José Capela
Scenographer

José Capela, an architect, obtained his PhD with the dissertation Operar conceptualmente na arte. Operar conceptualmente na arquitetura (“Operating conceptually in art. Operating conceptually in architecture”). Since 2000, he has been a lecturer at the University of Minho, teaching classes in the architecture and theatre courses, and a researcher at Lab2PT. He was one of the curators of the Lisbon Architecture Triennial in 2010 and the A Manual on Work and Happiness seminar (Pergine, 2017). He first started working in theatre at the TUP (Teatro Universitário do Porto – Porto University Theatre). He is the co-founder and co-artistic director at mala voadora, with Jorge Andrade, and he oversees the performance design for the company’s shows. He worked as a secenographer with, among others, Rogério de Carvalho, João Mota, Álvaro Correia, Teatro Praga, Raquel Castro, Companhia Maior, Voadora (ES), Companhia Nacional de Bailado, Rodula Gaitanou, Nicola Raab, for a Third Angel (UK) and Association Arsène (FR) co-production, as well as for Casa-Museu Guerra Junqueiro, the Cultura em Expansão programme, Teatro Maria Matos and Teatro São Luiz. He was nominated for the Prémio Autores for Best Scenographic Work 2012 and 2017, and received the award in 2016 for Pirandello, with a mala voadora. José Capela writes essays and speaks at conferences on architecture and scenography. In 2013 he published the scenography catalogue Modos de não fazer nada (“Ways of not doing anything”). Was the president of the board of the Portuguese Association of Scenography from 2016 to 2018.