Tiago Rodrigues


Since he started as an actor 20 years ago, Tiago Rodrigues (Lisbon, 1977) has always looked at theatre as a place where people meet, like a cafe, a place to share their thoughts and time together. Whether it is mixing true stories and fiction, rewriting classics or adapting novels, Tiago Rodrigues’ theatre is deeply rooted in the idea of writing for and with the actors, seeking a poetic transformation of reality through theatrical means. As director of the Teatro Nacional D. Maria II in Lisbon since 2015, Tiago Rodrigues has become a builder of bridges between cities and countries, both a host and advocate of a living theatre. This desire is especially apparent in projects like Occupation Bastille, an artistic occupation of Théâtre de la Bastille in Paris by nearly a hundred artists and spectators in 2016. From September 2022, Rodrigues will be artistic director of Festival d’Avignon, which was founded in 1947 just like the Holland Festival. In recent years, Rodrigues’ poetic Antony and Cleopatra (Holland Festival 2019) and Sopro (2020, Brandhaarden/ITA) were staged in the Netherlands.

Major work

2014 By Heart

2015 Antony and Cleopatra (Holland Festival 2019)

2016 Bovary

2017 The way she dies

2017 Sopro

2019 Please Please

2020 Catarina and the Beauty of Killing Fascists

Prizes and awards

2018 XV Europe Prize Theatrical Realities

2018 Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters)

2020 Italian Golden Globe