MARIANA IS A QUEER, PORTUGUESE MULTIDISCIPLINARY ARTIST BASED IN LONDON.
Mariana is a pentalingual comedian, writer and photographer. As her obsession to learn new languages may attest, her work is inspired by a need to communicate and create community, drawing from personal experience.
Her practice is influenced by research into historical archives and books, using stories old and new, in an attempt to find herself in others, and connect with audiences.
Cinema, sex, food, and community are big influencers of the themes they work with.
Mariana’s work behind the scenes as a producer, photographer and content creator hopes to celebrate marginalised voices – women, queer and migrant communities, as well as others outside of her own identities.
She believes in pushing the boundaries of conventional comedic performance through collaboration and the combining of different art forms, confident that true original work can’t be developed within set frames.
They have trained in theatre tech with Future Formed, video editing with Big Creative Education, and has been part of the Audible Off-Mic Multi Track Fellowship for sound designers. They’re currently studying documentary filmmaking with Kino-Doc. They also strongly believe you can learn everything but how to perform brain surgery on the internet!
They produce podcasts and comedy nights in London.
They have studied at the prestigious comedy institutions Upright Citizen’s Brigade and The Brooklyn Comedy Collective in New York. She is a Soho Theatre Lab alumni. Mariana also holds a MSc in Biochemistry with a focus on cancer research, and further education in science education.
Her work has been featured on BBC, The Guardian, Duckie, The British Museum, Open House Festival, East London Film Festival, and Funny Women, among others.