Tropical Company is Fernanda Mandagará & Ramiro Silveira, Brazilians based in London, sharing their passion for theatrical possibilities of telling tales. With long careers in many theatre companies in Brazil, UK and abroad, The show Tropicalia Island marks the beginning of their company.
Photo by Leandro Facundo
Ramiro Silveira is an international Theatre Director, Lecturer, Actor Trainer and Researcher, with a PhD in Theatre Pedagogy – Theatre Artist Training from University of São Paulo (Brazil), a MFA in Theatre Directing from University of Middlesex (UK) and a BA Theatre Directing from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil). Since 2015 he is the head of the BA World Performance course at East15 – University of Essex, in UK.
He has trained with Eugenio Barba, Thomas Leabhart, Philippe Gaulier and Genadi Bogdanov, among others.
Working professionally as theatre director since 1995, Ramiro has directed more than 30 plays in Brazil and abroad. His awards include the Volkswagen Theatre Award for The Bald Soprano by Ionesco and the Brazilian International Press Award UK for his achievements as an international theatre director.
His credits include: The Unlikely Life of Leonard Langley by Teresa Zoers-Taylor (London Courtyard Theatre and Southend Clifftown Theatre), For Elise by Grace Passô (Embassy of Brazil in London), among many others.
Fernanda Mandagará is an actor, playwright, cabaret artist and independent producer. She trained at East15 Drama School and UFRGS (Brazil). She also did a residency at Globe Theatre, Cabaret & Drag Lab (Soho Theatre), Queerlesque course (Rubyyy Jones) and The Art of Drag School (RVT).
From 2003 to 2014 Fernanda worked as a professional actor in Brazil, where she is one of the founders of Teatro Enlatado Company, based in São Paulo..
In London, her credits as actor and performer include: Where We Began (Camden People’s Theatre, HighTide Festival and national tour); A 24-Decade History of Popular Music (Barbican), Brazil Diversity (Theatre 503), I Walk in your Words (RichMix and Omnibus Theatre); among many others.
She won the Press Award UK 2017 (award given by the Brazilian International Press for her productions in UK) category Theatre Producer. Recently Arts Council commissioned her in the programme Developing Your Creative Practice to research about the language of Cabaret.