baskerville. In 2004, through a residency related to his Master’s project, René interned with director Theodoros Terzopoulos at the Attis Theatre in Athens, Greece, where he assisted with the productions of Epigoni (based on fragments of Esquilo), Tríptych (short works by Beckett), and Ajax (Sophocles).


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