Writing for performance workshop

Curated by Hortense Gerardo & Ana Candida Carneiro


Come explore your dreams, write and create short performance pieces!


Dreams – the emotional, visual and sensory experiences we have during sleep – are a mysterious and fertile ground to dive into and learn from. In this workshop, we will get in touch with the dramaturgy of our unconscious mind, identify its mechanisms, amplify them and use them consciously to create art. For writers, directors, performers, dramaturgs, experienced or not.


Conceived by Hortense Gerardo and the late Jon Lipsky

Adapted and Developed by Ana Candida Carneiro


Dates: April 21st, from 10 am to 5 pm, with a lunch break.

Place: Harvard University, Science Center, room 309. 


This workshop is donation-based. 

Book your place here.


About the facilitators:


Hortense Gerardo is an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Performing Arts at Lasell College. Her written and movement works address issues of power, identity, and ethical concerns posed by emergent technologies.  Her works have been performed at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, La Mama ETC, WaterFire, The Banff Centre, The Performance Mix Festival, the International Action Art Festival in Monza and the Venice Biennale. Upcoming productions include her play, VIRTUOUS REALITY in this year’s Boston Theatre Marathon (BTM XX) and in the anthology 2018 THE BEST TEN-MINUTE PLAYS, published by Smith & Kraus, Inc. Her latest action art work, THE GLASS HEART SOLOS will be featured in Nuit Blanche Toronto 2018. Her award-winning feature-length screenplays include, FOURHAND and DANCING IN EXILE. For more info go to:


Ana Candida Carneiro is an award-winning and published Brazilian-Italian playwright, currently a postdoctoral Research Associate at Harvard University, in the department of Theatre, Dance and Media. Her work has been performed in in Italy, France, Germany Sweden, Finland, Monaco, South Africa, and in the USA, in important theatres such as the Piccolo Teatro and the National Theatre of Nice. She has been supported by institutions such as the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Royal Court Theater, MacDowell, and Yaddo. Her works touch on themes like social justice, globalization, immigration, culture clash, gender inequity, and climate change, using multiple and invented languages, heterogeneous linguistic registers and genres, and are increasingly marked by experimentation with the dramatic form. She writes in English, Italian and Portuguese, and frequently collaborates with artists from other disciplines, markedly composers. She is currently writing a book about teaching playwriting from a global perspective, The Global Playwriting Workbook (Methuen Drama, 2019).She is also the founder and artistic director of Babel Theater Project. For more info go to: