Ana Candida Carneiro

Playwright  / Scholar / Educator

Visiting Artist in Playwriting - Amherst College
Founding and Artistic Director - Babel Theater Project


About Me

Ana Cândida Carneiro  is an award-winning, published playwright from Brazil and Italy. She was born in São Paulo, and immigrated to Italy in early youth, where she lived for the last 15 years, before moving to the USA in 2015. She writes in Portuguese, Italian and English, and her works were presented in Italy, England, France, Sweden, Finland, Monaco and South Africa, in theaters such as the Piccolo Teatro and the National Theatre of Nice. 

Ana has a degree in Law and has accomplished academic studies in English, Brazilian and Italian Literature.  She has a conservatory degree in playwriting from the Civica Scuola d’Arte Drammatica Paolo Grassi, in Milan, and attended workshops with authors such as Simons Stephens, Martin Crimp, Tom Stoppard, Harold Pinter, and the composer Kalheiz Stockhausen. She holds PhD in Theatre Studies from the Catholic University in Milan focusing on innovative contemporary playwriting techniques. 

Ana was a Visiting Scholar at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, in NY (2015-1016), was a a Visiting Fellow at Harvard (2016-2017), in the Department of Theater, Dance and Media, and is now a Visiting Artist in Playwriting at Amherst College. 


Prizes and Awards

  • Member of the Kenyon Review Playwrights’ Conference - June, 2018

  • Playlab unit member at Company One, Boston - Jan, 2018

  • Words without Borders, 1st place in radio play contest for That Deep Ocean… Dec, 2016

  • Women Playwrights International Conference (WPIC), selected reading, play Plastic Doll, Cape Town, South Africa - July, 2015

  • Hystrio Prize nomination, play Plastic Doll, category emerging playwrights under 35, Italy - May, 2012

  • Women Playwrights International Conference (WPIC), selected reading, play Babel, Stockholm, Sweden - Aug, 2012

  • Hystrio Prize, play Babel, category of emerging playwrights under 35, Italy - June, 2011

  • Riccione Prize nomination, play All is Filthy in Wonderland (most prestigious playwriting award in Italy) - Dec, 2009


Selected Creative


The Unfit

Full-Length Play

Developmental reading – Kenyon Playwrights Conference – Kenyon OH 

Plastic Doll


Stage reading at 10th IWPC – International Women Playwrights Conference – Cape Town, South Africa (2015).
Stage reading at Elfo Puccini Theatre – Milan, Italy (2011).



Stage reading in READ Festival – Helsinki, Finland (2014).

Stage reading in Tramedautore Festival – Piccolo Teatro – Milan, Italy (2013).

Listen, Free adaptation of the play’s monologues directed by Sabrina Sinatti, Zona K, Milan, Italy (2013).

Stage reading at ITC Theatre – Bologna, Italy (2013).

Stage reading at Riksteatern – Stockholm, Sweden (2012).

Stage reading at Elfo Puccini Theater – Milan, Italy (2011).

That deep ocean...,

Radio Play

Full-production at the Extensions Festival for contemporary music –Ville Juif, France (2011).
Full-production at the National Theatre of Nice – Nice, France (2011).

Sounds for a Digital Forest

Stage reading at Theatr Lliure – Barcelona, within the review “New plays for a time of terror” – V Obrador d’Estiu – Sala Beckett (2011).

short play


PAC – Contemporary Arts Pavilion, Fabrica dell’Uomo Festival – Milan, Italy (2009).

contribution in collective performance

Even rats can tap dance

Stage reading at the Royal Court theatre – London, UK (2008).


All is filthy in Wonderland

Production at Paolo Grassi Academy of Dramatic Arts – Milan, Italy (2007)


Alcestis in Town

Full-production at Alessandrini Park – Milan, Italy (2004).

short play


Full-production at Teatro Arena, São Paulo, Brazil (1999).

short play


Residencies, Fellowships, Grants

  • Center of Humanistic Studies Grant, Amherst College, The Stranger and the City Project - Sept, 2019

  • Mass Humanities Grant for Her Story Is project - Sept, 2019

  • Recipient of Mass Cultural Council Grant for The Stranger and the City - May, 2019

  • Recipient of the Opportunity Fund from the City of Boston Arts & Culture - Sept, 2018

  • Grant from Women Playwrights International - Aug, 2018

  • Grant from Kenyon College to take part in the Kenyon Review Playwrights Conference - June, 2018

  • Yaddo Artist Fellow - May, 2016

  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellow - May, 2015

  • MacDowell Colony Fellow - April, 2015

  • Bellagio Residency Fellow, Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio, Italy - June, 2014

  • Jiwar Residency Fellow, Barcelona, Spain - Dec, 2013

  • Biennale di Venezia Theatre Academy Fellow, Venice, Italy - Aug, 2013

  • Obrador d’Estiu Fellow, Sala Beckett, Barcelona, Spain - July, 2011

  • The Royal Court Theatre, 20th Residency for International Playwrights - July, 2009

  • Winner of Moving Up grant for emerging Italian artists - July, 2009


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