Ana Candida Carneiro

Founder & Artistic Director

Ana Candida Carneiro is an award-winning and published Brazilian-Italian playwright, translator, educator, and scholar. She grew up in Brazil and lived fifteen years in Italy, before immigrating to the USA in 2015. Her work has been performed in in Italy, France, 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 other artists, markedly composers. Ana currently holds a position as Postdoctoral Research Associate in Theater at Harvard University and teaches at Boston College. 


Maria Helena Macedo 

Board Member

Maria Helena Macedo is currently Vice-Consul, head of the Cultural and Educational Sector, at the Brazilian Consulate-General in Boston. She is also a fiction writer, and wrote the storybook “Contando Azulejos” (Máquina de Escrever Press), among other works, and held the artistic exhibition “Ayiti Anpil” (Brasilia and Recife in 2008/Curitiba, in 2014 – Brazil), and “Irã, Irão” (Curitiba, 2016).

She is interested in promoting Brazilian Art in USA and bilateral Art exchanges between USA and Brazil and has experience in the areas of Law, International Relations, Cultural Relations, and Technical and Educational Cooperation and Economic Negotiations. Maria graduated from the Law School of Curitiba (2003) and postgraduate program International Economic Negotiations by the Santiago Dantas Program, a partnership between the State University of São Paulo (Unesp), University of Campinas (Unicamp) and Catholic University of São Paulo (PUC-SP) (2004). 

Since 2007, Maria serves as Chancellery Officer of the Ministry of External Relations. She has served in the United Nations Division, the Department of International Organizations and the Regional Office of Itamaraty in Parana. Between 2009 and 2011 she was assigned to the Human Rights Secretariat of the Presidency of Brazil where she served as International Advisor to the National Secretariat for the Promotion and Defense of Human Rights. She has held assignments in Colombia, Haiti, Argentina, Paraguay, Guatemala and Iran.


Parisa Bayenat

Board Member

Parisa Bayenat is an Iranian actor, director and playwright. She started her acting career from the Samandarian acting school in Tehran/Iran. After her immigration to the US in 2008 she started her academic curriculum in acting at Santa Monica College of Los Angles, after which she transferred to the University of Maryland where she received her B.A. in theatre. She then completed her MFA in acting with concentration on directing at the Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA. Her MFA dissertation was conducted under the supervision of Professor Erick Harrell (main advisor) and Professor Michael Kirkland (co-advisor) on creating and preparing a role, in the Comedia dell’ Arte school of theater, by implementing different methods of acting, voice and movement. During her performing career in comedy and drama, she has developed a keen interest in playwriting, acting, as well as directing experimental theater, for which she self-produced a series of independent productions, mostly in her native tongue. In 2018, she moved to Massachusetts to continue her work as an actor, director and instructor in Boston area. Parisa has taught several acting classes in different age groups, for instance, middle school students, in College Park Academy of Maryland, as well as adults, in Iranian Association of Boston. Prior to becoming an actor, she has also been an instructor for Persian Literature and Arabic Language in her home country Iran. Recently Parisa has been active in producing plays in a novel style of theater, which utilize the fusion of Persian poetry of 11’th century (Ferdowsi’s Shahnameh) and Western Classical Opera.


Brian English

Board Member

Brian English is an urban planner, author and highly respected international development expert with experience managing interdisciplinary teams on projects in 20 countries across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean. His work focuses at the intersections of sustainability, design and economics to create inclusive and resilient development in communities. Brian gave a TEDx presentation on Creating Smarter Cities with the Urban Poor and was a guest on Take Part Live to discuss How Recycling Programs Fuel the Economy in Developing Countries. Brian was selected as a Fellow at University of Pennsylvania's Institute for Urban Research; a Resident Fellow in 2014 by Rockefeller Foundation at their Bellagio Center in Italy; and as an Aspen Scholar at the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival. Brian’s work has been featured in New York Times, Scientific American, Business Week and Harvard Business Review. Oxford University Press published Brian’s research on Market-Based Solutions to Poverty Reduction in India as a Pioneer for Innovation (2017) and MIT and UN-Habitat published his research on Participatory and Inclusive Land Readjustment (2018). Brian’s forthcoming book by Routledge is called Searching for Citizenship.