Rui Francisco
Scenographer and Architect

Born in Almada, in May of 1968. He made his debut in 1989. He is a founding associate of APCEN – Portuguese Association of Scenography.
He roams freely between Architecture and Scenography. As an architect, he highlights the Centro de Cidadania Activa, in Setúbal, and the Teatro Meridional, in Lisbon. He’s co-authored the Architecture Project for Museu do Oriente, in Lisboa, which won the award for Best Portuguese Museum in 2009.
Out of his work in film, he highlights the sets for Marta Pessoa’s documentary Quem Vai À Guerra, and in TV fiction, Patrícia Sequeira’s Depois do Adeus and Mar Salgado, as well as Jorge Cardoso’s Aqui Tão Longe. In scenography for music festivals, Rua EDP and NOS ALIVE 2016, and in TV entertainment programming, Brainstorm stand out.
From his work in theatre, he highlights A Casa dos Anjos, with Ana Nave (Best Portuguese Text On Stage, Autores SPA/RTP Awards 2010); Serviço D’Amores (Honourable Mention from the APCT – Associação Portuguesa de Críticos de Teatro – Portuguese Association of Theatre Critics, 2004) with Maria Emília Correia; Pelo Prazer de a Voltar a Ver, with Marta Dias (Nominated for Best Scenography, Prémio Autores SPA/RTP Awards 2013). E Morreram Felizes Para Sempre…, Teatro Imersivo, directed by Ana Padrão (Nominated for Best Scenography, SPA/RTP Awards 2016). Since 2000, he has been working with João Silva in the Grupo de Teatro Terapêutico (Therapeutic Theatre Group) at the Lisbon Psychiatric Hospital Centre.
He is an associate and a member of the Artistic Board at Teatro O Bando, where he pursues Singularism in the collective, highlighting the following shows: Ensaio sobre a Cegueira, Saga (APCT Award, 2008), Crucificado (Best Scenography, SPA/RTP Awards 2010), Quixote (Best Show, SPA/RTP Awards 2011) and Jangada de Pedra, co-directed with João Brites (Best Show Time Out 2013). Co-author, with João Brites, and coordinator of the Exhibition Project at the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, 2011. He participated on the 2015 edition of the Prague Quadrennial, along with Clara Bento and João Brites, with the intervention Onde está o meu País? (“Where Is My Country?”).