Alessandra Vannucci is a Theater Director and a professor at the Theatre Directing Department of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. She also coordinates the Laboratory on Aesthetics and Politics (LEP) and was previously professor here at PUC-Rio University. In Brazil and in Italy, she has produced and directed more than 30 theatre productions, largely inspired by The Theatre of the Oppressed and the Living Theatre. Her scholarship deals with the works of Augusto Boal, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Machado de Assis, Adolfo Celi and Giordano Bruno. She has published several books including The Italian Mission. Histories of Generation of Directors in Brazil (Sao-Paulo: Perspectiva, 2014) and A Baritone in the Tropics, Edizioni Diabasis, 2008.