Born in Lisbon, in 1966.
BA in Acting from the College of Theatre and Cinema (1986), and undergraduate degree in Theatre and Education from the same school (2006).
Concluded a seminar in Training for Young Stage Directors, taught by Ana Monção, José Manuel Mendes, Luís Lima Barreto, António Emiliano, Béatrice Piccon-Vallin, Gennadi Bogdanov, Krystian Lupa and Eimuntas Nekrosius in 2003. Attended two Master Classes On the Method of the Actor’s Studio, with Marcia Haufrecht, in 1987 and 2000.
Recently was awarded the International Ibsen Scholarship 2012, by the Norwegian institution Ibsen Awards, for the production of I.B.S.E.N., an original of Miguel Castro Caldas.
Directed theatrical adaptations and staged works by Raymond Carver, Witold Gombrowicz, Boris Vian and Peter Handke.
Directed the plays: The Passion according to Eurico, an adaptation of the work by Alexandre Herculano – Eurico, O Presbítero. The Stone by Marius Von Mayenburg; Exactly Antunes (Exactamente Antunes) by Jacinto Lucas Pires, with Nuno Carinhas; Midsummer Night’s Dream by W. Shakespeare; A Portuguese Family (Uma Família Portuguesa) by Filomena Oliveira and Miguel Real; God's Ear by Jenny Schwartz; Botox by Miguel Castro Caldas and Pedro Eiras; Candid by Voltaire; Libration (Libracion) by Lluisa Cunillé; I Know I’m Going to Love You (Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar) by Arnaldo Jabor.
As an actress, her work includes: The Seagull, by Anton Chekhov; With the Baby We’re Seven by Paula Vogel; Timbuktu by Paul Auster; Between Worlds (Hôtel des deux mondes) by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt; True West by Sam Shepard; Eleanor Marx by Graça Corrêa; The Master Builder by H. Ibsen; Amok by Jacinto Lucas Pires; The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant by R.W. Fassbinder; Dinner with Friends by Donald Margulies; Hope Spring Hotel by O. Horvath; Top Girls by Caryl Churchil; The Bacchae by Euripedes; The Game Hunter (Monsieur Chasse) by G. Feydeau; Romeo and Juliet by W. Shakespeare; A Taste of Honey by Shelagh Delaney; Road by Jim Cartwright and Happy End by B. Brecht.
Works frequently in cinema and television. Teaches sporadically in different Theatre Colleges and co-directed a Theatre Workshop in the Tires Prison.
In 1995, founded, together with a group of professions, the School of Women (Escola de Mulheres – Oficina de Teatro), a project that aims to privilege feminine creation in theatre.
As an actress, was distinguished with the Revelation Prize (1989) and Best Actress/Theatre (1993), awarded by the cultural newspaper Sete.
A Portuguese Family (Uma Família Portuguesa) was presented in Turku, European Cultural Capital 2011.
God’s Ears was awarded the Author Prize 2010 Theatre – Best Play by the Portuguese Society of Authores (Sociedade Portuguesa de Autores).
Candid and A Portuguese Family (Uma Família Portuguesa) were nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Play (2008 and 2010) awarded by SIC/Revista Caras.