Ana Pais is an FCT postdoctoral fellow at CET – Centro de Estudos de Teatro at the University of Lisbon/FLUL, dramaturge and curator. She is the author of Discourse of Complicité. Contemporary Dramaturgies (Colibri 2004) and Affective Rhythms in the Performing Arts (Colibri 2018) as well as editor of Performance na Esfera Pública (2017, Orfeu Negro) and its online version in English available at www.performativa.pt. She holds a PhD in theatre studies from the University of Lisbon, during which period she was visiting scholar at PUC-São Paulo and at the Performance Studies Department (NYU), as well as a Master in Contemporary Dramaturgies from the same University. She was also visiting scholar at McGill, Canada (2016 and 2019) as well as UFBA, Brazil, while researching for her current project “Practices of Feeling”. She has been participating in national and international conferences and symposia as well as publishing articles in academic journals since 2000. Between 2003 and 2004, she has worked as theatre critic in the most distinguished Portuguese newspapers (Público and Expresso) as well as she has engaged as a dramaturge in both theatre and dance projects in Portugal. From 2005 to 2010, she was assistant professor at Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema (Lisbon) and, in 2009 and 2015, she was guest assistant professor at the University of Évora. She curated, coordinated and produced various discursive practice events, such as: Indirecções Generativas – baldio (co-curation; 2013), O Poder dos Afectos Lecture Series (Culturgest, February 2015), Dirty Ear Forum artistic residency (Lisbon, 2015), Projecto P! Performance na Esfera Pública (Lisbon, April 2017). The latter consisted of a Performance Festival, an International Conference and Publications for the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Conferência Futurista, by Portuguese artist Almada Negreiros. In 2019, she organized the international conference and workshop In the Flow and was part of the scientific committee of II EASTAP conference, in Lisbon.

Personal identification

Full name
Ana Pais

Citation names

  • Pais, Ana

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Ciência ID

Knowledge fields

  • Humanities - Arts - Performing Arts Studies (Musicology, Theater Science, Dramaturgy)


Language Speaking Reading Writing Listening Peer-review
French Intermediate (B1) Intermediate (B1) Intermediate (B1) Intermediate (B1)
English Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1) Advanced (C1)
Italian Intermediate (B1) Intermediate (B1) Beginner (A1) Intermediate (B1)
Degree Classification
2015/10/01 - 2021/09/30
Project "Practices of Feeling" (Pós-doutoramento)
Universidade de Lisboa Centro de Estudos de Teatro, Portugal
Artistic Studies - theatre studies (Doutoramento)
Universidade de Lisboa Faculdade de Letras, Portugal
"Comoção: os ritmos afectivos do acontecimento teatral" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
Aprovado com distinção e louvor por unanimidade
Theatre Studies (Mestrado)
Universidade de Lisboa Faculdade de Letras, Portugal
"Dramaturgia - para uma teoria da cumplicidade" (THESIS/DISSERTATION)
Muito Bom por unanimidade
Modern literature and languages - Portuguese and English (Licenciatura)
Universidade de Lisboa Faculdade de Letras, Portugal
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Teaching in Higher Education

Host institution
2015/09/25 - 2016/01/31 Invited Assistant Professor (University Teacher) Universidade de Évora, Portugal
2005/09/16 - 2010/09/16 Adjunct Teacher (Polytechnic Teacher) Instituto Politécnico de Lisboa Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema, Portugal
2009/09/15 - 2010/06/30 Visiting Professor (University Teacher) Universidade de Évora, Portugal


Host institution
2015/10/01 - 2021/09/30 Posdoctoral FCT fellowship Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Portugal
2019/04/15 - 2019/06/15 Visiting Scholar at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, under the supervision of Prof Erin Hurley McGill University Department of English, Canada
2016/10/10 - 2016/12/15 Visiting Scholar at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, under the supervision of Prof Erin Hurley Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, Portugal
2016/04/01 - 2016/05/31 Visiting scholar at postgraduate performing arts programme at UFBA, Salvador da Bahia, under the supervision of Professor Ciane Fernandes Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil
2014/04/01 - 2014/04/30 "Dramaturgy in the 21st century: procedures" . course at SP Escola de Teatro, São Paulo - Brazil SP EScola de Teatro, Brazil
2011/01/15 - 2012/07/31 Visiting Scholar, under the supervision of Professor André Lepecki. New York University, United States
2010/08/01 - 2010/12/21 Visiting Scholar, under the supervision of Professor Christine Greiner, co-supervisor of my PhD dissertation. Pontífica Universidade Católica, Brazil
2007/09/01 - 2007/11/20 Visiting Scholar New York University, United States


  1. Pais, Ana. Affective Rhythms in the Performing Arts. Portugal. 2018.
  2. Pais, Ana. The Discourse of Complicité. Contemporary Dramaturgies. Portugal. 2004.
Book chapter
  1. Pais, Ana. "Moving through Affectsoundscapes". In Dirty Ear Report #3, 3-12. Berlin, Germany: Errant Bodies, 2020.
  2. Pais, Ana. "Affective Cartographies: Interactions with a Meteorite". In Uncertain Landscapes. Other places for the Performing Arts, 151-162. Minde, Portugal: Materiais Diversos, 2020.
  3. Pais, Ana. "A Theatre Creating Realities". In São Luiz 125. Lisbon, Portugal: Imprensa Nacional - Casa da Moeda, 2020.
  4. Pais, Ana. "The Paradox of Immersion: Mechanisms of Contagion and Separation in Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More". In Theatres of Contagion, edited by Fintan Walsh, 155-169. London, United Kingdom: Methuen Drama, 2019.
    Published • 10.5040/9781350086012.ch-010
  5. Ana Pais. "Lobisomem". 239-241. {INET, 2019.
  6. Pais, Ana. "The Audience, One Hundred Years After". In Questioning The Oneness of Philosophy, 127-133. Lisbon, Portugal: Centro de Filosofia FLUL, 2018.
  7. Pais, Ana. "Affective rhythms in Until the Moment When God is Destroyed by the Extreme Exercise of Beauty, by Vera Mantero". In Intensified Bodies from the Performing Arts in Portugal, edited by Gustavo Vicente, 19-47. Bern: Peter Lang UK, 2017.
  8. Pais, Ana. "Leisure, work and affection, or the art of identifying what’s important: Tónan Quito,Tiago Rodrigues and Gonçalo Waddington". In CONTEMPORARY PORTUGUESE THEATRE: EXPERIMENTALISM, POLITICS AND UTOPIA [WORKING TITLE], edited by Rui Pina Coelho, 77-97. Lisbon: TNDMII / Bicho do Mato, 2017.
  9. Pais, Ana. "Almost imperceptible rhythms and stuff like that". In Theorizing Sound Writing, edited by Deborah Kapchan, 233-250. Middletown: Wesleyan, 2017.
  10. Pais, Ana. "Thinking the Future of Interdisciplinary: the Flatland Trilogy". In Ruminating Essays. On the Performative Work of Patrícia Portela, edited by Oliveira, Fernando Matos de; Thiago Arrais, 57-78. Coimbra: Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra, 2017.
  11. Pais, Ana. "Feeling the audience or the Power of Affect Intensification". In III International Art Seminar: Body and Lived Experience. Belo Horizonte, Brazil: Universidade Federal Minas Gerais, 2017.
  12. Pais, Ana. "Crime Pays or the Power of Dramaturgy". In Dance and Dramaturgy (ies), edited by Ernesto Guedelha; Paulo Caldas, 27-59. Fortaleza e São Paulo: Nexus, 2016.
  13. Pais, Ana. "‘A Way of Listening’. Interview with John Collins (director, Elevator Repair Service, New York)". In New Dramaturgy. International Perspectives on Theory and Practice, edited by Katalin Trencsényi and Bernadette Cochrane, 115-124. London: Methuen, 2014.
  14. Pais, Ana. "Notes towards a history of Performance Art in Portugal". In Chiado of dramaturgy and performance, edited by José Quaresma, 78-100. Lisbon: Lesa-Cieba/FBAUL, 2014.
  15. Pais, Ana. "Con(tact): Allan Kaprow and Mónica Calle". In Arte & Eros, edited by José Quaresma, 178-189. Lisbon: FBAUL, 2009.
  16. Pais, Ana. "Everything Aristotle would have liked to know or interdisciplinary perspectives on the mimetic nature of humans". In Art & Nature, edited by José Quaresma, 14-25. Lisbon: FBAUL, 2009.
Book review
  1. Pais, Ana. "Oscar Cornago et. al.. Theatre as Public Experience. São Paulo: Hucitec Editora, 2019.". Review of O teatro como experiência pública 2, (2020): 680-685. https://journal.eastap.com/eastap-issue-2/.
  2. Pais, Ana. "Lindsay B. Cummings. Empathy as Dialogue in Theatre and Performance. Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2016, vii + 220 pp., €84.99 (hardback), €69.99 (PDF ebook).". 7, 1 (2019): 163-167. http://dx.doi.org/10.1515/jcde-2019-0015.
Dictionary entry
  1. Pais, Ana. "Dramaturgy". In Condominium - A Lexicon for the Performing Arts (1060-2020), 2021.
    Under revision
Edited book
  1. Pais, Ana. Performance in the Public Sphere. 2018.
  2. Pais, Ana. Performance in the Public Sphere. Lisbon, Portugal: Performativa and Centro de Estudos de Teatro. 2018.
  3. Pais, Ana. Performance na Esfera Pública. Portugal. 2017.
Journal article
  1. Pais, Ana. "The Felt Sense of Performance: Affective Meaning at the Edge of Words". Studies in Theatre and Performance (2022):
  2. Pais, Ana. "Thinking at the Edge: An Affective Methodology for the Performing Arts". New Theatre Quarterly (2022):
  3. Pais, Ana. "Afect in Performance". MORINGA - Artes do Espetáculo (2019): http://dx.doi.org/10.22478/ufpb.2177-8841.2019v10n2.49824.
  4. Pais, Ana. "Re-Affecting the Stage: Affective Resonance as the Function of the Audience". Humanities (2016): http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/h5030079.
    Open access • 10.3390/h5030079
  5. Pais, Ana. "From effect to affect: narratives of passivity and modes of participation of the contemporary spectator". STUDIA UBB DRAMATICA 2 (2015): 123-149.
    Open access
  6. Pais, Ana. "Affective temporalities in Gob Squad’s Kitchen (you’ve never had it so good)". Mantichora 4 (2014): 56-66.
    Open access
  7. Pais, Ana. "The Future of Interdisciplinarity against the background of performance: trilogy flatland". Pygmalion 6 (2014): 91-112.
  8. Pais, Ana. "Resonance as the felt quality of theatrical events". Sala Preta (2010): http://dx.doi.org/10.11606/issn.2238-3867.v10i0p243-250.
  9. Pais, Ana. "Small theatrical map of Europe's Western Extreme". Hystrio 2 (2007): 4-5.
Journal issue
  1. Pais, Ana. "Dramaturgies of Affect. Public Feelings and Performance". Dramaturgias (2021):
  2. Pais, Ana; Gerson Praxedes. "Creative Processes: dramaturgies, materials and improvisation". Cadernos do GIPE-CIT 37 2 (2016):
Magazine article
  1. Pais, Ana. "Sensitive Rhythms", Electra, 2019
Online resource
  1. Pais, Ana. SO! Podcast #81: The Intimacy and Public Feeling of a Post-Troika Emotional Recovery. 2020. https://soundstudiesblog.com/2020/01/30/so-podcast-81-the-intimacy-and-public-feeling-of-a-post-troika-emotional-recovery/.
  2. Pais, Ana. Moving between worlds – interview with Monica Calle. 2015. http://www.critical-stages.org/11/moving-between-worlds.


Thesis Title
Degree Subject (Type)
Institution / Organization
2019/01 - Current Theatre, the place where one sees: new referents towards an inclusive experience of blind audiences in the performing arts in the perspective of sustainability, human development and innovation
teatro (PhD)
Universidade de Lisboa Centro de Estudos de Teatro, Portugal
2016 - Current sim sim não não, estudos (do fazer à teoria ao fazer)
Teoria da Arte /História Arte (PhD)
Universidade Nova de Lisboa Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Portugal
2018/09 - 2021/01/12 The Vision of Women on their Body: a study on representations of female bodies in feminist theatre
Co-supervisor of Filipa Santos Maia
Estudos sobre as mulhres, as mulheres na sociedade e na cultura (Master)
Universidade Nova de Lisboa Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Portugal

Event organisation

Event name
Type of event (Role)
Institution / Organization
2018/04/01 - 2019/05/31 IN THE FLOW: Public Feelings and Practices of Awareness. Conferences and workshops by Lisa Blackman, Javier Moscoso, Cassiano S Quillici and Ciane Fernandes (several locations, Lisbon). (2019/05/03 - 2019/05/05)
2015/05 - 2018/10 Projecto P! Performance in the Public Sphere Performance, one-week event in several venues and locations in Lisbon, International Conference at Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian (speakers: Rebecca Schneider, Jen Harvie, Christine Greiner, Idalina Conde) and Publications (book and open access ebook in English) for the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Futurist Conference, by Portuguese artist Almada Negreiros. (2017/04/10 - 2017/04/14)
Festival (Co-organisor)
Universidade de Lisboa Centro de Estudos de Teatro, Portugal
2015/09/30 - 2016/10/31 The 4th edition of DIRTY EAR Forum, an artistic residency co-curated by Brandon LaBelle and Ana Pais, is dedicated to the topic "The Performativity of Sound and Affect". Like the experience of sound, affective modes of experience happen invite us to listen to sensitive rhythms, to movements and vibrations, to multiple intensities. (2016/09/30 - 2016/10/05)
2015/02/05 - 2015/02/26 lecture series: O Poder dos Afectos (Culturgest, Lisboa) Speakers: Ana Pais, Sara Falcão Casaca, Inês Brasão, Helena Marujo, Paula Caspão (2015/02/05)
2014/10/29 - 2014/10/29 "Domestic Conversations Series": conversations with actors, performers and dancers. programmed by Festival Temps d' Image, Lisbon. available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJCE8284MgM (2014/11/29 - 2014/11/29)
Round table
2013/12/15 - 2013/12/15 "Domestic Conversation series": conversations with actors, performers and dancers. Festival Temps d'Image, Lisboa. available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcqGSj0bgzM. (2013/12/15 - 2013/12/15)
Round table
2013/09/05 - 2013/09/08 Generative Indirections is an international meeting for artists and researchers. It is supported by the Performance Studies international (PSi) programme of Regional Clusters. Researching the relations between ongoing artistic, social and political forms of life, Generative Indirections intends to explore the potentialities of performance studies in the critical space between the Social Sciences, Humanities and Art, and give voice to counter hegemonic epistemologies, blurring theory and practice. (2013/09/05 - 2013/09/08)
Symposium (Co-organisor)

Event participation

Activity description
Type of event
Event name
Institution / Organization
2020/10/28 - 2020/10/28 Guest speaker at 68º aPós Explorations series of the postgraduate programme in performing arts (videoconference)
The function of affect in the construction of the felt fabric of theatre
Universidade de Brasília, Brazil
2020/09/29 - 2020/09/29 Paper presented with Daniel Tércio at Constellations III - Art & City, videoconference programme promoted by Intercultural Roots, London.
Sensorial Walk
2020/09/08 - 2020/09/08 Guest speaker. Inaugural conference of the videoconference series Plural Dramaturgies.
Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Brazil
2019/07/11 - 2019/07/17 Paper presented at 45th International Council for Traditional Music World Conference, University of Chulalongkorn, Thailand
Soundaffectscapes in Cultural and Artistic Performaces
International Council for Traditional Music, Australia
2019/05/27 - 2019/05/29 Paper presented at SQET 2019 international conference, "Theatre and New Materialisms", Université de Montréal
The atmospheric worlds of Projecto Teatral
Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
2019/03/25 - 2019/03/25 Guest speaker at the lecture series Cartograma. 1-day seminar on the research topics of performance and the public sphere as well as performance and affect .
Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Brazil
2019/02/18 - 2019/02/18 Guest speaker with the performance-lecture presented at the symposium What Has Love Got To Do With It, Culturgest, Lisboa.
Radio Intimacy – a podcast
Universidade Nova de Lisboa Instituto de Comunicação, Portugal
2018/11/01 - 2018/11/02 Paper presented at the IV International Symposium Thinking Affect
The Line of the Heart: the role of affect in performance
Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
2018/10/04 - 2018/10/06 performance-lecture presented with Daniel Tércio at the International Symposium Performance and Intimacy
Intimacy between antipodes
Universidade do Minho, Portugal
2018/07/09 - 2018/07/13 Paper presented at the FIRT 2018, Theatre and Migration, Belgrad
Beautiful ladies, beautiful gentlemen the borders are open”: game, power and public affect in Rimini Protokoll’s Home visit Europe’
Univerzitet umetnosti u Beogradu Fakultet dramskih umetnosti, Serbia
2017/07/10 - 2017/07/14 Paper presented at the FIRT 2017, Unstable Geographies - Multiple Theatricalities
Can Performance Art shape, recreate and participate in the public sphere?
Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
2016/12/13 - 2016/12/13 Guest speaker at Trindade Lecture series, Theatre of Trindade, Lisboa
Activar, escutar e surfar ou o teatro como prática de sentir
2016/11/10 - 2016/11/10 Guest speaker at Vila das Artes, Fortaleza, Brazil.
Commotion: the performativity of affect in audience engagement
2016/10/29 - 2016/10/29 Guest speaker at III Seminário de Arte (Art Seminar)
Sentir o Público ou o poder da intensificação dos afectos
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
2016/07/22 - 2016/07/22 Guest speaker at the Symposium Portuguese Performance Art, Centro Cultural de Belém, Lisboa
Far from sight, close to the heart
Universidade Nova de Lisboa Instituto de Comunicação, Portugal
2016/01/25 - 2016/01/25 Guest speaker at interdisciplinary research seminar Hist-ex . History and Philosophy of Experience
Staging Emotions, potentiating affects
Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain
2015/10/14 - 2015/10/17 paper presented at the Affect Theory World Conference Worldings Tensions Futures
The Politics of Encounter: listening as intensification of affect
Millersville University, United States
2015/09/12 - 2015/09/12 Guest speaker at II Symposium of Positive Psychology
Does theatre bring happiness?
Universidade de Lisboa Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas, Portugal
2015/04/13 - 2015/04/13 Paper presented at the international conference What is Performance Philosophy
The performative power of affect: moving intensities
University of Surrey, United Kingdom
2013/06/26 - 2013/06/29 Paper presentation at the International Psi Conference "Now Then: Performance and Temporality
Affective temporalities in Gobsquad’s Kitchen (you’ve never had it so good)
Theatre and Performance Studies Department University of Stanford, United States

Jury of academic degree

Candidate name (Type of degree)
Institution / Organization
2020/01/15 Performance Art as intervention in the International Art Encounters (1974-1977) Caroline Rebeca Comin Silva (Master)
Universidade Nova de Lisboa Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Portugal
2020/01/09 JOHN CAGE. The Indeterminate Oeuvre Ana Luísa Valdeira da Silva Pereira Vieira (PhD)
Universidade de Lisboa Faculdade de Letras, Portugal
2019/12/17 Companhia Maior: from the experience of the aging body to the performative body. Maria de Fátima Alves Gomes de Vasconcelos (Master)
ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, Portugal
2019/12/09 Convivial Dramaturgies : ways of experiencing the commons Luciana Romagnoli (PhD)

Committee member

Activity description
Institution / Organization
2021/02/03 - Current Editorial committee of the journal Conceição/Conception. UNICAMP, Brazil
Advisor / Consultant
Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil
2020/11/12 - Current Editorial committee of ebook collection "Compositions for dissensus: iberian-american perspectives for dance
Advisor / Consultant
Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México, Mexico

Universidade Federal da Bahia, Brazil

Conference scientific committee

Conference name Conference host
2019/09/23 - 2019/09/25 II EASTAP Conference “Shared Memory(ies) – creation, research and politics in the European Contemporary Stage CET - FLUL /UL

Course / Discipline taught

Academic session Degree Subject (Type) Institution / Organization
2021/02/03 - 2021/02/03 Guest speaker "Performance in pandemic times" Estudos Avançados - Tópicos em Estudos de Dança (Doutoramento) Universidade de Lisboa Faculdade de Motricidade Humana, Portugal
2020/09/14 - 2021/01/21 Workshop II - postgraduate seminar on affect theory. practical experimentation of methodology of Thinking at the Edge (Eugene Gendlin) Workshop II seminar (Curso de doutoramento (conclusão de unidades curriculares)) Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal
2020/01/07 - 2020/01/07 guest speaker "Dance, Performance and Dramaturgy" (5 hours) Estudos Avançados - Tópicos em Estudos de Dança (Doutoramento) Universidade de Lisboa Faculdade de Motricidade Humana, Portugal
2019/11/26 - 2019/11/26 guest speaker "commotion: the affective rhythms of the theatrical event" Dança em Contexto (Mestrado) Universidade Nova de Lisboa Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas, Portugal
2019/11/14 - 2019/11/14 Guest speaker "Performing the personal is political" "Corporealities in Contemporary US Feminist Art" (Mestrado) Universidade de Lisboa Faculdade de Letras, Portugal
2016/09/07 - 2016/09/09 3 day workshop: “Commotion: the performativity of affect in audience engagement”, Vila das Artes, Fortaleza – Brasil non-academic
2014/04/01 - 2014/04/30 dramaturgy for the XXI century at SP-Escola de Teatro - Brazil graduate course