Anna Patricia Lopes: “I believe that women have always been in theatres invisibility”

During the month of women, OLA interviewed Anna Patricia Lopes, production coordinator at Theatro São Pedro, Brazil in order to make visible the work of women in the theaters that are members of the Network. Anna has a degree in social communication with a specialty in audiovisual and in cultural management. She has 15 years of experience working in cultural organizations such as Fundação Padre Anchieta, Fundação OSESP and Santa Marcelina Cultura, and has participated in various productions of musical concerts and operas, such as La Boheme, directed by Arnaud Bernard; Carmen, under the stage direction of Filippo Tonon; Tosca, directed by the renowned Stefano Poda, among others.


Here she tells us about the challenges and difficulties of being a woman in the world of the performing arts.

“I think women have always been in theaters, invisibility. The road to visibility of our works is under construction to this day. The road is long, but the gender discussion in the market is fundamental for this opening, ”she comments.


What are the difficulties and challenges of your position?

The biggest challenge in my position is to earn the trust of all those involved in the production of a show, so that all the teams work in harmony giving not only a quality result, but also have a rich, productive, functional and efficient process. linkage between them.


Do you feel that being a woman has been more challenging for you?


I do not have doubts. Women in leadership positions like mine, or in any other position, go through many limitations, mistrust, questions, that I cannot imagine happening to a white man. The security and confidence in my own work kept me awake to keep fighting and for everyone to trust me as much as I do.


What is the contribution of women in the field of performing arts?

The contributions are innumerable, even with all the difficulties of access, but the most significant is the criticism of the male gaze in the productions, executions, thus enriching the work processes.