My name is Afonso Nilson Barbosa de Souza and I am a playwright, critic and theater researcher.
My work as playwright and theater critic has been very intense in Brazil. I am a member of the International Association of Theater Critics (IATC), which is affiliated to Unesco, and I collaborate with important theater-related newspapers, magazines and websites in Brazil. My first theater text was staged in 1998, and it won the best new writer award in the Theater Games hosted by Carlos Gomes Theater, in Blumenau / SC. Throughout the years, my texts were already reenacted more than 30 times by professional and amateur theater groups, as well as by students, besides being adapted for the big screen.
I had two theater text collections, and six short texts for theater students, published in 2017 (Letras Contemporâneas Publisihng House / E-galáxia), as well as the book Pequenos Monólogos para Mulheres (Small Monologues for Women) published in 2014 (Chiado Publisihng House / E-Galáxia). The texts in the two aforementioned collections have already been chosen for dozens of theatrical productions, dramatic readings and video adaptations, and they remain staged in Brazil and Portugal. I have also published many of my theater texts in relevant Brazilian theater magazines, besides experiencing some self-publishing.
My essay entitled O Ator Impuro (The Impure Actor) won the Ibero-American Contest of Theater Essays (CELCIT - Concurso Iberoamericano de Ensayos sobre Teatro) in 2015. The text was published in the Argentinian theater magazine of CELCIT - the institution promoting the event - and at the Brazilian website teatrojornal.com.br. The feedback from the publication of the text, even three years after the award, has been great. After the award, the text was shared thousands of times in social networks and at the website of the institution promoting the event. It also had great repercussion in specialized journals and was cited in several academic studies. The text remains unpublished in printed version.
I have a website (www.afonsonilson.com) in Portuguese, where you can get more information about my career and about different works I have been developing. It has links to the books, photos of staged texts and articles published in well-known websites and large newspapers.